[…] These make-believe individuals are thus crafted to be hero prototypes—individuals possessing powerful heroic qualities that we easily recognize and admire” (Scott 32). These fictional characters allow the audience to get a firm grasp onto something that they strive to be, not only for entertainment, but for inspiration and educational purposes as well. Heroes are designed for the audience to admire and respect. Scott and Goethal perfectly describe the obstacles that heroes must overcome in saying, “Struggle is a central, inescapable part of the human experience. Heroes separate themselves from the rest because they don’t allow struggle to stop them from achieving great things” (111).
As Bob Marley once said, “The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively.” Integrity is the quality of being honest and upholding one’s morals and principles. Living in a fast-paced and ever-changing society, human beings have come into contact with adversity and hardship all throughout history. Those who act with integrity during tough times have a major influence on those around them, and taking a stand and upholding ones’ beliefs and morals at great self sacrifice can inspire and encourage others to do the same. Arthur Miller’s 1953 play, The Crucible is a prime example of upholding integrity, and the characters within the play face difficult choices between doing
Equally, Reuven’s determination drove him to success. Helen Keller once said, “Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” The reader can understand the importance of good character. Many people admire and envy Reuven for his forgiving, intellectual, and determined
In a society where heroism and bravery are honored as essential aspects of culture, the contrasting values of these characters, or foils, help define Beowulf as the model hero. He becomes often associated with the image of a perfect, almighty warrior, able to prove his fame in any situation. However, the foil characters can do more than purely illuminate his positive values. With the contrast they provide, Beowulf’s faults are revealed and criticized as well. Although foil characters often point out the greatness of Beowulf, they also serve to highlight Beowulf’s flaws, teach him lessons, and allow him to change, as seen in his interactions with Unferth, Hrothgar, and the dragon.
There are essentially two kinds of happiness: the first being an ordinary, and unreliable happiness formed on the reliance of physical comfort and artificial feelings. The other is a deep and lasting happiness which comes from within. This true happiness comes from a sense of inner complacency that is not dependent on external happenings. Exemplified by the stories of their lives, Hermann Hesse and Paulo Coelho channel the idea of the genuine existence of destiny, but also the continuous opportunity to this achieve happiness, in their works Siddhartha and The Alchemist. Using the wisdom the protagonists obtained from their own personal journeys, both Hesse and Coelho convey the great importance of sacrificing common human pleasures, such as
Dr. King and Beowulf placed themselves in peril situations, but they allowed individuals to live harmoniously once they completed their tasks on Earth. Although they are from different time periods, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Beowulf possess the similar traits, including leadership and bravery but had their differences. One of the many shared characteristics between Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Beowulf are leadership. Beowulf is notable for defending his people and allies as well. Dr. King defended his people also.
Instead of acting out of self interest, working to enhance one’s species as a whole is what sets the human race apart. Deeds of compassion, patience and understanding are defining traits of humanity that strengthen the people around them. Human nature at its best combats inner primal urges with order, unification and civilization. These conditions are the ideal environment for collective learning and progress for all of society. Throughout these two texts, this environment is
“ Loyalty is hard to find. Trust is easy to lose. Actions speak louder than words.” This quote is true to our lives and we should take it in and learn from it.This quote speaks of loyalty trust and kindness. These traits make up great people. people like Thomas from the maze runner and Jack Will from wonder.
Admirability is a quality that many strive to acquire, yet, most fail to achieve. Admirability is the ability to be admired or respected by others, even if they don’t necessarily agree with one’s point of view. In the classic novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, a loving father named Atticus, earns respect from his children, Jem and Scout, and almost his entire community. Wisdom, compassion, and responsibility are just a few things that make Atticus an easily likable character. To begin with, Atticus gives great words of wisdom to Jem and Scout.
Despite some qualms I have with the way I was raised, it did instill a sound appreciation for how important it is to have an understanding and positive interpersonal relationships. My parents, and other significant others in my life such as my husband and close friends, all played important parts in the development of my self-concept and perception. They helped me to have a realistic perception of myself with realistic expectations, and to find the drive to change a distorted and obsolete
From a global perspective, positive psychology centers on the positive aspects of human development. It is a fact that as a human grows and matures, the person faces the same challenges that every developing human encounters. However, although there are many who are at the point in their lives where their efforts and labors are recognized, the recognition often does not support the person (Seligman, 2009). The author suggests that every human should place him or her on the path to the “good life.” This does not necessarily mean wealth or intangible assets but rather inner happiness and peace (p. 45). Seligman’s notion of the good life speaks shifting one’s focus on what is truly important such as health, security, and most of all happiness.