CCTE: YA Lit Women Heroes

women typically hold more traditional roles for Campbell
few females in lit are able to wield the shining blade of the hero

until recently women are not viewed as skill, strength, or intelligence to do the hero’s job

some have heroic characteristics
LotRs have very few female characters, movies needed to develop female characters
movie makers recognizing need for female heroes

CS Lewis Narnia does have female heroes, but more typical female

female heroes:
Meg Murry in A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
is a monomythic hero, descends into the cave (Central Central Intelligence)

Hermione Granger in Harry Potter series by JK Rowling
displays traits of heroes: proud, loyal, highly skilled, moral, self-confident, wields weapon of choice, usually responsible for plans to overthrow evil

Katniss Everdeen in Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins
forced to survive in an extremely harsh world
father killed, mother nervous breakdown
learned to bow hunt, survive, and trade
Katniss KNOWS she will die when she takes her sister’s class.
loyalty, bravery, strength, courage
only know how Katniss thinks or feels, but everyone perceives her as a hunter and cold

Dan Moreaux compares her to mythological Atalanta
“Mythical Hero Versus the Modern Heroine”

plot of first novel follows the hero’s journey (check on this for Ghost Story)
There isn’t supernatural but technology is seen as almost magical.

Then she went on to discuss this topic using the Divergent series.

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