I’m announcing a new “thread” on The Hannibal Blog: Heroes.
I’ve already written lots about heroes, of course:
- mythological and ancient (such as Odysseus, Achilles or Arjuna),
- mythological and modern (such as Heidi, Hänsel and Gretel, or Little Red Riding Hood),
- real and ancient (such as Hannibal, Scipio or Alexander),
- real and modern (such as Hans and Sophie Scholl), and so forth.
And I’ve discussed how the hero or heroine is an archetype at the heart of almost any story, and thus crucial to storytelling. (This is why the new thread will overlap a lot with that on storytelling.)
Why a new thread on heroes?
Because I think there is a lot to say about them. As always with my threads, I have no idea where we will end up, but I’m quite curious to find out. I have a vague sense that I will discover quite a bit, from you more than from myself, as we get deeper into the thread.
A very tentative outline of future posts in this thread might run as follows:
First, the classical heroes of antiquity:
Then, some non-Western heroes, including my favorite:
Then some fictional heroes and heroines from our folk-tales, our movies, modern literature. Then some real-life heroes. And eventually, some anti-heroes, who are really modern heroes. (Albert Camus’ Meursault in The Stranger jumps to mind.)
Feel free to nominate heroes in the comments that you’d like to have discussed.
I’m interested in what makes these various heroes and heroines heroic, what makes them timeless. Why did some heroes enter our collective unconscious, and others not?
For those of you who are new to The Hannibal Blog, a thread is simply a mini-series of blog posts, not necessarily sequential or coherent, united by a common tag or category on the right. By clicking on the tag of a thread you get a list of all the posts in it, in reverse order.