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The Hero Motto: “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.”

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V E R Y T H I N G S E E M S L O S T, but then the Hero rides over the hill and saves the day. There are infinite variations on this story, but in every one the Hero triumphs over evil, adversity, or a major challenge, and in so doing, inspires us all. To get a sense of the Hero, think John Wayne, John Glenn, or Susan B. Anthony, and at a lower level, James Bond and the Mission Impossible team. Virtually all superheroes—Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, etc.—fit this just as their adversaries are classic Outlaws. John F. Kennedy was a Hero president, running on his bravery in the military and challenging us to send an expedition to the moon “because it is there.” So were Teddy Roosevelt and Dwight Eisenhower. Famous generals from MacArthur to Colin Powell qualify as Heroes also, as do culturally transformative figures like Martin Luther King, Jr., and Nelson Mandela. Movies like Star Wars and Saving Private Ryan provide us with the basic archetypal structure of the hero’s story, as do classic television shows like “The Lone Ranger,” “Star Trek,” “Superman,” and, more recently, “Xena” and “Homi105

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Mack, Margaret - Hero and Outlaw Archetype  

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