The Origin of Individual Heroism

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As a matter of fact, there are important relations between individual heroism and American history. In 1929, the historic far-reaching Great Depress emerged in the US, which resulted in the global economic recession. And the development of American animated movies also just started off from this cold winter of economy, and passed through terrifying waves to a "golden age". Owing to the quick economic recession, large quantities of enterprises bankrupted, and tens of thousands of labors lost their jobs, which led to the whole society developing in a downturn. Economic recession as well as the outbreak of World WarⅡafter this, caused the audience to have a spiritual demand for escaping the real life. There is no doubt that American animated movies became a comfort for American citizens at that time. People at that time experienced extreme panic in the first period, bitter struggling in the middle period and despair and helplessness in the last period. Living in the despaired situation, they could only entrust their hope to a hero, especially the hero with super powers. They regarded heroes as the embodiment of ideal personality and desired the heroes to save the society and inject vigor for their country again. During war and economic recession period, hero complex, as the psychological hopes and pillars of the integrity and development of human beings spirit, led to a desire for peace, and expectation for future life. Just at that time, out came the superman. In the 1930s or so, superman animated movies were quickly fashionable throughout the US, during which individual heroism was further presented. In 1950s, the US international status rose up again, and the richness of material life made people feel they did not need a superhero to save the world, but the hero complex lasting for many decades would not vanish at once, on the contrary, they appeared in front of American people in another form---that is what we can often see, ordinary hero. Different from...