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While reading these 2 chapters, I found some very interesting concepts. 

In chapter 15, Theory: The Hero of a Thousand Faces, it is mentioned that the hero is more typically considered a male and the story is ofter told in the male’s point of view. However, in chapter 43, The vampire as hero, most often than not, the stories are told from a female character. These females are also often considered the “heroes” or heriones of their own stories. 

Another interesting aspect with these 2 myths is that the hero often portrays the women as a “temptress”, which can in some way relate to the vampire as hero myth because to the male characters, the women are often portrayed temptresses, but more likely, they are the target for a love connection. Men in these myths can also be considered tempter just as much as they can be considered a hero. In the vampire as Hero, the stories take a more contemporary approach while in the Hero’s Journey, we find that the principles are a little “old-fashioned”. 

The hero’s journey is more about his personal development with the added bonus of marriage at the end, while the vampire as hero, each individual grows on their own and through the relationship, as well as their connections to others around them. 

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  1. It’s very interesting to see the difference between older writings and a more modern style of writing. As societies grow and change so does our ideas and the meanings behind them. It is not surprising that the type of stories that we create and tell will change as well. I agree that the hero’s journey does show more of an “old-fashioned” view as the heroes are typically known to be male. While in today’s society we are starting to see more of the powerful and independent female hero’s. Also, women are no longer seen as the typical “evil” or destructive figures (though I’m sure some would still disagree). Women and men are now being portrayed as equals.

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