Throughout time, the meaning of the word “hero” has changed throughout the world. Everyone has their own perspective of what qualities and characteristics “heroes” should have. In today’s modern world, we hear the word “hero” used constantly in tabloids, on the news, or in plain conversation. What exactly is a hero? Who, or what, can be classified as heroic? Many people would give an example of a super hero. Super heroes are different; a “super hero” is a “benevolent fictional character with superhuman powers, such as Superman”. I always preferred Batman and Iron Man over the rest of the superheroes due to the fact that they are regular people. They don’t need any special powers to fit into the same category as the super heroes that do. A hero by definition is “a person who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities.” That is a great definition for books and intellectual minds, but to the average person, a hero is much more.
Most people look up to Superman or Batman as superheros but do they qualify as modern day heros? According to Mike Dilbeck in the article “What Really Is a Hero, Anyway?” A hero is someone who voluntarily engages in activity to benefit others without looking for recognition. While on the other hand, the super heroes people look up to are the opposite of what a real hero is. A superhero is just a person with superhuman powers who uses them to fight off negative people. Odysseus, king of Ithaca, from The Odyssey by Homer was considered a hero of that time. Odysseus is not a modern day hero under any circumstances because of his actions and attitude.
In addition, every true hero is always caring towards others. Spider Man is another perfect example of this action. Spider Man came to a point in his life when he felt like he had no desire to be “the hero” anymore. When he started having these thoughts, his incredible gifts began to dissipate. However, that didn’t stop him from saving people. A majority of people would say a hero is a person who runs into burning buildings and saves people, that is exactly what Peter Parker did. He saw an opportunity to help people when he noticed a building was on fire, and without his powers, he dashed inside. In the end, he saved a young child and escaped the tragedy with no lacerations or injuries. No matter what, a hero will always save and protect other people whether he/she wants to or not. That is what a hero does, he/she will care for others as if they were their own family. For true heroes, they can’t just have an imperfect day and decide to not help people. Once they choose the path to help and save people, they can’t just walk
Ever wanted to throw down that textbook and read something enjoyable for once? Well, go ahead! Chunk that dull textbook out a window and pick up a comic; it will be more beneficial to your education than you think. The skills and values that liberally educated people should posses can vary from different views, yet the list of ten qualities that William Cronon created in his article, “’Only Connect…’ The Goals of a Liberal Education”(1998), is an inspirational goal for the liberally educated. Cronon’s list of qualities includes solving problems and puzzles, empowering others, and understanding how to get stuff done in the world. However, as I read through Cronon’s list, I could not come up with one person who had all ten qualities of a liberally
Joseph Campbell noticed a recurring pattern that in myths from around the world, the most popular myths were the hero’s myth. The Hero’s myth identifies the different stages of a hero’s journey. The different stages in the journey include, the birth/beginning, the call to adventure, helpers/amulet, crossing the threshold, the tests, helpers, climax/supreme ordeal, flight, return, elixir, and home/end. The movie, Captain America: The First Avenger, Steve Rogers just an ordinary man who wants to join the army to help defeat the Germans in World War 2. Rogers registered for the army but failed, due to his health conditions. Dr. Abraham Erskine asked Rogers to join an experiment to make the ultimate soldier to defeat the Germans. In Captain America: The First Avenger, Rogers goes through the different stages of a hero's journey, which are: the birth/beginning, the call to adventure,
Heroes put others before themselves and will do anything to ensure that thing’s safety. Many people have either risked their lives or have loss their lives due to trying to save others. An example of this would be the man in the red bandana or Welles Crowther. Crowther was working in the twin towers as planes were crashing into them. Crowther could have ran away from the other people when the planes hit, but he chose not to spare himself, but to save others and sacrifice his own life. In the documentary, The Man in the Red Bandana, which talks about a common hero who gave up his life to save others, it states,” Instinct grabbed him and he immediately tried to save lives.’’ This quote shows how Crowther, by nature, helps people. Also how he
Last, but not least, is the “would-be-hero” fire setter. These are the volunteer firefighters or people in public service who want to be heroes in their communities. They set fires, then come to the rescue of those in trouble because of the fires they set, saving people makes the volunteer firefighter a hero in everyone’s eyes. These fires will continue to happen until they are caught, because the hero urge inside them, keeps them wanting more and more attention. “These people have a superman fantasy life, with themselves as the heroic rescuer. But they can’t be a rescuer unless there’s someone in trouble. So they create their fantasy in order to act it out.” (Zonderman, 1999, p. 163) “While “Hero Syndrome” is not an actual disease, organizations
A hero is a man or woman that leaves their known world to go off into the unknown world, and go make a positive impact. Heroes aren’t just the big strong super heroes that can fly and shoot laser beams out of their eyes. There is more behind the superheroes than just killing the bad guy. For example, Batman was called to adventure when his parents were killed and he was sitting right there watching. Bruce left his home town to go out get training to become a crime fighter. He ended up saving the whole town for being destroyed and taken over. Heroes are people that have great character, want to do good, and wouldn’t ever do something bad to harm an innocent person. A real life example of a hero is Martin Luther King Jr., because he cared so
The epic poem written by Homer, The Odyssey, is about Odysseus who is a well soldier and commander in the Trojan War. The war lasted for ten years. Odysseus is ready to go home to his wife, Penelope and son, Telemachus, but many obstacles come his way. Odysseus exemplifies being a hero through the acts of leadership, being strategic, and being intelligent on his journey home to Ithaca.
First, a hero to me is someone who is willing to put themselves at risk to help others. That could be a police officer, firefighter, or anyone. A police officer will find you and save you from a kidnapper, or any harmful situations. They get taught different ways in the academy to help people in bad situations. Firefighters will come into a house that’s burning down to get you out. The houses are over 1000 degrees and firefighters are in heavy gear so they don’t burn themselves. In the article “ Heroes Versus
A superhero can sometimes be a symbol of hope that can destroy all evil.Some examples of super heroes are Beowulf and Superman. Beowulf in the poem “Beowulf” is a hero who fights against a monster named Grendel to defend his people; he is considered the strongest warrior around. Superman on the other hand is considered the most powerful fictional superhero on planet earth, who fights against supervillains to defend human beings. Although Beowulf and Superman are both similar when it comes to heroic traits and that they both go on long dangerous journeys they differ in that they have different heroic deeds and show different timeless values, but somewhat similar universal
Heroes are people who will respond without hesitation when danger is upon them. For example, a young man by the name of Wells was willing to ride up the elevator in a burning building in order to save a woman. Although he was able to save her quickly and without hesitation, he passed away in the process. Adding to that, a captain by the name of Vincent Ardolino helped to rescue hundreds of people from the burning twin towers by sailing them out of the city safely. He explained “I have to do something now. If i get hurt then that’s something I have to live with.” this quote shows how he was focused on helping others and didn’t hesitate to do so. Vincent also told his wife “Even if I rescue one
I agree with Michael Uslan where he argues that superhero characters are a modern mythology. Although science can help explain the background of the superheroes powers, superheroes are usually regarded as a Saviour rather than a science experiment. Since superheroes are much more unrealistic, it tends towards being a mythology instead.