Denise Andrea S.
NagarProf KurokiEnglish 1B12 Dec 2017The Thematic Paradigm,” Robert Ray What is a definition of a divine true hero? A person who saves people’s lives every day as their career and someone that they look up to, or is it just a regular person who has many devoted characteristics that a person have. A hero is a person who shows courage or ability to admired his braveries of their noble qualities. Also, they portray a hero that is specifically a male. What are some noble qualities? A hero is not only identified as male, it can also be a men or women.
A person who is brave, have leadership, has the courage and does something out the ordinary that an average person would not able to do. For examples, a hero is identified and showed in their communities every day, on tv, movies, and boards. As many people go on depth what heroes really define, one identifies that the outlaw of heroes and official heroes.
Robert Ray’s article “The Thematic Paradigm,” he explains the are two type of hero that can be identified. One is an official hero, this identifies as a person who has an understanding of being right and wrong but instead choosing to not obey the law. An outlaw hero is an image of an American values its self determination and its freedom from their action.In an outlaw hero contain many childish qualities. Ray stated that “Aging: The attractiveness of the outlaw hero’s childishness and propensity to whims, tantrums, and emotional decisions derived from America’s cult of childhood” (45).
He how a true hero is a person who shows true values and traditions of their own beliefs. Ray also identify “In contrast to the outlaw heroes, the official hero were preeminently worldly, comfortable in society, and willing to undertake even those public duties demanding personal sacrifice” (90). Just like in the movie I watch “Do the Right Thing”, in the movie, Mookie the main character who like in NY, where he lives in poverty. In the movies shows how kids are hungry, and adult has not job, unlike Mookie has a job. In the society, it’s hard for many African American gets a job. Mookie may not be the smartest kid in town but he manages to show hard work just to provide for his family. Many people look upon him as a strong independent African American man. In the scene, a black male came with his radio and did not want to turn down his radio.
Then when the police showed up and end up killing an African American man by doing nothing, when he could’ve just got arrested. It showed shocking and sadness to the community, but Mookie is the only one reacted to his friend’s death. He threw the trash to the window of the Pizza Parlor. Everyone in his community went to the parlor and destroyed everything.
This explains how Robert’s idea of an outlaw hero and an official hero. In the movie, the main character showed traits of two type of hero that is official and outlaw because he showed leadership, but with a demonstration of violence. There is some scene of “Do the Right Thing,” Mookie shows the two type of hero. Robert Ray demonstrated in “The Thematic Paradigm” that “In contrast to the outlaw heroes, the official heroes were preeminently worldly, comfortable in society, and willing to undertake even those public duties demanding personal sacrifice” (90). Robert explains how he takes care of the community and due to anything to protect them. In the movie, the main character who is a protagonist shows a characteristic of an official hero. Mookie has all the characteristic of an official hero had. In some scene, many people looked upon him because he was a young black man who grew up in a community that has no privilege or respect.
They had work really hard, so they can get the opportunity to be accepted and able to change their living. Mookie showed his community that the right way to go in life is simply working for his living. As he delivered pizzas, he manages to sees the same kids walking on the streets and the same group of kids who skip school. Every time Mookie see them walk on the streets, he always encouraging them to go back to school or look for a job.
He was not only looked after the people but he always encouraged them to keep it strong through a life of misery and heartaches. He may not be the next Martin Luther King but his character shows the same feature as our hero. This small community did not have anything but they knew each other. That why many people knew Mookie and how they see him as a role model as their hero. This determines an example of being an outlaw hero. When Robert Ray explains the two type of heroes in “The Thematic Paradigm” he mainly pointed out the type of hero.
In the movie, the main character shows a characteristic of a two type hero. Robert Ray states, “The attractiveness of the outlaw hero’s childishness and propensity to whims, tantrums, and emotional decisions derived from America’s cult of childhood” (44). Mookie characteristic showed a different type of way of a hero’s.
One, Mookie was involved in a different relationship that shows a huge problem because many people felt like it was going against their faiths. Mookie had a job and doing everything for himself but he did not show good role model of a father figure for his kid. He did spend few times with his kid but showed not enough time for him. Mookie was not really giving enough supply and support his family. However, he might not have had the finances to give them but he manages to give them some mental and emotional support, this show how true hero he is. Then, Mookie says a lot of bad words but if you become a leader you have to show good contents of words and talk sense with people.
If many people looked upon a person, especially a young age, they should not say ant bad words. By having to say many bad words will show less leadership. When someone is a leader they have to show good actions and how they talk to people because a lot of people look upon them. Finally, Mookie act to the guy who was killed by the cop. When Raheem would not turn off his radio down. The guy who works in the pizza parlor took his bat and breaks his radio into pieces. When everybody knew that his radio was everything to him, it was his pride and joy.
The crazy event of the guy’s radio instantly started a war. The police came and got the guy with the radio and killed him. Many people were in shocked, hurt, and got disappointed, but Mookie took actions and threw the garbage into the window of the pizza parlor.
Then everyone ran into the parlor and started to demolishing everything. Mookie reaction without thinking showed leadership and labeled of an outlaw hero. He showed leadership because whatever Mookie did, everybody starts to follow his footsteps. They also destroy the pizza parlor and started a war, which a hero should never show violence. Robert Ray explain what an official or an official hero. He explains how the movie can be shown both types of heroes, official and outlaw. Like Mookie who was the main character in “Do The Right Thing” is an example of both type of category of a hero. His characteristic shows e an official hero by becoming a leader in his community.
He may not be popular as Martin Luther King but he was able stands for his community. In their community, they used to be in the bottom class and did not have any chance to become better, so they could be labeled to be in the top class. Mookie shows a feature in himself and made him stand out from his community.
Mookie was shown as an outlaw hero by showing his violent side in the movie. He threw a garbage can to the window and violent is a not a good example to be shown in a heroes ability. Those are some of the issues that Robert Ray’s “The Thematic Paradigm.”CitationRobert Ray, “The Thematic Paradigm,” 2017