Thematic Paradigm Essay

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In “The Thematic Paradigm,” Robert Ray explains how there are two vastly different heroes: the outlaw hero and the official hero. The official hero has common values and traditional beliefs. The outlaw hero has a clear view of right and wrong but unlike the official hero, works above the law. Ray explains how the role of an outlaw hero has many traits. The morals of these heroes can be compared clearly. Films that contain official heroes and outlaw heroes are effective because they promise viewer’s strength, power, intelligence, and authority whether you are above the law or below it.
Society favors the outlaw hero because we relate with that character more. We see ourselves more so in the outlaw hero than in the official hero. The outlaw hero has the child like talents that most of us wish we had as adults. To civilians it may seem that the outlaw hero lives more of a fantasy life that we all wish to have. Superman’s image has remained unchanged over the years. A blue suit accompanied by boots, a belt and cape have always been the Superman style, along with the Superman emblem on his chest. Superman’s real name is Kal-El, a descendant of the Kryptonian family of the house of El, with his father known as Jor-El and mother Lara. Krypton was discovered to be in the last seconds of life due to the coming supernova of its sun by Kal-El’s father. The other members of Krypton did not believe Jor-El could not tell others of his answers and examinations. Jor-El promised that neither he nor his wife would leave and with every last possible choice eliminated, Jor-El would send his newborn son to the planet Earth. Kal-El then crash landed into the care of Jonathan and Martha Kent, two farmers in Kansas. He then adopted the Kent family name, and became known as Clark Kent. Clark lived with the Kent’s and went to Small Ville High. While he was still a teenager his father Jonathan had passed away. Clark Kent didn’t become Superman until he was about the age of 20. Clark made the Fortress of Solitude with a crystal given to him by his biological father and then gained access to communication with him as a hologram. From here, along with the connection of moral values form the Kent’s, Clark became Superman the Man of Steel. Superman was literally a God, with almost every power possible. He had heat-vision, x-ray vision, super speed, super strength, super hearing, can fly, and is invincible to anything not including the radioactive pieces of his home world called Kryptonite. Superman also had durability which means he isn’t immortal but it also means that he will not die for hundreds of years. Although Superman is not emotionally scarce, he is quite smart. Humankind is also a motif in the Superman Universe, as can be easily seen in the many places that Superman is “not one of them,” but really he is all that is good of humanity because he never lies, he has killed individuals, but does so only in the extremist conditions, is unselfish, and a protector on...

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