Some heroes may be fictional as well. Take Kevin, who had a disease, from the book Freak the Mighty, he opened up the world to a boy named Maxwell Kane, he was his brains. These people, both fictional and true, are life changing heroes. People are called heroes because they are selfless in doing actions that need to be done. Heroes do
Some might argue that he only did it for himself cross says “ Benjamin Franklin...looked out for his own interest “ which cannot be proven another reason people question his patriotism is because “Franklin did not fight in the war. “ (wattenberg 3 ) but they are completely overlooking everything else he has done to show his patriotism and benjamin has proven them wrong many times by showing them his love for America in many different ways. Benjamin Franklin is a true american hero . Benjamin has shown many characteristics over and over again as to what a hero is and that is why many people look up to him today. He will always be someone many americans admire and love because of his heroic actions towards this county.
From Greek mythology, Odysseus is considered to be an epic hero. This means, that in comparison to other humans, he possesses superhuman strength, craftiness, and confidence, more so than the average person. An epic hero embodies ideals and values that culture deems as admirable. Another characteristic an epic hero must have is the capability to be helped, and harmed by the interfering gods, a trait that Odysseus certainly has. Odysseus seems to emerge victorious from perilous situations, and that is what makes him such a notable figure in Greek mythology.
Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln are the true definition of heroism because they sacrificed their lives for the greater good and benefit of the public. “This man shall be remembered. Oh, not with the statues’ rhetoric. Not with the legends and poems and wreaths of bronze alone, but with the lives grown out of his life, the lives fleshing his dream of the beautiful, needful thing”-SB pg70. Frederick Douglass is a hero not just because he fought for the public, but because he was a “... Negro beaten to his knees, exiled”SB pg70.
At the end of his adventure, Huck Finn is a hero when he saves Jim from slavery. The book does not have an entirely happy ending. Huck Finn does save Jim from slavery, but Jim’s family is still enslaved. However, Huck is celebrated as a hero for defending his friend even though Jim’s ethnicity is different than Huck’s. Jim is incredibly thankful for Huck doing this and thanks Huck with all of his energy.
Everyone has a hero that they look up to and sometimes even expect the hero to save them when they are in trouble. Joseph Campbell, an American mythologist, writer and lecturer, once said “A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself” (BrainyQuote). That is what heroes are for; the service of the people. A hero needs to fight the evil that troubles the people. This is another purpose of the hero.
Ripely feels like he is a nobody and has an overriding ambition to be somebody even if he has to fake it. Tom is insane or at least has some sort of mental disorder, in the movie after he kills Greenleaf he assumes his name, wears his clothes, cashes checks, and make phones call from the room. Ripley’s overreaching sense of belonging causes him to kill people who suspect the truth about him. Ripely want to be Greenleaf not because of Greenleaf’s personality but because of his money. The fact that Ripley kills people, shows that he knows himself that what he is doing illegal and wrong.
Many people think he is not a hero because of his mistakes, but those are mistakes and making mistakes does not make anyone less of a hero. Odysseus is more than a hero. He is a very humane hero who makes mistakes just like anyone else, but in the end was still a hero. This is shown by Odysseus’ leadership when he won the Trojan War, when he saved his men from staying animals forever, and going to the underworld to face his fears and stay brave. Not every hero needs to be perfect.
He lost all his powers but got them back after realising his flaws, his ego and pride. He showed us that heroism is in stepping forward for someone else and not being selfish. He sacrificed his pathway to reach to his loved one for his kingdom, just like any army man leaves his family for his country, that is heroism. It taught us the value of loyalty and the importance of our responsibilities. Thor also taught us the value of the most important thing which is ‘hope’, we learnt another thing from this movie which is “we never realise our mistakes till we are punished and then when we realise we are able to stand again”.
(14) This tells me that he was brave and he risked his life to save others. In the article “What’s With These Guys?” Kristen Lewis, it explicitly states, “They risk their lives to protect the innocent and the vulnerable, often against seemingly impossible odds.” (18) Another way superheroes inspire us to be our better selves is to have compassion about others. According to the text in “What’s With These Guys?” Kristen Lewis it says, “When we see Thor try to save his brother even after he his brother betrayed him, we are reminded of the power of compassion and forgiveness.” (18) This explains to me that people can have forgiveness on things that would be really hard to forgive and be compassionate about other things.
The story would not be told today if Beowulf had not killed those horrible creatures. This story has lived on by people who have told the story to other people. They are fascinated by the story of Beowulf a brave and noble hero who fights to protect others. This story is unlike any other story because it is about a man who faces his fears head on. People loved him because he was courageous and he succeeded in his actions.
The typical idea of “heroism” tends to bring to mind an image of a superhero or someone who saves many lives, but does being heroic always involve having superpowers or putting yourself in danger to save others? Exploring what makes someone a “hero” in others’ eyes could just mean looking at people who do things that no one else would think or care to. Evaluating what defines a hero in the most basic sense can help to show what being a hero actually
At the start of Huck and Jim’s journey together, they form a bond of friendship, however, Huck fails to see Jim as an equal. Huck has faked his death in order to escape from Pap, and he plans to venture down the river alone. However, he finds Jim running from slavery. They agree to stick together and not turn each other in, as they both have freedom in mind: Jim from slavery, and Huck from Pap. Being on the island with Jim isn’t so bad, because it’s better than him being alone.