Open Access Graduate Research Paper
The role of the modern epic high fantasy hero was defined as having the following seven traits among its essential elements: autonomy, resourcefulness, dignity, self reliance, inspiration, physical ability, self knowledge. Thirteen female heroes from modern epic high fantasy novels were analyzed as to what degree they displayed those traits. Data confirmed the hypothesis that women cast in the role of hero in this type of novel display the same traits that men do. A second hypothesis, that the female heroes would tend to be single and then marry at the end of the novel was supported by data, as was a third hypothesis, proposing that the majority of societies portrayed in the novels would be traditional patriarchal societies.
Year of Submission
Master of Arts
Department of Library Science
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©1987 Donald L. Osterhaus
Osterhaus, Donald L., "The Female Hero: An Analysis of Female Protagonists in Modern Epic High Fantasy Novels" (1987). Graduate Research Papers. 3957.