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November 13, 2005

John Henry

Apparently, I never pressed publish on this entry and just pressed draft on it. John Henry was a typical heroine story. He was a hero to everyone (blue collar workers), he gave the people hope. Was he a martyr? Definitely, he died for what he believed in. It was ironic that he beat the machine and then died after beating it. Was John Henry real?? I think he's only real to people that needed hope and for others who dont need hope he is just a fictional character created to instill hope.

Posted by MeredithBenson at November 13, 2005 2:21 PM


I think that it made the story all the more powerful because he died at the end. It wouldn't have had the same effect if he lived. I think all folk stories are somehow based on real people and events. Little pieces of real life put together to make a great tale. I like your last sentence.

Posted by: Dee Pruett at November 13, 2005 9:29 PM