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Myths and heroes: why are myths and heroes so important to our society?

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I am going to talk about the notion of Myths and Heroes, let me first define what is myths and hero. A myth can be defined as a story about gods or heroes, it can be a popular belief or a tradition or a false notion. A hero can be a mythological figure, a person who is admired for his or her achievements, a superhero or maybe a role model or an icon.

Why are myths and heroes so important to our society? We will analyze different kinds of heroes and myths in order to define the notion. My first document is a picture « Welcome to the Land of freedom »who is illustration from Frank Leslie's illustrated newspaper secondly I would like to focus on the Alice Paul.

Now I am going to talk about myths. Every myth is based on true facts. The first idea that comes to my mind is obviously the founding myths from Greek mythology.

The first document which is a black and white picture depicts a ship entering the port of New-York, probably  at the beginning of the 20th century.  This picture which was published in an Ammerican newspaper is actually an illustration « Welcome to the Land of freedom ».  In the foreground, We can see a crowd of people looking eagerly at the impressive statue of Liberty. They are obviously of poor conditions. Among themn there are old men, young couples and some women with young children. It's indeed the start of a brand new life for them. They have left everything to make a fortune and to live a better life in the USA. We can say that these people believe in the American dream. They probably think that it's a land of opportunities - The American dream is important in America because it led millions of immigrants to see America as a Promised Land. Men's ascents of exception as John Rockefeller, Arnold Schwarzenegger and the same Barak Obama embody this dream of a personal success by the work and the merit.

Alice paul can too be to consider as a heroin. The article entitled « Miss paul on hunger strike » was published on the 7th of november 1917, in New York times. Throughout this article, the journalist provides us with information dealing with an acknowleged American suffragist, namely Alice Paul who is impresonned and who started a hunger stike to denounce the conditions suffragists had to endure while in jail.

Alice Paul, was sent to jail because she picketted in front of the White House. Indeed, as suffragist leader she organized a demonstration in front of the White House to demand women's right to vote.Alice Paul is considered as the American Emmelie Pankhurst for various reasons. First of all, she led a suffragist group and fought for women's right to vote. We can quote some information in the text alluding to the fact that boy lady militated together at some point. What's more,both Pankhurst and Paul used hunger strikes as a means to be released from jail and to eventually continu their struggle.        Alice paul, but suffragists and suffragettes who got arrested, generally complained about their conditions.They were forced-fed but were also conseidered as major criminals. For instance, she once declared that criminals, such as rapists or muderes,wer given better food and were beatter treated tha her and ther companions.

To conclude, we can say that myths and heroes have change our lives. Real or not real, they have a capacity to change the mind of many people, to help them and to change the course of story. They do courageous things, they fight for something or they want to serve others. They represent a model, an ideal man. And nobody can blame their comportment, they changed the history, and our story.


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