Thursday, October 11, 2012

Corrections "Society's Model"

"Society's Model"
Heroes in ancient stories and heroes in current stories share many common traits. such as, heroes often have a mentor. For example, Odysseus’ mentor is Athena, who helps him throughout his journey. We can see that kind of situations in recent movies, such as Star Wars, when Obi-Wan Kenobi mentors Luke Skywalker in his journey. Even though heroes in ancient tales are alike in many other aspects, this essay will just be focused in one characteristic.
An epic hero is the model of the idealistic person in a society. They represent everything that society believes a perfect citizen should be. In The Odyssey, this is well established. Odysseus clearly represents a perfect ancient Greek. Odysseus is a great warrior, and Greeks considered war a very important aspect of their society. Odysseus is also a clever man with great leadership skills. No society would not want a clever leader between them. Odysseus is an honorable man. In almost every ancient society, including the Greek, honor was the most important value. In The Odyssey, Odysseus is known among Greece as a very honorable man. Odysseus is held in Ogygia by Calypso. She is beautiful; Odysseus could stay with her forever and become immortal. Odysseus chooses to try to go back to his wife Penelope, even though the journey to get back with her might kill him, and even though he gets home, he will not be with a goddess or become immortal. He still goes back to his wife. This shows that Greeks considered loyalty and family very important in their society.
Just as in The Odyssey, in the movie Captain America, some of the United States’ ideal characteristics are represented. Nevertheless the influence of the hero’s traits are not as evident. Captain America’s dream is to go to war and fight for his country. North American society considers nationalism one of the most essential aspects of a perfect North American. This society also has great pride on the citizens that honor their country in war, and everything Captain America did honored his country in  World War II.
In conclusion, stories and societies have evolved over the years. Nowadays stories, told in movies for example, don’t have the same objective that they had in the ancient societies. Societies have different priorities and more open-minded. But Even if stories and societies keep evolving, people will always want to identify somehow with the heroes in the stories. Societies want to see in a hero what they think a perfect human would be, that is a simple thing that would make a diverse society come together.

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