Redemption And Heroism In Linda Seger's Spawn

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Spawn focuses on redemption and heroism. The Spawn franchise follows a world class hitman that was killed and sent to hell. There he sold his soul to the devil in order to see his wife again. Upon returning Spawn realizes that he has not returned to the world as he knew it as several years have passed since his death. His best friend, and morally clean lawyer, has wedded and bedded his widowed wife and is raising a child with her. Hideously deformed Spawn is left broken and alone in a world that is seemingly alien to him. Spawn struggles to regain his humanity and turns away and betrays the forces of hell as he regains a place in the world as an outlaw hero, one born of hellfire. Spawn is an amazing hero because he starts off as an remorseless…show more content…
Seger’s seventh rule states “At some point in the story, the hero often hits rock bottom. He often has a ‘death experience,’ leading to a type of rebirth” (390). In Spawn’s case his “death” that leads to a change in character is his literal one as the story has him immediately killed off as he starts off as a soul in Hell willing to do anything to be reunited with his beloved wife. Seger states that “In any journey, the hero usually receives help, and help often comes from unusual places,” which works well in Spawn’s story as Hell is the last place people expect second chances from. Spawn’s resurrection from Hell to the human world works with Seger’s fifth rule in which she states “The hero is now ready to move into the special world where he or she will change from the ordinary into the extraordinary,” which couldn’t be truer as Spawn awakens in the human world with supernatural powers. Seger’s next rule fits in with Spawn’s plot extraordinarily well as she states “Now begin all the tests and obstacles necessary to overcome the enemy and accomplish the hero’s goals. In fairy tales, this often means getting past witches, outwitting the devil, avoiding robbers, or confronting evil” (389) Coincidentally in Spawn’s story he does indeed face witches and Malebolgia, the devil responsible for his rebirth. Seger’s final rule fits in with Spawn’s character development as it states “we need to see the hero changed at the end” (390). Spawn started off as a remorseless killer and gradually becomes a pillar of hope and redemption who is willing to forget his selfish desires in order to ensure the happiness of the woman he loves, the very one he sold off his humanity in order to see again, essentially erasing his past self. Spawn also embodies the characteristics of the healing myth, as he starts off broken and without purpose following his return to the human world. However

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