Wednesday, January 22, 2014

What makes a hero, a hero?

                Creating the Myth by Linda Seger is an article about experiences. She claims we all have similar experiences with the same wishes and wants, somewhere along those lines. We might not have the same exact experiences but they’re all pretty close. That’s why we relate to films when we watch them all the time because it’s like we’re learning experiences or we can connect to experiences that we’ve already had.
                Then we have those films and stories about heroes. A hero is usually the person in the story that will see a problem and find a way to overcome it for their benefit or the benefit of other people. We can connect to hero films sometimes because there is a little hero in all of us. They might not be mythical ones where we slay dragons and stuff but overcoming tough problems to be the better person at the end of the day counts as being a hero. So is making the effort to do the right thing. Myths are not always true but they start from something that was an experience. Think of them as exaggerated stories. People still can relate to them because the story had to come from somewhere, it’s just not 100% accurate. But people will still feel like they’ve experiences something like it before.
                Question 4 says “In any journey, the hero usually receives help, and the help often comes from unusual sources.” In A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, Scrooge is about to be in trouble for collecting money and not using it to benefit him or anyone else. He has no idea of the fate that would arrive to him until his ex accountant’s ghost, Marley shows up and warns him of his fate, being bound in money boxes and shackles unless he sees 3 spirits and changes his ways. The 3 spirits then come to visit him. The Ghost of Christmas Past, reminds him how much kinder and happier he used to be but also shows him how sad and lonely his past way. The Ghost of Christmas Present, shows him how Fred tries to speak kindly of Scrooge during dinner when people are calling him names and showing dislike. Then he sees Bob Cratchit’s family, and Bob is thanking Scrooge for letting him take the day off and giving him money for the food on the table. The wife doesn’t think it’s enough and his son Tiny Tim is very sick. Scrooge feels bad for Tiny Tim and wonders if he will die and the spirit tells him that he will if things don’t change. That means that Scrooge has to give Bob a higher paycheck so that he can afford proper healthcare so Tiny Tim can live. The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come, is basically the Grim Reaper, he just shows Scrooge that nobody cares about him after he dies. People say that they won’t come unless there’s food and the people that are there when he’s dead are just there to steal from him. They’re so thankful that he was so cruel to people in his past life that nobody cares enough to notice all of his stuff being stolen, including the clothes he’s wearing. Seeing all of this, Scrooge doesn’t want to be the type of person that nobody cares about and he also doesn’t want to be cursed with chains and shackles like Marley. So he changes his ways, he donates a turkey to Bob’s family, gives Bob a paycheck increase, starts saying Merry Christmas to everyone and just treats everyone better with kindness and generosity. Now that he has the Christmas spirit, he is saved but the unusual sources that helped him become the “hero” in the end was Marley, and the three spirits.


  1. Hey, Ashley! I liked your blog, and the way you summarized this big article in these two paragraph. But I think you should give us more information about the text, as the author makes a lot of different categories of myth, legends and hero stories.

  2. I agree with Alina summary should've been more detailed but your answer is good. If I haven't read the article I wouldn't of understood the connection you made for answer number 4. which you connected step 4 in the heroism process to "A Christmas Carol". You should always focus in your summary on the point your trying to prove or analyze.

  3. Good comments here, but still not a bad post Ashley!