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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 he is a combination of brain an braun. Whereas many heroes are revered for one aspect (Oedipus had his mind, Achilles was a great warrior) William Wallace was both a great warrior and well educated. His whole story from start to finish follows the idea of a monomyth perfectly.

In the first blog I talked about Monk as a hero. After reflecting on this I still believe he is a hero. Though he always suffered from OCD, it did not become debilitating until his wife died. His early life accounts for the hyper attentiveness that he possesses, and he is often able to overcome his fears to carry out his task. Monk is a cultural hero because he is only really known in the culture of San-Francisco. Though there are certain aspects of the perfect monomyth that are missing from Monk’s story, all in all he follows a hero’s path.

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Strager Hero Final

One of my favorite heroes that we discussed in class was V from V for Vendetta. He was a very meticulous and thoughtful character, which added to his complexities. I also really enjoyed the movie’s different uses of symbolism throughout characters and character development.

I think it would be interesting to add the movie “Pay it Forward” to the curriculum to show how young children can be just as impactful as older men who have more power and sources.

The monomyth could be applied to my hero from my initial blog entry  about Joe from the documentary Craigslist Joe. Joe ventures out into the world with only the clothes on his back, a tooth brush and tooth paste, a backpack, a laptop, a cell phone with no phone contacts and a camera man he met off of craigslist. He embarks on the journey to learn if our society is still interconnected or if we fail at connecting to those around us because we are too consumed with technology. On his journey he learns that there is still hope in humanity as he meets many different people along the way who aid him by providing food, shelter and simple company. He connects best with a cultural hero because this journey would not be possible if we lived in a different time or society. He tried to change our society or at least the way we see it by bringing back his first-hand knowledge of the great people who live among us. He and the many he met along the way are all heroes.

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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 the Green Knight and Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird. Gawain did everything extremely brave and courageously, and he didn’t boast about it at all. I have a lot of respect for people who are modest about what they’re good at (for example, modest athletes) and Gawain was a true hero because he took on the challenge of the Green Knight because it was the right thing to do. For Atticus, I admire his courage and bravery for sticking up for the innocent man. Tom Robinson was an African American and defending him meant going against the town’s beliefs, but Atticus stayed strong. While he didn’t win the case, for me, it was the thought and effort that counts.

My first blog post was about how I would be similar to John Blake in The Dark Knight Rises because I’m caring and love helping others. Blake’s trail is a little different than both Gawain and Atticus, but all three of them share two crucial trait in a hero: selfless and brave. All three of them had intentions of doing good not for themselves, but for the people around them, and were fearless about doing so. Gawain didn’t fight the Green Knight for himself: he did it for the King and the others. Atticus defended Tom Robinson not for his own image, but because it was the right thing to do. Like Atticus, Blake wanted to help save the city for the people, not for his own pride and fame.

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Jordans Final Credits Post

My favorite heroes that we discussed were Melba from the Little Rock 9, Bonnie and Clyde and Martin Luther King Junior. I thought all three of these heroes had great stories. I think the violence that the Melba and the Little Rock 9 had to endure was sad but fascinating. I also thought that the Little Rock 9’s youth made them very unique and interesting; it takes a lot of courage to do what they did as teenagers. I also really enjoyed the story of Bonnie and Clyde. I liked how Bonnie and Clyde were somewhat villains and heroes at the same time. Although they robbed and killed they still managed to affect people positively. Martin Luther King Junior was also another one of my favorite heroes. One of the biggest things that stand about him to me was his commitment to peaceful and non-violent protest and gatherings. Throughout all the negative feedback and assassination attempts he never got out of character and stuck to his plan eventually making a huge difference in America.

I would like to discuss more sports heroes. I really like the hero Coach Boone in the film Remember the Titans.  Coach Boone is played by Denzel Washington and in my opinion he does a great job. Also the film is a great movie and has a great story. Coach Boone fights adversity to bring his white and black players together, while the community tries to keep the teammates apart.

My first blog post was about the hero batman. I think batman’s story can be applied to the definition of a monomyth. Batman’s wild adventures and encounters with super villains fit the criteria. Batman defeats these many super villains without having superpowers. Batman is an anti-hero although he does good and protects the city he is seen as a villain to some people in Gotham City. We also feel sorry for batman because of where he comes from and all he’s done for Gotham and his connection to Gotham, without getting the praise he deserves.

 

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CEdwards BP_11 “Final Credits”

When I received the syllabus for this course, I can honestly say that it was not what I expected. I registered for this course because I love superheroes like Batman and Spiderman but when I saw Oedipus on the agenda, I honestly thought I made the wrong decision.  However, this class has completely enhanced my view of heroes. Through this course, I was introduced to different characters, fictitious and non-fictitious, that I was not privy to. Two of my favorite heroes discussed throughout this course were Melba Patillo Beals, author of Warriors Don’t Cry, and Atticus Finch from the novel To Kill a Mockingbird.

I had knowledge of the events that occurred in Little Rock during 1957; however, Melba’s memoir was eye opening. I learned a great deal historically from her story, but I also learned more about what it meant to be a hero. Melba and the Little Rock Nine are such an interesting group to evaluate because their bravery, determination, and greater understanding of the world around them at such a young age are phenomenal traits. I was just in such awe of her actions and her journey throughout integrating Central High. With my mom being born during that era, this story has made me ask her more questions to further my knowledge. I do not know if I would be able to have done what Melba and her counterparts did but I am glad that they did it. Additionally, I was so excited to finally have the opportunity to read To Kill a Mockingbird in this course because I had only heard of how great it was. Atticus Finch was a noble hero and very honorable. Atticus was admirable because of lessons that he taught Scout and Jem were very unconventional, given their setting. He was very heroic for defending a black man during that time but yet did not waiver in his resolve.

The hero I discussed in my first blog was Jean Gray from the X-Men series. Compared to my two favorite heroes from this course, Melba and Atticus, Jean is not as heroic as I originally thought. In retrospect, the concept of monomyth cannot be applied to her. While she sacrifices her life for her love just as many heroes we discussed sacrificed themselves to protect someone else, Jean does not reach a point of self-discovery. Her alter ego, Phoenix, is not always defending the greater good. Thus, Jean is consistently inconsistent with her heroic tendencies. Compared to Atticus and Melba, who really changed their environments for the better, I would no longer consider Jean to be a hero.

I would like to see Batman be incorporated into the mandatory course material since his story encompasses many of the important items we discussed throughout the course.

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Whitehead Final Blog

The hero that I wish would have been talked about more is Batman.  I believe him to be a great hero in more ways than one.  He sacrifices himself for the city, he becomes the “bad man” for the sake of the city.” All in all he cares about the city more than his own reputation.   He sacrifices everything for the city and to make sure that the people of it are safe.  Initially, he is secluded to isolated Asia to learn his fighting techniques and what he is fighting for.  In the final movie, he must remember this and dig deep within himself in order to save the city.  Throughout his troubles he kind of forgets who he is and what he is fighting for.  To win, he must engage his inner darkness and use his full soul in order to beat Bain.

The first hero I wrote about was indeed Batman.  Like I said I think he is a perfect example of a hero.  The most recent trilogy really puts him into a modern sense and make shim more realistic in someways.  In the end I really like how he truly sacrifices himself and has to rediscover himself to beat the “bad guy” and win the city back for safety.

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Phinney Blog 11

Over the past few weeks, I have really enjoyed being immersed in a world of heroes. Two of my favorite characters that we discussed were V and Melba. I had background knowledge on these heroes but had never studied them explicitly. V was one of my favorites because of what he symbolized. He was a voice that fought for freedom, representing all who were silent. He gave those silent voices courage, and they eventually took an individual stance. Melba was one of my favorites because of her initial reluctance and then full on dedication to the cause. It was so evident how passionate she was about integration and how her passion drove her to a career in journalism.

I have really enjoyed discussing an array of heroes. I cannot really say that there are additional heroes I would have added. The selection varied enough to appeal to a variety of tastes while still covering the types of heroes, in chronological order nonetheless. Kim Possible was one of the first heroes I discussed. After reassessing Kim’s character, the monomyth can be applied to her. In every episode, she faces obstacles that only she can defeat, bringing an end to evil and good to all. Although Kim saves lives, I would not say that she sacrificed as much as some of the other heroes we have discussed. Yet she is still a great hero, specifically a folk hero, just a normal girl transformed by significant events.

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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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VARGAS BLOG 11

The past three weeks we have learned about various characters that I would not have considered placing in the “heroes” category like Sir Gawain, Confucius, Addicus, and Melba. I would say there actions and decisions were beyond great, especially what they went through but coming into the class, my idea of a hero was people like Hercules, Perseus, Superman, etc..

My favorite hero that we discussed however, would have to be Odysseus because his journey was pretty epic. His battle at troy, then his journey to the cyclops island, and fighting sea monsters kept me going throughout the whole story. I always enjoy references to greek gods because they have always interested me since I was a kid so I can relate to them better than I could lets say Oedipus or Beowulf. Odysseus journey is long but you kind of grow with him and hope that he reaches his home and slaughter all the men that are trying to have his wife.

For my first blog I picked the hero “Flash”, the fastest superhero in DC comics. The monomyth can certainly be applied to him because he had a “different” birth, was put in an extraordinary circumstance and acted in an extraordinary way. I feel like any criteria he would be put through he would pass unless he was placed in a criteria for folk heroes, cultural heroes, or reluctant heroes simply because he is not an ordinary man that did something extraordinary. He is a forensic scientist who happened to gain superpowers during lighting storm and he became the Flash. But I would place him under the criteria of an Epic hero because he is superior to every other human just like any demi-god, and the criteria for an epic hero, he can meet.

One hero I would have liked to discuss about is Dante’s Inferno because i saw the movie and it was really interesting and caught my interest and I would have liked to be able to talk about him in and learn more about the deeper context of his story.

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JHarris Blog 11: Final Blog

My favorite heroes were those that fell into the reluctant/ cultural hero discussions, specifically Ghandi and Melba. I liked learning about these heroes and their stories the most because they were the most inspirational. These heroes were real and we were able to read novels and watch movies about them that made their stories, successes and failures even more close to home. I also liked this section the best because it was history, but as we learned about these heroes I learned things I never had before. I also liked that the book Warriors Don’t Cry was a required reading, because I had never heard Melba’s story before. I think it would be neat to have Les Misérables added to the course because this story has so many plot and hero similarities with V from Vendetta.

For my first blog, I wrote about Simba from the movie The Lion King. I do believe that a monomyth can be applied to Simba’s journey. In fact, I believe he would be classified as a reluctant hero. Although he is a cartoon animal, he very specifically experienced “refusal of the call” which is one of the criteria of a reluctant hero. He did not want to go back to Pride Rock and save the kingdom. He also did not think his actions would benefit anyone, he only thought his return would cause more problems. This attitude can be attributed to the false humility that reluctant heroes sometimes experience. Lastly, Simba fits as a reluctant hero because he does not see the adventure of the opportunity to do good but he cannot escape the past and must live up to his calling.

 

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