Individualism in Americans Life
Individualism is a social theory that stands for the freedom, rights, or independent action of any human being.[i] Individualism is the core of American culture, and it predominates in Americans’ notions. It influences the way which Americans live and American society all the time from the date of its birth. It has infiltrated every aspect of American daily lives.
Individualism embodies in Americans’ life. Most people know that the individualism is the most important cultural pattern in America. American culture accepted the British philosopher John Locke’s view：In a natural state all people were equal and independent, and everyone had a natural right to defend his "Life, health, Liberty, or Possessions", basis for the phrase in America: "Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" [ii] All the value, rights and responsibilities are derived from the individual. This view has become the cornerstone of American culture, and we can obviously see it in the American films. As the individualism is the most important cultural pattern in America. People emphasize it; they put it into their films and their TV shows. From the films and TV products we can easily find that individualism is the dominant idea projected in American films and TV products. The main stream of American films is creating a hero who fights for personal freedom, dreams and happiness and brings the stability to community, country and humanity.
Audiences probably not unfamiliar with this kind of film, at least they will not unfamiliar with this type of hero on the screen. Such as Spiderman in Spider-Man, Batman in Batman film series, Iron Man in Iron Man, Daredevil in Daredevil, Hulk in The Incredible Hulk. These films are adapted from the classic U.S. cartoon and the characters are the standardized American heroes who embody the individualism in the films. Individualism or we can call it heroism, had become the soul of Hollywood film. Like the American...