Heroes, a discussion

What do Daniel (yes, the one in the Bible), King David, Sam Gamgee, and Superman all have in common? They are all considered “heroes,” whether historical or imaginary, that embody certain traits that people value. However, do fictional heroes, superheroes or otherwise, have enough depth to be proper role models?  A common complaint against modern superheroes is that they are too perfect–they don’t resemble real people.  Real people have flaws, they make mistakes, they make unwise decisions.  And so it is only natural that we want to hear stories about people like us–not perfect folks but people with vices.  So here’s a question:

Do superheroes (or even “regular” old heroes) have a place in fictional literature?  Feel free to discuss!

-Joseph (and Jack)-

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