A Wonder Whose Origin is not Known: The Importance of the Orphan Hero in Otherworldly Film

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The purpose of this thesis is to explore the importance of the orphan hero in film and his resonance with the American people. It explores the orphan and the American identities, the archetypes found in myths, and the hero in American culture. The three heroes (Batman, Anakin Skywalker, and Harry Potter) represent certain aspects of orphan heroes: the capacity for sacrifice and the need to resist focusing on oneself. The type of hero each becomes has its source in the response he takes to his orphanhood. These young men suffered great loss early in their lives, but found the strength ... continued below

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Callahan, Sarah Francis May 2007.

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The purpose of this thesis is to explore the importance of the orphan hero in film and his resonance with the American people. It explores the orphan and the American identities, the archetypes found in myths, and the hero in American culture. The three heroes (Batman, Anakin Skywalker, and Harry Potter) represent certain aspects of orphan heroes: the capacity for sacrifice and the need to resist focusing on oneself. The type of hero each becomes has its source in the response he takes to his orphanhood. These young men suffered great loss early in their lives, but found the strength to sacrifice themselves for others, the ultimate sign of a hero.

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Callahan, Sarah Francis. A Wonder Whose Origin is not Known: The Importance of the Orphan Hero in Otherworldly Film, thesis, May 2007; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc3694/: accessed December 14, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .