Not Another Hero Movie

December 4, 2017

       In a world full of heroes and villains, the juniors in Mr. McHargue’s room are studying… anti-heroes?!?!? And no, this does not mean a super-villain; in fact, this may be a completely new literary concept to many of you.

       The working definition employed in our classroom consists of the following traits: not a villain, protagonist of the story, weak, opposite character traits of the society/culture they represent, social flaw, and usually a physical defect (at minimum “hard on the eyes” according to many of the female students’ translations!).  It is with this in mind that we have been examining literature through direct and indirect characterization to better understand who the characters actually are and how the way they act; what they say; how they think; what they do; and how others perceive them in order to understand the authors’ purposes in writing their narratives.

       This unit, “Large Heart of a Hero”, includes some of the following titles: “The Devil and Tom Walker” and “Rip Van Winkle” by Washington Irving; “The Life you Save May Be Your Own” by Flannery O’Connor; a film Last of the Mohicans  (yes, film is literature!); and two essays—“Man in the water” and “Leader of the People” by Steinbeck.

       Overall, this unit is a great way to end a semester, and students are enjoying these American classics. 

Rip Van Winkle waking up from his 20 years' sleep.