When reading “The Water of Cure”, I couldn’t help but notice similarities between the story and the stories in my fairy tale books. Fairy tales and epic tales are my favorite kinds of stories. The hero epic is formulaic and its simplicity makes for good and entertaining story no matter how old a person may be. Simply put: the protagonist embarks on a quest for a certain kind of goal. The goal in “The Water of Cure” is to find the magical water that will restore anyone’s health no matter how sick they are. On the journey, the hero faces different tasks and tests that pushes him to the limit. These tasks test the physical strength, the quickness of mind, and the solidarity of faith in the hero (if it were easy, anyone could be an epic hero).
Usually on these kinds of quests, the hero must procure some sort of magical item to help him on his way. For our hero in “The Water of Cure”, he finds a magic blade inhabited by a spirit who will do his bidding. He also receives a magical ring that has spirits in it that will help him on his journey home.
What is really fascinating about this story is the imperfect hero. Usually in fairy tales and epic hero stories, the hero is a bright and shining example of how a person should be. They are just, beautiful, helpful, and charitable. Our hero in “The Water of Cure”, does help others in some situations, but he is also kind of a jerk. Personally, I think this makes him more likeable. People like a scoundrel that is supposed to be a hero. For example: Han Solo in Star Wars is a detestable smuggler who every boy wanted to pretend to be when playing Star Wars in their backyard.
I think the reason people like to see an imperfect hero is to see themselves in the hero. We know ourselves to be imperfect, and having a hero just as flawed and sometimes just as deceitful as ourselves makes the story even better.