Heroes in Folktales, Fairytales and Myths.

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Heroes in Folktales, Fairytales and Myths.

This essay will try to classify the personality traits of a hero. Heroes sacrifice themselves for the sake of people, their communities or their loved ones. Heroes appear in folktales, fairytales and myths. They usually help someone in need or when a villain is trying to harm the innocent, they defeat the villain. Heroes also defend what is theirs, meaning their honor or their love. Woman can also be heroins. Women save and protect their lover, their children and their people when in need.

In the story "Hansel & Gretel", Gretel is a heroin because she tricks the witch and saves Hansel. When they finally escape the witch's house, she cried out for a duck so that, thr duck could carry them across the water safely to reach their home. Another example of a heroin is in the story "Rapunzel". Rapunzel saves the king's son after he fell on thorns, which put his eyes out.

When she dropped her tears over his eyes, the magic of her love enabled him to see againg.

Heroes appear throughout muths, as well as other stories of medevil times. There can be more than one heroe in a story. An example of that would be in the story, "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs". The dwarfs saved Snow White numerous times from the evil stepmother who was trying to kill her. When the witch finally did kill with an apple filled with poison, a king's son came along and took the coffin in which Snow White was in. When his servants were carrying it, they stumbled and the poisoned piece of apple flew out of her mouth;which action counteraceted the effect and brought her back to life.

Heroes can also be in the form of animals.