Archetypal Hero

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Introduction
Take a minute to think about your favorite comic book character or the superhero that you admired the most during your childhood and adolescent years. To name a few, Batman, Spiderman, Harry Potter, Hercules, and more were just some of the beloved comic book and movie characters that were enjoyed by children and adults alike. They portrayed the traditional archetypal hero, which was to conquer evil and bring peace to the land and to the world. Over the years, they have become role models to children all over the nation, as children would often dress up as their favorite character for Halloween or buy toys at various stores. Also, they were highly praised by society because they were considered the “good guy”. However, what all these characters have in common is that they are fictional. The depiction of the traditional hero in the media and literature has had an impact on American culture for decades. From their brave spirits, to their brute strength, and selfless personalities made the character appealing to the average person because it gave this ideal almost perfect image of the person that people wished they could be. Despite the fact that these characters and their qualities are completely fictional, the praise and the admiration that the character received at the end of the book or movie due to their heroic deeds targeted every person’s secret desire, which is to be respected, honored, and accepted not only by family and friends, but by society as
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