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Myths and heroes: How Myths and heroes influence the behavior of society?

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Hello, so today I will deal with 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 and action, often led by a Hero. A hero is a courageous person who is ready to sacrifice himself to rescue other people’s. He may accomplish extraordinary deeds. Some heroes are famous for standing up against devil like Batman, Superman, Captain America, ect ,… We called their Superheroes. Whereas, some heroes are real-life persons who were outlaws to rebel against a given order they refused and to challenge it like Rosa parks, Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela, 
So, now, I will try to explain: How Myth and heroes influence the behavior of society? 
First, I will talk about a modern myth, with a fictional hero : Captain America, and then, I will talk about some real heroes like Martin Luther King or Rosa Parks.

Captain America is a comic book, published by Marvel Comics. It’s an eponymous novel, which show, this superhero fighting against the German dictatorship. The first edition was published in March 1941, during the Second World War, at the time when America wasn’t implied in the conflict. In fact, at its America’s government invoked neutrality, with the approbation of their citizens. But, this war was a really good opportunity for the United States to assert their power and become richer. That’s why they used propaganda to convince their population. 
So Captain America, can be associate to a form of propaganda, indeed, the adventure of this super hero is a modern myth. 
Indeed, Captain America, fight against dictatorship but also against its values. He appears like the savior of Europe, the shield against oppression. In this comic, we can see a demonization of the enemy, with red skull, Captain’s opponent, and we can deduce the influence of it on the American society, particularly on young, persons, needed in the Army. 
Finally, we can note that the first number of this comic came out before the declaration of war of the United States, and shows Captain America jump on Hitler , It was surely a way to prepare the nation at the idea of the war.

After seeing the adventures of Captain America, we will now see the real-life heroes.
Sit-ins is a document who talk about the non-violent protest technique teached by Martin Luther King.
Martin Luther King was
an American Baptist minister and activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the civil rights movement from 1954 until his death in 1968. On this period,  it was still legal to separate white and African-American people in some states.MLK was an activist who wanted to change this aspect of the world, with the help of Rosa Parks who refused to obey bus driver James Blake's order to give up her seat in the "colored section" to a white passenger, after the whites-only section was filled.
She was the spark of the rebellion against the segregation, alongside some other black heroes.
All these real-life heroes changed history and destiny of millions of black people, and they’re considered as great icons of the United States.

To my mind, the two category of heroes are respectfull in their own way, if we’re taking Captain America like an example, we could say that all the kids can identify their selves with him and he is a great symbol of the America, and help people to don’t take the bad choice.
To conclude,
since the down of time, society always need Myths and Heroes, because, everybody want to trust in miracles, that everything can happens… These persons, real or fictional, give faith to a oppressed population which really needed it. And same as in the comics, anyone can be a hero and change the world in his way.


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