Parenting Can Be Heroic

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If you’re a parent, and you catch yourself saying “don’t touch that” or “no running by the pool”, then you can relate to being overly protective when your children are young. Even though it happens to most of us at some point, we want to protect our child from the bad things in the world. You could almost think of this time as an emotional journey through life. At the end of this long journey, you hope you have succeeded in raising a well mannered child. In a way, you could consider this accomplished task heroic. There are many types of heroes. Normally, we don’t see the unsung hero in our daily lives. The heroes we see usually come in the form of an actor in a movie. In Linda Seger’s essay “Creating the Myth”, she states that “we identify with the heroes because we were once heroic (descriptive) or because we wish we could do what the hero does (prescriptive)” (317). We try to compare ourselves and our lives with the heroes in movies. On occasion, we get a sense of comfort from these heroes. Things can turn out well, even if it seems all is lost. In the movie Finding Nemo, Marlin’s journey to rescue his son will be an emotional challenge. Several elements from Seger’s essay will help you understand how to tie the hero myth to this movie. Finding Nemo is about an adolescent clown fish named Nemo that has an overly protective dad. Marlin, the father, is not too trusting of anybody; therefore, he is not sure that Nemo is ready for his first day of school. With some convincing from his son, Marlin decides it is safe for Nemo to go to school. After dropping Nemo off, he realizes that that the first class field trip is to a potentially dangerous place. He races to catch up with the class and tells Nemo that he is not ready for the real world. The movie takes a dramatic turn when in an act of defiance, Nemo heads out to the open water where he is captured by a scuba

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