"The best way to understand the character of a society is to examine the character of the men and women that the society chooses as its heroes or its heroines."
The speaker claims that the character of heroes or heroines reflects that of soceity. Is that true?

But I think before I work on how the character of heroes or heroines reflects that of their soceity, or how they don't, I have to define what is the character of a society first.

Let's take nowadays' America as an example. What is the character of the U.S. now? And where is the charater embodied or represented in? Your illmination will be great helpful! Thank you so much in advance.
I would suggest that you start the other way around, Jeff; I think it will be easier-- identify the heroes of the society first, itemize their characters, and then see how those relate to the society.

American heroes range from Paul Revere and Paul Bunyan to Mickey Mantle and Martin Luther King-- there are a lot to choose from, as is probably true for any nation.
Thank you. I am trying to think in that way.

Martin Luther King fought against segregation and injustice in . So, he had the humanity traits.

George Washington fought for American independence and freedom. So, he had the character quality like courage, commitment, etc. And as far as I know, he also had the honesty trait.

Abraham Lincohn fought to abolish slavery. His traits: humanity ...

Is there any other character for them? I don't know. But these characters are just common enough that ordinary people would possess too.

Moreover, I can't figure out what character a society would be. Is "colony" a character for American society right before America Independence Revolution?

Failing to know this, I couldn't finish my essay.

Thank you. Your help would be highly appreciated.
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Narrow your search, Jeff-- find a quality or two which are common to several 'heroes'-- the qualities which re-occur are the ones which define the society's ideals.
Thank you, Mr. Micawber.

Could you please show me an example, like how Martin Luther King reflected the character of society at his time? Maybe it would better help me to understand it. Thank you.

"Any number of historic moments in the civil rights struggle have been used to identify Martin Luther King, Jr. — prime mover of the Montgomery bus boycott, keynote speaker at the March on Washington, youngest Nobel Peace Prize laureate. But in retrospect, single events are less important than the fact that King, and his policy of nonviolent protest, was the dominant force in the civil rights movement during its decade of greatest achievement, from 1957 to 1968."

PS: It's me, Jeff-- I forgot to log in before responding to your request-- MM

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Thank you so much for your time, Mr. Micawber. I am trying to understand it.

Please see my new post.
I posted a new topic, and my analysis too. I really need your opinions on whether my argument is fine. Thank you! Emotion: smile