.. I need a hero, I’m holding out for a hero ‘Til the end of the night. He’s gotta be strong, And he’s gotta be fresh from a fight…Somewhere after midnight, In my wildest fantasy…Its gonna take a superman to sweep me off my feet…Up where the mountains meet the heavens above. Out where the lightning splits the sea… Through the wind and the chill and the rain. And the storm and the flood, I can feel his approach…(Steinman).” This concept of a hero comes to us from the fairy tales, comic strips, and movies that we have read and seen. The same acceptance occurred at its revival sung by Jennifer Saunders in the Animation Shrek that awakened this new generation to the “Hero”(Hero).
A hero is described as good, ethereal and powerful like a God. He is strong and decides issues with the use of brute strength like Hercules. He has killed many and has survived battles. He will come and overcome all obstacles in the heavens and the seas. This is the Hero that is like Superman, who exists only in one’s “wildest fantasy.” This is the type of hero depicted in Greco-Roman Mythology. Jahnige and McMullen confirms the reason why they are myths is the fact that: “they had the gods to intervene for or against them; and in general they never existed as real people.”(Jahnige 2)
Added to this list of characteristics is that: “he must be of royal birth or be of half-god and half man lineage; he is of noble character which is close to perfectly ideal but for a fatal flaw; he fights for his honor; and his death must occur in an unusual way ”(Norman 2).
Are the character analysis of the Hero by Steinman and Pitchford, Jahnige and McMullen and Norman true? To prove the veracity of their claims, these will be examined in the lives of Heracles of the Homeric Hymn and the Theogony; Odysseus Laertiades of the Odyssey and the Theogony; and, finally, Perseus.
To sum up, a hero must be of royal birth, noble, strong, with a fatal flaw,