Essay about Difference between Quests Doen by Female and Male Heroes

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Heroic fantasies are most often structured around the hero's or heroine's quest. This frequently turns out to be a quest for identity, although the hero or heroine usually does not realize this at first. "The journey of the upper-class white male is identified as the generic type for the normal human condition; and other members of society - racial minorities, the poor and women - are seen as secondary characters (Pearson 4)." "In the traditional, the quest hero is assumed to be a male who is separated from his known world, is initiated into a new consciousness, and then returns to his community (Russell 197)." However, when the hero of a story is a woman, her quest is essentially different from the male pattern. This was especially true …show more content…
In general, the female protagonists are patient and meek in their behavior in a hostile environment and depend on nature, the supernatural, and chance to save them from suffering during their quests.

Unlike female protagonists, male protagonists are flat and non-individualized (Scott 63). The characteristics of these heroes are very easy to identify since they are not sophisticated characters. For example, the men are always courageous and inquisitive, like the soldier in The Twelve Dancing Princesses by the Brothers Grimm. He was not afraid of being decapitated and adventurously discovered the truth as to why the shoes of the princesses were worn out after each night. As a reward, the soldier succeeded in marrying one of the king's daughters. Prince Ivan in Prince Ivan, The firebird, and The Gray Wolf by Bilibin is also courageous and inquisitive. He was willing to accept the consequence of the road signs indicated by the pillar, which brought him to the firebird. This may be the reason that his other two brothers were never able to find the firebird. They didn't have the courage and inquisitiveness to take the risk of entering one of the roads which could lead to unfavorable circumstances. Male heroes do not shy away from tragedy, and quests done by them seem to be direct action, while quests by females are already decided for them; female heroes go through pain while waiting to be saved.

Another recurring pattern in the quest is that men are

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