I Am Legend Questions and Answers
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In I Am Legend, how and why is the protagonist a legend?

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Legends have been defined as historically grounded fairy tales, folk tales and historical narratives with embellishments. A person is a legend if they stand out or if they perform incredible tasks. Robert Neville is a legend because he does stand out. In the film version, he becomes legendary after his death for his contribution to the cure. But I think in the context of the book, he is a legend because he represents the last of the human...

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