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Myth and Heroes, Oral Anglais

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The notion I'm going to deal with is the notion Myths and Heroes. First of all, I would like to give a brief definition of the notion.
A myth is a popular story which tries to guide the society toward certain values, or some ideal. Usually, it is composed of unreal fact
s and actions, often led by a Hero. A hero is a courageous person who is ready to sacrifice himself to rescue other people’s lives. He may accomplish extraordinary deeds. Some heroes are famous for their superhuman abilities like Batman or Superman… We called them Superheroes. Whereas, some heroes are real-life persons who were outlaws to rebel against a given order they refused to accept, like Rosa parks, Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela.

Today, I will focus on real-life heroes and wonder : How do heroes contribute to make the world a better place?

To illustrate this question, I've chose two document studied and class and one personal document. My first one is a Nelson Mandela's speech from the movie Invictus, my second one is a New York Times' article about Alan Turing title « World War II’s Greatest Hero: The True Story of Alan Turing » and my last and personal one is an extract from a IBTimes article about Paris' terrorist attacks named “Paris attacks: 'Hero of the Stade de France' averted massacre at football stadium”.

We will see that heroes can change the world by standing for what they believe in and that they can also do it by using their extraordinary capacities.

A person don't necesserly needs to be out of this world to be a hero. Ordinary people can become world changers just by completing shares accessible to average people, like fighting against quotidian illegalities and trying to make the society as fair as possible.

That it's what Nelson Mandela has tried to do all his life. Mandela struggled throughout all his existence against apartheid and anti black people racism that prevailed in South Africa during the 20th century. He sacrificed his body and soul to his cause, until he was imprisoned for terrorist acts against the Apartheid government for 27 years. But even when he was isolated and cut off from the world, it didn't stop his fight. He even became an emblem of the struggle against oppression and a symbol of hope for the victims of racism worldwide. His actions have changed the world, it's thanks to him that the south Africa black people have rebel against the Afrikaners and stopped the racist regime that controlled the country, because he has given them hope and valor. His actions have not only had an impact in Africa, his will and courage touched the world and contributed to changing attitudes.

In the speech that I've chose, Mandela is trying to make people of the Council of South Africa sports, led by black people, understand that they shouldn't dissolve the Rugby team of South Africa, the Springbok, like they want it to, even if it is a symbol of the Apartheid. He think that taking away from the Afrikaners, that are no longer their enemies, what they cherish as a revenge is contrary of all of what they have always stood for : “ compassion, restraint, and generosity” and that it will “prove that we are what they feared we would be”. After this speech the Council decided to listen to Mandela and let the Springbok be.


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