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                                                Myths and heroes

I am going to talk about myths and heroes. First of all I would like to give a definition of this notion: A myth is a traditional story related to a country’s culture and history. A hero is someone who inspires people thanks to his noble qualities. To illustarte this notion we studied the cartoon Dreamland by Petar Pismestrovic. The cartoon is a collection of symbolic images of America , like  the American flag, Lady Liberty and Uncle Sam. There is some legendary characters and symbols of the entertainment industry :Elvis Persley ,Marilyn Monroe, John Wayne, Mickey Mouse and some world famous sights of America : Mount Rushmore, the Empire State Building and typical American food and drink : McDonald's and coca cola.

The cartoonist wanted to illustarte America like a land of plenty, achievement and entertainment. It is the America that people outside dream a land of opportunities , the land of the free ans the home of the brave. But in this cartoon African Americans, Hispanics or Asians do not seem to exist

 If I have to do my own dreamland I'll put Martin Luther King Jr he was an hero because he was a civil rights activist in the 1950s and the 1960s. He led non-violent protests to fight for the rights of all people including African-Americans. He hoped that America and the world could become a society where race would not impact a person's civil rights. He was born in Atlanta where he suffered from racial humiliation. Martin's father was a preacher wich inspired him to pursue the ministry as well In his first major civil rights action, Martin Luther King Jr. led the Montgomery Bus Boycott. This started when Rosa Parks refused to move to give up her seat on a bus to a white man. As a result, Martin led a boycott of the public transportation system. The boycott lasted for over a year. It was very tense at times. Martin was arrested and his house was bombed, but in the end he prevailed and segregation on the Montgomery busses ended. In 1963 Martin Luther King, Jr. helped to organize the famous March on Washington. Over 250,000 people attended this march in an effort to show the importance of civil rights legislation. They hoped for an end to segregation in public schools, protection from police abuse, and hoped to get laws preventing discrimination in employment.  It was at this march where Martin gave his « I have a Dream » speech. This speech has become one of the most famous speeches in history. The march and Martin’s speech were a success. The Civil Rights Act was passed a year later in 1964.

In a nutshell, it seems to me that Martin Luther King Jr is a hero for America as despite all difficulties he went through, he managed to reach his goal to bring peace in the USA.

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