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We all know that superheroes are mere results of the imagination of creative artists. These fictional characters possess super powers that are incredible. It would be amazing to have them in the real world. Unfortunately, no matter how hard people pray for these characters’ reality, they will only be for the peoples’ entertainment. But, as I reflected about this, I realized that these superheroes have a special purpose: to strengthen people’s moral values. One great example of a superhero that must be the inspiration of many is Superman. Superman is famous for his big muscles coupled with super strength and other special powers. But, his fans did not base their love and awe on these. First, they love Superman for his humanity despite not being human. Many of his fans even believe that Superman is more human than humans. Humanity here means the sense of people to be a group and not to be ignorant individuals. Superman believes that it is true that humans must climb their own destiny but they still need him to catch them when they fall. This is because he cares unconditionally. Moreover, despite the lurking evil everywhere, he still believes in the inherent good nature of people. Second, Superman, for them, is more than just a crime buster. He is, as his “S” symbol say in Kryptonian, the hope for all. Third, Superman is not a superhero because of his powers. He is a superhero because of his ability to prevail despite how difficult the condition is. Regardless of his tragic childhood without guiding parents, he faces life with a smile. Superman, then, is a good man. And a good man is an American. Some would argue and say, “No, he’s an alien!” I could go shallow and reply, “No, he lives in America and he works in a metropolitan newspaper in America. So, he’s an American,” or I can prove that Superman is an American through Woodrow Wilson’s definition. First, a true American can be someone not born in America. Second, a true American is the hope of the country because this person brings with him dreams that his country wants to be fulfilled. Lastly, a true American is a person who does not seek exemptions from work but searches for his heart’s desires: liberty and justice. So, to prove that Superman is an American, let me connect the definition of Wilson to him. First, Superman, who carries “HOPE” on his chest, was born in Krypton. Thus, he is a true American because he brings hope to the country even though America is not his home of birth. Second, he wakes up every day and goes to his job to earn money even though he can turn rocks into diamonds. Thus, he is a true American who does not consider himself an exemption to work. Third, he yearns for liberty and justice not for himself but for the people. He is a true American because his heart, may it be his alien heart, is occupied by the people of the Earth. Therefore, we can say that Superman is a true American. He does not fly with a red cape, but with stars and stripes. Also, Superman is a great superhero. He is fictional but he can affect us; he can change us; and he inspires us. It is amazing how his superpowers can go out of the papers or screens; how it can reach the readers. We can say that Superman is not just a result of our imagination and fantasies. Superman is a hero for our whole being. He was created to inspire us to change into true Americans – people who think of humanity first.

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