Do you have to be famous to be a hero? Do you have to have billions of dollars to be a hero? Do you have to have superpowers to be a hero? No, you don’t have to have billions of dollars or superpowers to be a hero. Because a hero is someone who suffers from mental and physical danger or pain even though it could be avoided by trying to be helpful, genuine, inspirational, and selfless. To clarify, heroes have certain qualities and traits that make them heroes and define why they are heroes. Usually they are either a strength, or a weakness. Strengths are usually what help heroes overcome their weaknesses. Weaknesses are usually what make them heroes. But it is not about their weaknesses, it’s about their strengths, some examples of …show more content…
Frederick Douglass was a hero. He was loyal, determined, and most of all, he cared. He cared for all of the people or slaves who were treated wrongly, for all the kids who were sold to different slave owners as their relatives, and he didn’t just care, he helped. According his own autobiography, he wanted all slaves to feel the same feeling he felt when he became free and wanted to share it with everyone, the text states, “I have frequently been asked how I felt when I found myself in a free state”...”It was a moment of the highest excitement I have ever experienced”(Douglas). He wanted every person to know how it was to feel free, and he fought to make that happen. In addition, Abraham Lincoln, like Frederick Douglass, was also a hero. He was selfless, he sacrificed his own life and safety so that others could live their own fine. He was the captain of the ship we call America, the pilot of the plan we call liberty, the father of the son we call freedom. He fought for liberty and freedom for everyone, no matter your ethnicity. He fought until he died, but his cause he fought for isn’t dead. It is still alive and well, and he played a big role in equal rights for blacks.. According to Abraham Lincoln’s sermon, by Dr. Phineas D. Gurley, “He is dead; but the cause he so ardently loved, so ably, patiently, faithfully represented and defended-not for himself only, not for us only, but for all …show more content…
Scientists who spend years of their lives trying to find cures for diseases. The teenager who says no to crack. The inner-city kid who works at McDonald’s instead of selling drugs.” This shows that heroes are people who care for other people and does what is necessary to make everyone well, if it means not making much money. A hero does not care for only them-self. They aren’t greedy or ignorant. Heroes take problems in a rational way and deal with their problems calmly and usually without violence. For example, Martin Luther King Jr. was just a normal man, like you or me, but he led violence free protests and eventually got equal rights for blacks. That is what being a hero is about. It isn’t about knowing how to fight, or being very smart, it’s about doing what you can to help people who can’t help themselves. As you can see, heroes aren’t greedy, spiteful, or careless, they care for people to the greatest ability that they can, and that is what makes them a
When asked to describe a hero, Mickey Mantle, famous baseball player for the New York Yankees, Said “Heroes are people who are all good with no bad in them” This quote shows that a hero is someone who always does the right thing and has good intentions. What a hero should look like now is someone who is loyal and brave. In Homer’s epic poem, The Odyssey, Odysseus proves that he is a hero when he went to save his men on “Circe’s Island.” and defeated the cyclops in “The Cave of the Cyclops.”
Heroes in our society are revered and respected as Joseph Campbell reminds us: “A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself” (Joseph Campbell). Heroes exist in all societies and throughout history. Maybe they are not always on the news or from the movies, but their words and their actions never fail to resonate across their feats. A hero gives of himself and dedicates himself to causes which better others and their society unlike individuals who are self serving, greedy, and cruel.
Former abolitionist leader, writer and orator, Frederick Douglass was born into slavery around 1818 in Talbot County, Maryland. Frederick learned to how to read at a young age and was a very smart boy growing up. It was obvious to him that being a slave was not his purpose in life. Douglass escaped from slavery when he was 20 years old and became an anti-slavery activist. As a reformer Douglass did many things to get the rights he believed African Americans needed.
Douglass was always critical of Lincoln but his criticisms were never really consistent or stable. In “He Saved His Country,” Douglass laid out the best and worst qualities of Lincoln and how they affected colored people in America. He wasted no time calling out Lincoln’s racism. Despite Lincoln’s major, ground-breaking policies to emancipate slaves, he was still a white supremacist and made no secret of it. Douglass made sure to specify this one caveat before going on to praise Lincoln for the good that he had done for his people.
Douglass the Great “...he [Frederick Douglass] proceeded to narrate some of the facts in his own history as a slave, and in the course of his speech gave utterance to many noble thoughts and thrilling reflections,” this quote from famed abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison depicts the strength of Douglas’s character. If it weren’t for his strength of character he wouldn’t of had the same effect on the white abolitionists that he talked to in the North. Since there wasn’t barely any slaves who knew how to read and write, Frederick Douglass was probably the most intelligent slave of his generation. During slavery, it was strictly illegal for slaves to learn how to read or write, fight against their masters, and to escape from their plantations or homes without being caught.
A hero, “A mythological or legendary figure often of divine descent endowed with great strength or ability.” This is what Merriam Webster’s Dictionary says about heroes. But it is not true. A hero can be anyone, bulky and scrawny, short or tall, swift or sluggish.
A hero can be many things, whether it’s a fantasy hero, a seeing eye dog, or even your dad. However, all heroes have some things in common, even if it is hard to believe. In short, a hero can be anything from a hobbit to a superhero. Heroes are selfless, kind, and put others before themselves. A hero is willing to put it all on the line to save another, but are still flawed greatly.
Many things go into being a hero but a hero is not always someone that wears a cape. People need heroes because heroes inspire us to become better people. Heroes set a good example for us and greatly affect our future. Some important traits of a hero are leaders who put others first and people who display patience. Heroes during the American Revolution enabled the United States to win its independence.
Being a hero is not only about saving people and risking your life for others, but it is much more. A hero is admired for his outstanding courage and continuous achievements and someone worthy of our praise. However, heroes are not only those things. Heroes have fear, even if they overcome them, and those fears allow the hero to grow confidence and become better. All heroes are very smart and cunning and can work themselves around anything and everything with the best end in mind.
“If you can tell me who your heroes are, I can tell you how you are going to turn out. It is really important to have the right heroes.” – Warren Buffet. Many people are looking for heroes in wrong places, and misunderstanding the term hero itself. Strength, bravery, courage, and honesty are the things most people think when the name hero pops.
To begin, bravery, as nearly everyone knows, is a big part of being a hero, but selflessness not only includes bravery, but putting others needs before themselves. First of all, if a person shares all of the traits regular heroes do, except for selflessness, it wouldn’t make sense to call them a hero. Putting themselves needs before others is called being self centered, and according to Dictionary.com, the definition of self centered is: “concerned solely or chiefly with one's own interests, welfare, etc.;engrossed in self; selfish; egotistical” (“Self-centered”). Someone who is recognized as self-centered should not be known as a hero. Selflessness is very similar to bravery, so if someone isn’t selfless, they wouldn’t be brave enough to go and help others.
For someone to truly be a hero they must have noble qualities and noble qualities are a persons decision to have and not something a villain gives them. Noble qualities can define whether someone is or isn 't a hero. Someone can do a heroic act but if their doing it for their own benefits and not for others they can 't truly be considered a hero. A person that volunteers for fundraisers could be said to have noble qualities and be a hero. These people have noble qualities because they volunteer there own time to help others.
When thinking of a hero, most people think of them as flawless people who have the ability to save lives, but that's not true, heroes are much more than that. Unlike fictional heroes like Batman and super-man who save the world from evil with their skills and powers. We don’t have access to those kinds of things, but we have the power to be selfless and be courageous for the sake of others. Heroes are your normal everyday people who get a chance to make a difference in life, heroes are people who gets a chance to be a lifesaver, they are selfless, meaning they will put others before themselves. All human beings have the power to be a human, if just given a chance a normal person could be the one that would be saving your life.
Have you ever wondered what sets apart a hero from everyone else? Heroes are all around us, wherever we go. Not all of them wear capes or have superpowers, because it is what they strive to do in their life that defines them. Famous tennis player Arthur Ashe once said “True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost.”