Category Archives: Blog 10 (Jan 18-20) “Sacrifices”

Whitehead Blog 10

Two heroes that have a connection are Dr. Manhattan and Bryan Mills (Taken).  Dr. Manhattan became secluded from his family, but more specifically from the human race as a whole.  Because of his powers/talents he gains a new outlook on life.  With this power he is unable to relate to people and ultimately isolates himself.  He lives alone and disperses from his the two loves in his life.

Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) sacrifices his family life initially for his career.  He has a unique talent that makes him special among all other agents.  Because he is so unique, he is always on the run and always doing missions.  As a result, he sacrifices his family life and is not there for his daughter growing up.  In the end he realizes this and breaks away from his career.  As it has been stated, heroes must sacrifice in order to become heroes.  Both of these heroes sacrifice their family or friends, however Bryan Mills eventually catches onto this and returns to his family.

 

drmanhattan.jpg

liam_neeson_taken.jpg

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0.0/10 (0 votes cast)
VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)
Also posted in Blog 10 (Jan 18-20) "Sacrifices" | 2 Comments

ABebout – Blog 10


Corrie ten Boom

Melba Patillo Beal

The character Melba from Warriors Don’t Cry shares a lot of commonalities with Corrie ten Boom, a Christian woman who housed many Jews in efforts to save them from the Nazis imprisoning them in concentration camps. Both these individuals made a choice to participate in what they believed was right; they each had a right to choose the other path – the route that didn’t endanger their lives. Both endured emotional and physical pain from the decision they made, and ended up making a difference in history.

Melba chose to enlist as one of the few students to be integrated in an all-white high school. She had a choice to live a safer lifestyle than the one she was living throughout most of the novel, Warriors Don’t Cry. Corrie ten Boom also had the option to live a normal, safe life. If she didn’t aid in protecting the Jews from the Nazis, then she would never have been sent to a concentration camp. Both Melba and Corrie endured serious pain – physical and emotional – from the opposition. With Melba’s case, the white students, teachers, and parents would verbally and physically abuse her – even to the point where a couple of girls cornered her in a bathroom stall and threw flaming toilet balls at her. Corrie also experienced emotional and physical abuse from the Nazis during her time at Ravensbrück, a death camp in Germany. Many guards consistently ridiculed her and her sister for their faith in God, and physically hurt the girls to the point where her sister, Betsie, ended up dying at the hands of the Nazis.

To endure all of this pain and suffering, both women utilized God as a fuel source. Anytime that they would have to overcome a difficult time, they would always look to God as a source of strength. One of the most difficult things that both women experienced was forgiving the opposition, and used God as a way to overcome that barrier. Throughout the novel, Melba would consistently ask God to help her forgive the racist white opposition, who had made her life a living hell. Corrie, also, endured a similar experience of having to forgive the opposition. A couple years after Corrie was released from the death camp, one of the Ravensbrück guard asked for Corrie’s forgiveness at one of her seminars because this guard had tortured her and her sister at the death camp. She said that she immediately forgave this guard due to divine intervention.

Information about Corrie ten Boom: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/questionofgod/voices/boom.html

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0.0/10 (0 votes cast)
VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)
Also posted in Blog 10 (Jan 18-20) "Sacrifices" | Leave a comment

CWhite27 Blog 10 “Sacrifices”

 

The hero that I chose from class is Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird. Atticus was a lawyer in Maycomb County that represented a black man that was being charged for raping a white woman. Even though Atticus knew he would not win the case he still took it and decided to defend the black man anyway. Atticus placed his family in severe danger and left them dealing with hearing people talk bad about him, saying things that children should never have to listen to. It also placed them in physical danger because people believed that a white man should never defend a black man, especially when it’s a case between a black man and a white man. Even though he knew all of the consequences in representing the black man he still fought for what he believed in, and wanted to make sure that everyone had equal and proper defense. Atticus reminds me of Mickey Haller (Matthew McConaughey) in the movie The Lincoln Lawyer. Mickey is a criminal defense attorney in Los Angeles County that has spent most of his career defending a variety of criminals. His career changing case came from a Beverly Hills playboy and son of real estate mogul Mary Windsor. Louis Roulet (Ryan Phillippe) was being accused of brutally beating a prostitute named Reggie Campo. Just like Atticus, Mickey believes that his client is innocent, being at the wrong place at the wrong time. Just as Atticus did, Mickey placed the people around him in danger for defending their clients. A couple of Mickey’s closest friends and workers were killed through-out defending his client. Even though none of Atticus’ people died they were still constantly placed in severe danger as well as emotional and psychological damage. Both men put their families, friends, and self in danger but never backed down because they wanted to prove a point and do what they believed in. Both men go to desperate measures in order to defend and protect their clients which is why I believe that Mickey Haller is a good representation of Atticus Finch.

 

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0.0/10 (0 votes cast)
VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)
Also posted in Blog 10 (Jan 18-20) "Sacrifices" | 3 Comments

EClausen Heroes Blog 10

The hero that I want to talk about from class would have to be Atticus. Not only did he sacrifice his well-being and reputation, but also the safety of his family as well. He was willing to fight for the rights of a black man, who at the time, had little to no rights to begin with. He knew winning was a slim chance but he still decided to go to court to try to fight oppression for a single black man. Atticus reminds me of Lt. Daniel Kaffee from the movie A Few Good Men written by Aaron Sorkin. Lt Daniel Kaffee is a graduated Navy Lawyer who has never seen the inside of the courtroom. He is called upon to defend two Marines that have been accused of murdering a fellow Marine. The circumstances of the two Marines that were accused of the act, were questionable because when a Marine is given a order, they are required to follow it, even if they are commanded to do a code red. A code red is an unwritten rule that the upper Marines will haze younger cadets who are either falling behind in workouts or are not following all the rules and regulations. Lt. Daniel Kaffee is similar to Atticus because although the evidence and public were against the two accused Marines, he decided to do everything in his power to prove their innocence and help people see justice. Both Atticus and Kaffee risk their lives and reputation by taking a case that, at first, seemed to be an open and shut case. To undercover the truth, in Kaffee’s case, he is willing to risk his life and potentially his credibility, as well as his fathers, by questioning Marine and Navy authority to uncover the truth. Similarly, Atticus is willing to guard the life of Tom Robinson to protect his case as well bring justice to light. In conclusion, both Atticus and Lt. Daniel Kaffee are similar, not only because they are lawyers, but they are willing to do whatever it takes to gain justice for both parties.

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0.0/10 (0 votes cast)
VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)
Also posted in Blog 10 (Jan 18-20) "Sacrifices" | 2 Comments

Jlopes Blog 10

As already stated Sir Gawain sacrifices his life for King Arthur and embarks on a journey in order to fulfill his duty. He knows his life may be taken by the end of this journey but ultimately it will save the life of his king.

I think a comparable hero who sacrifices his life in a similar maner is Frodo from Lord Of The Rings. Frodo, a regular pipe-smoking hobbit lives in the peaceful grasslands of the Shire. He is then among great warriors who must decide on who will bear the One Ring of power. This ring holds great power that almost no man can resist. It will corrode and destroy the mind with greed, obsession and evil. Much like Gawain, Frodo then volunteers, to embark on the journey of holding the ring, knowing his life could be taken by the powers of the ring or the army of Sauron, the maker of the ring who will endlessly search for it. Frodo had the choice to stay in the shire and potentially live peacefully without a care in the world for what happens to the ring. However he chooses to stand up to a position most would not take just as Gawain did. Sacrifice was not necessary but both heroes volunteered for a job that can and most likely will end their lives.

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0.0/10 (0 votes cast)
VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)
Also posted in Blog 10 (Jan 18-20) "Sacrifices" | 4 Comments

ARiesett Blog 10 “Sacrifices”

Heroes choose to make sacrifices in order to accomplish a bigger goal or greater humanity. Melba Pattillo, who wrote Warriors Don’t Cry, is a terrific example of a heroine that has made sacrifices for the great good of the African American race. She was one of the Little Rock Nine that chose to be a part of the integration of Central High School. She sacrificed her health, her family, and her life in order to get the community of Little Rock to understand that integration was necessary. She was constantly physically abused and emotionally abused while attending Central High School. She faced death threats and other horrible threats like something bad was going to happen to her family. Her mother lost her job as a result of her attending Central High. Despite all of these sacrifices, she followed through with her commitment to attend school at Central High and overcame the abuse with the help of God.  Her faith continued to grow stronger each day.

Victoria Leigh Soto is a similar heroine to Melba Pattillo. Victoria or “Vicki” sacrificed the same things as Melba. Vicki sacrificed her own life to sacrifice the lives of her students during the tragic Sandy Hook Massacre. She was willing to die and leave her family behind to save the lives of so many young children. Vicki also became a heroine at a young age like Melba. These women are inspirational for this because the typical stereotype of a hero is that of a male. It is hard to image that I would be able to do such a heroic act at my age. I probably would not have the courage that these young women had at the time.

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0.0/10 (0 votes cast)
VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)
Also posted in Blog 10 (Jan 18-20) "Sacrifices" | 2 Comments

JHarris Blog 10

Two heroes that are not immediately similar but can be compared are V from the movie V for Vendetta and Jean Valjean from Les Miserables. V was willing to fight to the death so that the public could have the freedoms that they deserved which their government had taken away from them. In the process he met Evey and she helped him with his plan and in the process fell in love. When V died, he entrusted Evey to follow out his plan if she saw it fit and Evey was forever changed from her experiences with V. We see just how much V meant to her when she says, “Everyone remembers what happened that night and what it meant for this country. But I will always remember the man and what he meant to me.” Similar to how V helped Evey become the adult she grew into, Jean Valjean risked his life to search for Cosette and save her from the awful treatment she was receiving with family she was staying with. Valjean then rescues her and raises her in a way to care for the public and give money to the poor. This is a correlation because V ended up sacrificing his life for the good of the common people. Also Jean Valjean goes to war to fight the government and in the process he meets the boy (Marius) that Cosette is in love with. Valjean risks his life to save Marius to ensure that Cosette would not be heartbroken. And V saves Evey’s life in the beginning of the movie before he requires her to live with him. Another unique similarity between these two heroes is they both began their path to revenge because they were victims of their government’s orders and could be seen as prisoners. In the end, both Valjean and V die and they die fighting for what they believe to be right for those they love.

 

Valjean Image:

http://www.google.com/imgres?q=jean+valjean&um=1&hl=en&sa=N&tbo=d&biw=1102&bih=622&tbm=isch&tbnid=4pSKLgwBm6f-HM:&imgrefurl=http://www.bbcamerica.com/anglophenia/2012/12/watch-hugh-jackman-on-playing-jean-valjean-it-took-everything-from-me/&docid=ZxgeWc8hGjWtVM&imgurl=http://www.bbcamerica.com/anglophenia/files/2012/12/Hugh-Jackman-Les-Miserables.jpg%253Fe116a5&w=460&h=300&ei=unf8UKCxPIjs8wTEhIHACw&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=409&vpy=311&dur=445&hovh=181&hovw=278&tx=161&ty=78&sig=106510107989839440711&page=1&tbnh=143&tbnw=202&start=0&ndsp=20&ved=1t:429,r:10,s:0,i:180

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0.0/10 (0 votes cast)
VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)
Also posted in Blog 10 (Jan 18-20) "Sacrifices" | Leave a comment

NBruno Blog 10

William Wallace in Braveheart is a great example for this blog. Wallace sacrificed his life for his people. The English killed William Wallace’s father and brother while he was a young child. The English were trying to invade and take over Scotland. Later in his life, Wallace gathered an army and decided to rebel and fight for their independence. Wallace sacrificed his life for independence of himself and for his people. Wallace defeated the English in the first battle, but lost the second after he was wounded. Ultimately, Wallace was captured and ended up being killed publicly. Although Wallace died, he was a hero that sacrificed his life for the people of Scotland.

Lieutenant Rorke in Act of Valor is a good example of a hero that sacrifices his life for the lives of his group. Rorke was part of the Navy Seal team that was in charge of recovering a kidnapped CIA agent, but find out that there is about to be a terrorist attack against the United States. Trying to neutralize all of the terrorists, the team goes into a factory. A suicide bomber drops a grenade and only Rorke sees it. Rorke sacrifices his life and jumps on the grenade. Lieutenant Rorke sacrificed his life for the his team. He jumped on the grenade so that only he would die and his team would be able to move on and carry out the mission. Rorke had a baby on the way at home, but served his country and his team by jumping on the grenade. Like Wallace, Rorke sacrificed his life for his men.

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0.0/10 (0 votes cast)
VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)
Also posted in Blog 10 (Jan 18-20) "Sacrifices" | 5 Comments

Strager Hero 10

Melba Patillo, when hearing that she might have the opportunity to gain a better education at the white school in her hometown of Little Rock Arkansas, wrote her name down. Two years later when she learned that that piece of paper was being put into action her life changed forever. She went from an average girl who was doted on by her same aged church goers, to a heroine and a warrior. Every day she went to school was consumed by hateful words and abuse. Disrespect is a vast understatement of her treatment. A similar heroine that comes to mind is Ruby Bridges. In 1960, two years after the Little Rock Nine entered Central High School, another milestone occurred. Ruby bridges walked into her New Orleans public school, William Frantz, that November, and became the first African American to go to an integrated lower school.  Like Melba, Ruby looked to G-d to find strength during this experience filled with hatred, cruelty and ignorance. Ruby’s experience was different because she was in a class with a one on one teacher, so she didn’t suffer the same classroom ridicule as Melba, but just her being in that school made a difference. Her family suffered. Her father lost his job and they were no longer allowed to shop at their usual grocery store. Her grandparents all the way in Mississippi were ridiculed and prompted to move off of the land they had sharecropper for the last twenty five years. In her later years, she volunteered at the school three days a week and took back the power that her community tried to rid her of many years before. They both entered those buildings as children and came out heroines.

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0.0/10 (0 votes cast)
VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)
Also posted in Blog 10 (Jan 18-20) "Sacrifices" | 3 Comments

benjaminsummers post 10

V in V for Vendetta sacrifices many things.  He went through a lot of mental and physical pain to become what he was.  Some of this pain was his own choice but he was put through a lot of it by other people.  Once V escapes from the facility he devotes the rest of his life to destroying the oppressive government.  This is a massive sacrifice that is difficult to understand.  In the end he pays the ultimate sacrifice for his cause.

Another hero that scarifies many things is Neo from The Matrix.  Neo begins his life inside the “matrix”, which is a virtual world where he is held captive without knowledge of being captive.  His captives are a race of machines that are at war with humans in the future.  Neo is offered a choice to stay where he is or go to the real world.  Neo sacrifices his life to go into the real world, where he lives in poor conditions to fight the machines who kept him captive.  Later in the movie, Neo also willingly goes to rescue a person called Morpheus.  When he chooses to do this, he believes he will die doing so.  Neo devotes his life to fighting his captors similarly to V.  Both Neo and V willingly choose to give up their lives for a cause; this kind of sacrifice is difficult for anyone to want to choose.  This is what makes both of them a hero.

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0.0/10 (0 votes cast)
VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)
Also posted in Blog 10 (Jan 18-20) "Sacrifices" | 2 Comments