Author Archives: jasonvonick

JVonick Blog 11

It’s hard to think we could cover so many heroes in just three weeks, but we got it done. From Antigone to Beowulf to Rick Blaine in Casablanca, all of the heroes we covered have unique personality traits that qualify them as heroes. However, two of my favorite characters from the course would probably be Gawain from Sir Gawain and … Continue Reading

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JVonick XC Blog MLK

  “Nonviolence means avoiding not only external physical violence but also internal violence of spirit. You not only refuse to shoot a man, but you refuse to hate him.”   Everyone knows that Martin Luther King Jr. is the definition of a hero and leader. Similar to another famous hero, Gandhi, King led by example, but even saying that is … Continue Reading

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JVonick Blog 10

Sacrificing is always something that people are hesitant about. But true heroes know that, almost always, in order to succeed for the greater good, a sacrifice has to be made. That’s what I think makes Atticus Finch in To Kill A Mockingbird such a hero. Finch sacrificed his reputation, safety, and even both for his family, for the greater good. … Continue Reading

Posted in Blog 10 (Jan 18-20) "Sacrifices" | 2 Comments

JVonick Blog 9

Unfortunately, there was another protest in South Africa. Because of labor unrest, 50 wine farm workers were arrested. Riot police and the protestors clashed in Grabouw, a town in the Western Cape close to the southern tip of South Africa,that resulted in two deaths. One of the more notable events during the protest happened was at a local supermarket. After … Continue Reading

Posted in Blog 9 "Kings & Leaders" (Jan 16-17) | Leave a comment

JVonick Blog 8

Atticus is a terrific folk hero. A folk hero must understand the average, everyday person, and he knew Tom Robinson was innocent, and while he defended Robinson because it was his job, he also fought hard because he knew Robinson was innocent. Atticus’s strong sense of what’s right and what’s wrong has rubbed off on his kids and he’s a … Continue Reading

Posted in Blog 8 (Jan 15) Terrorists? Outlaw? Justice? | 1 Comment

JVonick Blog 7 2nd Lt. Mark Little was a 24-year-old college graduate who had enlisted in the Army. While in Iraq six years ago, a roadside bomb destroyed both of Little’s legs. Little now has two prosthetic legs, but he’ll never have his real legs again. The article above perfectly describes how great of a hero Little is. Soldiers are the kinds … Continue Reading

Posted in Blog 7 (Jan 14) SOLDIERS | 3 Comments

JVonick Blog 6

R for Ruthless For me, “ruthless” is a great way to describe this film. V is extremely ruthless throughout the movie, and in the end, right before he is about to die, he puts the choice to send the train in the hands of Evey. Because she realizes the corruption of the Norsefire group, she decides to send it, and … Continue Reading

Posted in Blog 6 "V IF FOR..." (Jan 11-13) | 114 Comments

JVonick Blog 5

One of my favorite actors from any movie is Matt Damon for his role as Francois Pienaar in Invictus. For those of you who don’t know, Invictus is about South Africa and what the country was going through before and during the 1995 Rugby World Cup. It’s truly a great film, with Morgan Freeman playing Nelson Mandela and Damon playing … Continue Reading

Posted in Blog 5 (Jan 10) Fave Film Character | Leave a comment

JVonick Blog Post 4

I am not one to ask about religion. I’m not very knowledgeable about religion at all, but I noticed in Beowulf that while there is some Paganism, he definitely seems more Christian. To start, there are many, many God references throughout the piece, including in Chapter X: “Put to sleep with the sword, that sea-going travelers. No longer thereafter were … Continue Reading

Posted in Blog 4 (Jan 8-9) Team Saxon? Team Saint?, ELYSIUM | 299 Comments

JVonick Blog 3

As we talked about in class, there are too many rules of chivalry and love for a hero obey every single one, and Gawain proved that in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. In life no one is perfect: everything and everyone has flaws and hamartia, even if it’s very small, but what separates the good from the great is … Continue Reading

Posted in Blog 3 (Jan 7) Knights | 1 Comment