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Pursuing the Impossible Dream

Posted By Picturing the Word On April 21, 2010 @ 9:55 am In Art & Literature,Culture,Film,Media,Picturing the Word | 1 Comment

Welcome to Podcast 9!

Our curriculum this week was themed “The Never-Ending Battle.”

We watched:

Spartacus (Stanley Kubrick, 1960, PG-13)

Braveheart (Mel Gibson, 1995, R)

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (Peter Jackson, 2002, PG-13)

“Doctor Who” (Army of Ghosts / Doomsday 2.12–13)

We read:

Kingdom Come (Chapter 3—Up in the Sky)

Batman: War on Crime

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers by JRR Tolkien

Needless to say, it was a very long week.

We begin the podcast by discussing the question: does a hero need to believe in the impossible in order to be a hero? This question then makes us wonder if Heroes are necessarily foolish people—remember that a hero frequently has an impossible quest that only a fool would dare try to complete. We then turn to thinking about characters like William Wallace and Spartacus and ask if heroes need to have a vendetta to inspire action? And finally, in light of a hero frequently taking up an impossible and generally highly dangerous quest, it is morally acceptable for a hero to ask for followers?

As always, we would love your comments and questions. Comment below or email John and I at picturingtheword@gmail.com [1] .

Happy listening! ‘


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