1. glamour: the dramatic creation of longing, transcendence, admiration, mystery, and aspiration that balances the spectacular with the attainable. See page 352.
2. verisimilitude: the illusion of believability or of something being “real”, such as we believe Superman can fly. See page 352.
3. Glamour’s enemy: irony, because irony “punctures glamour and makes the audience feel foolish for its suspension of disbelief” (352)
4. The glue between the superhero and glamour: fashion
5. Search story; we embark on a quest for a chimera or a Holy Grail or adventure, or to find our higher self, or lost love, etc. See page 356
6. Hero story: protagonist overcomes adversity. See page 357
7. Myth story: larger than life story that explains something universal about the human condition.
8. Hero Myth: nonhero in ordinary world gets transported by a crisis like Luke Skywalker
9. Hero’s sidekick, a helper or assistant. This character could be a dwarf, a witch, a wizard, a tag-along. See page 358
10. Hero’s transformation: from ordinary to extraordinary
11. Hero’s obstacle course: hero must pass a series of grueling tests or obstacles.
12. Hero’s “death experience”; he must hit rock bottom
13. Hero’s resilience or resurrection; he bounces back for climatic final act.
14. Broken Hero; he is wounded spiritually and must be healed. See page 360
Two. Essay Options
Number One: Reading the Signs #4 on page 355 in which you contrast a cinematic hero ("The Thematic Paradigm," page 342, not officially assigned) with the superhero as defined by Postrel. You can use any films you want to make your distinction.
Number Two: Evaluate a character in a movie that fits with Linda Seger’s definition of a hero. In your first page, summarize Seger’s major points. Then begin your thesis: Character X conforms to Linda Seger’s heroic paradigm evidenced by _______________________, ___________________________, _________________________, ______________________________, and __________________________. Some film recommendations: Gladiator and Sin City
Number Three. Evaluate how the Linda Seger myth and hero qualities are poorly and I daresay egregiously translated in the film Freedom Writers.