Mit Thor Comic Books Essay

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European Journal of Science and Theology, February 2014, Vol.10, No.1, 79-92 _______________________________________________________________________ HERO TRANSFORMATIONS IN CONTEMPORARY MAINSTREAM FILM Alexander Plencner*, Denisa Kraľovičová and Martin Stropko University of Ss. Cyril and Methodius, Faculty of Mass Media Communication, Nám. J. Herdu 2, 91701 Trnava, Slovak Republic (Received 18 September 2013) Abstract The paper deals with the characteristics of a hero, who is the protagonist of the current mainstream movie and influences the broader cultural awareness. The authors explore transformations of film heroes in the most important decades of cinematography. They try to answer some key questions: what are most significant features of a hero in his function as a dramatic character or cultural symbol? What psychological process can be traced under his actions? Does he symbolically perform something that is important for development of human soul? What are the social meanings which contemporary movie producers tries to incorporate in their works? Which skills or abilities the classic and contemporary hero promotes? Cinematography of third millennium indicates that despite the postmodern philosophers‟ claims about the end of grand narratives, the great heroes didn‟t vanish, quite on the contrary. Today‟s popular hero shows exceptional abilities along with some deeply human personal qualities (matured moral consciousness, capacity to feel compassion for the weak and helpless). Contemporary hero is usually a person, who found himself in an unusual situation that requires a creative solution. The audience wouldn‟t be impressed anymore just by demonstration of his brute power. The hero must show his ability to integrate all attributes, which create human nature, including weakness. The current hero has messianic traits, he is both strong and sensitive at the

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