At this point, we must make a distinction between two narratives, of the athlete and of the hero. The athlete is the figure who is actively engaged in the “act.” His muscles are appropriately tensed or relaxed as if he is in the moment. The pose and body language are believable in their detailing. This action is communicative. It expresses not only the figure’s physical prowess but also his personal or spiritual strength. The hero is the figure who, while equally muscular, is not convincingly engaged in the action of the moment. He looks as if he is posing for the camera, stilted, awkward, or too relaxed. Compositional concerns (to make a harmonious work of art) overrun the sweaty and distasteful details of physical exertion in athletics or war.