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Importance of Heroes to Society

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Flames are coming out of every opening in a building and a firefighter runs in to save someone that is inside. A police officer is shot while trying to ensure that no innocent lives are taken of those being held hostage inside a bank. A lifeguard jumps into the deep end of the pool to save a drowning child. Firefighters, police officers, lifeguards or even the next door neighbor could be considered heroes. Why does society have a need for heroes? What traits should heroes have? The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines a hero in the following ways: a) a mythological or legendary figure often of divine descent endowed with great strength or ability b) an illustrious warrior c) a man admired for his achievements and noble qualities d) one that shows great courage. Most of society considers a hero to be someone that saves another person’s life. The person doesn’t necessarily have great strength or ability. In mythology, a hero is a role model with extreme courage that does something to change or improve life for everyone.
Heracles, from Greek mythology, is one of the greatest examples of a hero.
The story of Heracles is a simple one. Alcmene, a mere mortal, is tricked by Zeus when he turns himself into her husband. She becomes pregnant with Zeus’ child. Heracles is born part mortal and partly immortal because of the situation. Hera, Zeus’ wife, became angry that Zeus has been unfaithful once again and tries to kill Heracles. As Heracles began to grow older, Hera became mor...

... middle of paper ... just wasn’t his/hers time to go. Most people have a fear of death. I think it’s because some don’t know where their soul will end up when their time is over on earth. People shouldn’t fear death, if they are doing the right things in life.
     Learning about different types of myths is interesting. Myths give a person insight into the culture of the people that wrote the myth. You can find out what their belief system was all about. Judging the validity of the myths is the same way atheists and other religion judge the validity of the Bible. People have to be able to keep their own beliefs with judging others’ beliefs. It’s all about being open-minded. Learning about mythology helps a person to learn about themselves as well as others.

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