They held their leaders in the utmost regard and saw to it that they addressed them with chivalric devotion. “It was their habit always and everywhere to be ready for action…in whatever case and at whatever time the need arose to rally round their lord” (Greenblatt, 61 lines 1246-1250). During the time that “Beowulf” arose, brutal fights and turbulent battles took place and so the Anglo-Saxon people valued might, audacity, and nobility. These qualities were looked upon as those of a hero; one who could sweep them out of such perilous times. Honor is seen in today’s society as high respect, or fairness.
More than a decade before the Declaration of Independence, Adams wrote that individuals were "inalienably entitled to those essential rights in common with all men," which was a key theme in the Declaration of Independence. Samuel Adams not only supported individual’s rights and justice, but he also set the standard for future leaders in the United States. One of the specific reasons that I admire Samuel Adams is he always stood up for what he believed, and throughout his political career, he upheld his support for civil liberties. Unlike many politicians today, he never changed his mind on controversial issues for political gain. For these reasons, Samuel Adams can rightfully be called a “true American hero.” When one thinks of heroes in American history, one may think of George Washington or Samuel Adams.
MLK dove right in and expressed his hopes and visions to the whole of America. He believed that America good change for the better good. That all people were equal and integration was the best thing for this nation. Malcolm X also had a great vision but it was barbarian and wouldn’t suit the nearing future. Malcolm X rested assured that racial separation was the best for a fast-growing country.
Obama’s trustworthiness, expertise, and concern for America are evident and he is a dynamic speaker. Obama’s speech positively embraced the blue collar and professional workers as one American family. Moreover, he acknowledged that hard work and sacrifice are products of a successful dream. In my opinion, it is astounding that a presidential nominee is humble enough to encourage others to pursue personal dreams. “It is that promise that’s always set this country apart, that through hard work and sacrifice each of us can pursue our individual dreams, but still come together as one American family.” Obama
Texas Jack would continue to perform in the stage shows. He also became a newspaper correspondent for the Times and the New York Herald. He wrote stores of his life as a cowboy. Which Buffalo Bill used in the brochures of his Wild West show during the late 1880s. Texas Jack never became as famous as his good friends.
The True American Hero In James Fenimore Cooper’s novel Deerslayer, he illustrates the idea of an American Hero and shows the qualities that this person must acquire. Through the figure Deerslayer, Cooper creates an archetypal American Hero who depicts the many facets of Cooper’s ideas. Throughout the story Deerslayer always acts properly and bravely in the situations he faces. A figure that illustrates Cooper’s ideas of the ideal American Hero always stands up for justice, though he does not fight when one shouldn’t. Also, Deerslayer exemplifies this mentality by always doing the morally best things for society as a whole.
The Myth of the Marlboro Man appealed to many buyers because of the masculinity and ruggedness that comes with the idea of being an American Cowboy. The manliness of the Marlboro Man draws upon the mythical image of the warrior of the Wild West and encouraged the Phatic bond between viewer and the Marlboro Man. The viewer’s degree of Phatic Bond would rely on the desire to smoke. The targeted market, in so much as the dominant reading, would be the young male, who easily identify with the image associated with the ruggedness and masculinity of the myth of the Wild West as a visual sign of his acceptance and become consciously or subconsciously drawn to this brand. Alternatively the same process would apply to the viewer rejecting the image due to the understanding of the health issues by the image having a health warning in the right hand corner.
Easterners were extremely attracted to the Wild West shows and couldn’t get enough of the unruly lifestyle they portrayed, enjoying the thrill and nature of the West and satisfying their need of adventure. Wild West shows weren’t a monopoly, there were dozens of them scattered across the states and Europe, yet out of all of the shows that came to be, Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show was the most successful by far. When Wild West shows were created so was Cody, an infamous myth of a man who helped to pitch in to give the West the image we now associate it with. Shooting competitions and displays of marksmanship were commonly a part of the program, where great feats of skill were shown using rifles, shot guns, and revolvers. Animals were also a big part of the show, with buffalos parading in and creating the element of a stampede.
The Altruistic Hero Essay #1 March 4, 2009 Essay #1 Throughout history as a society, specifically America, we have been taught subconsciously to follow and admire the “altruistic hero”. This hero is traditionally identified as the trusted leader of the movement to a greater good. In addition this hero is displayed as having a higher sense of pride and respect for himself and even more so for the society in which he/she inhabits. The altruistic hero is born with an inborn quality disparate from the mediocre and less individualistic minds that compose the majority of society. However, without the presence of these hero’s that play an immense role in the preservation of American society, our beliefs, traditions and the meaning of life as we respect it would be quickly compromised.
The people of all nations considered him a great diplomatic leader. He shows his diplomacy as he “mean[s] to be a match for Grendel,/ settle the outcome in single combat” (29). In fighting Grendel, Beowulf shows his diplomacy in a very diplomatic deed for the better of his people. This battle will hopefully prove to the Geats how great Beowulf’s nation has become, and also that he will pay back the mere guild for Hygleac’s ancestor’s misdeeds. The Geat King Hrothgar tells Beowulf to, “Choose, dear Beowulf, the better part, /eternal rewards.