What is a Hero?
I have grown up admiring all of the heroes that influence our society’s imagination. I first witnessed a hero as a cartoon, which happened to be the strong and magnificent Hercules. He was the courageous character everyone wanted to be as a kid. However, personal and societal conflicts were factors that helped create Hercules, and most heroes in Greek Cultures. I then matured and became more ambitious. Soon I watched the realistic 1990’s Batman, who has become one of the most inspiring heroes of my day. I am intrigued by the most recent batman film, “Dark Knight Rises”. The storyline’s complex nature gives subliminal messages intending to bring up today’s issues ...view middle of the document...
Creating even more challenges for himself to gain the title of a heroic character. I see this similar to Greek Heroes as most attempt to gain the respect and trust from their community,
In comparison to Greek Mythology, Hercules, grows up an outcast for his outstanding strength. Learning that his father is Zeus, Hercules’ ego changes as he realizes his godly qualities and traits. However, the humble past of Hercules directs his intentions more towards humanity, rather than for the benefit of himself. Comparing to batman’s background, this is quite similar. Besides superior strength, both Hercules’ and Batman’s heroic qualities are outcomes of strenuous experiences adolescence. Batman grew up an orphan, and Hercules was not raised by his real father, Zeus. Both also received wealth and power when becoming of age, which brought many opportunity. These factors gave them the courage and made them capable of their final challenges: Risking their lives for Gotham and Greece’s peace in society.
Possessing extraordinary abilities and using it to benefit mankind have helped expanded imaginations since the days of Greek Cultures. Whether it is super strength, or the work of modern technology, Myths and Legends have standardized what is necessary to be the Hero that I admire today. These heroic stories and tales were composed by the author, Homer, illustrated in the Iliad and Odyssey. His literature as influenced society to go beyond our imagination and achieve what seems to be impossible. Batman’s tale would have never been composed if it wasn’t for the Homer’s literature and his original heroic contemporary ideas.
Bruce Wayne, Batman’s real name, received a fortune upon his parent’s death when he became of age. He then exiled himself (in previous sequels) and acquires his skills by intense conditioning of combat from a mentor he meets on his journey. Wayne’s fortune allows for investing in Batman’s equipment. Growing up an orphan sympathized his intentions which gave him reasons to help his community from his opponent, Bane. The film is intensified by Bane’s unusual villain intentions, and distrust from society. Batman has much to overcome to gain culture’s contemporary idea of a hero.
Bane is a human composed of bone and cartilage with insight of harsh reality. His physical abilities are actually from heroic attempts as a child. It affected him for the rest of his life. Greek Monsters and villains contrast away from Bane, who are generally abnormal or mythological creatures with extraordinary powers. However, both modern and Greek villains attempt to destroy humanity which give the need for heroes. Villains are usually driven by greediness, power, or revenge. Bane’s intentions are driven by his own life experiences and wants to grant Gotham, the corrupt city, what he believes they deserve. This creates the film’s contradictions and misconceptions of Batman from his community. Which are driven by...