Bruce Wayne was not bitten by a radioactive bat, nor was Odysseus mysteriously given god-granted strength. How is it then, that although they demonstrate such individual resemblances, culturally they can be scrutinized as drastically different? Superheroes are not really human. They may be completely human in terms of the story, but much like Odysseus, they do not act human. Classical cultures were greatly influenced by Gods, and although Odysseus himself was only “god-like in nature” (1.21), it was supernatural powers such as Athena’s disguises which made him appear this way.
Batman, though a character, is a very realistic figure who has problems like anyone, bills, laundry even speeding tickets. Bruce Wayne faced huge issues early in his life when his parents died, and they continue every night he fights evil. We relate to Batman because we have all face challenges that we somehow overcome. Though our own problems may not be as big, we are all like the Dark Knight in some way. He was a normal man who faces problems and conquers them, while becoming an awesome hero.
Whether it’s Superman, Batman, or Spiderman, almost every child has a fantasy of becoming a super hero. They want to leap tall buildings in a single bound, fly around the world, or miraculously escape death. However, these kinds of heroes are just modern heroes bought up by the imagination of the artist. They do not exist in the real world and are therefore just an idea. Although the comic book heroes are much more popular than classic American heroes, the comic book hero is rooted from these same literary works which once amazed people in the past.
Compare and Contrast Batman vs Superman Not often in literary history do two characters contrast and match each other so well. Batman and Superman are the figure heads of DC comics and were the only characters keeping the comic giant above the rising waters of collapse. It is natural that the characters, both sixty plus years in print, have acquired a massive fan base. The fan base of the two juggernauts of comics have been known to attack one another with claims on who is superior or who is the most interesting. With all of the fan "wars" several reoccurring traits of the characters have been the basis of most claims on who is truly the best comic book character.
“Heroes are everyday people who every once in a while do extraordinary things. Not everyone gets to save lives; many of our honourees give themselves to change lives, too,” -Tim Miller. When one reads this definition, how does one define a hero themselves? Is a hero an individual of power, an athlete who is a difference maker to a team, or a superhero from a comic book? Tim Miller defines his hero as being an average person who themselves choose to do astonishing tasks and while they may not be a superhero from a comic book who always save the day, they sacrifice themselves for others and good deeds.
As a boy his parents are killed in front of him by a mugger, this made Bruce want to clean up the city so no one would have to go through a horrific experience like his again. Beowulf is a very arrogant character from the epic Beowulf which was one of the only surviving tales from the dark ages. In the story Beowulf is searching for fame and glory which leads him o his adventures. Heroes don’t always need powers to fight or protect people. Batman or Bruce Wayne has no powers; instead he uses his money to build an arsenal of gadgets, tools, and weaponry that can be used where he lacks powers.
After reading various texts, I have become deliberate with different heroes that share similar characteristics which made them well-known. In the period that Homer was well-known for his work, heroes were known to be Homeric Heroes; for example, Odysseus from The Odyssey is an epic hero from the Homeric Period. The heroes known to today’s children are known as modern day heroes; for example, Spiderman is a favorite modern epic hero. Although the stories told, are completely different, these two male heroic models share a few of the same traits, which is known as a distinguishing feature in each character (dictionary.com), that helped them receive their heroic stand such as strength, sharp intellect, and confidence. With the similarities, however, do come the differences; two traits they do not both resemble is thirst for glory and nobility.
These heroes are known as the Greasers. Although they have tough lives, they pull through and defend themselves from a vicious gang called the Socs. There are many characters that may be heroes, but there are three that should be admired for their acts of heroism. Heroism can be defined by the acts of Ponyboy, Johnny, and Darry. Although he was quite young to be part of the greaser’s gang, Ponyboy Curtis showed many people that he could have been one of the greatest hero’s in the novel.
Cervera, Stasia English 9.5 Ms. Grimes Thursday, April 04, 2013 Criteria of a Hero: Martin Luther King Jr’s Perspective Heroes don’t always have to have super powers or high-tech gadgets like Superman or Batman. Sometimes heroic characters are the apologists who speak aloud when no everyone else is subtle. In Martin Luther King Jr’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail”, King tells from his point of view about how a true hero doesn’t always wear a mask, but rather candidly shows their selves out. King believes a true hero is a person who is not afraid to show themselves. He uses a substantiate example of Martin Luther as a person who stands up and shows what he/she really believes in.
The three heroes discussed here, Beowulf, Sir Gawain and King Arthur, are heroes for different reasons. Beowulf, our earliest hero, is brave but his motivation is different than then other two. To Sir Gawain personal honor and valor is what is important. King Arthur, Sir Gawain's uncle, is naturally the quintessential king of the medieval period. Though all men to a certain extent share the same qualities, some are more pronounced than in the others.