In "The Thematic Paradigm", Robert Ray explains how there are two distinctly different heroes, the outlaw hero and the official hero. The official hero embraces common values and traditional beliefs, while the outlaw has a clear sense of right and wrong but operates above the law (Ray). Ray explains how the role of an outlaw hero has many traits. "The attractiveness of the outlaw hero's childishness and propensity to whims, tantrums, and emotional decisions derived from America's cult of childhood", states Ray. (309) Ray also says, "To the outlaw hero's inconsistence on private standards of right and wrong, the official hero offered the admonition, you cannot
A hero is universally seen as a selfless individual who puts the needs of others before themselves. Heroes usually hold the same values; honor, nobility, integrity, and strength. Now what happens when a person does not hold those heroic values? What if their motivations did not have good intentions? These are the questions that will be answered using the deconstruction critical lenses. “Today, it is much harder to detach the concept of heroism from morality; we only call heroes those whom we admire and wish to emulate.” (Lebarge web) The Greek myth of Theseus and the Minotaur has evolved into the modern trilogy of Batman which, when deconstructed, reveals how the selfish motivations of
In "The Thematic Paradigm", Robert Ray explains how there are two distinctly different heroes, the outlaw hero and the official hero. The official hero embraces common values and traditional beliefs, while the outlaw has a clear sense of right and wrong but operates above the law (Ray). Ray explains how the role of an outlaw hero has many traits. "The attractiveness of the outlaw hero's childishness and propensity to whims, tantrums, and emotional decisions derived from America's cult of childhood", states Ray. (309) Ray also says, "To the outlaw hero's
American Heroes were inspired by Greek Tragic Heroes, yet both are very different from each other, but American Heroes have very similar traits to those who are Contemporary Heroes. An American Hero is a person who seeks justice and always defeats the enemy which results in all people having the justice they deserve. American Heroes also tends to protect all and has the tendency to fall in love with the “ damsel in distress”. This type of hero goes about his daily life, just like anyone else would, until it is time to fight, and at that time, their “supernatural” powers shine through in their fighting techniques. On the other side, all Tragic Heroes possess a flaw that will change their life from a life of happiness to a life of pain and despair. Ordinarily, Contemporary Heroes have nearly the same traits as American Heroes. Contemporary Heroes save and protect many individuals from violence and harm and lives a normal life until they have to face another obstacle. Both American and Contemporary Heroes are able to celebrate their victories, while Tragic Heroes can not do so because they are not victorious.
Turner’s frontier hypothesis glorifies the independent hero displaying fortitude in the face of arduous challenge. However, in Frontier Literature, the constant theme of unplanned isolation underlies protagonists’ development from frontier wanderer to true frontier hero, serving as a prerequisite for the protagonists’ display of fortitude along the frontier. In L’amour’s The Gift of Cochise, McCarthy’s All the Pretty Horses, and Weir’s The Martian, unplanned isolation serves as the backdrop for the protagonists to prove their worth as the frontier hero. Each text provides a character of ostensible powerlessness—Angie as a woman, John Grady Cole as a young boy, and Mark
Davy, David Crockett was known as an American folk hero when he was referred in the Texas revolution. He was born on August 17, 1786 in Limestone, but grew up in East Tennessee. He was born to a pioneer family. Davy also got enlisted in the Tennessee militia. He gained a reputation because he hunted and also did a lot of storytelling.
The concept of a hero has been around for many generations, and the meaning of a hero is defined in ways people grasp its idea. A hero can be a person who has a superpower and is willing to make a personal sacrifice for the benefit of others or can be an ordinary everyday person who just wants to help people out of his or her own heart. Linda Seger’s article, “Creating the Myth,” tackles the idea of a “Hero 's Myth,” and shows the ten steps of how heroes are transformed from an ordinary person to the Savior. On the other hand, Robert B. Ray piece titled, “The Thematic Paradigm,” emphasizes that in modern films, it is either having an “Outlaw Hero or an Official Hero,” which he uses three stages to demonstrates how they are different each other in the way they perform in the society. Further, the article, “Out of Character: Wonder Woman’s Strength Is Her Compassion - What Happened?” by Stevie St. John, explains how Wonder Woman was viewed as a compassionate woman in the 1940s and 1950s, and in the 2000s she changes into a more violent person. In this essay, I argue that a hero is subjective, and is defined by the villain or event that they had to adapt to suddenly.
Superman, Wonder Woman, Spiderman—what do all these characters have in common? They are all products of the human aspiration to be saved. The word hero is passed around too much these days. A hero is not a football player that scores the game-winning touchdown or the goaltender who saves his team from a loss. A hero is usually an ordinary person that did extraordinary things. A true hero is really never a hero at all; at least not in their own mind. However, there are various cases today in which we see the exact opposites of these characters, the anti-heroes. The anti-hero is one who cannot be classified as a hero, for that said character lacks natural heroic qualities. However, the anti-hero cannot be described as a villain either.
An American hero can be defined as an individual whose action has created a major impact on the country. Furthermore, his or her actions can leave lasting implications that may have an affect on other individuals. From the epigraph, Wallace Stegner demonstrates the qualities of an American hero. He states that these individuals are free from social obligations and other responsibilities that may considered as “irksome”, and evidently follow no agenda. In the story “Into The Wild”, by Jon Krakauer, the main character Chris McCandless can be identified as an American hero. McCandless portrays countless characteristics of this model; for example, in the beginning of the book, after his encounter with a guy name Gallien, Chris offers his watch
“Kilt him a b’ar when he was only three/ Davy, Davy Crockett, king of the wild frontier”. These lyrics were part of a theme song of a show that enchanted children in 1954-1956. “Davy Crockett” on CBS’s tv.com says “Davy Crockett King of the Wild Frontier” was a three part series about Davy Crockett’s adventures throughout his life. (Davy). The show was produced by Walt Disney and the episodes were eventually combined into a movie, according to Washington Post’s “Fess Parker, TV’s Davy Crockett, dies at 85.” (Fess). These shows, and eventually movies, created an interest in the “wild west” in the children of the 1950s and brought the frontier right into their living rooms for their entertainment. Davy Crockett sparked a fire of interest in who
The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven is a book written by; Sherman Alexie. In this book, Alexie writes about a group of Native Americans who live on the Spokane Indian Reservation. As this novel may be fiction, some of the stories that are portrayed in the text have some very real meaning the them. These Native Americans endure lots of heartache and tragedy in this book as they are faced with problems like alcoholism, car accidents, loss of loved one and houses burning. In the face of adversity, many of these Native Americans in this story carry on with their lives and become “Warriors”. The search for warriors in this publication has many themes that come along with it such as; Resilience and Forgiveness. This desire of being a warrior drives characters in this book to stand out and be strong leaders. This is needed because many Native Americans on the reservation needs a warrior to stand up and fight for them. Currently, a warrior does not have the same meaning as it did centuries ago. When looking for a warrior we will not find a gladiator or Spartan walking the streets. What we will find is a person who is strong and resilient enough to carry on and care for his own family or loved ones around them. A warrior is possible to find today, just many are looking in the wrong places as this novel give clarity to what a true warrior is.
What was your childhood like? Who influenced your experiences and what are some of your earliest memories? In the Lone Ranger and tonto the author Sherman alexie follows the life of a young man named Victor. Alexie portrays the chronic adverse effects that alcoholism has on victor’s childhood and into his adult years, as well as its effects on the Native American community as a whole. Alexi documents the adverse effects alcohol has on the Native American communities by describing the circumstances that have led to alcoholism, the impact alcoholism has on the family and how tradition is a kea part to overcoming alcoholism within the Native American community.
John Wayne plays the quintessential cowboy hero (known as G.W. Mclintock) in the film of his namesake—Mclintock. G.W. is a wealthy cattle rancher who deals with a multitude of problems. Everyone seems to want something from him and he has to figure what is fair. He is an excellent leader in regards to how he deals those dilemmas. His main flaws fall into the typical cowpoke cliché of drinking and brawling. (Could there be a western without those two essential elements?) Despite his hankering for the hooch, he proves that he is a man capable of accomplishing anything he sets his mind to—even wrangling the women in his life
The film illustrates the hero that can be likened to a representative of the American soldier who goes out to get information about a particular crime. During the movie, Ray gets to the point to understand the Indian culture by studying the problems the go through in the United States of America (Fusco 3). As Michael Apted directed the film, it is a fictional representation of a soldier who is wounded in serving the people. The central scenario is dominant of the Native Americans complaining about rights violation. Ray plays the part of the FBI agent who gets preoccupied with investigating the hilarious acts the people complain about in the society. The hero as portrayed in the film takes much time trying to figure out where the criminal lives. In fact, the FBI agent is an Indian native, but he has never lived according to his beliefs. He is the Sam Shepard 's partner, who has the responsibility of delivering the best service according to the duties attached to him.
I have a strong personality. I am bold, fearless, and walk with confidence. Words like “strong-willed,” “stubborn,” and “aggressive” have been used to describe me. Challenging or dangerous situations typically compel me not denture me. This coincides with the strength of belief. In other words, you cannot shake my faith. God designed me this way for a purpose, a purpose that most people see as abnormal. I have been shunned by teachers in school, management in workplaces, and leaders and congregants in the church. I have been called a lone ranger, wild stallion, clown, and someone who dances to the beat of his own drum. School was great and teachers usually like me, until I would work past the assigned work in the workbook. Getting ahead of everyone so I didn’t have homework was my goal, but this was not following directions. The title of Lone Ranger fits well in this circumstance.