Sunday, July 28, 2013

The Renaissance of Heroes

                Throughout the article, “Creating the Myth” the author Linda Seger really breaks down to how and why adventurous movies like are famous out there; and the reason being that is because they are based on classic cultural myths and cliches. According to Seger, these old cliches 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 the all-time classic movie known as Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. A professor, archaeologist, and legendary hero by the name of Indiana Jones is in action in his newest adventure. But along the way, he teams up with a night club singer named Willie Scott and a young Chinese kid named Short Round. The story follows Indiana Jones adventure through India to recover a sacred stone stolen from a small distressed village, where the people believe that evil spirits have taken all their children away after a sacred precious stone was stolen by a religious cult intending to harness its power, along with four others, to establish the reign of their god in place of all others. This movie basically defines what becoming a hero is when searching for treasure, saving the life of a beautiful woman and old fashioned butt-kicking action with his foreign side-kick.  And while 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 the stories in each one of the Indiana Jones' series may, and the trials Indy 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 people such as him. According to Seger, the reason these myths are used is because a myth is something we can all relate too. 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 series 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.

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