Today’s hero’s journey is Mulan, a Disney character from the movie by the same name. She disguises herself as a man in the army in order to save her father from being hurt.
Mulan learns many things on her journey, most meaningful being that family is more important than anything. She saves the Emperor and brings honor to her family.
Read her journey here!
Posted by stephenkessel on May 15, 2008
With Mother’s Day in mind, our Hero’s Journey of this week will be Helen Parr, otherwise known as Elastigirl and Mrs. Incredible.
Mrs. Incredible can stretch every part of her body and is extremely flexible. She marries Mr. Incredible right before the government makes all the superheroes go into hiding. They have three children: Violet, Dash, and Jack-Jack.
She is an amazing mother and cares for her children very much and helps save her husband when he gets capture by Syndrome.
Here is her hero’s journey!
Posted by stephenkessel on May 8, 2008
Well, tonight’s the night I’m going to see Iron Man. After I see the movie, I will write up the hero’s journey for Tony Stark (a.k.a. Iron Man) and post it in here.
Read his journey here!
Posted by stephenkessel on May 1, 2008
I just remembered that I missed a heroic story from Friday, so here it is!
Brooke Garcia is a senior from Idaho. In the late evening one night, she was merging onto the freeway and noticed that an SUV was going a little too fast and suddenly flipped over. She stopped her car right away to try to help the people inside and couldn’t open the doors of the car.
When the engine burst into flames, she didn’t panic. She broke the windows with her elbow and saved the toddler who was trapped within the smoke.
Read more about her amazing story here!
Posted by stephenkessel on April 13, 2008
We have another story of heroism, this time it’s a 4 year old girl from Utah. When she heard her mom cry for help, she saw that her mom fell down the stairs and was unconscious. She immediately called 911 for help and saved her mom.
Read more about her story here!
Posted by stephenkessel on April 13, 2008
63 years ago this Friday, Franklin Delano Roosevelt died of a massive stroke in Warm Springs, Georgia.
FDR was our 32nd president and served for a record four terms! He was also crippled with Polio, a disease which can leave the legs of paralyzed
He even helped establish and direct the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, now known as the March of Dimes. This organization’s main goal was to help improve the health of babies. He also helped fund research and the organization eventually found a vaccine for Polio.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt is considered widely by historians as one of the three best presidents the United States has ever had. Even though he tried to keep his disease from public knowledge, he still went through an incredibly difficult experience dealing with Polio. He can be admired as a hero to those who have debilitating diseases.
You can read his hero profile here.
Also, if you have anything to add about FDR or have any questions, please feel very free to comment!
Posted by stephenkessel on April 7, 2008
This week’s event in heroism is the successful completion of Martin Luther King Jr’s third march in Alabama from Selma to Montgomery. The goal of the marches was to reach Governor George Wallace and get his attention towards the injustice Blacks were getting in Selma.
The members of the march walked 54 miles from March 21st through to the 25th. At the end of the march, King delivered his “How Long, Not Long” speech over 25,000 people. King spoke of how important their non-violent protests were to the cause.
Within 5 months of the march, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act of 1965 which was, at the time, a landmark in the civil rights movement.
Posted by stephenkessel on March 24, 2008
I have a sad but heroic story for everyone.
While Hayden Waller, age 12, was on his first skiing trip, he had to make a split second decision to save his friend. In doing so, he ended up losing his own life.
Even though this is a sad story it shows how amazing anyone can be if they only choose to be. People like Hayden do amazing and heroic things like this because they practice doing the little things everyday; opening doors for people, returning a dropped wallet, and saying please and thank you are only a small portion of what everyone can accomplish daily.
Read the full story here.
- What would you do in a situation like that?
- Do you practice little acts of heroism everyday?
Posted by stephenkessel on February 20, 2008
It’s time for another Mythical Monday post! Today’s mythical hero is Heracles. Now I’m sure a lot of you are wondering if I made a mistake with that name, but don’t worry…I didn’t!
Hercules is the name that probably a lot of people would recognize before Heracles. They’re basically the same person except that Hercules is from Roman mythology and Heracles is from Greek mythology.
I will be writing another post soon about the differences between the Heracles of legend and Disney’s Hercules. But for now, click here if you want to know more about the legend.
Please comment on this post if you have information to add about Heracles or if you want to start a discussion about him.
Or, if you have a favorite mythological hero that you want to see featured on a Mythical Monday, just drop a comment in the box!
Posted by stephenkessel on February 11, 2008
Here’s another story of a young boy doing something heroic.
Dylan, an 8-year-old hockey player was at a hotel with his parents and saw a little girl in a hot tub. His friend said she was just playing, but Dylan instinctively jumped in the hot tub and saved the 2-year-old from drowning.
You can read more about the story here.
This type of story just goes to show that it doesn’t matter how small or how young we are…every last one of us can be a hero.
Posted by stephenkessel on January 5, 2008