Question 1 : Why do we need heroes ? What do they symbolise ?

1. You can start with the texts and images from your manual (On Target, p.14-15 p14_15) about Steve Jobs.

Work on the questions they ask, have a look at the vocabulary from the toolbox.

=> heroes as personifying certain values or dreams.

=> Steve Jobs as a self-made man, the embodiement of the American Dream.

If you want to go further along the idea of embodying the American Dream, you can start with Mount Rushmore and the Declaration of Independance :

CE – Founding Fathers (extract from the Declaration)

Mount_Rushmore_National_Memorial

and then move on to Martin Luther King :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=smEqnnklfYs (“I have a dream” speech)

and even Barack Obama :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CnvUUauFJ98 (Victory speech, 2008)

CE – Obama’s Victory Speech

You can therefore focus on how different “heroes” can embody the evolution of a set of ideas and ideals and analyse it.

2. You can use other examples that you know of, like Rosa Parks, if you want to use this eulogy : analyse how she is described and presented, how Oprah Winfrey talks about her and refers to her, and the mere fact that Oprah Winfrey does the eulogy.

Eulogy for Rosa Parks-script

3. Use your own examples, and if you don’t have any, you can use the ones quoted in pages 20 and 21 (p20_21), as well as 24 (p24), to help you.

4. Some think that our need for heroes is evolving : we do not need today the same heroes as yesterday – why ?

http://content.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,634695,00.html

You can try to think of other examples than Superman. [have a look at the contents of Question 4]

Sometimes the way the hero himself is depicted evolves through  time : compare older movies of Batman to the “Dark Night” series for example.

REMEMBER : Développez, donnez des éléments concrets sur chaque “héros” que vous choisissez, et si possible faites référence à des documents authentiques.

N’HESITEZ PAS A NUANCER DES QUE POSSIBLE, A PRENDRE UNE CERTAINE DISTANCE FACE A CES FIGURES DE HEROS.

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