The building and deconstruction of the hero: a matter of national identity

OLGÁRIA CHAIN FÉRES MATOS About the author

The essay tries to understand the emergence and deconstruction of both the hero and heroism in the realm of death, according to the myth of invulnerability and fantasy of rebirth that strikes life's briefness. As a point of convergence for imaginary identities, its survival becomes a problematic issue for modernity, which is ruled by the hero's conversion into a transient TV show, as to configure a negative delusion, that is, the absence of representation of rights to the process of desocialization in the contemporary world.

hero; heroism; death; invulnerability; negative delusion


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