This study focuses on the metamorphosis of mythic figures in the process of history. The purpose of the work is to illustrate how this concept works in modern storytelling, as goddesses become heroines in literature and film. Heriones primarily owe their descent from mythic females, who develop from a distinct interpretation of seasonal occurrences, a phenomena that may be described as inherent in the resourcefulness of the earth. The author establishes that seasons are the source, not the accessory, of all imaginative conceptions of plot, character, and theme. The heroine in literature and film is an expression of seasonal occurrence. Her behavior exhibits, symbolically, the response of the earth to the sun at a given time of the year, beginning at the March equinox and proceeding through twelve seasons. She assumes, then, twelve distinct characterizations. Her conflicts, successes, and failures reflect the natural conditions of Early Spring, Mid-Spring, Late Spring, and so on, in an aesthetic development that converts traditional mythic dynamics, based in agriculture, into story lines in ancient and modern configurations.Her character in a given season suggests the dynamism of that season as reinterpreted into the drama of human relationships.
Introduction; Chapters:; 1: Early Spring: the Heroine as Life-Source; 2: Mid-Spring: the Heroine as Beloved; 3: Late Spring: the Heroine as Judge, Accuser, and Accused; 4: Early Summer: the Heroine in Emerging Independence; 5: Mid-Summer: the Heroine as Femme Fatale; 6: Late Summer: the Heroine as Virgin; 7: Early Autumn: the Heroine as New Woman; 8: Mid-Autumn: the Heroine in Danger; 9: Late Autumn: the Heroine in Moral Frailty; 10: Early Winter: the Heroine in Exile; 11: Mid-Winter: the Heroine as Presumptive Bride; 12: Late Winter: the Heroine as Sleeping Princess; BIBLIOGRAPHY; INDEX.