Jkaufman6 Heroes Blog Post 2

In today’s class my group discussed Abraham Lincoln as an epic hero who ventured on a difficult path of becoming the President of the United States. Abraham fits many of characteristics that describe an epic hero including his superior to the population. People respected Lincoln for his honesty and his dedication to the United States, but many feared what he could do. For example Abraham Lincoln set out to abolish slavery, something no president has ever tried to do before. The opposing party feared his power within the community, and believed for the first time in their history, slavery could come to an end. However, what really makes Lincoln an epic hero, is his sacrifice and suffering for the greater good. Being the first President to try to abolish slavery put a major target on his back. Many people were for slavery and this in turn led to his death. His story was a true tragedy as he risked his life for a future full of prosper. On top of that, he was a very relatable hero because he suffered obvious flaws. One example of him suffering hamartia, is he always wanted to please people and comprised to often. Another major flaw was that he had servants of his own that in the eyes of people could have been seen as a contradictory. Abraham Lincoln is an epic hero who faced a monomyth journey in becoming President which was presented with many difficult obstacles a long the way.

Another great example of an epic hero in the 1900s, who inspired many, is Jackie Robinson. Jackie Robinson was the first African American to ever play professional baseball. Today millions of African Americans are given the opportunity to play professional sports, because of the courageous journey he took. One of his biggest flaws was being an African American, trying to take his talents into an all white game. His triumph as a hero goes way beyond professional sport, but the African American community as a whole. His monomyth was one of the most monumental journeys of our history. Everyday he had to endure negative criticism, verbal abuse, physical abuse, and harsh embarrassment. Jackie Robison is an epic hero who will always be remembered for conquering his greatest flaws and single handily changing our history as we know it today.

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