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Men have always been considered to be both physically and mentally superior to women. Therefore it is no surprise that the hero stories only revolve around men and their adventures. Women were only given marginal roles where they played the part of the nurturer or the wife or as evil enchantresses and beautiful sirens luring the hero into his death. This essay will show how women have stopped being weak and taken their place among the heroes of our day. First the hero concept is explored where the characteristics of the traditional-, Byronic- and the modern hero are explored and how the hero has changed and evolved through the years. The second section is focused on the main roles that women have played, from the nurturing roles of the mother and wife to the destructive roles of evil witches and savages. In the third part the new image of the strong woman is explored where Batgirl, Ripley and Buffy are shown to represent this new wave in heroism. At the end of the third section, the female heroes of the books Dead until Dark by Charlain Harris, Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton and Moon Called by Patricia Briggs are analysed and shown to be just as capable as men when it comes to having what it takes to be a hero.
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