Beyond the Book: Heroes

What does it take to be a hero?

There’re lots of quotes on the internet about heroes and who they are.

A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles. – Christopher Reeve


A hero is someone who understands the responsibility that comes with his freedom. – Bob Dylan


Everybody is a hero in their own story if you just look. – Maeve Binchy


So what makes a hero?

Let’s take a look:

Here’s a summary in case you couldn’t watch the video:

Joseph Campbell studied myths from all over the world and published a book called ‘The Hero with a Thousand Faces’, retelling stories and explaining how they represent the Hero’s Journey. So, what is the Hero’s Journey?

Think of it as a cycle.

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1. Status Quo, the starting point

2. Call To Adventure – the hero receives a challenge

3. Assistance – the hero gets help from someone older and wiser

4. Departure – the hero leaves his/hers comfort zone and enters the special world

5. Trials

6. Approach – it’s time to face the hero’s worse fear

7.  Crisis – the hero’s darkest hour

8. Treasure – the hero claims his/her treasure

9. Result – it varies between stories: either the monster bow down to him/her or it chases him/her as the hero flees

10. Return – the hero returns to the ordinary world

11. New life – the challenge changes the hero

12. Resolution

What do we have in common with Harry Potter, Katniss Everdeen and Frodo? We’re humans, just like them! We leave our comfort zone, have an experience that transforms us, and then we recover and do it again.

The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek – Joseph Campbell

So take the challenge! Whatever your challenge is. Recover, and do it again. You could be a hero yourself.




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My thoughts:

I’ve read loads of books with a hero protagonist (Harry Potter, Hunger Games, Divergent, Percy Jackson, Legend, Steelheart…). They all have similarities: they are brave, selfless and loyal. Are those the qualities that a hero should have?
Maybe. Yes. But there’re more.
In my opinion, a hero doesn’t need to save the world or wear a cape. A hero is a person who, in spite of hardships, continues to walk forward.

For a lot of people, Superman is and has always been America’s hero. He stands for what we believe is the best within us: limitless strength tempered by compassion, that can bear adversity and emerge stronger on the other side. He stands for what we all feel we would like to be able to stand for, when standing is hardest. – J. Michael Straczynski

So what do you think makes a hero?

(a little sneak peek: next BtB post will be about Book Aroma)



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