Johnny probably had one of the worst lives of the greasers, yet he still managed to stay optimistic even after being beaten on an almost daily basis. Johnny would also stand up for people even after being isolated for most his life, as shown when Dallas was harassing Cherry and Marcia. Finally the most loyal of them all, even on his deathbed he stuck by his friends and only allowed them to vist and not his horrible mother that ignored him for most his life. After an abusive childhood most people would give up but Johnny cade stood amongst the Greasers with pride, not
Contrary to the classic heroic protagonist, what if he is neither brave nor handsome? What if he is not confident? What if he is not strong and clumsy? What if he pursues goals for his own satisfaction? What if the protagonist resolves the conflict through the qualities that are usually not found in classical hero?
Chris was also the kind of kid to always get good grades, without even trying to. I think Chris McCandless felt unfufilled in his life of privilege, and wanted to go out and experience life how he wanted to for awhile, and live freely. Chris may even still be alive today, had he been more prepared. Chris McCandless has always been a bit of a rebel. His spiritual awakening, has led him to quit society.
Ego is currently thought of as a cruel trait to have in a person, but is it really as demonic as people make it out to be. The novel Anthem by Ayn Rand contains the character ,Prometheus, who has been debated as whether he is an egoist or not, but is he evil for it. Ego can be a complicated friend. On one side of the scale it can be a great ally or a cruel enemy. When Prometheus created the light, he didn’t make it for his fellow men he made it on his own, for himself.
This goes off the sense that most good deeds have evil roots. For instance, The reader knows that the narrator is a bad brother when the brother renames him Doodle. The brother says,"It was perhaps the kindest thing I ever did for him because nobody expects much from someone called Doodle" Hurst 8. Renaming a loved one would be an act of kindness but not renaming someone a rude name. He renames him Doodle because his little brother is weak and doesn't do anything; he is invalid.
Prometheus writes that he finally recognizes ‘why the best in me has been my sins and my transgressions; and why I had never felt guilt in my sins” in the concluding chapter of Anthem (Rand, 98). Prometheus comes to understand that the reason he has felt no regret for his actions, is because they are what makes him an individual. This meaning that throughout his life he has been degraded because of how he would wonder and constantly ask questions, but this has made him a person with views and genuine curiosity on how the world works. These are all characteristics of a single person because not all people have the same views on everything. Surprisingly, in Prometheus’ society no one is considered an individual and
Although there are many definitions to explain what knowledge specifically is, it never fails to contradict ignorance. The dystopian society that Ray Bradbury creates in Fahrenheit 451 is ignorant to the vast amount of knowledge that is present in the world. This is partially the fault of the government which enforces the burning of books, but the people are also to blame. They choose to believe that “ignorance is bliss”. In contrast, “If ignorance is bliss, there should be more happy people,” (Victor Cousin).
After the Great Rebirth technology was destroyed. They had no electricity, no light, nothing but candles and paper. In this primitive, collectivist society Equality feels guilty for breaking the laws but at the end, he realize there is no reason for him to feel guilty. In the first and second chapter, it started off “It is a sin to write this” (1; ch.1). Equality always knew he was an unusual and odd boy to begin with.
The idea of a hero is explored differently in the ancient Anglo-Saxon text Beowulf and John Gardner’s Grendel. During the time period of both of the stories being a hero is very important to everyone. Beowulf is not a true hero, even if he tries to make himself out to seem like a true hero, based on modern ideas of the Hero. In the poem Beowulf being a hero is very important to the main character Beowulf. Beowulf has been known for who his father is.
The dystopian society depicted in Ayn Rand's novel “Anthem” is a dark and dour world where the people of the world stand as one, and . Although the world is a dark and ominous place, main character Equality 7-2521 seeks out elation with his rediscovered technology “artificial light”. He seeks this with not pride or dignity in his technology but almost a sense of wanted to break free from the binding chains of the dystopian society, as if he was doing a favor to not only to himself but also to society. However; he also knew what he was doing was very sinful, and it could land him in The Palace of Corrective Detention. The fact that Equality persevered through the disapproval of his rediscovered technology is astounding considering the sorts of primitive technology
Not many people have heard of a selfish hero. With the current American Literature educational plan, this can come as a surprise to those who saw John Proctor, a character in Arthur Miller’s play “The Crucible”, as a selfish hero. A hero can never be purely good, and bad mistakes are made everywhere. Flaws and misjudgments are made constantly, with every hero one can see or read about. John Proctor was a very important character in “The Crucible” and one of the reasons as to why would be his accusation against the “afflicted children” and a direct accusation towards Abigail Williams.
Christopher McCandless is a legend of sorts. He, unlike so many, dared to escape society’s opression, to seek insight, and to follow his own heart and intuition. There will always exist those who, in their prejudices and misconceptions, chastise his ideas for being off the trodden path, for McCandless’ beliefs are not the first of its kind. Dozens before him have experienced similar journeys such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, David Henry Thoreau, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and they, too, have been underestimated as mere idealists in their times; only later is their wisdom adequately valued, and even then, much less heeded. Nevertheless, the truth will always exist, though only for those who actively seek it.
Gene comes to discover that all along Phineas is the kind of person he wishes he could be. After his death, Gene notes that Phineas “was never afraid” and that only “he never hated anyone” (Knowles 204). Phineas is the only one that did not create his own inner-demons. While every other student and teacher Gene knew had the same made-up enemies and the same dark nature, Phineas stood out as someone different, someone apart from the crowd. His death is the exemplification of his own good natured character.
He is not looking for pity of a crutch because he is far too independent and strong now to search for sympathy for a circumstance he cannot change. His friends and family are always left profoundly astonished by his actions and thoughts presented in certain scenarios where depression and negativity arise from a social environment. He once told me that “The only time I felt as if I had a father or a teacher was at someone else’s home.” But the part the makes me the proudest to know him is the fact that if you were to have just met Hunter, you would never have any idea what he deals with or where he has come from. Hunter is strong, and he is the perfect example of not letting circumstances change your
They (including George and Hazel) had an instinct that it was wrong, but no one was willing to break out of it. However, Harrison did it. Even though the result was not successful, at least he tried. I personally think that putting into action is more important than just thinking of it. Therefore, his effort is worthy of being a hero.