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I am going to talk about myths and heroes. First of all I would like to give a definition of these words. Even if the word “myth” has got several definitions, we are going to talk about it as an unfounded popular belief.

Firstly, a Myth can be defined as a legend telling a story that sometimes cannot be verified. This is a well-known tale that everybody knows about. It usually hinges around great and brave heroes or monsters. A Myth can be based on real or unreal stories, which happened in the past.

Secondly, the notion of "Hero" can fall into two categories. On the one hand, there are imaginary heroes endowed with superpowers and who are in charge of saving the planet and the people in danger like Superman.On the other hand, there are real people who can have a role to play to change the world's history. There are three categories into which the notion of "Heroism" can fall :

• Originally, heroes are demigods, in Greek mythology.

•Heroes can also be defined as warriors or soldiers who go to the battlefield to fight for their country. They are brave, courageous and displays self-sacrifice.

•It can also be someone who's admired for his great achievements for contributing to the advancement of human history.

Achille was the son of King Pelée and nymph of the sea, Thetis. Very attached to her son, Thétis tried to make him immortal by dipping him into the styx, interminable which flows into the Kingdom of the dead. But Achille had a weak point, his heel (where Thetis held him when she plunged him into the Styx), it caused his death in Troy, reached by an arrow.

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