Posted by: aboutalbion | November 13, 2012

More about hero(ine) stories (1)

After finishing yesterday’s post, I consulted Christopher Booker’s hardback on stories.  And at the end of his big book, on page 702, Christopher Booker writes this:

“The only words for which no dictionary seems to provide the original root idea are …those words ‘hero’ and ‘heroine’ themselves.  … I am convinced that, lost in the mists of history, they must be closely related in some way to our word ‘heir’.  In other words, the hero or the heroine is he or she who is born to inherit; who is worthy to succeed; who must grow up as fit to take on the torch of life from those who went before.  Such is the essence of the task laid on each of us as we come into this world.  That is what stories are trying to tell us.”

This is the central line of thought in his book, about which I expect to post more later.

[Booker, Christopher (2004) The Seven Basic Plots: Why we tell stories.  London: Continuum.]


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