Spiderman As An Outlaw Hero

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Amanda Jennings Hancock English 111-001 12 March 2012 Spiderman as an Outlaw Hero In Robert B. Ray’s essay, “The Thematic Paradigm,” he writes about American cinema and dichotomies within movie and film. Ray explains and compares the difference between outlaw and official heroes. Ray writes about how an official hero falls in the category of “good good boys” and how they embody the best attributes of adulthood (379). Traits of an official hero include, sound reasoning and judgment, wisdom and sympathy based on experience. Various examples of an official hero include Washington, Jefferson, and Lincoln. These heroes or legends are comfortable in society and willing to undertake those public duties demanding personal sacrifices (Ray 380). That’s why political figures are some of the best official heroes. An official hero believes in the law and abides by it. An outlaw hero is the opposite, they know right from wrong, but don’t follow the law. Another opposition is that an outlaw hero has distrust within civilization. I want to analyze Spiderman and show examples of how he represents an outlaw hero. Spiderman is the epitome of every kid’s dream come true. He goes from being an average, everyday nerd, to a superhero who always saves the day. He starts out as Peter Parker, but when duty calls. It’s a quick transformation to Spiderman the super hero; he has a double identity. Peter and his class go to a laboratory one day and he gets bitten by an irradiated spider. This spider mutates Peter’s DNA and gives him his Spiderman transformation overnight. He starts practicing his new found powers in order to know how to work them. Eventually, he gets good enough with his powers and wants to put them to the test so he enters a wrestling match and if he wins, he’s promised a prize of 3,000 dollars. Unfortunately, the people that promised him the prize money didn’t keep
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