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I am going to talk about the notion of myths and heroes. 
First of all, I would like to give a quick definition of that notion. Briefly, a myth can be defined as a story about gods or heroes, it can be a popular belief or a false story. Then, a hero is a person admired for his achievements, noble qualities and great courage. Moreover, they can be fictional like Superman, Batman, or real like Katy Perry or Steven Spielberg.
To speak about this notion, I've chosen to talk about the place of hero in society. In my argumentation, I'll try to answer the question : “Why does a society create myths and heroes ?”.
First I'll try to say heroes allow us to dream, then we'll see they are a model of achievement for society. 

I) To begin with, the heroes used to make us dream through the myths they represent.
1. On the one hand, they offer a dream world which is different than the real one we're living in where laws of nature and men are not the same as on Earth.
To illustrate this point, we have Peter Pan, the character created by James Matthew Barrien which enbodies the myth of eternal youth and offers a world without rules and without parents. This king of unbelieveable world can make children dream and gives them wings.

There's also the Harry Potter novel by JK Rowling, where magic is part of our world where love beats darkness.
These fictional heroes symbolise myths that human can not reach, they are unreal perfections

2. On the other hand,  heroes that make us all dream , also allow us to imagine us with a different personality and life. To illustrate this idea, we have the Fantastic 4 movie, by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, where the superheroes have super powers, desirable physical aspects and very different personalities. These mytics superheroes allows any type of personality to identify themselves to them or otherwise to create a world quite different in their mind where they could want to live

II) Thereafter, the hero has a model rôle for humans.
We can see that we project on  known personalities, this image of  hero.
Although we make dreams almost half of our lives, we live in the real world. This is why the man is to some extent realistic, and projects the power of fictional characters on a real person according their rewarding acts. The man always hope to be able to realize heroic deeds.

1. First, the man tries to reach the same perfection as his model. Since birth, mirror neurons affect our actions, we imitate what we see without necessarily realizing it, and as a result, we need people to guide us towards perfection. I will take as an example, Martin Luther King. This man is a hero because he was able to affirm his ideas against many opponents, he defended black men to have respect and peace in his country. He made courageous acts, on both its boycotts and speeches. He is a hero and someone to imitate and follow, especially for black men.

2. Finally, secondly, having models, influences society to make the best, which seems good. For example, during the attack of September 11, firefighters who were there are now considered as heroes. If we make the link with the fictional heroes I mentioned before, we will be able to compare these firefighters with Fantastic Four for example. They have shown great courage, strength and impressive patriotism.

In conclusion, society create myths and heroes to dream the best of the world, imagine perfection. I think heroes are a good way to set goals in life, to have an example to follow when we are lost. The desire of the unreal, dreams can also be a good point but we need to be aware about the difference between reality and fiction.


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