ABebout – Final Blog

One of my favorite heroes that we studied throughout this course is Melba Patillo Beals. She is the perfect example of a reluctant hero who volunteered her efforts for a movement that she didn’t fully prepare for. Slowly, she transformed into a cultural hero who used gratification as a response to being bullied and persistently fought for what she believed in. Even though I cannot even fathom what she went through, I still have a great respect – and even envy – for her courage and bravery by sticking with what she believed in. King is another hero who I envied because of his valor and peaceful demeanor in conquering difficult racial boundaries.

Some of the heroes that I wished we studied were more contemporary heroes, even though Melba and King might be classified as these kinds of heroes. There are a lot of heroes in the 21st century that I wished we discussed – such as the September 11th heroes. There is a lot of literature that covers this horrid, painful day, and illuminates the heroes that arose from this tragedy. The documentary film, 9/11, depicts the sacrifices the New York Police Department and the New York City Fire Department made that day in order to protect and save American citizens from the terrorist attacks.

At the beginning of the course, I chose Batman as one of my favorite heroes. After learning the characteristics of a hero, I realize that Batman is very much an anti-hero. He commits crimes and breaks all sorts of laws in order to achieve a better purpose. He lives outside of society – as known one knows the true identity of Batman – in order to accomplish his greater mission. A monomyth does exist for Batman; if anything, there are multiple monomyths that apply to his journey. Because he undergoes so many different journeys, he has a monomyth associated with each. With each journey, hyperbole and extraordinary circumstances exist. Each time, he has to jump through hoops to save the damsel in distress or society overall, while at the same time maintaining his disguise as Batman. He is everything that we hate, but everything we love. His complex character still makes him one of my favorite heroes.

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  1. Posted January 23, 2013 at 11:19 pm | Permalink

    Melba was one of my favorite heroes as well. I just found her to be such an inspiration. Her transformation was incredible to learn about as well. I think an additional reason why I favored her was because she was a real person. It is just mind-blowing the trials she encountered for a few tribulations.

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  2. Posted January 24, 2013 at 11:16 am | Permalink

    You wonderfully incorporated all of the points we have discussed in class into this blog. I too envy Melba’s bravery and courage and do not think I could have done what she did. I also find it very insightful that you would like to have seen more recent, contemporary heroes. We have seen a great deal of heroes throughout our lifetimes that would be worth discussing.

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  3. Posted January 24, 2013 at 8:03 pm | Permalink

    I completely agree with your idea to incorporate 9/11 heroes into the curriculum. There are so many stories of bravery and compassion that I think are important for us to learn about and remember.

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