The poem of Abdullah Shoaib has a hero reflecting upon their worth as an individual. However, the purpose of the poem is to create a new approach of how to interpret an individual's positive and negative reflection of themselves.
Dr. Kathleen Noble also encourages a new approach to personal reflections in her writings titled: "Toward a New Mythology of Heroism", Noble discusses the story of Snow White, the evil queen, and the patriarchal mirror that dictates how others are viewed. A new myth could be created if the mirror reflected our heroic self and if our goal was to reshape the world instead of destroying each other. Self-expression, combined with inclusion, can become the guiding principle for a new archetype. Noble wants to create a new mythology of heroism in order to fuse the best of masculine and feminine traits into a new archetype of heroism.
Noble’s Goals for a New Archetype:
Become independent without alienating
Be powerful without exploiting others
Be rational without abandoning intuition
Be nurturing without sacrificing the individual’s own needs
Noble believes the myth of sleeping beauties and tragic heroines has caused women to become blind to their strengths. In the fairy tale of Snow White, for example, the stepmother looks into the patriarchal mirror for reassurance that her beauty will maintain its hold on her husband.
The mirror's reflection is deceptive because it doesn't reveal the queen's desire to destroy her stepdaughter. The author states that the spirit within the mirror relays the message that we must "sacrifice our connection to the sisterhood of women so that we might be loved" (Noble 192).
A new myth could be created if the mirror reflected our heroic self and if our goal was to reshape the world instead of destroying each other. Self-expression, combined with inclusion, can become the guiding principle of the female hero. Noble creates the goal of creating a new mythology of heroism in order to fuse the best of masculine and feminine traits into a new archetype of heroism.
Dr. Noble proceeds to define a new archetype by noting that the female hero is not a second-class hero; she is brave and determined and takes risks to transform herself and her environment. Above all else, a female hero is a visionary. “She carefully hones her talents and skills … and she uses them in the service of others though the cost may be high” (Noble 2002).
As a visionary, the female hero rejects long standing traditions. Noble suggests that a new myth be created wherein the Fall of Eve is rejected. Eve is no longer blamed for Adam’s transgression. The purpose of this new myth is not to establish a matriarchal society. Rather, it is to awaken the souls of men and women with the intent to revitalize the world spiritually, relationally, ecologically, and psychologically.
When individuality is infused with empathy, society can develop a new order based upon responsibility to each other and absolute interconnectedness. It means “fusing the best of what we call female with the best of what we call male and so propelling the whole of humanity toward a greater maturity than we have ever known” ( Noble 2002). Dr. Noble concludes The Sound of the Silver Horn stating that the hero’s journey begins in the person’s inner being and states:
"Perhaps the most important thing to keep in mind is that the heroic quest knows no boundaries of age, gender, race, class, or creed; the "mighty hero of extraordinary powers...is each of us...not the physical self visible in the mirror, but the [ruler] within".