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  • 1. Heroes & Celebrities Real or imaginary people who represent a society’s ideals & concerns
  • 2. Popular American Heroes Common men and women who rise to great heights of achievement Reinforce myths
  • 3. Functions of Popular Heroes Provide concrete images of what everyone can strive to be Represent a perfected member of the culture Represent the ideals of the culture
  • 4. Types of Popular Heroes Citizen-heroes • Real or imagined • embody values of Democracy Rogue-heroes • Real or imagined • Represent Individual freedom
  • 5. Types I: citizen heroes Possess exceptional mental or physical gifts Possess qualities society values Serves and defends mainstream society
  • 6. Characteristics of Popular American Heroes Demonstrate modesty Rise from commonplace origins Engage in everyday activities and events