Since the beginning, heroes are loved and famed for their marvelous feats. Those eye-popping, jaw-dropping moments are usually centered around the hero completing something that was seemingly impossible. Hercules wrestling down the Nemean Lion, Beowulf claiming the arm of Grendel, and Samson slaying a thousand Philistines, are some of the amazing tales that have blazed through history still being well known and inspirational today!
Many of our favorite heroes have themselves kept this trend alive like those famous heroes of old, and when deeply analyzed we can start to see the similarities between them, aswell as perhaps even see, or understand, that we as people today are drawn to the same type of heroics and amazing feats that excited people in the past.
For instance, Ive recently realized small (surface-level) similarities between the story of David & Goliath and some of our heroes. The tale of young and meek, David, slaying the giant and man-crushing, Goliath, holds many lessons, themes, and more that can be gleaned. A couple in particular to focus on here is: "overcoming great obstacles or seemingly impossible odds", and "the small being mighty".
David was no warrior, he was barely fully grown, and he had no experience in killing (well killing a man); yet still he had courage when others cowered away before Goliath, and actually managed to kill the giant with, of all things, A ROCK AND A SLING lol- talk about making the impossible, possible😅.
As said, many great feats usually revolve around the impossible becoming possible, so ALL heroes have them. With David however, it did not involve being super strong, or super fast, or being anything "super" period. What heroes today can you think of that fit the exact same narrative or idea of being heroic or doing something mind blowing despite being "super"? Some that come to mind are: Batman, Wolverine, Deathstroke, Captain America, Black Panther and more- y'know the "Mary/Gary Sues" of the world lol.
Although today such heroes have a degree of super human physicality, supreme skill, super gear, and more; still I believe they are our modern day "David & Goliath" characters. Why? Just like David, these characters are known for their impossible deeds of taking on physically superior or greater opponents despite being lower or "super". Wolverine & Batman, in particular, I think are the kings of such due them being known for battling the power houses: Hulk & Superman. Also just as wit is contributed to David's victory (outside of faith as related in the biblical tale); heroes like: Batman, Black Panther, Deathstroke, and even Iron Man, aswell are known to use their uncanny wit to overcome impossible odds.
So just like thousands of years ago, these characters are loved for symbolizing the small being mighty in face of seemingly greater opposition. Its evident humans cannot stay away from such an idea and are captivated by it. No, not everyone is drawn to such characters or narratives; but the fact that, despite it's changes ovetime, such things still exist shows me that such characters and stories carry much weight and are important to the human psyche.
Of course this whole rant/post is me trying validate or vouch for some of my favorite heroes & characters (mainly Panther 😅) who are demeaned and scoffed at for being too "Mary Sue", but I think the point still stands. These characters are valid- they are cool and are loved for a reason, and what they do should not be overlooked or downplayed. Buuuut...
Why😊? We've identified the "David & Goliath" characters, but not their real importance or purpose. So what do you guys think that is, and what other "David & Goliath" like characters can you name? And lastly, since all heroes have particular moments like these, what is one your favorite character's "David & Goliath-like" moments?
Thats all for now! I apologize for any typos. BIG Thanx to all who participate and tune in 😉✊.