The Story of the USA – The Superheroes

 

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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.

cultural phenomenon
cultural phenomena

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.

merchandise spin-offs
related products

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.

cultural influence
the effect of cultural influence

We have all been “Americanized” to some extent.

America (noun)
Americanize (verb)
Americanized (adjective)
heavily-Americanized (adverb)
Americanization (noun)

Do these comic-book and celluloid cultural products of the New York melting pot provide a window into the collective unconscious of the American people?

the collective unconscious
the collective unconsciousness
the subconscious
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.

the twenties
the thirties
the forties
the fifties
the sixties

Do you think the development of the first supermarket and superman were connected?

the first supermarket
the first superman

supermarket
corner store
grocery store
ma and pa store
chain store
convenience store
711

Superman has superhuman strength.

superhuman strength
incredible strength
brute strength

He can fly and he has X-ray vision.

x-ray vision
x-ray machine
radiographer
radiology

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 myth
a mythic tale
Greek mythology
Indian mythology

He is a great warrior.

war-warrior

Superman has an alter-ego.

alter-ego
secret identity

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

Look up in the sky!

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 ..

cynical
noble and idealistic

… he is a noble character and he is idealistic …

Propaganda

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

shield
yield
wield

Link to more video of Captain America

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”.

Is your government controlled by corrupt business interests?
Does your government use ethnic differences to whip up nationalist sentiment?
Are the people manipulated by the media in your country?

Read more about this topic and watch more videos at this link:

The Story of America – the Superheroes – Batman and others

Link to Other Themes


The Theme of Radiation and Mutation


Link to more Sixties Video

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  2. behzad says:

    do you know that some people and presidents who name themselves as patriatic and pretend to be nationalist are attempting for their own profits but in fact they are fighting not for democracy but selfish & arrogance? do you know that their motto is about “responsibility for producing democracy specially in 3rd world countries”.

  3. asma sayyed jabir says:

    my super hero is salman khan.

  4. asma sayyed jabir says:

    MY SUPER HERO IS SALMAN KHAN

  5. REZA says:

    my super hero is ciroce king of the king king of the world and my super heros are persian heros

  6. Sukhwinder singh says:

    My super hero is my boss he is smart,intelligent and perfect in every work

  7. eny rosiati says:

    superhero is people who always ready to help another. do you think that every mom is superheroes??????………………….

    • Krasy says:

      I am completely agree with you. The source of the mother’s superstrength is the child’s love. She gives her live to the little infant with great pleasure. She fights the dangers, no matter what they are. Say “love you” to your mom.

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