MYTHS & HEROES
The myth evokes the human condition as a whole, its history transmitted first orally and often embodied by a hero, a situation (i'm not sure that a place can embodied a myth...) or a community. The hero may be a fictional character or real that marked the tradition, history or everyday life and who is admired for his courage, noble qualities or outstanding achievements. Thus, myths and heroes are linked in that they belong to a collective identity, a culture or a tradition shared by group of people. But now we can ask the following question: Why do we need heroes? Do they allow us to have a better life in fiction and in the real life?
We will first see fictional heroes then the real ones. I'll first deal with Robin Hood because i enjoy what he did, it's very brave and noble and then i'm going to speak about Amelia Earhart, a key and historical woman
We saw a photo of Robin Hood with his bow and arrows to defend himself, he was a fictional hero, a big-hearted outlaw who lived hidden in the wood. Plus, he was a rebel who violated the law to struggle for the needy and oppressed people. In fact, he robbed the rich and he gave the money which comes from taxes to the poor. He wanted to make a better life for people. He is their hero.
Furthermore, there is another kind of "real" hero that we saw, those that are rooted in the History as Amelia Earhart who in 1937 became the first female pilot to fly across the world. Thanks to her, the image of women has changed, she probably contributed to the improving the status of women. (to contribute to + verbe ING)
In fact, at this time, the women depended on their husbands. She also created an organization for female pilots. Her achievements improved the image of women in the collective memory because they helped improve the condition of women.
I choose those documents because I think they are the perfect illustration of the notion "myths and hereos". Indeed, thanks to them, we live in an more advanced society, more opened and more secured even if the condition of women could be even better than it is nowadays but they make us improve our lives and to me, that's a heroes' job, to make things change.
THE IDEA OF PROGRESS
The concept of progress is of some importance (il revêt une certaine importance) in the history of man. It has been the key, the reason why mankind and its societies have been getting more and more advanced throughout the time. Progress is an onward movement to an improved or more advanced condition. It is usually admitted that progress has led to technical and technological improvements since the XIXth century. For most of us, progress is a mechanism that societies have to converge to inexorably. It has become a cult, like a religion. And its effects are tangible, scientific discoveries or new inventions are created everyday but to what extent do they change our daily life? What are the drawbacks of progress?
We will see first positive and negative effects of progress through two documents: MySpace vs Facebook and 5cartoons
First, " Myspace vs. Facebook'' is a conversation between a man and a woman, the man prefers MySpace and the woman is more into Facebook. They justify themselves by the positive effects of these two sites : we can customize our profile and choose who can see the content we add, we are virtually connected to the world through notifications. In addition, musicians or actors can post their music and videos so they can become or remain known. In the past, people had to send letters to keep in touch and the actors and musicians had less possibilities of becoming popular.
However, in this same document we talk about some negative effects that are : it is easily to spy on social networks, the constant information-acces and uninteresting notifications, like invitation to games, we face spams and viruses every time. In addition, in the 5 cartoons, from the 6th to 10th cartoons, cartoonists criticized social networks, they are addictive, as in the cartoon 7 where a couple is going to see a marriage counsellor because the man reproaches the woman for not "loving his publications on Facebook ". Cartoonists also show the danger of social networks like in the cartoon 6 where we see a man in the shade who opens the door to all his Facebook friends who come for a drink but the man doesn't seem to know them ... Besides it, there's even a dog which shows that anyone can have an account.
I think that social networks are beneficial to stay close to friends or family who are far away from us. In the past, people had to write letters to their friends, etc. and they had to fix a date with them.. but social networks are also pests and dangerous to society.