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Myths and heroes : how is the modern hero ?

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Mythes and heroes

Myth is an oral legend that belongs to a former fund that we can't specify the origin. In Greece, where the word appears, he tells stories of gods or heroes gathered under the name of mythology. Myths are common to all cultures and translate the answers that people give to big unanswerable questions. Each period borrows or modernizes certain myths or creat entirely new ones.

A hero might be a fictional or a real character who has left his or her mark on our tradition , history or day to day life. 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.

The most interesting aspect of this notion for me , is the different forms of heroes.

First we will look the modern hero in modern movies and in the modern stories.

The modern hero is often a caricature of contemporary society , he don't like his daily life and want to leave. Initially a hero is not necessarily appreciated by the society. He will have to fight against a lot of people to get his success and all thanks to her courage and intelligence that sets it apart from others and making him a hero. This argument can be based on the Hunger Games movie. At the beginning Katniss Everdeen is a simple woman who lived with his mother and his sister in a dictatorship but during the story the director  gives him a role of hero first of all when she save his sister to go to play the Hunger Games. Then she comes out winners of the games.When power agreed with new propositions , the majority of the population is suddenly agreed too and make these persons heroes. This argument can deal with the Suffragettes movie , indeed , everybody is against these women who are fighting for their rights , they are not respected , they are judged and as soon as they achieve their missions , everybody enjoy of it. What supposed to be ridiculous is suddenly become an intelligent thing , because the government accepeted it.

And secondly we will look the hero in the myths which is closer to anti-hero. The hero in the myths is often different of every body and unappreciated. They are ugly , scary and awkward. But when we step back and change perspective we find something innocent in their personalities that make them attractive things. For example we can take the myth of Frankenstein. It's a myth who appeared as a result of a gothic novel written in 1818 by an english women named Mary Shelley. This story had several adaptations whether filmographic, televisions or theatricales. Victor Frankenstein is a young student of natural sciences. He is trying to create the perfect creature, while mixing chemicals in a large pot. Unfortunately, the creature is very horrific, scary and violent monster that attacks without provocation. The creature is denied by every body because of his monster aspect but it is not his fault it's that of his creator. And thanks to our view by the monster we sympathize with him and can place him like an hero because  we know how difficult his life is , the suffering , the sadness face the gaze of others. We can compare this story with Nuovomondo (Golden Door in english version) is an Italian film by Emanuele Crialese, released in 2007 on the screens. Indeed all these migrants are really not liked by American people and however they live in misery.

To conclude , I want to say that in any form that it's an hero is not necessarily seen as a hero by everyone ,because of the different points of view that we grant them. We do not become a hero by our appearance, our beauty or our strength but our courage and sincerity.

Locations and forms of power

I am going to talk about the notion of places and forms of power. First, I would like to give a definition of power. Power is a source of political , social and personal reflection and often revealing of the tensions and conflicts that are to be found in social groups. Power is exercised through various complex relations either imposed or accepted , often interiorized. Power implies also opposition. The most interesting aspect of this notion for me , is the difference between Democraty and Dictatorship.

First we will define the characteristics of an Democraty. A democratic state it's a more or less ideal state it's a state in which the freedoms and rights of man are respected. How Abraham Lincoln said : « Democracy is government of the people by the people for the people ». Democracy is considered like the better political system in the world and we can see it with Nuovomondo (Golden Door in english version) is an movie by Emanuele Crialese, released in 2007 on the screens. In this movie at the turn of the 20th century, the poor Mancuso family , from Sicily in Italy, emigrates to the United States who is an Democracy. They abandoned everything they had to go to the United States in a perfect democracy and United States did everything to receive them. This is a proof of democracy the fact that immigrants are good welcomed

And secondly we will study a dictatorship. A dictatorship is an political regim where the power is controlled by only one person or a group of people but the population have no right. The population is constantly oppressed , they had no rights and no liberty. They must obey to the government otherwise there are arrested or killed. There is a perfect example in the Hunger Games story who is an Science fiction story written by Suzanne Collins and readapted into a movie later. In this story the power is contolled by The Capitol and they crowded the population in Districts in some District there are electrified fence to keep him internal ( there are not freedom of movment ) there are censored ( it's a lack of freedom of expression ) there are surveyed and they are neutralized when they start a rebellion. This story is a perfect example of dictatorship there are the every characteristics.

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