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Heroes - People still enjoy seeing the hero win.

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Introduction

In the beginning heroes possessed unshakeable bravery and endless cunning. Their foes were cruel beasts with little or no intelligence, which burned and ravaged the land, for reasons often untold. Over time these dumb beasts of destruction, which only existed to be overcome or destroyed as obstacles to the hero's goal, began to gain some of the wit and guile of their oppressors. In modern literature we now see bumbling heroes and cruel, clever monsters, which are no longer doomed by default. The majority of early works of fiction focusing on conflict between a hero and a monster or monsters, presented a god-like or immortal hero. In these works monsters are little more than distraction for the hero's main goal. This focus on a single main goal had a large impact on the monster's role. Since the monsters were minor in comparison to the hero's main goal they did not have to possess any knowledge or emotion above simple aggression and malice. ...read more.

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They are now, no more than an obstacle to be overcome by the hero. Heroes Different cultures have many different monsters throughout their literary history. Although there are differences, there does seem to be a consistent pattern of development, that can be found throughout the world. Just as the language and grammar develop so too do the characters develop. Many early works such as Beowulf and Homer's Odyssey portray mortal men with super human strength against savage monsters. In these works the monster is a dependant character. They do not possess great intelligence or even a previous background or history. They simply exist to be slain by the hero. These monsters generally lack depth, and the only detail given to them is usually descriptive of their physical appearances. In a time when many elements of everyday life remained unexplained, these "shallow" monsters served an important purpose. ...read more.

Conclusion

Allowing the monster to win also means it will most likely be the main character for part, if not all, of the piece. Making the monster the main character means the monster can no longer be a flimsy character lacking background and emotion. They must now be given the qualities literature has so long reserved for heroes and gods exclusively. It is not uncommon to read about a monsters childhood, or reasons for their behavior above trespassing, greed or a sore paw. These elements of detail allow the monster to come alive and become in fact truly intriguing characters. People still enjoy seeing the hero win. This is likely because most find it easier to relate to a man or woman, with or without super natural powers, better than they can relate to a ten-foot tall grotesque or a blood-drinking demon of the night. For this reason monsters will probably always play second fiddle to the hero. Though their rise from dumb beasts to dangerous intellects has forever changed the monsters role in modern literature. ...read more.

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