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Myths and heroes : how can a common person become myth or heroe ?

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The notion I'm going to deal with is myths and heroes. To begin, a hero is someone who has qualities or who realize great actions. I would like to illustrate the definition of this notion through the theme of segregation heroes. We may wonder how common person can become myth or heroe ? In order to answer this question, i will speak in first time to Ruby Bridges story and in second time to Rosa Parks story.

So, to start I would like to talk about a painting of a little African-American girlby Norman Rockwell in 1960, the title is "The problem we all live with".Indeed, the 14th November 1960, Ruby Bridges was the first African-American child to attend Elementary school exclusively for whites. Ruby Bridges formed in 1999, the Ruby Bridges Foundation to promote values and she received many awards for her actions.

I will speak about of Rosa Parks story. Indeed, she is the starting point of the big movement which fought against segregation in the United States of America. In 1955, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to a white man in a city bus in Montgomery. At that time, segregation was at its heigts, so Blacks had to respect Jim Crow Laws, which means that they were not allowed to mix with whites in public spaces and were sent to seperate schools. They were also required to sit at the back of city buses and give up their seats to white riders if the front seats filled up. For the crime of refusing vacate her seat, Rosa Parks was arrested. Her action sparked the most famous bus boycott that lasted 381 days. At the same time, legal challenges led to a Supreme Court decision that forcedMontgomery to take off its bus system and cancel other discriminatorylaws throughout America's South. That's how a simple woman became an american hero.

To conclude, I could say that everybody could become myth or heroe. That three people I introduced was just common people before they decided to stood for their ideals. And their actions made they a heroes. We can also associate these documents to the notion of Idea of Progress because the idea put forward is a progression of the mindset.

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