Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Heroes of the World

            Throughout the article, “Creating the Myth” the author Linda Seger really breaks down to how and why such movies like Star Wars are famous out there; and the reason being that is because they are based on classic cultural myths and clichés. The obstacles, heroes, and enemies may differ, but the stories are all based on previously told myths, as Seger said “a myth is basically the story beneath the stories" (344). In her well-developed ten-step description of the usual challenges faced when becoming a hero. The first is unpopularity that the hero faces, and slowly after being introduced to new people and challenges the hero has “completed the task; however the task itself isn’t the real treasure (339). According to Seger, these old clichés have been so legendary for quite a while is because they are based on our own life experiences which deal with not exactly, but the similar everyday tasks we face in our lives. These typical, average everyday heroes are living similar lives as us and trying to achieve similar goals; allowing us to relate to them. We especially identify ourselves with the hero's role because almost everyone possesses an inner need to become this champion; to be recognized as somebody who really and truly means something to the world. With these myths, we can live that experience through the protagonist's voyage.
An example of this would be another classic works known as King Solomon’s Mines. The reason for these literary classics to be categorized under the “Adventure for Boys” section is because of Haggard’s need to show growing men what it truly means to become a “Man”; even if it means involving some racy and sexist scene in there. The novel focuses on the protagonist, Allan Quatermain, an adventurer and hunter in Africa,  who is introduced to his helpers Sir Henry Curtis and Captain Good, seeking to find Sir Henry's brother, who was last seen travelling into the quest for the legendary King Solomon's mines. This mythical novel basically defines what becoming a man is when searching for treasure, saving the life of a beautiful foreigner and old fashioned butt-kicking action; which as believes by Haggard, as well as many other masculine authors out there, brings out the “Man” in every little boy’s heart.  And as Seger focuses on throughout her article, we are very connected to these extraordinary heroes and because we make a strong connection to them, we want to keep looking into them and watching what they have to offer. They know exactly what to make of the heroes because this is what they view themselves as.
In addition to this article, Seger puts forward that myths are basically the same story over and over again. And although these stories may change their hero’s faces, and the trials the hero goes through, but what they don’t change is that these myths come from our experiences. They deal with the journeys that people take in real life. This is why many people find it easy to relate to heroes in myths. The reason these myths are used is because a myth is something we can all relate too. And unlike facts, which only focus on one person and that one problem they faced, a myth is a little more than just a story and has been lived by all of us in one way or another. We in our everyday lives compare this storyline to our vacations or maybe just a weekend away. We as the audience love and feed off of these myths because we can always compare it to a love we have lost or still have; therefore making the myth more than just a story to each and every one of us.

1 comment:

  1. Late :-(

    I'm not sure I see how this article relates to KSM, but otherwise, this is a great response!