The Allure Of The Hero

How we compensate for the smallness of our own lives by taking refuge in tales of those who walk alone.

Image credit: Warner Brothers

From Gilgamesh to Hercules and from David to King Arthur, our tales are rarely short of heroes. Today we’ve largely abandoned John Wayne and Arnold Schwarzenegger to revel in the stories of CGI-enhanced characters who wear lurid costumes and perform stunts that defy the laws of physics.

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Allan Milne Lees

Allan Milne Lees

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