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kmiller blog 11

My favorite hero that we talked about is William Wallace. I have always loved the movie Braveheart, and think that William Wallace encompasses aspects of many different types of hero. He is a folk hero, a soldier, and an anti-hero in many ways and can relate to almost all the other heroes we discussed. I also like the fact that … Continue Reading

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kmiller blog 9 On May 4, 1970 four students of Kent State University were shot and killed by U.S. National Guardsmen while protesting the Vietnam War. More specifically, the students formed the protest following President Nixon’s announcement of the American invasion of Cambodia. I chose this article, and the Vietnam War protests because it shows the other side of our typical vision … Continue Reading

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

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I understand the idea that terrorism is a matter of perspective, yet I do not necessarily agree. I think, in most cases, that terrorism is not defined entirely by the act, but rather by the intent as well. A common them in many of the stories we have discussed is a black and white fight for freedom. In Braveheart the … Continue Reading

Posted in Blog 8 (Jan 15) Terrorists? Outlaw? Justice? | Leave a comment

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I will always place the mission first I will never accept defeat I will never quit I will never leave a fallen comrade   These are the four tenets which comprise the United States Army Warrior Ethos. These ideals are pounded into the head of every American soldier throughout his or her career. Often times soldiers can be considered heroes … Continue Reading

Posted in Blog 7 (Jan 14) SOLDIERS | 1 Comment

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“Artists use lies to tell the truth. Yes, I created a lie. But because you believed it, you found something true about yourself.” -V V for Vendetta A is for art. In V for Vendetta the citizens of England have been oppressed by their government under the guise of what seems beneficial to society. Much like what was witnessed in Nazi Germany … Continue Reading

Posted in Blog 6 "V IF FOR..." (Jan 11-13) | Leave a comment

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I think Beowulf is a saint. Hrothgar’s men welcome him in to the mead hall praising him as heaven sent. They claim, “The holy Creator usward sent him, to West-Dane warriors, I ween, for to render ‘gainst Grendel’s grimness gracious assistance” (1511-1513). Though Beowulf sings his own praises and the feats he accomplished of his own accord when he first … Continue Reading

Posted in Blog 4 (Jan 8-9) Team Saxon? Team Saint? | 1 Comment

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Gawain’s tale serves to show how difficult it was to uphold the chivalric codes as they are often very conflicting ideals. One of the codes states that “thou shalt never lie, and shall remain faithful to thy pledged word”. Gawain fails to follow through with this aspect of the code, as he lies to his host during the third test. … Continue Reading

Posted in Blog 3 (Jan 7) Knights, ELYSIUM | 2 Comments

Monk is an old USA tv show that follows the obsessive compulsive “defective detective” Adrian Monk. I identify with Monk for multiple reasons. For one, I pay very close attention to detail, often shutting out my surroundings to focus on one thing at a time. Monk is able to solve crimes because he sees the details hidden in the bigger … Continue Reading

Posted in Blog 1 (Jan 3) Introductions | Leave a comment

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I think the most interesting aspect of a tragic hero we have discussed is the concept of hamartia. We feel more compelled to follow a hero’s story by allowing a hero to have some characteristic that makes them seem human, as if their abilities aren’t so far out of reach. A fatal flaw makes a character interesting because it takes … Continue Reading

Posted in Blog 2 (Jan 4) Greek to Me | 3 Comments