Throughout the course of history, our focus has been placed on the idea of heroes. People find it to believe in a higher power. Due to this fact, our culture has revolved around believing in the someone or something that is more powerful than oneself. It started in the ancient times when people created myths and told them to people.
Word spread and after a few hundred years written text was invented and people started to write their myths about heroes killing monsters and protecting mortals. This was entertaining, but more importantly, it gave people a sense of safety from the outside world. It also allowed them to believe that everything happens for a reason and more easily overcome grief and be forced to look at a silver lining. Now in more modern times, we write books and movies about superheroes who go around killing bad guys and saving people. In the book, Percy Jackson Percy goes across the country fighting monsters and saving people similarly to the ancient texts from thousands of years ago. Rick Riordan has set up the book in a way that allows you to believe in Percy Jackson and allow the reader to feel the same sense of security several fictional heroes do. Even though we have almost always had the lingering idea of a hero, having a “definition” is slightly different. A hero is not the same for everyone.
In my opinion, hero is a bit of a loose term. A hero is a being who in some way, shape, or form try’s there best to do what they, and a majority of the people think is the right thing. There are five different types of heroes: Classical Heroes, Everyday Heroes, Epic Heroes, Anti Heros, or Tragic Heros.
I would categorize Percy Jackson as an everyday hero. An everyday hero is a normal person who discovers they have something special about them and uses that to help people. Since his dad is a god I wouldn’t consider his equal to everyone else (which is a categorization for someone who is a classic hero). Classic heroes are normal people who have something that is different from everyone else, however, they are just normal people. For example, in the 39 clues series, Dan Cahill had a photographic memory. A photographic memory is not really considered a “superpower” per say, but it is an ability most people don’t have. Then there is an anti-hero.
Due to the fact that Percy possessed motley positive traits (not counting the time he murdered his pre-algebra teacher) he is not categorized as an anti-hero. The last two are an epic hero and tragic heroes. Both of which are fairly self-explanatory. And neither of them are characteristics that fully explain the type of hero Percy is throughout the book. On page one, the text states “Look, I didn’t want to be a half-blood”. This is directly expressing to the reader that Percy didn’t set out to be a hero. This also allows you to infer that Percy longed more to be normal than to go on adventures.
He started out being thrown out of several schools and couldn’t stay in one place for more than a few months. In some ways he did get what he wanted with his new friends at camp half-blood (which is not the most original name for a camp for half-bloods). Later on, in the text, the book even says “I settled into a routine that felt almost normal…”