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The Avengers: Ethics, Archetypes, Teaching Lessons, & Being Heroes

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Transcript of The Avengers: Ethics, Archetypes, Teaching Lessons, & Being Heroes

The Avengers: ethics, archetypes,
Teaching Lessons, & Being Heroes

By: Bethany Scarberry
"And there came a day, a day unlike any other... when Earth's mightiest heroes found themselves united against a common threat... to fight the foes no single superhero could withstand... on that day, The Avengers were born."
The Avengers
The Avengers are a group of superheroes who work together for the greater good of the world. The four main components of the team are: Captain America, Iron Man, The Hulk, and Thor. These four characters have completely different ethics, archetypes, and styles.
Can superheroes teach real-life lessons that apply to humans and the society in which we live?
They definitely can! Captain America, Iron Man, The Hulk, and Thor each teach a lesson through their actions, their past, their ethics, and their archetypes within The Avengers.
Main Idea
Captain America
Steve Rogers AKA Captain America is America's genetic super soldier.

Captain America's ethical system is an example of judging the morality of actions according to general principles or duties rather than consequences.

Quote Showing His Ethics:
"Steve Rogers: We have orders, we should follow them."
Captain America is seen as the leader, because of his accuracy to assess a situation and react appropriately.

He teaches the lesson that leadership is not about muscle, it's about heart.
Captain America: The leader
Iron Man
Tony Stark AKA Iron Man is a technological genius.
Stark rises above his personal demons, even though he can still be very arrogant and creates the suit that makes him Iron Man. He is known as the post-modern man for his abilities with the suit. He is determined to be a force for good.

Quote Showing How Arrogant He Can Be:
"Tony Stark: No offense, but I don't play well with others.
Steve Rogers: Big man, in a suit of armor... take that a way, what are you?
Tony Stark: Uh... genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist."
Tony Stark AKA Iron Man's basic ethical system is utilitarianism. Utilitarianism judges actions by the goodness of their consequences. His motivation is to make things better and can clearly be seen as this. But rarely can things be made better without breaking some rules or creating some negative consequences.

The story behind Iron Man teaches that people can change when faced with harsh realities.
Iron man: The
post-modern man
Bruce Banner AKA The Hulk is a nuclear physicist that turns into a large, green monster when he gets angry.

Quote Showing What Causes Bruce Banner to Change into The Hulk:
"Bruce Banner: Don't make him angry..."

"HULK SMASH!"
The hulk
The Hulk can "make decisions", but doesn't have choices. He makes the obvious decision available to him at any given time.

Hulk and his behavior teaches that we must learn to use emotional control and learn to control the anger we feel inside us.
The Hulk: The Angry Monster
THOR
Thor is also known as "God of Thunder".

Thor's ethics are based on his high standards of bravery, loyalty, and honesty. These standards motivate his actions.

Quote Showing Thor's Ethics:
"Thor: Loki is beyond reason, but he's my brother! What are you asking me to do?
Nick Fury: I'm asking you to join us."

As the prince of Asgard, Thor must protect his home and his new found home, Earth. He finds redemption as a Demi-God.

Thor taught us who is humble is truly great.
Thor: "God of Thunder"
The Avengers team as a whole shows how people who have different personalities and/or people that do not like or trust each other overcome their differences, become a team and do a job. These people fight among themselves, but they come together at the right moment to fight evil. They are basically like a family.
The Avengers Team
"The idea was to bring together a group of remarkable people, so when we needed them, they could fight the battles that we never could. It's called the Avenger Initiative."
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