How do the different versions of the hero compare? That is, how does the concept and presentation of the hero change—or not change—over time? On a larger scale, how do these changes in the depictions of the hero reflect shifting cultural desires for different types of heroes at different points in time? What stays the same between each version, what changes, and why might those changes occur? This is a deliberately broad prompt, which should allow you to focus your paper according to your own interests and explore research accordingly. -clearly define and explain the concepts and elements of ‘heroism’ that you will be using throughout your paper, with reference to our course materials-focus that concept around your particular topic (e.g. young adult fantasy heroes, depictions of war, depictions of superheroes, depictions of female heroes, heroes in video/tabletop games, etc)-contain a thesis that makes a thoughtful and analytical claim about the ways in which depictions of heroism, with regard to your particular area of focus, have changed and/or remained constant over time, in at least three distinct historical moments-provide cultural, historical, and genre context when necessary-rely on specific and detailed evidence from your three primary sources to support your claims.
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