03 March 2010

The Myth of Superman....

The Myth of Superman by Umberto Eco is a complex reading which is always hard for me to understand. I understand the reading so much better when we go over it in class. What I did get from this reading was, well Eco starts off by giving us information about the history of hero’s. Ranging from Hercules to Peter Pan. He also gives us some back ground information about Superman before he tells us that his myth is different compare to all these other hero’s because of its progression. Which is the part of the novel that attracts the readers. Superman is so powerful. He has so many great powers, he can fly, he has great fighting skills, he has ridiculous strength, and Eco explains that because he has all these great powers no one can stop him. Villains can only get in his way and slow him down but can never stop him. One of Eco’s main points is the reader knows what’s going to happen, not exactly know but the reader knows that there will be a Villain to try to stop Superman but will only fail.

I didn’t really like that Eco thinks Superman is predictable, I mean don’t get me wrong because I think it is to, but every super hero comic is predictable. Every hero will run into trouble because of a villain but the hero will never be stopped because if the hero is stopped by the villain, then we as readers wouldn’t consider that hero who got stopped to be a hero!!! Weinstein believes that these comic book hero’s were created to resemble people out of the bible, and for them to be someone we can look up to when our world has just had something that impacted it in a bad way. Weinstein also concentrates on the whole Jewish area while Eco concentrates more on Greek mythology. Eco believes that the characters should emphasize more on values rather then Weinstein who see’s them more as a role model when the worlds at a low!!


  1. You seem to be grasping pretty will with the text, Anthony; I think you're understanding it better than you think you are :-)

    One thing Eco does say in the end, though, is that really, most of this could apply to any superhero, and that's where his point lies. It's not necessarily bad that these stories are predictable; that's what makes them good mythic heroes like Hercules. But if we ever want them to be more than just mythic heroes, than this predictability hurts them.

    Lastly, I'm not seeing how Eco and Weinstein are different from your description. It looks to me like you think they're very similar actually :-)

  2. I thought this was a very interesting perspective on the reading. Some aspects are understandable and reasonable. I enjoyed what you had to say. Keep up the great work.