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Myths and heroes : How can myths and heroes can change the direction of the course of History ?

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myths and heroes

I would like to talk about the notion of myths and heroes , According to the dictionary definition a myth is a traditional story, concerning the early history of people or explaining a natural or social phenomenon, and typically involving supernatural beings or events.
Then a hero in mythology and a person of superhuman qualifies who is admired for his courage or extraordinary achievements. In the modern world, a hero has lost its ancient meaning.
It now means someone who is courageous. Heroes are « heroic » they help in saving people or society from people, villains or natural disasters.A hero can also be someone who is helpful, polite or helps people who need it.

How can myths and heroes can change the direction of the course of History ?
To illustrate the notion of « myths and heroes » I'm going to present the biggest defenders of the rights of Black people in the United States :Martin Luther King  Rosa Parks and Barack Obama,

i will use 3 documents:

My first document is a picture taken by a police officer during the arrest of rosa parks ,It embodies the fight against racial segregation in the United States. She was an African American civil rights activist. She is famous because she refused to give up her seat to a white man in 1955 because she was exhausted of the treatment that she and other African Americans received every day of their lives. Rosa was arrested and convicted of violating the laws of segregation. At the same time, local civil rights activist initiated a boycott of the Montgomery bus system until Rosa Parks was free.

My second document is a picture of Martin Luther King, giving his spech « I have a Dream » in 1963, in Washington. In this speech he called from an end of the racism in the United States. Conquequently to this several events the condition of the African Americans has advanced even if today the recognition isn’t total. He became a hero in the sixties, as the leader of the African-american Civil Rights Movement. He fought all his life for equality among races, and his tragic death in 1968 turned him into a legend. Fifty years after his death, he is still seen as one of the most prominent hero of the 20th century.«I have a dream» became one of the most famous speeches of all time. Even Barack Obama cites it as an inspiration.

My last document is a mural by the artist M. Brainwash. This mural was drawn in 1998 in Los Angeles. It's a symbolic moment because it's just after the election of Barrack Obama. We can see in the wall Barrack Obama, Marin Luther King and Rosa Parks. These persons are key figures in the civil rights movement. in the left sit they are sentences, which are written for people who walk past.These sentences are "Rosa parks so that Martin Luther King could walk. Martin Luther King walked so that Barack Obama ran, so we can fly."It's a chain reaction in reference of the actions of the civil rights movement. " Rosa Parks sat" refer to 1955 when she refused to give up her bus seat to a white passenger. Then 'Martin Luther King could walk' because, thanks to Rosa, he starts the Montgomery bus boycott. At least thanks to each of these major figures Barack Obama could run, that is run for election .

To conclude, Everybody can become a hero. Martin luther king, Rosa parks and Barak Obama started from nothing and thanks to their perseverance and ideology they become heroes not only in their country of origin but all over the world. They all use her courage and heart to make a better world. That is the definition of a hero. In my opinion heroes are necessary for the proper functioning of our society. And for all these reasons as Calvin Coolidge says: « heroism is not only in the man but in the occasion » .  


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