Question 4 : Do heroes have to be perfect ?

Is a hero necessarily a positive figure ?

1. You can draw a link here with some of the elements from Question 3 (sometimes we prefer to forget about their “darker” side)

2. Why do we sometimes need heroes to have flaws ?

Use some examples to illustrate that. You can graduate on a scale of flaws (some are forgivable, others not so much). If you do not have any ideas, use p. 38 and 39 with examples of sportsmen (p38_39).

You can also think of heroes who overcome their difficulties (for example, Neil Armstrong, p.43 p43 in your manual)

Have another look at the text about Superman which I mentioned in Question 1 about the evolution of our need for heroes :,9171,634695,00.html (you’ll find the main idea in paragraph 2) – parallel question : why has our vision of heroes evolved ?

3. Can you remain a hero after you revealed a darker face ?

For example, think of Oscar Pistorius and the different steps of his career.

Pistorius article Huffington Post

Or politicians after a big scandal : look at the cartoon on p. 34 p34.

[also use examples p.38-39 if you think they are relevant]


ATTENTION : Encore une fois, l’important est la NUANCE que vous apportez. Tout n’est pas blanc ou noir sur le sujet.

BE CAREFUL : ne pas mélanger le “vilain”  de l’histoire (d’ailleurs, peut-il devenir un héros ? sous quelles conditions ?) et un “anti-héros”, qui est bien le “héros” de l’histoire, mais qui ne présente aucune des qualités traditionnelles du héros. Par ex. Hancock, anti-superhéros.

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