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Professor Manuel Hernández
Essays Collection

Address: : 2012 Ernest St. Kissimmee, Florida 34741

Manuel Hernandez was born in Sleepy Hollow, New York in 1963. He completed undergraduate studies at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus and finished a Master�s in Education from Herbert H. Lehman College (CUNY) in the Bronx in 1994. He has coordinated symposiums, produced and coordinated television interviews on the literature written by Puerto Rican and Latino/a writers from the Diaspora. He has done numerous presentations, workshops and seminars on how to integrate latino/a literature in the English classroom. In 2014, he participated in a TedxTalk (Connections) at Southern New Hampshire University. He is the author of three books, , Latino/a Literature in the English Classroom (Editorial Plaza Mayor, 2003), The Birth of a Rican (Imprenta Sifre. 2008) and Living the Kingdom with purpose (Imprenta Sifre, 2013). He is a Language Arts teacher at Osceola School District in Florida.

I am Legend: A Movie With Purpose
By Manuel Hernandez-Carmona copyright 2008

There is no other way to describe I Am Legend but to depict it as a movie with purpose. The superman, batman and spiderman save the world syndrome is not new but what really places this picture in a league of its own is the willingness of its creators to examine, explore and extract the idea that we are all created for a purpose which may be greater than our own man-made self-served purposes.
Dr. Robert Neville (Will Smith) is a supernatural scientist, but even his self developed and hard earned skills and knowledge could not eliminate or contain the human killer virus. He lives in a daily war zone against the same humanly infected and devastated creatures that he is driven to cure. As the last survivor in The City That Never Sleeps, Neville is inexplicably determined to prove that he alone can become the savior of mankind.
After losing his family in the evacuation of the city and for three years (this is a Biblical allusion to the Divine Trinity), Neville has spent his days hunting and searching for food and supplies, sending out radio messages, desperate to find any other survivors. In the nick of time, a young woman and a boy come to Neville's rescue just as soon as he was ready to surrender to his growing pains and frustration. Smith's portrayal of Neville's changing emotions are superb and remind all of us of what may become of us when we focus frantically on our own driving ambitions.
The young woman's entrance in the movie is sudden and unexpected. She tries too hard to convince Neville of his selection as the chosen one to find the cure. She also shares new hope and meaning to Neville's daily nightmare. The movie may seem enclosed yet it reveals its theme through the words of the young woman. She insists that God sent her to help him and that there was a Divine plan for everything that had happened. Neville freaks out and lashes out at this unpractical declaration yet when faced with death and life, he chooses life and decides as he stated to listen to the young woman's plea to walk within the Higher Purpose.
This is a must see movie. It is a movie that takes you deep inside your emotions and tickles you in your souls. There are many questions being posed here: Why were we created? Why are we here? Where we predestined to do what we have done? The fact is that the directors allow the viewers to reach their own conclusion. Enjoy I Am Legend and look beyond and into The Spirit and seek your Purpose. This is what the movie is all about.