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In order to
start my presentation about Myths and Heroes, I would like to introduce these
two notions. The word myth derives
from the ancient Greek word mythos
which means legend, but nowadays we use this word much more loosely, referring
to a traditional story concerning the history of a people, a natural or social
phenomenon. Hero also has Greek origins and means “demi-god”, a person with
superhuman abilities accomplishing extraordinary achievements. The definition
has evolved and now refers to a person who is admired for his courage,
outstanding achievements or noble qualities.
has myths and heroes because these concepts are firmly anchored in cultures,
religion, arts, literature… However,
they change depending on the societies. Myths or heroes in China are not the
same as in Europe. I will make my presentation about myths and heroes in the UK
and in the US.
Middle Age, the Arthurian legends explained
how the legendary British king
protected the England against the Saxons army willing (or eager) to invade it. This leader is really famous in the
Anglo-Saxon culture since he’s perceived as a great leader defending the island
from human and supernatural enemies. Beside, he put in place a great empire
including Britain, Ireland, Iceland, Norway and Gaul. All the stories about
King Arthur were really important in the early British culture and folklore.
also has (USA est toujours singulier) a kind of myths: the
Pilgrim Father who settled the Plymouth Colony. They escaped the UK because of
religious issues – they felt independent from the Church of England – and
decided to establish a colony in the
current Massachusetts during the XVIth century. Some centuries later, while the
USA became a land of immigration, the country needed to extend its territory
and decided to conquest western lands. It was the American Frontier, this
period is so important in the American culture that it became a kind of myth
used in many movies.
The heroes were the cowboys protecting white family recently settled from the Native - the villains. John Wayne, Clint Eastwood or Jame Stewart were famous actors who acted as cowboys. They are considered as national heroes in people's mind cause they personify Justice, freedom, salvation... In the XXth century, a new kind of avengers appeared: the super heroes such as Superman, Batman, Captain America, ... The publishing houses which created all of these characters (chiefly Marvel and DC Comics) invented a mythology related to the numerous super heroes' and super villains adventures.
American Frontier became a myth, the heroes of that period were the cowboys and
the soldiers of American army fighting the Native Americans (Indian = inhabitants of India) to conquest the
West. These heroes have been showed for a long time as national heroes who
allowed the USA to become so vast and so powerful. Until soon, no one told this
period also was the slaughter of many Native American who only fought for their
freedom and their dignity. Nowadays, the Native are more and more perceived as
In the same way, some heroes are people likely to face the system. The two riders in the movie Easy Riders (Dennis Hopper, 1969) Bonnie and Clyde or Thelma and Louise are two examples of 'modern cowboys' trying to reach their feedom. Lonely, poor but free they try to escape the rules of the American conformist society.