There have been heroes in stories ever since the beginning of time. We tell the tale of great people who suffer and persevere through challenges. But there is a hero different to other ones: the cunning Greek hero Odysseus. Unlike other heroes, he relies on his wits to overcome the challenges rather than strength. Choices that Odysseus makes is what sets him apart from other heroes.
Vonnegut says that individuals need to fight only to make his hero a power-hungry godlike creature, being both an unreachable ideal and unreliable threat. Vonnegut is implying that individuals are powerful but that does not mean every individual deserves to have power. Accordingly nothing can change unless individuals force it, but that individuals too often lack courage and strength, even if one individual has everything needed, he might be corrupted when
United States Army General George S Patton famously said: “It is better to fight for something than live for nothing”. Fighting for ones ideals is a righteous and a dangerous game played by many around the world. Usually fighting for ones ideals or what one thinks is right is regarded as heroic and something to be aspired to. However, in many cases the longer and harder one fights for their principles the more they can become misguided and lose sight of their goals or their values. This is clearly seen in the article Mission Gone Wrong by Mattathias Schwartz, in this article Schwartz paints a picture of the United States’ War on Drugs asking the critical question: why are we still fighting this war?
For instance, "Beowulf" is strong and brave but he is also vain and greedy. "Beowulf 's" heroic qualities most definitely affect his story. Usually the epic heroes would go through a change. They would have a change of heart or would learn from their pilgrimage. They would see the enormous picture and would learn from all of their mistakes that they had made.
Bruno was Shmuels best resource, because even though he didn't have a lot of them, Bruno definitely helped. Some people believe that using your resources would not be the best thing you could do to survive, they might even think it doesn’t matter. Some people say that you are going to die eventually, so there is no use in making extra trouble for yourself. Another thing people might think is, no matter what you do you are still going to go through hard times. Although all these things are said, I know that resources are the best thing you could do in a situation of conflict because, millions of people have endured hardships by using their resources.
It is sometimes said that there are two methods by which one could propel themselves into success in a corrupt system: money or power. In this way, the cycle of corruption is never broken; in order to earn an impressive place in the tainted system, the candidate themselves must be tainted as well. Once the desire for power is instilled in their hearts, that greed is then rarely sated. And so it begins; as those with influence become intoxicated with their power, they are prepared to ruthlessly silence those who are considered obstacles. However, if one decides to fight against the powerful, the results have the potential to change an entire population.
All of this is just the beginning, okonkwo is not all that great of a man deep down as is shown in the story. Okonkwo’s greatest fear is of being weak, but the irony is that his strength is just to cover up his own weakness which is very much existent as shown by his acting in the end of the book. There is a lot inside okonkwo that is covered up and his greatest fear is to show it. Okonkwo is a warrior on the outside, but in reality he is just using strength as a mechanism to cover up his fear because “Unlike his father, he could stand the look of blood” (10), but in reality he uses the look of blood to help him strengthen his internally weak self. The fact that Okonkwo manages to bring back his clan’s first human head in war shows that he does have a very rugged mindset resting on top of a fine line that can be
There is no honored title for those who play the system to their advantage - using subterfuge and trickery in the name of self-interest is not noble. We detest bystanders even more, condemning them for their passivity. To us, they are weak in their cowardice. A hero obeys a code of honor, a hero’s allegiance is to some great cause, a hero answers to a call higher than the constraints of society. And yet, isn’t the coward’s good deed more noble, their victory in their internal struggle against fear and doubt?
This argument could be used against Jay Gatsby too. A true hero wouldn’t use illegal ways to get to his end goal. This is why this type of hero exists. The Anti/Un-Hero is a hero that just doesn’t quite fit with the other types of heroes. Authors will often use these characters to add conflict, and an antagonist to the book.
An anti-hero is a main character that does not possess the traditional heroic qualities and is instead admired for what is generally considered a weakness by society. They can also be someone who fights for the side of good but has a tragic flaw, or uses questionable means. On the back cover of Rule of the Bone by Russell Banks, there is a quote describing Chappie as a “young modern anti-hero”. The question that this arises is whether or not he should be considered an anti-hero. While Chappie is a character that can be admired despite his shortcomings, he doesn't fight for or sacrifice himself for any sort of ideal or side.
Harrison may be a hero to some and may not be to others because everyone has a different point of view and witness the situation from different positions. However, in my point of view, he is a hero because he had an effort, was brave, and his goal was heroic. In most societies what he did would make him a hero. In the story, all people were facing the same law. They (including George and Hazel) had an instinct that it was wrong, but no one was willing to break out of it.
Imagine being free of the mental chain known as a conscience. Unpleasant feelings such as guilt or regret would no longer be felt, theoretically sounding preferable. In actuality though, a conscience is what makes us truly human, and without it we would not have any compassion or empathy for others. This is why people without a conscience, also recognized by the name of psychopaths, are such a threat to society; they care exclusively for themselves and will not hesitate to harm someone, especially if the result is them achieving a certain goal they sought out to accomplish. It is a proven fact that, much like how all squares are rectangles but not all rectangles are squares, all serial killers are psychopaths but not all psychopaths are serial
Sometimes it is best to understand the law first before obeying it. When one thinks a law is unjust, they will go out of their way to go against it and do something about it. At a certain point, one doesn’t have to act accordingly to what they don’t believe in, but they can’t do whatever pleases them. There has been many controversies involving the act of non violence civil disobedience. Although most feel like breaking an unjust law might be the best solution to what they think is right, in reality, I agree to the fact that people are afraid to face the consequences that are given after their actions.
Dally helped convey one of the most important themes in the book; he looks mean and tough, but he has a heart and cares deeply about Johnny. Dally was careless with his actions. He was a bit reckless, and seemed to live as if he had nothing to lose. After Johnny died, he truly had nothing to lose. He was resourceful.
When people are facing adversity they don’t want to accept what is happening they want to fight back. The actions everyone makes to fight back are influenced by what will help them get away from their problems. Junior’s conflicts heavily encouraged him to take risky actions that could’ve led to a positive or negative outcome.