These are all features of hero and there are two types of hero called an archetypal hero and a epic hero. In the Epic Traditions, David Adam Lemming says that an epic hero is a human with godlike abilities and power, and the archetypal hero must undergo sequences of becoming a hero (17-18). These sequences are to separate from familiar surroundings, then accomplish
Beowulf is a Hero Some heroes have to go through many obstacles just to become a great hero. Beowulf fought through three major battles for one group of people, and he didn’t use laser eyes, flying skills, and super strength. But like every hero, there’s always a reward after they complete their role. In the epic poem “Beowulf”, his use tactics such as being defend less and using his bear arm against Grendal. “If I hid behind some broad linden shield.
"White Oleander," by Janet Fitch is a book that viciously grabs my mind and emotions and plays with both my intellectual and emotional comfort. It is a heartbreaking story of a young, twelve year old girl, who is taken away from her mother whom she is deeply attached to and placed in a series of abusive and harsh foster homes. This is because her mother is sent to a life-sentence in prison for first-degree murder of her boyfriend. Having grown up in a loving, caring household, I cannot imagine having to endure the suffering the main character, Astrid, did. Throughout her foster homes, she was forced into child labor, starved, and even shot at with a gun by one of her foster mothers.
When the white master is sent off to war, his jealous wife threatens to whip Nanny and to sell off her baby. Nanny flees in the night with her child and stays in hiding until slavery ends. At that point she becomes a nanny for a white family and desires to be like them. She strives to raise her daughter properly but that backfires when her child is raped by her white teacher. Nanny’s daughter gives birth to Janie and then disappears forever leaving Nanny to raise her granddaughter.
Rayona hates it more than anything that when she goes anywhere, people poke fun at her and make racial remarks to her which makes her feel insecure about herself. When Ray meets Foxy for the first time, Father Tom introduces her and Foxy says, “Your Christine’s kid…The one whose father is a nigger” (Dorris 44). Not only does Rayona have to deal with racism her mother is always putting her in bad situations. There has been quite a few times where Christine has attempted to leave Ray and told her that she wanted to commit suicide. One time in the very beginning of the story Elgin goes to visit Christine in the hospital, Rayona had not seen him in 5 months and Christine did not want to tell him about her sickness.
1 In The Book of Negroes an 11 year old girl named Aminata gets captured. She feels scared and frightened of what her next move is supposed to be. Aminata’s mom fights off all the captors to protect her daughter from getting taken away, but fails to do so. And both Aminata’s mother and father die. What would your reaction be?
Brooks shows that even the strongest of us have hours of darkness – such as when Anna succumbs to the poppy or leaves her father unattended impaled upon the mine, or even when she fails to save Faith and Aphra at the end. There is also her jealousy of both Mompellions to consider. This makes Anna more relatable as well. Anna is tested – and while she falls for a time she is reborn into a stronger person through her struggles. Students should link to the title of the novel in this.
Kate Chopin in The Awakening shows significance of Edna’s suicide by having her death location at the same place as her awakening. Chopin writes the ending so ambiguous to highlight the fact that Edna drowns herself. Edna’s suicide results are attempts of her trying to choose the type of female that she wants to be in the society that she is in, which this leads to her defeat of her life to the sea. I feel that Edna finally surrenders herself to the sea. This would have been out of her frustration and pathetic state of her being.
Both she and her grandson need professional help but to Phoenix the choice is obvious, his needs come before her own. She could have recognized the elements or the fact that she is mentally sick but instead she speaks so lovingly about him and promises the nurses and herself that she won’t forget him again. Her truest triumph on this journey is returning home with a special treat for her grandson. There is no question that Phoenix will take the trip over and over until ultimately one of them dies. The conflicts in “A Worn Path” make Phoenix an extraordinary human being who positively deals with what life has given her.