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The Thematic Paradigm Analysis

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Ray’s Theory We love our “Hero’s.” In Robert B. Ray’s essay, The Thematic Paradigm, he explains that Americans have always been undecided about the value of civilization. Whether in real life or fictional, there is a contrast in the “Hero” type. First being the “Official Hero,” one who is responsible, usually having a family, job and one who believes “you can’t take the law into your own hands.” Epitomizing the aspect of maturity: sound reasoning and judgment, foresight and compassion based on experience. The opposite end of the spectrum would be the “Outlaw Hero.” In stark contrast to the “Official Hero,” the “Outlaw Hero” seeks relationships with “bad woman,” is usually unemployed, and one who believes in “right and wrong, regardless of what the law states.” The “Outlaw Hero” demonstrates immaturity, a disposition to be impulsive, have tantrums, and make spontaneous decisions based on childhood. Ray also believes that the two “Hero” types can embody one person, be it a real…show more content…
Taking the law into his own hands killing those who have committed murder after he finds enough evidence of their guilt. In great contrast to the “Official Hero” all of Dexter’s personal relationships are superficial. He does eventually marry and have a child because of his main superficial relationship. At the end of season four Dexter returns home to find his wife is murdered by his latest victim, a psychologist that would murder his patients. The impulsive mature of the “Outlaw Hero” has caused Dexter to make a few mistakes one being, after killing a convicted rapist, Fowler, Dexter discovers Fowler’s latest victim is still alive and witnessed the entire murder. She finally reveals to Dexter that Fowler was not the only one who pated her. During investigating the allegation Dexter discovers all of her rapist have known each other since childhood and are all also guilty of torturing, raping, and murdering twelve other
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