Heroes are often plastic characters that only know how to be a hero and nothing else. They do not have any other qualities about them and are one dimensional. These types of characters can only show up in fictional stories and never appear in the real world. The only kind of heroes that do show up in the real world are the ones that still make mistakes and mess up a few times, but that is because we are human and that is what humans do. Rooster Cogburn having qualities of a buffoon and a hero, makes True Grit more realistic than if he were flawless.
Superman’s Song, written as a eulogy, expresses more than respect for a fallen Superhero; it voices Robert’s grief, thereby creating pathos, at the passing of a great man: “And sometimes I despair the world will never see another man like him.” Roberts expresses not only his own “despair” but the “world's” despair of having lost Superman. Honest men are rare. Rarer yet are men of virtue, men of integrity, and men of compassion. Superman was such a man. He had the “strength” to “smash through any bank,” but would not. His morals remained intact. Instead, he strove to help those around him and worked selflessly to fight against the evils. It would be almost impossible to find someone that selfless today. Everyone is so indulged in getting the best for themselves, and wanting to see themselves on the top, that they tend not be compassionate in the way Superman was. Therefore grief and sorrow are depicted over the fact that the world would never see another Superman, especially with all the good men going into hiding.
The short-length feature Gerald McBoing-Boing, which tells the story of a boy who only speaks in sound effects, has been regarded as an exceptional example of what could be described as the cartoon style of heavily design-oriented and abstract-based 1950’s animation. It was one of the first cartoon shorts to gain widespread attention for its usage of limited animation. In comparison to the features of Walt Disney, which were recognized for their concrete simulations of reality and exquisite, frame-by-frame details, shorts like Gerald McBoing-Boing utilized symbolism, abstract art, and simplicity to create their own interpretations of real-life situations. This particular style of animation depended heavily on the animators’ abilities to emulate
A red cape rushes past, catching the wind within its grasp. It waves to those passing by on a warm afternoon. It is a beacon of hope… donned by a three-foot-seven-inch little boy. One may ask, “Why is he dressed like this?” The answer is quite simple: Superman is this little boy’s hero. “‘Faster than a speeding bullet! More powerful than a locomotive! Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound!’” His role model is someone to be in awe of, but, ultimately, Superman is flesh and bone. The other heroes children dress up as: firefighters, police officers, or princesses are still human. These men and women are people that should be admired. But, is there a way for all of humanity to take a step towards greatness? Arthur C. Clarke, the author
Beowulf and Superman are considered epic heroes because of the feats and battles both have conquered, along with the villains and countless evil creatures that have been defeated. Despite being closely similar in the journey each takes and the enemies they vanquish; each is vastly different in certain points of their existence and attitudes. Beowulf and Superman’s differences and similarities start at the beginning of each one’s lives and end at the last moments of their journeys. Superman and Beowulf have both struggled to conquer all foes and enemies and have fought hard for the lives each has lived, or is living, and both have acquired the titles of being an epic hero.
A Superhero is not judged by the power he has,but only by the choices he makes. In the essay,”Superman and Me” by Sherman Alexie, the author uses an extended metaphor to explain his relationship with the fictional character Superman. Alexie uses many things in his life to compare himself to Superman. Although Alexie may not be seen as a hero with actual superpowers, he demonstrates the qualities of a superhero in different ways. Alexie is seen as someone that almost resembles an alien in the eyes of his society. Most of Alexie’s comparisons with himself and Superman are figurative. Sherman Alexie and Superman have much more similar qualities than one might realize.
Superman is your traditional superhero. He fights against evil, saves his damsel in distress and everybody loves him in the end. People depend on superman as he is their ‘hope’ for a safe world. They are not afraid of him even though he is a supernatural being.
The term superhero is by Merriam-Webster definition a figure character who has incredible powers. There is no one particular type of superhero they come in all forms; short, tall, big or little history proves that physical appearance is what makes the hero super. All the duties performed by these characters shows how the impactful the role they play is and giving a reason for why they are super. Superheroes date back for many years, and people began their fantasies over superheroes in the comic books. People have always looked to them as an escape from reality during World War II. These were very hard times for everyone dealing with all the conflict across the world “…Superman became someone whom an average American male could identify with.”(Aro
Gifted with incredible endurance and super strength, the ability of flight, and an impeccable moral compass, Superman is the quintessential superhero that Americans of all ages have admired and looked up to since his conception in 1938. In Brad Bird’s 1999 feature animation The Iron Giant, the fifty-foot metal protagonist is no exception. Hiding out in a barn, he peers at an issue of the Superman comic book like an amused child with his eyes wide and mouth agape. His closest human companion, nine-year old Hogarth, sits before the giant and explains to him, “Sure, he’s famous now, but he started off just like you! Crash landed on Earth…he only uses his powers for good, never for evil.” As Hogarth places the comic book down among the others spread across the ground, the Iron Giant’s eyes dart to the cover of Atomo—a giant “metal menace. The cover depicts a fifty-foot tall metal monster with lasers beaming from its eyes, vaporizing an entire village and killing all its people. The Iron Giant looks at the cover with horror, recognizing his physical resemblance to Atomo as if he were looking into a broken mirror. Hogarth tries to
Superman is usually a childhood favorite to most boys and girls. He saved lives and made the world a better place. Sherman Alexie, the author of “Superman and Me”, is similar to Superman. He “saves lives” for some Indian children who cannot read. As they refuse to read and write, Alexie relates to the children he helps, because he was in the same situations in his early childhood. Alexie has similar acts of kindness just as Superman did in his numerous amount of comic books.This is the given example of an extended metaphor that is used throughout the essay.
Waiting for Superman features six kids, that all have educational obstacles to overcome. Focusing on Daisy from Los Angeles, who out of the six kids, probably has the strongest dedication and motivation towards her own education, already knows she wants to be a doctor or nurse. She even wrote a letter to a college admission office, hoping to set herself apart from all the other students, showing her strong interest in succeeding. She works extremely hard to keep her grades up in order to graduate in a school where 57% of students probably won't graduate. Her school is the worst one of many that are considered “dropout factories” across the country. Daisy’s mom and dad believe in her ability to achieve her goals, but know that the education
Sherman Alexie’s essay “Superman and Me” is about how Alexie changed his life and the lives of others by learning to read. His family was poor, but his father loved to read and Alexie adopted that love of reading at an early age. Alexie soon started to see the world around him like paragraphs. He would read anything and everything he could get his hands on. Indians like himself were not supposed to be smart, those who failed were excepted, but Alexie refused to fail and soon became a writer. He shared his gift with those around him no matter what they said or did. Sherman Alexie’s short story “Superman and Me” uses character, setting, symbolism and tone to illustrate the theme of “-breaking down barriers-”.
What do you think of comics? Are they just pure fiction with no real story and static characters? In the graphic essay Show and Tell the author Scott McCloud introduces the reader to the true world of comic books. He brings up big questions on what we consider art and how comic books use many forms and shape to create the same effect a novel would. Through the ingenious text and the captivating drawn out figures, McCloud proves that comics are not just for kids and that words plus pictures working together can establish a new and innovative way of storytelling. He shows that ancient art has evolved in our society and has been adapted into memes and emoticons which continue to evoke a powerful influence on young
John Williams who is American composer and a conductor created the theme song from superman. Some of the most popular music that was recognized from John Williams is, some of the star wars series the thrilling shark movies the jaw, Jurassic park and many more. He also did theme music for four Olympic world games, which is to me really interesting. The theme from superman illustrates and shows a man that is not really seen powerful in the public eye and is misunderstood in front of everyone even though he fights crime and saves the world he often feels if anyone really cares about what he is doing for him or her.
Superheroes usually have a bad childhood, where they would persevere through adventures and eventually become stronger to protect the people. We can draw parallels from Greek mythology where we have the story of Perseus. Perseus is a prototypical hero quester of classical literature which we can compare to Superman which is also the prototypical hero quester of the superhero age. Superman and Perseus were both orphaned shortly after birth, where after reaching maturity, both sets out on a journey to find their purpose in adulthood. For Superman, it is how he realises his identity and purpose on Earth before he takes on his mantle on Earth as Superman. Both Superman and Perseus are model heroes, with noble values which are not too complex. Their enemies are always on the side of evil where their actions rendered them inhuman, and the heroes always fought for the side of the good. By comparing both stories, they are similar with identical themes which can make superheroes our modern