The Ultimate Immigrant
He's one of my favorite characters and some of the greatest stories told involving Superman are those that humanize him. Stories that make him feel powerless even though he has the abilities to rival a God. At his core, Superman is just another undocumented resident living in his adoptive country, giving back to his people and being an example of what it means to be "American."
He was sen't by his parents to a foreighn land so he could have a better life. He never knew he was an "alien" until his adoptive parents told him in his teen years, but even then he always knew he was different. He embraced his heritage and adopted his homes ideals and values.
Yet for all the good he does, there are those who still curse him and wish he would go back to his home, a place he's never know and doesn't exist anymore. Sound familiar ? I read Superman comics and see myself in him somtimes. I believe in my adoptive country, but I don't believe in the people running it. I want to help those who can't help themselves and be an example to other's who are following in my foot steps.
Like Superman I lose hope in other people. I see what they are capable of and what they have done and it makes me sick. Why should I help them ? I should just let them kill themselves and be rid of them right ? But alas, in the end I always end up making the right choice no matter what the cituation, just like Superman.
Superman is a cultural icon, a symbol for America and what it stands for. A country founded and kept alive with the help of immigrants, whether there from another country or in his case, from another world.