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Myths and heroes


• 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 folklore, 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 have «heroism». They help in with 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. The word is used in the sports world to mean an extraordinary player or an athlete. Sometimes, the main character of a story is called a « hero » in a book or movies.

• To illustrate this notion I will explain the concept of myths with Hercules and then I will discuss the concept of Hero with Steve Jobs.

I/ The concept of myths

Hercules was a divine hero in Greek mythology, the son of Zeus and Alcmene, foster son of Amphitryon. He was the greatest of the Greek heroes. Driven mad by Hera, Heracles slew his own children. To expiate the crime, Heracles was required to carry out twelve labors set by Eurystheus. If he succeeded, he would be purified of his sin and he would be granted immortality. Heracles performed the labors successfully.

II/ The concept of Hero

• Steve Jobs was an orphan and he was adopted by a lower middle class family. He dropped out from school and he didn’t graduate from university. He had nothing to succeed, he starts from scratch. Steve Jobs revolutionized the world of computers with, Apple. Over the years he climbed the social ladder. He influenced people's lives with his achievements. Steve Jobs is considered as a hero because to make the top he was and hard-worker, career-driven with strong-willed. Today he remains a role model, an example of success.


• To conclude, the history was marked by people who were defended the populations. They are today considered as a hero by all people. But everyone can be the hero of someone. A hero can be an ordinary person like me or you. My heroes are the different persons, anonymous persons who fight against the inequalities in the world for example in South Africa.


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