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The Collective Unconscious of the Melting Pot
The story of the USA is a long and complicated story.
long and complicated
short and simple
The story has many chapters and many themes.
chapter – chapters
theme – themes
One of the interesting cultural phenomena in the US is the superhero.
Superheroes were originally comic book heroes.
manga – comic books
Many have become movie heroes with television programs and action toys, costumes and all kinds of other merchandise spin-offs.
The cultural influence of the superhero is tremendous both in the US itself and also internationally where the effect of cultural influence has been so profound.
the effect of cultural influence
We have all been “Americanized” to some extent.
the collective unconscious
the collective unconsciousness
the subconscious mind
Do they open a window on the dreams and nightmares of all of us?
dream – fantasy
nightmare – bad dream
Let’s look at the superheroes.
Superman and the Supermarket
The first superhero was Superman who was born in the early thirties in Cleveland, Ohio.
in the early thirties
in the mid thirties
in the late thirties
Just before him came the supermarket .
just before him
right around the same time
just after him
The first one was in New York City in the late twenties.
Do you think the development of the first supermarket and superman were connected?
the first supermarket
the first superman
ma and pa store
Superman has superhuman strength.
He can fly and he has X-ray vision.
He is invincible.
cannot be beaten
cannot be conquered
He is a man of steel.
a man of steel
a man of iron
o man of plastic
a man of clay
a man of flesh and blood
a man of substance
He sounds a bit like a god from an old Greek or Indian mythic tale.
a mythic tale
He is a great warrior.
Superman has an alter-ego.
He is also Clark Kent. Superman and Clark Kent are the same person. They are the same person but they have different characters.
Superman is invulnerable. He is invincible. He is a man of steel.
Clark Kent is a bumbling reporter. He works for a newspaper. He is shy and accident-prone.
Superman – Clark Kent
Batman – Bruce Wayne
Iron man – Tony Stark
Spiderman – Peter Parker
Captain America – Steve Rogers
It is a bird.
It is a plane
It is Superman!
You wanted to see me?
There have been a lot of cynical heroes and a lot of ..
noble and idealistic
… he is a noble character and he is idealistic …
Superman has been used as propaganda material.
A Childhood Hero
I loved him.
He could knock over a wall.
You could imagine yourself doing these things.
Am I glad to see you?
You could have come in through the door.
the door – the window
doors – windows
History of Superman
Links to more videos about Superman
Captain America – the Great Patriotic Hero
Steve Rogers was a skinny sickly weakling who volunteered his life to test a dangerous drug for his country. The drug mutated him and turned him into a super-soldier. He used his increased physical abilities to fight the Nazis in World war Two. His arch-enemy was the Red Skull.
Captain America was a great patriotic hero who fought the Nazis during World War Two.
When Captain America throws his mighty shield ….
… the red and the white and the blue will come through ….
Words that Rhyme
Vocabulary – Word Family
patriot (noun- person) – nationalist
patriotism (noun-ideology) – nationalism
the patriot act – a law that removes civil liberties in the USA
patriotic (adjective) – nationalistic
Nationalism – Patriotism
The concept of nationalism and patriotism is used to unify people in one area and separate them from people in another area so they can be sent to war against each other. Then profit is earned by the weapons manufacturers. This is called “business”, “capitalism” or “fighting for democracy”.
Read more about this topic and watch more videos at this link:
The Story of America – the Superheroes – Batman and others
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