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Antony Augoustakis and Stacie Raucci

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781474424516

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474424516.001.0001

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Sacrifice and Salvific Heroism in Supernatural (2005–)

Sacrifice and Salvific Heroism in Supernatural (2005–)

(p.74) 5 Sacrifice and Salvific Heroism in Supernatural (2005–)
Epic Heroes on Screen

Meredith E. Safran

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter, approaches the mythological figure of Hercules through an indirect representation of the ancient hero, allowing us to think about issues of adaptation of ancient heroes. Rather than Hercules appearing directly on screen, the audience finds him in the long-running apocalyptic sci-fi series CW’s Supernatural (2005-). Despite an overt Christian narrative context in which the plot brings the audience to expect a Jesus figure, the character of Dean Winchester follows the path of Hercules.

Keywords:   Supernatural, Hercules, adaptation, Jesus, Dean Winchester

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