Sunday, June 23, 2013

The Superhero Inside You

             Growing up, who hasn't compared or related themselves to a superhero. Superman's "always do the right thing" mentality or to the Hulk's angry but misunderstood and  scared of the world attitude. We all have at least one super hero we can relate to. In the article "Violent Media Is Good for Kids" by Gerard Jones, He also agrees with this theory and gives his reasons why. Jones believed people lived through this comics. That children escaped in these heroic and violent stories, watched their favorite heroes do things they wish they could do in real life. Jones stats " Pretending to have superhuman powers helps children conquer the feelings of powerlessness that inevitable come with being so young and small". A shy and small boy who has been bullied in class , can pretend he is his favorite hero by putting on a red towel transforming into Superman! A strong, smart and powerful super hero. And in that moment he has all the confidence in world, ready to face any challenge, what an amazing feeling.
            I totally agree with Jones idea that comic books and concept of superheroes can have such a positive affect on both children and adults. I believe the writers of comic books and developers of video games sometimes try to make the main character as relatable as possible. Im not a comic book reader but on a very stressful, day I come home and immediately and dive right into my Playstation. When playing I have no other worries I live through these main character/heroes and do things I would love to do in real life.
            I think writers also to the same, in the book "Kings Solomon's Mines" ,H. Rider Haggard we live through Allan Quatermain. He's no hero but a smart and strong man. We travel through all these dangerous desserts,jungles, and fight all these exciting battles with him. We can even relate to him even more because he has no super powers but he is more powerful then most, and all want to be him.


  1. wow i think you did a very good job connecting the book with the article,i agree with you it was a bit hard trying to answer that question for me but im glad a read yours now i understand.

  2. This isn't bad, but like we discussed in class today, you're avoiding making a concrete statement about the book in relation to the article. Is the novel the kind of violent media Jones endorses? Does this explain its popularity, and if so, why is it no longer popular?