Research Argument Paper-Falling Hero'sSo, I have to write a paper, and this has been bugging me for quite some time, so I'm glad to have the opportunity. The hero's of popular novels, movies and...

Research Argument Paper-Falling Hero's

So, I have to write a paper, and this has been bugging me for quite some time, so I'm glad to have the opportunity. The hero's of popular novels, movies and series SHOULD BE DEAD! e.g Harry Potter, Eragon, Luke Skywalker, etc. And so this is what I will argue. However I think it would help my score if I included how this detracts from the writing...any ideas on anything relevant? Hero YOU think should be dead? Tips? Ideas on how this takes away from the story? Any and all help is greatly appreciated.

Thanks,

       Logan

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ask996 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

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I'm not quite sure. Is what you are trying to argue is that the heroes are placed in such situations of peril that the very fact they survive is not credible? Are you trying to say this pushes the suspension of disbelief to its very limits, but that to do anything else would ruin the novel.

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swimma-logan | Student, College Freshman | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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I don't know how long your paper is, but this is a very interesting topic.  One way to approach this is to look at the literary movements of Romanticism and Realism.  The characters you mentioned are in stories of the Romantic style.  This movement championed the human spirit and its ability to overcome anything.  This genre harkens back to Beowolf, The Odyssey, and the stories of the the Knight of the Round Table.  The popularity of these works depends on a person's faith in man's ability to overcome the tallest of obstacles.

When you say that these characters should be dead, you are taking a Realistic point of view.  Certainly, anyone who prefers realistic writing is not going to be satisfied with a boy who is able to constantly thwart someone of the power of Valdemort, Darth Vader, etc.  However, some people still enjoy reading stories that deal with extremely unlikely circumstances.

Thank you, I never thought of putting it into a format of one style versus another, that's a great idea. Also, the paper is to be roughly 5 pages.

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coopdejur | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) eNoter

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I don't know how long your paper is, but this is a very interesting topic.  One way to approach this is to look at the literary movements of Romanticism and Realism.  The characters you mentioned are in stories of the Romantic style.  This movement championed the human spirit and its ability to overcome anything.  This genre harkens back to Beowolf, The Odyssey, and the stories of the the Knight of the Round Table.  The popularity of these works depends on a person's faith in man's ability to overcome the tallest of obstacles.

When you say that these characters should be dead, you are taking a Realistic point of view.  Certainly, anyone who prefers realistic writing is not going to be satisfied with a boy who is able to constantly thwart someone of the power of Valdemort, Darth Vader, etc.  However, some people still enjoy reading stories that deal with extremely unlikely circumstances.

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