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Myths and heroes- How does the hero become a myth?

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A myth is a story that may or may not be true. There may not be records or other proof that they happened, but at least some parts of myths may be true. Some myths may have started as ‘true’ stories but as people re-told them some parts may have been changed by mistake, or to make them more interesting. All cultures have myths and this mythology has been developed over time. Mythology includes the legends of our history, our religions, stories of how the world was created, and our heroes. These stories have great symbolic power, and this may be a major reason why they survive as long as they do, sometimes for thousands of years.

A hero is a person who is admired for their courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities. It can be the main character in a book or a film or a person with superhuman qualities. It can also be a modern-day hero, a person who has performed a heroic act or simply our own personal hero, our role model, who we look up to.

Examples can be:

– a patriotic or national hero (sportsman, politician, human rights defender…..)

– a fictitious hero (superhero or film star)

– an icon or role model (fashion, tv, music)

– a defender of common values

– unknown heroes (war heroes, firemen, rescue workers, charity workers….)

– our own personal hero (member of the family who you look up to)

How does the hero become a myth ?

First of all I’m going to talk about how the fictional hero becomes a myth in a poster taken from James Bond.

What is the role of Britain in the opposition between the USA and the USSR? The series of movies featuring 007 can answer that question, even if the character James Bond is fictional , and the often in unreal situations. The Cold War was the period of ideological and political oppositions between the United States and the USSR between 1945 and 1989 , when the Berlin Wall. The character created by Ian Fleming is in this period. For example, the missile crisis in Cuba inspired the plot of Thunderball in 1965 . This is how James Bond passes from myth to hero

Second of all I’m going to talk about how a political hero becomes a myth by a video on Obama made by the Republicans seen in class Barack Obama, as the hero of modern times: He was born in 1961 in Hawaii raised by his mother because his dad died in a car accident. He made big studies first and foremost at Columbia College then at Harvard. He then worked as community organizer, politician and statesman. At the time, there was a lot of racism in the United States, however Obama succeed and became the 44th president in 2008. He is the first African American president to be elected. In the same years he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. At the head of the country, Obama completed foreign policy goals: he ending the war in Iraq, securing nuclear weapons from terrorists


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