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Arnold & Samson Essay, Research Paper Arnold Schwarzenegger: A Real Life Samson Heroes have been around since the beginning of time. The first hero that I can think of is David, from the biblical story David and Goliath. Heroes have not really evolved that much since the early days, they are still basically the same strong men with unhumanlike powers that the normal mortal man cannot even comprehend. Heroes come in many shapes and sizes. Contrary to popular belief heroes nowadays are just regular people with the same everyday problems that we have to endure. We spent the last three decades observing the climb to superstardom by famed weight lifter and body builder Arnold Schwarzenegger. In the movies he has portrayed some of the most courageous and strongest people that

have ever walked the earth and we have watched as he has solved crimes, saved damsels in distress and come out of it stronger than ever before. In our hearts and minds we know of course that the world of movies is only make believe but it is difficult not to get caught up in the strength and abilities of Schwarzenegger just by watching his antics and knowing that the build and muscles are very real indeed. The audience usually watches the movie and goes home with little thought to who the real Schwarzenegger is. If one had to compare the real life person to a figure in the bible one of the closest comparisons would have to be Samson. They have much in common regarding their physical strength to be sure but that is not where the strongest similarity occurs. They both share a quiet

confidence in which they know what they want and are capable of going for it, attaining it and doing so in the face of adversity. In real life most people are aware that Schwarzenegger is married to a Kennedy. Just the name Kennedy evokes such a feeling of awe and emotion that one pauses for effect. The family even has a place that is named the “Kennedy Compound” and most of the family members have achieved fame and fortune in their own right. The family is a pillar of staunch democrats who represent and epitomize the democratic party and its beliefs. Most, if not all family members have married “like” people who share the political views of one of the most powerful families in America. For one to go into that family and spout off Republican or conservative views would be

considered almost dangerous by some accounts and certainly political suicide. Schwarzenegger never blinked an eye. He displayed the strength of Sansom ten fold when he marched into the Kennedy family and asked for the hand of Maria Shriver Kennedy in marriage. While the movie goers and body builders of the world admire his physical strength and ability to lift cars the true strength of Schwarzenegger , like Sansom, comes from the internal knowledge that he is his own person. Sansom displayed the same courage even though in the end his marriage failed. The initial strength was to go even against his parents wishes and marry her. And Samson went down to Timnath, and saw a woman in Timnath of the daughters of the Philistines(Bible Judges 14:1 ). Then his father and his mother said

unto him, [Is there] never a woman among the daughters of thy brethren, or among all my people, that thou goest to take a wife of the uncircumcised Philistines? And Samson said unto his father, Get her for me; for she pleaseth me well. (Bible Judges 14:3) Sansom saw a woman he wanted for a wife, who was unfortunately a daughter of a Philistine. He was warned, he was told and he was cautioned by family and friends that it would be a mistake to marry her but he knew what he wanted and he did it without hesitation. One can only imagine the warnings that Schwarzenegger must have received when he, an avowed and very public conservative Republican, decided to marry a Kennedy. But he displayed the same strength and quiet confidence that Sansom showed when he chose his wife. Since his