Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Heroes journey modern and old: revised

       There are many differences and similarities between modern and ancient heroes. Modern heroes are different because of the way in which society has changed. Ancient and modern heroes are similar, because they are based on archetypes. These archetypes gives an author guidelines and specifications to use when writing, but most authors don't need to use them because it is natural to write a hero that way. It is natural to write heroes with these archetypes because we have grown up hearing and seeing the archetypes, without realizing.
      The very large difference between ancient and modern heroes are the characteristics of the heroes themselves. While the old myths valued men who were strong, and came from a better upbringing than most. While modern heroes are mainly still men, there are examples of women being the hero, such as the Black Widow or Wonder Woman. Also, with the modern heroes, it does not matter who or where they are from. Anyone, with the right opportunities, can be a hero. An example is Captain America, he was from a lower class and was as skinny as a stick, but with the help of the super serum, a experimental serum created to turn men into super soldiers, became almost invincible, he survived 70 years of being frozen in ice.
    Also the types of journeys that the hero goes on are different today. I  Odysseus' story, he had with gods, where as in modern stories, heroes have to deal with aliens who think they are gods. For example, Stargate SG-1, where there is a race of little grey aliens who call themselves Asgardians, and like to meddle with peoples lives. For instance the main character gets kidnapped by the Asgardians and cloned and sent back as the clone.    
     Some similarities are because of the archetypes themselves. Such as the trickster or villain, or the Holy Grail. For example, in the Avengers, Loki is the trickster and the villain, and the Holy Grail is the Terasect. Another similarity is when a hero tries to save a certain area or people. In The Odyssey, Odysseus wanted to keep his family safe and return to them, while in Harry Potter, Potter just wanted to save the Wizarding Community. 

Hero analysis

       Homer portrays Odysseus as a very strong and confidant man. Odysseus also has his faults, such as over confidence at times. He follows the heroes journey just not in the same way we think of today.
       An example from the poem that helps give an understanding to how strong and confidant Odysseus is when he is trying to get away from Calypso he shows he is till loyal to his wife and kingdom. On the journey off the island he is also forced to swim for days with no rest and only very little help.
        An example of his over confidence is when he is a guest on Phaeacia Odysseus is challenged to a competition and he believes he will win against men that are half his age and are in better shape then he is. When Odysseus goes against Polyphemus he is very overconfident and taunts the cyclops.
     The Heroes journey in The Odyssey follows the same path mostly except when Odysseus is on Phaeacia and is telling his story. This doesn't completely follow it because it goes through his trials before this story even started.