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The Hero Factor
Heroes have been around since the beginning of time. The first hero that I can think of is David, from the biblical story David and Goliath. Heroes have not really evolved that much since the early days, they are still basically the same strong men with unhumanlike powers that the normal mortal man cannot even comprehend. Heroes come in many shapes and sizes. Contrary to popular belief heroes nowadays are just regular people with the same everyday problems that we have to endure. In the movies Broken Blossoms and Mississippi Masala there are heroes. In this paper I will describe the heroes in each movie and then compare the heroes.
In the movie Broken Blossoms a abused woman played by Lillian Gish is put under the torture of ritual beating by her father. A Chinese man named Yellow Man, for his skin color is a kind and emotional man who falls in love with Lillian. I would say that Yellow Man is the hero in this movie because he shows Lillian how men are supposed to treat ladies unlike her father whom she deserts shortly after Yellow Man dies.
In the movie Mississippi Masala, a black man and an Indian woman fall in love and attempt to stay together despite her parentís pleas to keep them apart. In this movie I would say that Nina and Demetrius are the heroes of this movie because they overcome their parents prejudices and defy them. I do not think that being a hero has anything to do with defying your parents but if you believe in something that is not a social norm then I think that you could be considered a hero.
In summation, I think that these two examples of heroes are not the most interesting but they are valid. Upon further review of my writing I think that the revelation I made while doing this paper is that you do not need to be totally extraordinary to be a hero. If you stick to you4r guns and have faith what you believe you too can be a hero.
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Heroes, Literature, Cinema of the United States, Fiction, Broken Blossoms, Films, Greek hero cult, Lillian Gish, Heroes
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