November 15, 2004

Existent or Non-Existent

You can have two opinions on John Henry - you either believe he existed or you believe that he did not. There are many different versions of where John Henry came from and the life that he lived. Whether or not you belive in him is going to be based on your own opinion- because you will never be able to get concrete facts to support your belief. When I think of the legend of John Henry I think it is something that people want to believe in. It gives man hope and great confidence that he can do whatever he choses. It also shows America being connected by railroad tracks, which made it possible to go from ocean to ocen in under a week. I know it sounds silly to us Americans now, but back in the late 1800's it gave the nation a sense of hope.

John Henry was known to the world as a man who who worked on railroads from six in the morning until five at night. He was determined to beat the steel driving machine so he would save his job and the job of his future co-workers. He chose to make an offer to his boss to beat the steel driving machine so he would be able to continue to work. He does indeed beat the steel hammer but it had such a strain on his body that he suffered a heart attack and died. It taught a lesson to everyone who heard the story. never give up on any of your dreams.

People that believe in John Henry wnat to belivee in hime because of his values and beliefs. I personally look up to John Henry as a hero because of his strong will and determination. He stood up for what he believe in and in the end it was unfortunate because he worked himself to death, but atleast he died with dignity - he accomplished his dream. Even if John Henry never existed I think it was a story created by men who wanted to give the world a new sense of hope. In a way, I think it probably is what helped alot of people to continue with their lives and work harder for success instead of having people feel lost and tarpped with no way out.

Posted by GinaBurgese at November 15, 2004 08:38 PM
Comments

Gina,
I agree with you in your blog, it doesn't matter if John Henry exists, he is still seen as a hero to many people! So what's wrong with having a hero even if he isn't really real? Nothing at all! If anything can act as a souce of inspiration and motivation, I say that's great, keep on believing and keep on looking up to whatever it is that inspires. Not only that, but this story is fun and it really gets the imagination turning. I think that all folklore is fun (for the most part), who doesn't get a kick out of a tall tale every now and then?!?!
Sara

Posted by: Sara Remaley at November 29, 2004 10:28 PM

Gina,
Your right, and that's the point I was trying to get across with my last minute John Henry blog. Ideals have changed so much over the centuries, and it seems like the more we progress as a society the more we get away from concrete morals and values and honest hard work. T.V. today is a good example of that. Shows like Desperate House Wives, Sex and the City are entertaining but are not realistic but we shoot for it anyway. I liked the legend of John Henry I think we should have discussed it more in class. Good blog! Thanx for commenting on mine too!!!!

Posted by: Jessica Zelenak at December 1, 2004 01:19 PM
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