Examining Heroes WT 2013

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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VARGAS XC BLOG

For my quote I did not find in one of our readings but rather a quote I found reading a blog on Martin Luther King, Jr. for MLK day.  Martin Luther King was talking about the civil-rights era when he said, “History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.” I could not find the context of where he said it but I can’t help but think that this quote is very applicable today in our society especially in the political world.  A world in which civility has been turned to anger, hate, and terrible deeds. In order to change this hate, people must speak up. People must stand up against injustice and for those who are being treated unjustly. We have to speak out, even if it’s not in our country that bad things are happening in, if we have the opportunity to help a less fortunate country who is being treated with unjust laws then I feel it’s our duty to speak out for those in the country who are afraid to speak up because they might get killed or their families would be mistreated. This quote i feel can relate to any society in any point in life because we will always be faced with a new problem in the world and we will wait for one brave soul to speak out to the rest and rise to the occasion.

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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 Extra Credit Blog

The quote by MLK that I chose was, “Everybody can be great… because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” This is a quote from the last sermon that Dr. King gave at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia on February 4, 1968.

This quote is unique because it is completely true, yet so many people in our world today do not live by it. When I first read this quote I immediately thought of all the pressure high schooler’s have to attend college. Yes, for most people attending college is the “best option” but for some, they can be successful in what they have been called to do without a college education. Dr. King is right, we don’t actually need this degree to serve others. However, we unfortunately live in a world that is more consumed with serving themselves, which is actually really sad. Now I know that most of us probably put in our hours of community service, but I believe in this quote Dr. King is talking about serving out of the goodness of your heart, not because you have to for school or a club. In regards to the quote, I think the majority of people on this planet (including myself) have room for improvement.

Miller, Pete. “Martin Luther King Jr. — His Last Sermon.” Share Faith. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Jan. 2013. <http://www.sharefaith.com/guide/secular-holidays/martin-luther-king-jr.-his%20last%20sermon.html>.

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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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Final Post

 

 

The hero I liked most was V.  V is dangerous, suspicious, caring, and mysterious.  I liked watching him from the beginning to end because you start with a negative perspective and by the end you feel sympathetic and sad.  I love that Evie brings out his nurturing side throughout the movie.  He is so interesting and majestic.  I enjoyed this film and hero the most throughout the year.

 

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I also enjoyed Saving Private Ryan, the selflessness Captain Miller displayed was commendable.  It was very gross at times but it showed what actual soldiers go through, I believe that ever soldier is a Hero, by putting their country before themselves. Captain Miller sacrificed himself for others.

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My first post I wrote about Mulan.  I do not believe she meets all the requirement of a monomyth. But she did have a call to adventure and was very brave.  I think Mulan is strong just like Antigone, but the hero I think she relates to most is Brave Heart.  Mulan is an epic hero, because she lives with pride.

 

Altogether I liked all the heroes we learned about this year, V and Braveheart are my favorite of the semester.

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EClausen Heroes Blog 11

My favorite heroes that we have discussed have to be the most recent heroes such as Martin Luther King Jr., Ghandi and Melba. I like talking about heroes that we can identify and say that they have done something for us. If not for those three heroes, we would not have equality or freedom among the races. Being able to see that these ordinary people were able to make a change in our world, helps to make them heroes. I would have loved to talk more about the generic super heroes and compare them with today heroes. Most people know who superman is and batman, but not everyone can say exactly why they are heroes. It would be interesting to see them from a literally standpoint during class rather than just pure entertainment. Maybe looking at the original comic books from Spider man would help to give us a better understanding why we should consider him a hero, and why so many people already do.

In the first blog, I talked about Jenny Finch, and knowing what I know now, I do not think that Finch would fit into our generic definition of a monomyth, however I would still considered her a hero because she has changed the way people look at the game of softball. By the ordinary person, Finch would probably not be considered a hero, however, knowing that she has helped develop not only a stronger reputation for softball but she also increased the level of play. I would have to characterize her as a folk hero, although she does not have any fatal demise or tragic fall. However, she is a hero in that sense that she helped women in softball as well as women in sports.

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Aly Quintana MLK XC Blog

In the book, Strength To Love, published in 1963 the quote, “Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men,” by Martin Luther King really stood out to me. When Martin Luther King said this at the time he was talking about the war in Vietnam. He was describing the war and talking about the United State’s ability to accurately attack and destroy with a track record of ethically and morally blind courses of action.

I thought this quote very much applied to today’s world as far as with war. In the quote when it says that scientific power has outrun spiritual power in think it means that sometimes we do not think about the moral part and think about how inhumane something is. Our men have been fighting a war now for many many years. They have been mislead in some of their missions, mislead in their goals, and have been under different strategies because of the different leaders and presidents they have had. Not only have our soldiers been mislead  but so has our country.Scientifically we no longer use missiles how they were used in Vietnam  anymore. Instead of just killing anything or anyone that stands in our way we try to make peace. I think we are beginning to use are science in a better way now and still being able to have our spirituality.

 

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Naughton “Final Post”

My favorite heroes we have discussed and learned about these past three weeks would for the most part be the completely non-fiction characters like Gandhi, MLK, and Melba. I’m just more someone who is drawn to non-fiction because you can actually and more easily connect to them as real human beings. Of course there were heroes we didn’t get to discuss, but in a three-week course I think we hit in the major ones. Completely biased here as a big sports fan I would liked to have seen us cover someone like Roberto Clemente or Pat Tillman, heroes classmates have mentioned before.

Looking back at the hero I discussed in my first blog post, Bo Jackson, the monomyth I would say absolutely applies to him. He very much had a journey in playing both Baseball and Football and then coming back from a devastating injury that no athlete has every come back from before. As far as the greater good benefiting, we as sports fans saw these brief few years of one man dominating two sports and the physical and athletic specimen that his is. That was some would say a blessing to see. I would say Bo Jackson is and Epic Hero, but with an asterisk. The asterisk is because he in sports and an athlete. I think we are to quick to jump to say an athlete is a hero.

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