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Is Superman an American Character???

I feel as though this question is subjective; a person can say yes or no based on their feelings toward the comic book hero or based on their own ethnicity. Superman, to me, is an American character. For starters, the character was created in America—as simple as it may be the core and the surface run parallel to one another. Second, the creators of Superman, Seigel and Schuster, were first generation Americans; they projected their American dreams onto their creation. The character of Superman portrays the Americanism within the character. As a superhero he is known for wearing the colors of red and blue, two of our countries colors—red, white, and blue. His alter ego, Clark Kent, can be considered the all- American boy: an abandoned child adopted into a loving home with a mother and father who lives on a farm in a small town. Clark Kent is a mild- mannered man who moves to the big city to become a journalist—and work as Superman on his off- hours. Superman works to protect the greater good by ridding Metropolis and the world of harm; even at the expense of his own social/professional life. Another quality that makes Superman American is his struggle with doing the right thing. Superman always does the right thing, but he doesn’t always know when it is best to help innocents or when to let them figure out their issues—he struggles with helping the world live in a place where he doesn’t exist. Struggle is quintessential to, not only Americans, but to humans; as all Superman fans/readers know, Superman technically is not considered human. Thus, we can conclude that Superman eludes the qualities of an American character as well as being considered superhuman.


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