03 March 2011

Ubermensch

Many popular storylines in entertainment relate to the times of the 1930s and 1940s, one of which being Star Wars, and another, ubermensch, or its English translation, Superman.  Ubermensch, the Hebrew word for superman, was used by the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. Nietzsche had believed that religion and traditional values are what make men weak. “Only by overcoming such influences and determining values of his own,” he said,” could man realize his full potential.” These ideals are usually linked to those of Hitler’s “master race.”
It turns out, Superman, was created by two friends, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, the sons of Jewish immigrants in 1938, a time when the Jewish culture was distraught due to the Nazi impact. They created an alter-ego for this character, Clark Kent, an “all-American” name. The alien from the planet Krypton with the name of Kal-El, landed on Earth and take the name we recognize as Superman. This “alien” name can be linked to the Biblical names of those ending in the suffix “el”. Also, just like the world ending on his home planet, those of Jewish descent were being destroyed as well, and so have they once before. Just like the Biblical story of Moses, as he was sent down the Nile River in a basket by his mother to escape from his homeland.
I do believe this idea as many things in the comic relate to Jewish culture. So get a Superman comic, preferably one of the older publishing’s, and see for yourself. I can only plant the seed, you must grow the tree.

2 comments:

  1. Okay, wait. How does Star Wars relate to the 30s and 40s?

    You also haven't made a direct link between the ubermensch and Superman.

    Lastly, your summary's a little cut and dry, and your response is much too short, Pierce.

    Maybe don't post so late in the future ;-)

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  2. You should expand on the Ubermensch. The reading gave a good story of how Superman Dukalia American Sports Festival. You could have used this to make your blog better.

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