A Study of Three Heroes: David, Genji, Aeneas

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Literature, heroes, comparative, literary criticism, character, culture


Biblical Studies | Classics | Comparative Literature | Japanese Studies | Jewish Studies


The purpose of this paper is to analyze three heroes from three differing cultures. David represents Israel, approximately 1000 B.C. Genji represents the royal court of eleventh century Japan. Aeneas represents Troy before 753 B.C. As heroes, these characters represent heroic ideals of their particular cultures. They are literary creations in that they reflect the individual perceptions of their authors.

The study of these three heroes was motivated by an interest in the heroic ideal. Heroic figures share certain common characteristics but they have many differences because of the individuality of the author, culture and the hero himself.

Department 1 Awarding Honors Status

English: Literature and Writing

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