Play Hero – Be A Brave And Kind Hero
A hero is an ordinary person or a prominent fictional character who, against all odds, triumphs through acts of strength, courage, or ingenuity. Like many previously only gender-specific words, the hero has been used to describe any male, although hero only usually refers to men. In recent years, however, the hero has begun to identify with young boys and with men in general. Many new books, movies, and television shows make heroes appealing to both boys and girls.
One branch of Western literature that is particularly notable for having a long and colorful history of creating characters especially for boys at that is The Merchant of Venice (also known as Othello and Thisbe) by Dante Alighieri. Othello was an expelled boy at court who eventually found redemption and became a famed captain. Another well-known play written for a boy in this line is Theagen, written by Christina de Kinderwaks. Both of these playwrights are noted for using heroic epics as plot devices.
Of course, among the most famous heroes of all time are those featured in children’s stories such as Aesop’s “The Tortoise and the Hare.” In this story, the hero, a young boy, is captured by the gods and taken to the world of the gods. He tries to return to earth, but is unable to do so because he is infected with a plague that kills him. He then rises again, this time as a nymph, a goddess’ temptress, who lives among men and leads them to battle against the gods and their allies. In the end, the hero sacrifices himself by smothering the last remaining dragon in order to save mankind.
Masculine heroes have been popular in many cultures around the world, while more feminine heroes have appeared in fairy tales and play. Male heroes in mythological traditions are usually associated with strength, valor, and chivalry, while female characters have been associated with beauty, guile, and deceit. Some fairy tales have heroic characters whose deeds are widely considered acts of courage.
Modern western stories are commonly centered on cowboys and Indians, and their various exploits, including “The Good Guys Won’t Do What They Want When It Comes To Trouble,” “The Magnificent Seven,” “The Outback”, and “The Good Old War.” These themes, as well as others like “Dangerous” and “The Dying Game,” make these types of stories attractive to both boys and girls. But some boys love to role-play as more masculine heroes, and will attempt to embody the ideal of courage. Boys who feel empowered by such hero-worship are less likely to experience negative social outcomes, and are far more likely to see themselves as heroes.
In conclusion, if you wish to play hero the proper way, try reading fairy tales. You might find that your own hero, the brave warrior, comes to life when you read about him, especially if you have a favorite hero. In fairy tales, every character is unique and almost always heroic. Playing the hero doesn’t require a lot of effort, and you can be a hero just by pretending to be one!