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The Hero: A Study in Tradition, Myth and Drama

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His mother is a virgin and he's reputed to be the son of a god; he loses favor and is driven from his kingdom to a sorrowful death — sound familiar? In The Hero, Lord Raglan contends that the heroic figures from myth and legend are invested with a common pattern that satisfies the human desire for idealization. Raglan outlines 22 characteristic themes or motifs from the he ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published February 17th 2011 by Dover Publications (first published 1936)
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CG FEWSTON
May 04, 2013 CG FEWSTON rated it it was amazing
The Hero: A Study in Tradition, Myth and Drama (1936) by Lord Raglan is not the kind of book for the casual reader. The Hero is for those serious writers/professors willing to study the craft of writing and storytelling at a much more intellectual level.

"The thesis of this book," writes Lord Raglan, "is that the traditional narrative, in all its forms, is based not upon historical facts on the one hand or imaginative fictions on the other, but upon dramatic ritual or ritual drama...I then took a
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Jamie
Dec 19, 2009 Jamie rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, on-story
I picked this book up a couple of years ago for a couple of quarters at a book sale, love at first sight with the vintage Ivan Chermayeff cover. (Needless to say, it’s not the one pictured above, nor can I even find a picture of it. This baby must be rare.) It’s sat on my desk for years just for the beauty of it. Now I think I’ll appreciate it even more, knowing how it reads.

The book does one of my favorite things, charmingly deflating the grandiose myths and legends that pass for history and de
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Lila
Oct 19, 2015 Lila rated it really liked it
One of the first literary studies I ever read. It changed my view of literature.
Dan Sapp
Jan 25, 2010 Dan Sapp rated it liked it
I alot of info in how we take Tradition and Myth and fill our heads with them to make them true...
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Major FitzRoy Richard Somerset, 4th Baron Raglan was a British soldier, beekeeper, farmer and independent scholar. He is best known for his book The Hero, where he systematises hero myths.
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