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My Hero by Willis Hall

My dad's as brave as a dad can be,

I rate him Number One,

He's not afraid of the dead of night,

Or anything under the sun.

He's not afraid of a late-night film,

Full of horrors on the telly,

And is he afraid of skeletons?

Not dad, not on your Nelly!

He's not afraid of meeting ghosts,

He'd even smile and greet 'em,

And things that scare most dads the most,

My dad could just defeat 'em.

He's not afraid of vampires,

Or a wolf-man come to get him,

If Frankenstein's monster knocked on our door,

He wouldn't let that upset him.


My dad's as brave as a dad can be,

And he's always ready to prove it.

So why, when a spider's in the bath,

Does Mum have to come and remove it?

Pharaphrase of the poem.


Stanza 1.

The persona is very proud of his father who he feels is as brave as any other father or even braver.In his
eyes,his father is Number One as his father is fearless and not afraid of the dead of night and anything
under the sun.

Stanza 2.

The persona says his father is not afraid to watch horror movies late in the night.Horror scenes of
skeletons do not scare him or put him off watching them.

Stanza 3.

The persona is positive his father is not afraid of ghosts and would even smile and acknowledge
them.His father dares to fight against things that most other dads are afraid of.

Stanza 4.

The persona's father will not be intimidated by horror,figures like vampires ,wolf-man or Frankenstein's
monster even if they appear at the door.

Stanza 5.

The persona says his father is as brave as a father can be an he's always keen to show it.But when his
father sees a spider,he will not touch it and mother has to come to his aid.This is something the persona
cannot understand about his brave father.Is he really afraid of mere spider?
Synopsis.

The persona feels his father is very brave and is not afraid of any time of the day and anything in the
world.He rates his father who watches horror movies late at night is not put off by any horror scenes or
fearful skeletons.If any ghost appears in front of his father,he will either greet them or fight them
off.Horror figures,big or small,ugly or scary looking do not give him the creeps even if they appear at his
door.However,the persona's father or his hero has a weakness-He has a fear of spider.

Themes.

1)Respecting and looking up to someone.


2)Living up to people's expectation.
3)Believe in no one's skills and strengths.
4)Everyone has flaws or weakness.
5)Accepting people for what they are.
6)Parent-child relationship.
7)Hero worship.

Moral Values.

A)Recognise and acknowledge our weakness.


B)Not be afraid to acknowledge our weakness.
C)Value family relationship.
D)Must set good examples.
E)Try to live up to young children's expectation.
F)Able to separate the reality from make-believe.
G)Willing to help those in trouble.

Language and Style

1. The language used by the poet is light, simpl and easy to understand.

2. It is attributive as the poet the persona talks about his parents.

3. Use of few negative sentences

4. He's not afraid of the dead of night,

He's not afraid of meeting ghosts,

He wouldn't let that upset him.


5. There are four lines per stanza.

Tone, Mood and Atmosphere

1. Direct and matter-of-fact

2. Innocence and purehearted

3. Serious

4. Pride

5. Rhyme and Rhythm

Stanza 1 - a, b, c, b

Stanza 2 - a, b, c, b

Stanza 3 - a, b, a, b

Stanza 4 - a, b, c, b

Stanza 5 - a, b, c, b

Literary Devices

1. Symbol
'Dead of night' - symbolize darkness and anything and everything not feared by the persona's father
'anything under the sun' - anything that can be seen during the day
2. Imagery
'a late-night film, Full of horrors' - signifies a terrifying horror movie
'vampires, or a wolf-man' - gives a clear image of horror figures
'I rate him Number One' - shows the persona's pride and hero worship towards his father
3. Repetition
'My dad's as brave as a dad can be,' - to emphasize the persona's belief that his father is a brave man.
'He's not afraid of..' - repeated in four stanzas to emphasise the persona's father is brave.
4. Assonance
'monster knocked on our door'
'He'd even smile and greet them'
5. Methaphor
The persona compares his father to a superhero who will take on ghostly or horror figures. He is a
human who has supernatural courage.
6. Alliteration
And things that scare most dads the most
7. Rhetorical Questions
'And is he afraid of skeletons?'
'Does Mum have to come and remove it?'
8. Irony

The irony is that the father does not seem to be afraid of horror movies and ghoulish figures like
'vampires' and even Frankenstein's monster but he is afraid of a little spider.

Literary Devices

Repetition

 'My dad's as brave as a dad can be,' - to emphasize the persona's belief that his father is a
brave man.

 'He's not afraid of..' - repeated in four stanzas to emphasise the persona's father is brave.

Symbol

 'Dead of night' - symbolize darkness and anything and everything not feared by the persona's
father

 'anything under the sun' - anything that can be seen during the day

Imagery

 'a late-night film, Full of horrors' - signifies a terrifying horror movie

 'vampires, or a wolf-man' - gives a clear image of horror figures

 'I rate him Number One' - shows the persona's pride and hero worship towards his father

Assonance

 'monster knocked on our door'

 'He'd even smile and greet them'


Alliteration

 And things that scare most dads the most

Methaphor
The persona compares his father to a superhero who will take on ghostly or horror figures. He is a
human who has supernatural courage.

Rhetorical Questions

 'And is he afraid of skeletons?'

 'Does Mum have to come and remove it?'

Irony
The irony is that the father does not seem to be afraid of horror movies and ghoulish figures like
'vampires' and even Frankenstein's monster but he is afraid of a little spider.

THE COMPONENTS OF LITERATURE

Most students have read and studied stories, but let’s review the list of various aspects that make up
most stories.

You may want to focus on the events--plot.

You may be fascinated by the motivations of the protagonist–character.

You may find that the description of the surroundings is key–setting.

You may notice that a narrator or character’s thinking is curious, contradictory, etc.–point-of-view.

Or, you focus on what the author seems to be saying about human nature–its theme.

LITERARY TERMS FOR DISCUSSING & ANALYZING STORIES

atmosphere: mood or feeling conveyed by the author’s choice of language

complication (of plot): the introduction and development of a conflict between characters or characters
and a situation.
chronological/linear plot flow: telling a story in order of events as they take place in time

conflict: some form of opposition presented to the main character

crises: turning point in a narrative as it moves close to the story’s climax

distance: an author’s or narrator’s spatial, temporal, or emotional removal from plot events

flashback: breaks up chronological flow of plot events to tell what happened at some past time

foreshadowing: introduction of specific words or images that anticipate later events

irony: reader’s awareness that reality differs from that of the character’s perspective

metaphor: metaphor: an image used to make concrete an abstract idea--doesn't use like or similar
to Ex: My love is a Grand Canyon of longing.

magical realism: use of magical elements to eternal and internal forces that cause characters to perform
specific acts

narrator:
*omniscient: knows all thoughts of characters, and events
*limited omniscient: knows the thoughts and feelings of certain characters
*first-person: uses “I” to tell the story, and may be a character
*unreliable: narrator who lies or misrepresents reality on purpose
pace: rate at which the action progresses

pathos: quality of a work that evokes pity. Too much=sentimentality

protagonist: main character of a story

resolution: the “falling action” of a story in which the conflict has been settled

reversal: any turnabout in the fortunes of a character

simile: an image used to make concrete an abstract idea. Uses words such as “like” or “similar to.” Ex:
My love is like a Grand Canyon of longing. (compare with metaphor)

subplot: a minor plot that somehow affects and interacts with the main plot

symbol: a person, event, place, etc., that represents, by association, some other idea (often abstract).

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