First Advisor

Samuel A. Yorks

Term of Graduation

Summer 1977

Date of Publication


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.) in English






Heroes in literature



Physical Description

1 online resource (2, 96 pages)


The phenomenon of modern fantasy is the result of a tradition that originated with romance. It is a tradition that has experienced continual redefinement and utilization over the years. This is evidenced by the rediscovery of certain characteristics of the Medieval Romance and the development of others by the Romantics, William Blake, William Wordsworth, and Samuel Taylor Coleridge. These characteristics are identifiable in the works of such later writers as Charles Dickens, William Morris, H.G. Wells, G.B. Shaw, C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkein. The concern of these succeeding authors is the same as that of the Romantics, i.e., the nature and condition of man in modern technological society. The study of the works of these authors reveals two distinct approaches to the relationship of man and his society, and these approaches produce two different types of hero.


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