The Role Of Heroism In Oliver Stone's Where I Find My Heroes

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Why is it that even when heroes are pushed down, they still bounce right back up? It’s because the public’s faith and hope in them is their power, their purpose. Even if there are obstacles in a hero’s life, they still look to the public to give ideas, are determined to do what’s right, and don’t lose hope on the way when faced with dilemmas. Heroes search for the overall benefit for the public, not for only their own interests. Mary Angelou once said, “I think a hero is any person really intent on making this a better place for all people.” I feel this quote accurately explains what one of the main goals for heroes are. Making this world a general healthy place for the future generations is a huge task. When one takes up this task, it’s not for him or herself, but for the public. In Oliver Stone’s “Where I Find My Heroes” he states that heroes are the perfect example of virtue; that “we must allow our young…show more content…
They stand up for what they believe in, even if it seems like a lost cause at the time. In the poem “Frederick Douglass” by Robert Hayden, Hayden brought to light how Frederick Douglass was beaten and humbled in this horrific world and yet still fought for abolishing slavery. He put his fear and hesitation aside to stand up to slavery, to whites, to injustice. This is because he was determined to do what was right. Dalai Lama once said, “Love and Compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.” Dr Phineas D. Gurley gives an example of this in the “White House Funeral Sermon for Abraham Lincoln”, when he talks about how Lincoln devoted his career and political life to keep the union together. Since he put so much dedication into this idea, this cause, it is still alive to this day because of the devotion and awe that feeds it. When a person puts his or her mind to an idea, they stand by it throughout the twists and turns and then watch as it grows and thrives on it’s
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