Today, we meet for a new series of articles: “Zoom on…”. Regularly, “Zoom on…” will make a quick point on a topic related to literature. And I decided to start with the one who carries the novel throughout the chapters: the hero.
The hero or the “super” hero
The hero – as we understand him today – is a human or supernatural person, showing courage and self-denial. He is distinguished from the ancient hero, whose etymological definition describes him as a demigod.
It is mainly from the nineteenth century that the hero became more realistic.
Indeed, he no longer possesses the nobility or the glorious side of ancient and medieval heroes. On the contrary, his journey, full of feelings, could be that of the reader. It is in this that it is appreciated. It is realistic, even ordinary.
Through its history, it is easy to identify with him, according to its progress, its reflections, its doubts.
Depending on the genre of the novel, the hero will embody our desire for exploration, social ascension or will be subjected to the throes of passion.
The hero in literature unconsciously awakens the one who is dormant in us.
It’s never too late to let him express himself, and who knows, you could one day be the one who gave inspiration to an author who, in turn, breathed life into a hero through Literature !
See you soon for a new “Zoom“!
Article written by Maud Wlek, author of Nayra.