Examining Heroes WT 2013

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My favorite hero that we have discusses is V from V for Vendetta.  I like how he has a very unique set of skills that he applies to a just cause.  He uses some fighting skills only when he really needs to, he prefers to use his mind to fight against the oppressive government.  He is intelligent and he knows the and fully utilizes it.  He makes the revolution happen by not just doing what he has to do, but trusting others to do what he thinks they will do.  He is seen as a terrorist by his government, yet the people thought of him as an icon that would do what is necessary to create freedom.  In this course I would have liked to see us do more on reluctant heroes.

For my first blog of this class I talked about Mr. Incredible from the film The Incredibles.  There is certainly a monomyth here.  The story of him is somewhat tragic to start, but by the end, he is an epic hero.  As an epic hero people know who he is when they see him, he does not have to say his name.  He could also be considered as a folk hero by the people that he saves, this is because he is a super hero type.  The public would talk about him in a great amount of exaggeration.

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Jordans MLK XC Post

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny.”

This quote is if from Martin Luther King Juniors “Letter From Birmingham Jail”. I thought this quote was very powerful, and rich with meaning. I took this quote to mean that in any instance laws are being violated the entire worlds justice system is at risk. We live in a “copycat” society if one person gets away with doing something wrong another person will do the same. During this time this quote was directed towards the mistreatment of African Americans.  In any instance when people are being treated in an inhumane way it endangers the rights and liberties of people everywhere.

Immediately upon reading this I thought about how the United States often interferes with injustice issues in other countries. For example, when Saddam Hussein was President of Iraq he treated the people with cruelty and had alleged ties with the terrorist group Al-Qaeda.  Upon hearing about this injustice and mistreatment of the people the United States made it a priority to liberate the people of Iraq from Hussein’s rule. Recent discussions over whether the Unites States should interfere in conflicts around the world such as in Egypt and in North and South Korea. In my opinion the United States should because conflicts and injustice ultimately affect us all in some way just as the quote states.

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Dwarrick Blog 11

After these three weeks of class and all of the different things I have learned about our heroes, real and fictional, my views on heroes have changed. Originally, one of my favorite heroes of all time was Braveheart. I loved his drive for revenge and how he fought with nothing to lose, but now I have a new favorite hero, Melba, from “Warriors Don’t Cry”. She was part of the Little Rock Nine, the first African Americans to attend a white school in Arkansas. Melba was just a young teenage girl who was mostly unaware of the significance of her situation. With the guidance of her grandmother, she was able to resist lashing back at those who mocked her every day. This display of courage was much bigger than her. Knowing this, she did what she had to do to help rid segregation in schools and set a foundation for young men and women like herself to build off of.

            What I have learned is there are all different kinds of heroes, and there were not any that we did not talk about that I cannot now interpret and dissect on my own. I went back and looked at who I chose as my hero for our first blog. I chose Derek Jeter because I believed he is a great role model on and off the field and he inspires many to believe in what they do and succeed. I believe he is a cultural hero for his influence on our society. No matter how little his actions may seem when compared to some heroes, he himself has overcome challenges in his life, and has made decisions to now help others in need through volunteering and charity work.

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Kmeyerhoff Blog 11

Most of the heroes that we learned about were interesting.  My favorites were V and Melba.  Before this class I had never seen V for Vendetta before.  I had heard mixed views about the film, but never got a chance to watch it.  I found the movie to be extremely interesting and well done.  The story line made a lot of sense and it was easy for me to understand what an anti-hero entails through this film.   I also found the character of V to be stimulating.  I found myself wanting to know more about him and wanting to understand his reasoning.

I also really liked Melba.  She was one of my favorites because even though she is known for being a hero, she wasn’t afraid to admit being scared to commit the heroic acts.  It is easy for me to see her as a human, rather than a superhuman.  Melba faced a lot of hardships and managed to make it through.  She helped to change the world, which is amazing.

The first hero that I wrote about was Simba from The Lion King.  I think that Simba can also be classified as a reluctant hero.  Although he did go back and save his family, it took him while to get there.  When he originally left Pride Rock, he had no intentions of coming back because he thought he was responsible for his father’s death.  Once he was asked by Nala to go back, he hesitated, but followed through and ended up saving his family.

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Kmeyerhoff MLK post

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”

This quote was used in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Letter from Birmingham Jail.  King wrote this letter from jail in response to some white religious leaders in the south.  He was in jail at the time for being a participant in a movement against segregation.  King made this specific statement about injustice that was happening in Birmingham.  King felt that he could not just sit by and let injustice happen.

While reading the letter, this quote stuck out to me.  I think that this is something our world needs to pay more attention to.  When there is injustice somewhere, it doesn’t only affect just that specific place, but many others as well.  Just because the injustice appears in only one place doesn’t mean the whole world doesn’t discuss the situation.

This can be seen in many instances in the United States.  One example is the legislation over gay rights.  While some states have granted same sex marriage, others still have not.  Injustice still lies within the states that have not granted the same rights to homosexuals.  Since homosexuals do not have the same rights as everyone in every state, this is still threatening those states that do grant the same rights.  People are still angry and feel mistreated by these injustices.  I think that King’s quote relates a lot to this situation.

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Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly.

 

We can see that this is true still today.  Our government makes decisions that impair millions and millions of people.  Anytime there is power in a society like ours we see the affects that it has on our country.  We can use this example with taxes, welfare, healthcare, and the economy.  There are so many obstacles that we don’t think effect our day to day lives that very much do.

 

On a small scale we could use an everyday example.  A family cannot afford to buy their kids Christmas presents and pay their rent; they tell their landlord that they will not have the money to pay for the month of January.  That then affects the landlord’s kids and their Christmas.  See the landlord banks on having that cash in order to provide for his family which indirectly affects his children.  Everything is related like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. says in his letter from Birmingham.

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Even though King was using this sentence to describe the violence, ignorance, and racism in Birmingham we can also relate this to modern day violence.  The shooting in the Batman debut this past year in Colorado had many direct affects on the families but also on the workers, cinema, and the fright it instilled in America.

In his following sentence it says , “I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be.”  King is saying that we can not individually live up to our potential without the support of others.  We have to work together, we have to be one as a nation, and by being accepting of people of all people we are allowing them to reach their goals.. King legacy is that he want to live in a society where everyone was equal, where the impoverished were helped, and the nation was stronger because of our acceptance.

 

We see his fight for freedom and equality continue today.

 

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“Our lives begin and end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
– Martin Luther King

In this quote, King is basically saying that being silent on an important matter, is a choice in itself, it is not passive. When the world begins to forget and push aside matters that need attention, is when our country is going to have the most problems. Two months before Kings assassination, February 1968, he spoke to Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church about how he wanted change, and how he wanted to be able to show the oppressive whites that he was capable of greatness, that he was able to speak out about something that he felt was not right. This quote translate into today’s times because if people never spoke up about anything, our world would remain the same. For example, the gay community has spoken up in the past few years about wanting to legalize gay and lesbian marriage. They wanted to be able to live their lives freely, just like Dr. King wanted blacks to have the same opportunity to live their lives freely. If the gay community never spoke up to fight a law that is against them, they would have never been able to change the law to allow them to legally marry. King is also saying in this quote that silence is also a choice and not a neutral stand point. By choosing to be silent when others are being oppressed, you are choosing to not help, thus adding to the hatred and oppression. All in all, King wisely says these words to help people understand that if we are silent about the things that matter, we will never make a change and never improve.

 

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macho’s blog 10

When we talk about heroes more often than not we talk about them making some type of sacrifice somewhere along the way. Weather the sacrifice is having to leave your family behind or doing something for what you think is right for you country just like William Wallace. William Wallace from when he was very young had lost both of his parents and had to live with his uncle. The big picture here is that Wallace had to sacrifice a lot to lead and fight for what he believed in. He was willing to sacrifice his own life by being executed in front of many people because he would lay down to what the king of England wanted.

People maybe not know about the great day time show which I am not ashamed to say that I have been watching for many years General Hospital has a great character named James Morgan. James is actually a mod enforcer that actually has made and makes sacrifices. He sacrifices his life for the people that he loves and cares about. Although it might seem like he does bad things but I think the goo ways out the bad. He sacrificed his freedom and admitted to a crime he didn’t committee to keep someone safe in prison from his father’s enemies.

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MAllen Blog 11 “Final Credits”

This course has opened my eyes to what makes up a true hero and has caused me to look at protagonists in films differently. My favorite heroes over the course of ENG 255 were V from V for Vendetta and Atticus from To Kill A Mockingbird. V opened my eyes to what it means to truly fight for a cause close to one’s heart. I felt bad for V but then again I envied him. He was dealt a horrible hand in life but was such a dynamic and outstanding hero. The movie was long but it had my full attention the entire time. I got lost in his story and from the first moment he was introduced I found myself cheering for him. It was crazy how one man could cause that much change but like he said “ideas never die”. Walking away from that movie I learned some great sayings I will use for the rest of my life.

Atticus from To Kill A Mockingbird captured my heart and attention just as V did. Atticus was a hope in the unseen. He stood up and fought for what was right even though he knew he had no chance of winning. He was courageous and put everything on the line for what was right. If everyone had a little part of Atticus in them and they let it show the world would be a much better place for it. Atticus could have fallen in line and just did what everyone else did but he stood up for what was right even though he was basically standing alone.

The only other heroes I would have liked to discuss were comic book heroes like Hancock or Iron Man. These are the heroes that truly grasp my attention and I would have loved to analyze them. I think Hancock should be added to the required viewing list. In my first blog, I looked at the character of Storm from X-Men. Storm is an epic hero based on the criteria we discussed but her monomyth is not as developed as some of the heroes we discussed. Storm is famous because of he role in X-Men. She was born with her powers, it is her destiny to use them to help people whether she wants to or not, she has enemies who try to kill her and she has had some romance over the course of her stories. Storm is a hero well worth analyzing and dissecting.

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Blog Post 11

Throughout this winter term we have discussed many different heroes as well as many different types of heroes. At the end of this course my  favorite hero and film character would have to be William Wallce. He was a man who was in a fight for his freedom as well as his country’s freedom. He did whatever was necessary to make sure the King of England left him and his country alone. Although his journey may have started out as revenge for what happened to his family and his wife, it ended up being a fight for freedom for himself as well as his country. The main reason i liked him was because he did everything he could to recieve his freedom and protect others from the king’s tyrantic rule.

My original favorite hero was Smokey the Bear. Smokey still is my favorite hero due to how he protects not only the animals of the forest but also the people who live near forest regions. His message is clear and simple, only you can start forest fires. By this message he tries to protect everyone in his power and that also includes animals, plant life, and humans. He is not the typical hero and that is why i admire him the most. I like him because he is unique and is not often thought of as a hero, but in my mind he truely is a hero.

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