We are working under the theme "heroes" and we are figuring out where the term originates from, what it takes to be a hero and what differences you find among the heroes of fiction and non-fiction.



Our work

We have been working with Hercules (Herakles), the first real hero from the Greek mythology, to understand and gain knowledge about the background of the theme. We have seen To Kill A Mockingbird, because the main character Atticus Finch is named as the greatest hero of all time in the history of movies by AFI - American Film Institute, and that is why it is very interesting using him as a role model. As the hero of heroes he represents the criteria to define the real hero, for example to be righteous, empathic, intelligent, responsible and humble. To get an idea of the differences between fictional and non-fictional heroes, we will make portraits of both types in groups using different medias as photos, text and movieclips.

Our aims

We and our teacher have various aims, and one among others is the technical aspect: to gain knowledge about different medias and become more confident with the blog and wiki, that can be very useful through our whole education. Another one is to become better at the research part of a project: to be able to find the right and suitable material, and not to give up when it is hard. Maybe the most important aim is to get more insight in the theme about heroes and to think about the concept. Of course we also aim at improving our language skills, both orally and in writing.


a non-fictional hero
a fictional hero
We have worked in class with the different types of heroes. Because 'heroes' are lot of things. They can be in very different ways, and they can act and react in different ways. Some are made up, others are heroes in a more discreet way, in the everyday life, and maybe they are never known for the good things they have done. We talked about it in our split classes, so the result was two different (or similar) lists of the types of heroes, we think there are. Here and are two links to our brainstorms Here.

After we had seen the movie "To Kill A Mockingbird" we tried to figure out what kind of hero Atticus Finch is, and what makes him so special.

There are fictional and non-fictional heroes, and then there are the
ones in between like Atticus Finch in "To kill a mockingbird". Read
about him further down the page.
You can ask yourself if it is right of us to set up these images of fictional heroes for children, or if it is trying to get them to be something they are not. But in between fictional, and non-fictional heroes, is where, like in "To Kill A Mockingbird", we find heroes that really made a difference. Heroes that haven't just gone off killing another bad guy, but heroes that for example protect the black mans rights, like Atticus Finch. You can find adjectives over his personality and character here .

Idols, and men and women that we all see as our own personal heroes, have probably all done something great, or achieved great acknowledgment. But no man or woman will ever be as good and graceful as Atticus Finch. He is a great example of a hero we should all look up to - a "human" we can be proud of. Atticus brings out the best in man-kind, a standard, that no superman or batman can put up the way he does. We feel close to him. That is definitely one of the big differences between fictional, and non-fictional heroes (or heroes like Atticus, on a line in between). If we can relate to the hero, we can try to be like him. If we can't, we can be amazed - but not achieve.


Hercules was the son of the God Zeus and the human Alcmene, Queen of Theben. His gift was a fabulous strenght, and he is considered to be the hero of heroes. But his stepmother Hera, who is married to Zeus, does everything she can to kill him, starting when he is a little baby and she is sending two snakes to kill him. - but he kills them!! Later she drives him so mad, that he kills his own wife and children - as a compensation, he is told to go through the 12 labors

For a really cool and easy introduction to Hercules and his 12 labors, follow this link to
this funny flash movie made by J. R. Blueford, ph.D. Watch movie
The first hero? Fighting Hydra

Below you can read a more detailed, student made introduction of the 12 labors.
The 1st Labor "Kill The Nemean Lion"
The 2nd Labor "Destroy the Lernean Hydra"
The 3rd Labor "Capture the Ceryneian Hind"
The 4th labour " Capture the Erymanthian Boar"
The 5th Labor "To clean the Augean Stables"
The 6th Labor "Kill The Stymphalian Birds"
The 7th Labor "Capture the Cretan Bull"
The 8th Labor "To round up the Mares of Diomedes"
The 9th Labor "Retrieve the Girdle of Hippolyta"
The 10th Labor "To capture the Cattle of Geryon"
The 11th Labor "Take The Golden Apples of the Hesperides"
The 12th Labor "To capture Cerbernis"

Characterizing Hercules

Through the twelve different labors, Hercules reveals all his different skills, that makes him the hero of heroes. See list of skills with reference to in what labor it shows here

THE NUMBER ONE HERO IN MOVIES ATTICUS FINCH (Gregory Peck) in "To Kill a Mockingbird"

Atticus Finch played by Gregory Peck, has been chosen as the number one hero of
Atticus Finch, a humble man

All American movies by AFI (American Film Institute)
After watching the movie "To Kill a Mockingbird", we tried to describe his character using only
adjectives. You can see them by clicking on the link below:

Adjectives of Atticus Finch

A Hero In Disguise

While we were watching "To Kill A Mockingbird", Kasper mentioned that Atticus Finch looked a lot like Clark Kent, Superman's disguise as a human being. After the movie, a little discussion started about who came first? Superman/Clark Kent, or Atticus Finch?
The book "To Kill A Mockingbird" came out in 1960. But the first
Superman comic came out already in 1938.
Atticus Finch and Clark Kent

So is Atticus Finch inspired by Clark Kent? A Superhero in disguise?
See for yourself.
Click the link, and read the first Superman Comic

The First Superman Comic


Heroes come in many sizes and shapes, or do they? We have made portraits of seven famous non-fictional and seven famous fictional heroes, just to see how different or alike they actually are. Click on the picture for a full insight.

The non-fictional
Rosa Parks

Mahatma Ghandi

Willy Brandt


Nelson Mandela

Martin Luther King

Mother Teresa

The fictional
Frodo Baggins


Fantastic Four

Peter Pan



Lara Croft

We have been working in groups with a pair of heroes each. One non-fictional and one fictional. They are shown above in the pairs we were given. So one group has worked with Rosa Parks and Frodo Baggins, and so forth.

For a comparison of the different heroes, check our blog


This is the great Wiki of 9.y at N. Zahles Seminarieskole.
We have created this in connection to a theme about Heroes.

Here we will slowly create a great site about heroes in all its aspects and facets.

Just sign in and start working. If your starting on something new, press new page, and
if you want to edit in an already existing page, just find it under "page" and edit it.
It should be fairly easy.

But remember, the more links, movies, pictures and sound clips you manage to
add to your "entry" the better, as long as it is relevant and contributes to your
perspective or aim.
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