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Heroism In Us. Movies Essay

5475 words - 22 pages

A Primary Study on the Heroism in the American Movies

Supervisor
Liu Fuli

A Thesis Submitted in
Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of
B. A. in English

SCHOOL OF FOREIGN LANGUAGES
SOUTHWEST UNIVERSITY

May, 2012
Contents
Acknowledgements………………………………………………………………………………………………….3
Abstract…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………4
摘要..……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………5
1. Introduction……………………………………………………………………………………………………6
2. The History of American Heroism Movies…………………………………….7
3. Heroism in Different Kinds of American Movies……………………………...8
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A Primary Study on the Heroism in the American Movies
Abstract
                             
 America is the only super power of the world. It is no doubt that it exerts its enormous influence around the world. The U.S.A is not only powerful in politics, military and economy but also in the transmission of culture. America is the movie center of the world, every year it produces numbers of movies and exports them to the other countries. American movies earn a lot of money through the magnificent scenes and amazing special effects in the movies, because audiences would like to see that. At the same time, American values and spirits were transmitted to the world. Among these movies which draw the much attention of the audiences, we can see much of them praise the personal heroism.
In this paper, we will discuss the personal heroism of American movies through a lot of examples and analyse the origin of the heroism and its character and Americans’ characteristic showed in it.

Key Words: Heroism American Movie
摘要

 美国是世界上唯一的超级大国,其在全球范围内巨大的影响力是毋庸置疑的,不仅体现在政治、军事和经济等领域,而且反映在文化传播方面。美国是世界的电影中心,每年向美国本土和世界各国产出大量影片。在通过恢宏浩大的战争场面和华丽炫目的电脑特技赢得巨大票房的同时也将美国式的文化价值观传播到世界各地。在这些充分吸引人们眼球的美国大片中,充斥着大量以英雄主义为主题的影片。
本文将对这些好莱坞大片中体现的英雄主义进行探讨,并通过大量的影片分析其英雄主义形成的原因、特点及其体现出的美国人的性格特点并最终给我们带来的思考。
 
关键词:英雄主义 美国 电影
 

1. The Introduction
What’s the Individual Heroism?
In Oxford Advanced Learner’s English-Chinese Dictionary (4th edition), it says that: heroism is brave and noble conduct. In Webster’s New World Dictionary (3rd college edition), it reads that: heroism is the qualities and actions of a hero or heroine, bravery, nobility, valor, etc. And also, as Thomas Carlyle explained in his book On Heroes, Hero-ship, and the Heroic in History, heroism in history was greatness of spirit, which was created by the heroes, who not only create the values by which other men live and gain their only true freedom but also satisfy mankind’s deep need for veneration of heroes.
Hero is a rich concept of cultural meaning, as the embodiment of human ideals, not only with the common human culture, but also because it has obviously special characteristics as being the product of specific history.
When it comes to Individual Heroism, we can’t help mentioning the United States. The United States is a country of enthusiastic worship of personal heroism. American society promotes the spirit of independence and freedom, and affirms the value of human. It fully reflects the importance of people as...

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