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Heroes Features 

Heroes

Who can be considered a hero? Every individual will have a different understanding on who deserves to be called a hero, but the Merriam-Webster provides two definitions that, to me, are worth discussing.   Firstly, a hero is defined as someone that is “admired for achievements and noble qualities”. It is also someone “who shows great courage”. These are very broad and simple ways to define heroism, and one person in particular comes to mind when reading said definitions:   Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.   I am not here to sing the…

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Teachers Are Heroes Who Save Us From Our Dark Times Vanier Alumni 

Teachers Are Heroes Who Save Us From Our Dark Times

If you were asked what heroes are, what would be your definition? The average person would consider Superman, Batman and Spiderman, all three movie and comic books characters, as generally accepted heroes, who save people’s lives that are in danger. Have you ever taken into consideration that our teachers, who have, at some time in our lives, taught us, could be heroes too? It may not be the case for everyone, but it is for those who have once been inspired by these teachers to be good and to do…

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Mr. Stark… I Don’t Feel So Good: Superhero Culture in the 21st Century Features 

Mr. Stark… I Don’t Feel So Good: Superhero Culture in the 21st Century

As David Bowie sings, “We can be heroes, just for one day.” Although this song is to be interpreted as a love song, it reminisces the thought of longing to be a hero, something many can relate to.   The emergence of a world where we celebrate the best in their field and glorify them to the point where they are idolized by others shows a certain ‘hero culture’ that we have been exposed to.   Whether it be in terms of entertainment, such as superheroes, or in real life,…

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Of Monsters and Heroes Features 

Of Monsters and Heroes

In literature, monsters are a universal character across various cultures – as much in mythology as in contemporary tales.   The Monster represents what our society fears. Frankenstein’s monster, for instance, represented the fear of science that society held at the time that the book was written.   On the other hand, the role of the hero is to represent what our society deems as good. They are rich, brave, loyal, and, oftentimes, male.   As much as we would like to think that we have moved away from these…

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