Definition of the notion « Myths and Heroes »

What is a myth?

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A myth is a story that may or may not be true. There may not be records or other proof that they happened, but at least some parts of myths may be true. Some myths may have started as ‘true’ stories but as people re-told them some parts may have been changed by mistake, or to make them more interesting. All cultures have myths and this mythology has been developed over time. Mythology includes the legends of our history, our religions,  stories of how the world was created, and our heroes. These stories have great symbolic power, and this may be a major reason why they survive as long as they do, sometimes for thousands of years.

What is a hero?

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A hero is a person who is admired for their courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities. It can be the main character in a book or a film or a person with superhuman qualities. It can also be a modern-day hero, a person who has performed a heroic act or simply our own personal hero, our role model, who we look up to.

Examples can be:

– a patriotic or national hero (sportsman, politician, human rights defender…..)

– a fictitious hero (superhero or film star)

– an icon or role model (fashion, tv, music)

– a defender of common values

– unknown heroes (war heroes, firemen, rescue workers, charity workers….)

– our own personal hero (member of the family who you look up to)

 

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27 réflexions sur « Definition of the notion « Myths and Heroes » »

  1. Bonsoir, je suis en train de bloquer sur le choix de ma notion pour mon prochain exposé, je pense aux Myths et Héros pour parler des réécritures. Mes documents principaux sont des articles qui montre que l’intrigue du film Avatar correspond complètement au film Pocahontas, mais je ne sais quelle approche je pourrais faire entre les deux films sachant que j’ai cette problématique…

  2. Thanks for this extremely useful site. I just would like to ask what or who would you rate under defender of common values? For me it’s the same as defender of human rights and I wouldn’t rate them separately.
    Thanks for your answer

  3. Merci beaucoup, mais je crois qu’il y a une faute : « A hero is a person who is admired for their courage », il me semble que c’est « A hero is a person who is admired for his courage », non ?

    1. non, pas d’erreur : a person, cela peut etre he or she en anglais alors pr pas faire de jaloux (!) on met « their » comme pronom.

    2. There isn’t any mistake. just that English is much more complicated than we thought!!! they do use « their » when they don’t want to bother with the gender feminine or masculine.

  4. Both quotes are awesome, I am definitely going to use them for my oral exam simulation, Thank you! Ps: Oh geez how I love Angelou and Tolkien, seeing your references, you must be a reeeeaaally cool teacher!

    1. same for me ! haha… thank u, I am taking my exam this afternoon and I still don’t work on my texts and definitions

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