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The young maiden swoons about to fall into the deep black hole but then suddenly a set of strong bronze arms reaches out and grabs her waist pulling her to safety She looks up to see her handsome rescuer instantly falls in love and they live happily ever after This is an example of a scene that is common to many romance novels the heros brave rescue scene Heroes play a key role in many stories and most people know the formula for a hero in any story As Freud points out in paragraph six of his essay The Relation of the Poet to Daydreaming throughout any story one is secure in knowing that even if the hero is left unconscious and bleeding in one scene he will soon be safe again with his wounds nicely healing This is an example of the most important variable in the classic hero formula The special providence looking over the hero to keep him safe from all evils that may be directed towards him The rest of the variables may differ slightly from story to story however they are basically the same for all stories Almost all heroes have a woman with whom they are in love and conveniently they get to save the life of either her or someone close to her during the story Another variable in the typical hero story is the heros archenemy who is of course always cleverly defeated at the end of the story so that the hero may live happily ever after with the woman of his choice This classic hero formula is often used and people never seem to tire of reading it no matter how predictable it is However there are also many stories that do not follow this particular hero story line If one is to look at a collection of horror stories he will find that most of them do not follow the simple hero formula that
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