Students will analyze heroes as a way to teach character analysis in literature and as a means to develop their own character in creative writing and computer animation classes.
By removing heroes from a story, students will identify how the story evolves without the hero and more importantly "where," "when," "why" and "how" the story changes. This will provide the students with a dramatic and clear picture of what the character brings to the story. This will lead to the discovery of the role(s) and characteristics heroes (characters) play in plot evolution as well as how characterization reveal the author's attitude about the theme (ie social commentary).
This lesson will further prepare students for literary analysis and response, character development for short stories, and animated characters in technology and media classes.