Perspectives on Hero Stories focuses on a particular type of story. An essential characteristic of a hero’s journey story is the change in perspective of a hero-to-be about his or her own identity and abilities.
The definition of “hero” is a question to be pondered. We live in a time when the word is used to apply to all kinds of people doing all kinds of actions. The question is: What are the essential characteristics of a hero?
Katharine Butler Hathaway said this about being open to change.
Alan Cohen says this about security, courage, change, and power.
In the Matrix, Morpheus gives this reason for a splinter in your mind.
Sister Kenny says this about courage.
Gene Hackman cites this difference between a hero and a coward.
Bob Dylan describes a hero this way.
Nelson Mandela defines courage in relationship to fear.
Elie Wiesel gives this reason for taking sides.