Mythical and modern day heroes are similar because they are motivated to reach their goals, and have a guardian but, they are different in their personality traits. Modern-day and mythical heroes become protagonists by striving to reach their goals. In the contemporary novel, I am Number Four, by Pittances Lore, the main character, Four, must keep himself alive in order for his race to continue. Fours main goal in life is to make sure he stays protected from the evil Microorganisms. “This is about the survival of our race, which was almost entirely obliterated, and about keeping you alive (Lore 23)”. Just like Four,
Peruses, a Greek deem-god is ambitious to kill Medusa. “Give me what I need to fight Medusa. Tell me where to find her, and I will go there… I will come back with her head in my pouch (Vessel 124′. Peruses and Four’s determination outweigh any forces that attempt to stop them. To add on, both mythical and modern day heroes have a helper, or someone to guide them. In I Am Number Four, Fours threshold guardian Henry, guides him during his ongoing battle. “In truth he is my Keeper, or what would be better understood on Earth as my guardian… Those with the access are called the Garden, and those without are called Ce-pan, or
Keepers… Ce-pans help us understand our planet’s history and develop our powers. (Lore 42)”. The protector in myths, however, mainly comes in the form of supernatural aide. The Greek myth of Theses uses supernatural aide when the God, Poseidon, communicates with his son by taking different forms. “Thank your father. I am but his messenger… The gods are too large, too bright, too terrifying, so they must disguise themselves (Vessel 148)” , Poseidon explains to Theses as a seagull. Throughout Theses journey, his father guides him, and without his assistance and advice, he would not have accomplished anything.
A guardian is very important to a hero because they help assist in their ambitions. However, mythological and modern-day heroes differ in their personality traits. Greek heroes complete their quests for selfish reasons, while today’s heroes do it for others. An example of this is in the myth of Peruses, when he ventures to kill Medusa, only to prove he is capable of doing so. “Not the head of Medusa. Shall win that for myself (Vessel 1 16)”. On the other hand, Four wants to help save his own race. “We were lucky to get anyone off the planet, much less nine young Garden who might someday continue the fight, and keep our race alive (Lore AY’.
Ancient heroes had an arrogant and egoistic personality, while modern-day heroes are selfless and kind-hearted. Mythological and modern-day heroes are motivated to reach their goals and have a guardian, but contrast in their personality traits. The examples of Peeress’s and Four’s determination, and Theses and Foams helper demonstrate this. Peeress’s ego and Four’s generosity portray the differences in mythological and modern-day heroes. Heroes are known for their impressive accomplishments and either mythological or modern-day, they are still admired for their actions and qualities.