In many accounts the archetypical hero has been used time and time again. The heroic character has traits that are collectively inherited and admired by many. In Silence of The Lambs and the mythological story of Theseus an archetypical hero is used. The reason why mankind has steadfastly composed the archetypical hero is because it is found relatable. The hero is relatable because they are intriguing, impressive and inspirational.
The archetypical hero is intriguing as he comes from an obscure or mysterious origin and he is also spiritually alone. Theseus is intriguing as his father is unknown. Theseus’ mother slept with two different men the night of his conception. These men were Poseidon, a god and Aegeus, a king. So Theseus could
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He then made them fit into it, either by stretching them or by cutting off their feet. Since he had two beds of different lengths, no one would fit. Theseus turned the tables on Procrustes, cutting off his legs and decapitating him with his own axe. He also entered the notorious Labyrinth and killed the Minotaur a very daunting task that other believed he could never accomplish. Clarice is impressive as she agreed to meet the infamous “Hannibal the cannibal” (Dr. Hannibal Lecter) despite the warnings she received and the tormenting she received while visiting him in the unnerving asylum he was kept in. Much like Theseus she entered the labyrinth like basement/lair of the serial killer she was hunting; Buffalo Bill. Buffalo Bill, analogous to the Minotaur is a human “monster” that captures and skins his victims. Like, the Minotaur and Theseus, Clarice in the end has to kill him. Clarice makes her way through the eerie and confusing basement and is forced to kill Bill who is hunting her after she discovered who he was. (All on her own still as a trainee)
Last of all the archetypical hero is used repeatedly because they serve as an inspiration. After descending into the darkness they emerge and are changed. Theseus volunteers as one of the 12 tributes to be sacrificed to the Minotaur on his own free will. By going into the labyrinth and slaying the