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In Search of A Hero - In Search Of A Hero For my research paper, I considered investigating many different NHL goalies that have influenced me because I have been an Ice Hockey goalie for 3 years now and I decided to choose Martin Brodeur of the New Jersey Devils because he is considered to be one of the best in the history of the game. I am interested in him because he has broken every record set by NHL goalies before him and has received several awards for his stellar play over the course of his career. His hybrid style, a mix of old and new techniques, is much different from any other goalie in the league and poses a challenge to other players that face him....   [tags: Hero]
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The Hero in A Farewell to Arms, by Ernest Hemingway - ... On his off time, he frequented the whorehouses and drunk himself to sleep. Sure he wasn’t a fan of the war, but who was. He was just as selfish as the next guy, and if he had personal values he definitely didn’t show them. Henry’s whole leave in the beginning of the book showed just how distant he was from being anything close to a Hemingway Hero. Granted, a Hemingway Hero isn’t perfect, and doesn’t live under strict morals, but parading through a foreign country sleeping next to a different woman every night is far from the controlled self discipline a Hemingway Hero is supposed to have....   [tags: Hemingway Hero]
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Examining the Protagonist, Clive, in The Alternative Hero - The protagonist of this novel is Clive Beresford. He is a writer for a famous music magazine, and that is what his whole life is circled around: music. He began listening to music when he was a teenager and became obsessed with a band known as the “Thieving Magpies”. “But these Thieving Magpies sounded wicked. Get me to the record shop NOW” (Thorton 28). Ever since then, Clive has been obsessed with the band and wrote reviews for them. He was especially fond of the lead singer, Lance Webster, who, one night, mouthed off to the entire crowd at a concert and left the band....   [tags: The Alternative Hero]
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The Complex Hero in Beowulf - The story of Beowulf is one of the oldest examples of what society views as a hero. Though the story was written in Anglo-Saxon times, the credentials one would need in order to be considered by society a hero remain the same. The Anglo-Saxons believed that a hero was strong and courageous, but humble and kind as well. They also believed that a hero was intelligent and dignified, in which he would fight until death in order to defend his people. In Beowulf and Grendel, directed by Sturla Gunnarsson, Beowulf is depicted as caring, compassionate, noble, and understanding, which makes him seem as if he had every trait of a true hero....   [tags: Beowulf Hero Essay]
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Explaining the Three Stages in "The Hero's Journey" - During the course of this World Literature class, several stories have been covered that accurately describe Joseph Campbell's mono-myth, or basic pattern found in narratives from every corner of the world. The Hero's Journey in it's entirety has seventeen stages or steps, but if boiled down can be described in three; the departure, the initiation, and the return (Monomyth Cycle). Each stage has several steps, but the cycle describes the hero starting in his initial state, encountering something to change him, and this his return as a changed person....   [tags: Essay on The Hero's Journey]
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My Hero - My Hero What is a hero. In my view a hero is someone that you admire. You may admirer them for their achievements, outlooks in life or maybe just because they are famous. In this case I admire my hero for his courage and his determination all through his personal life and his career. This story begins in Bellshill near Glasgow 24th September 1962 where a Glaswegian boy was born. His parents Alexander and May called their miracle Alistair Murdoch McCoist. If only his parents had known the difference this baby boy would make to Scottish football in years to come....   [tags: Hero Heroes Personal Essays] 1441 words
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Pinchas Tibor Rosenbaum: Holocaust Hero - A group of Hungarian police sat drinking and laughing, their uniforms reeking of alcohol. One man spit out the name of a Jewish family that he was going to arrest the next day. After a few hours, all of the officers were passed out on the floor, all but one. He slipped into the night and ran down the city street towards a small house, a shadow amongst the darkness. The next morning the Hungarian police barged into an empty home. The family was nowhere to be seen (Michelson 1). The liberator of this family was Pinchas Tibor Rosenbaum whose individual heroic actions during the Holocaust resulted in the legacy of the lives of approximately a thousand Jews and a pattern of humanity for generations to come....   [tags: Hero]
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What is a Hero? - What is a Hero.      In today's modern times we hear the word hero all of the time. The news media throws the term around as if it is an everyday word. What exactly is a hero. Who, or what, can be classified as heroic. The correct definition of the word hero is: One invested with heroic qualities in the opinions of others. That is a fine definition for books and intellectual minds. To the average person, however, a hero is much more.      To better understand what a heroic quality is it may be easier to describe what a hero is not....   [tags: Hero Heroes Definition Essays Papers] 777 words
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The Anti-Hero in ’The Godfather’ (part one) and ‘Of Mice and Men’ - From your garden-variety run-from-the-law thug, to the misunderstood maniacal scientist or the introverted girl scared of finding her away about the world, the term ‘Anti-hero’ is too broad a character to typecast; and so to reflect thematic issues associated, we can’t simply plunk the subheadings of ‘greedy’, ‘abusive’ or ’crazy’ etc upon them. The only independent variable, in the making of an anti-hero, through our own experiences and contextual environment, is their ability to make a connection with us....   [tags: Anti-Hero in Literature] 2525 words
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A Hero of Our Time by Mikhail Lermontov - In his novel A Hero of Our Time translated by Vladimir Nabokov, Mikhail Lermontov creates a character named, Pechorin based on his opinions to 19th century Russian society. Pechorin is cruel, selfish, and careless to the people but ironically, Pechorin’s refusal to marry either Princess Marry or Vera, reveals him to be as an honorable man. Although, Pechorin describes his life as full of boredom and his opinion to love is different, Lermontov again explains he should be represented as a respectful man....   [tags: Hero of Our Time, Vladimir Nabokov] 993 words
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A Hero of Our Time - Gregoriy Pechorin is No Hero - A Hero of Our Time  - Gregoriy Pechorin is No Hero Is Pechorin, the protagonist of Mikhail Lermontov's novella A Hero of Our Time an honorable man. Much of Pechorin's behavior proves him to be a cruel and insensitive man, who seems to bring only havoc and destruction to a situation. He is often aggravating, self-serving and insensitive to others. However in other instances, Pechorin proves himself to be the least reprehensible character. He shows himself to be a man with great self knowledge and knowledge of human behavior....   [tags: Hero of Our Time Essays]
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A True Hero - A True Hero As I read David Halberstam’s ideas in his essay, “Who We Are” (2004), I started thinking about our nation’s leaders and heroes. September 11th came to my mind and the many firefighters and rescue workers who heroically risked their lives to save complete strangers. Then, I remembered that the media dubbed Jessica Lynch a hero when she came back to the United States. Not only Jessica, but also many other American soldiers fighting abroad are called heroes. I started wondering if their bravery actually makes them true heroes or not....   [tags: Definition Hero Heroes Essays Role Model]
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The Odyssey as a Hero Journey - The Odyssey as a Hero Journey Works Cited Missing "All of us have similar experiences. We share in the life journey of growth, development, and transformation. We live the same stories…the trappings might be different, the twists and turns that create suspense might be different from culture to culture, the particular characters may take different forms, but underneath it all, it's the same story, drawn from the same experiences"(Linda Seger, Creating Myth, 1). All people face trials and tribulations throughout their life....   [tags: Odyssey Hero Heroes Essays] 2304 words
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A Shakesperean Tragic Hero - Macbeth - A Shakespearean tragic hero may be defined as “an exceptional being of high degree” who contributes to his own degeneration and illustrates a personality flaw. The character of Shakespeare’s Macbeth is in all ways the perfect example of a tragic hero. His greatness and bravery in battle for his country ultimately leads him to be a great thane and eventually a powerful king, making his actions have a significant impact on a country. Macbeth’s ambition on becoming a king leads to an obsession to remain in his current position....   [tags: William Shakespeare Macbeth Hero] 1125 words
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Epic Hero in Homer's The Odyssey - Epic Hero in Homer's The Odyssey With its larger-than-life plot twists, The Odyssey is a classic representation of an epic in literature. With that understood, it is no surprise that the main character of the story helps to define an epic hero. A character must express certain virtues to be considered such. Strength, courage, and nobility are almost prerequisites. Cleverness is an added bonus. Odysseus possesses many characteristics and virtues that make him a true representation of an epic hero....   [tags: Homer Odyssey Hero] 958 words
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The Hero Monomyths of Herkales and Odysseus via Joseph Campbell’s Hero Archetype - The monumental piece of non-fiction work titled “The Hero with a Thousand Faces,” first published in 1949 by Joseph Campbell points out an apparent monomyth of the hero through superb use of example and literary analysis. In this book Campbell presents three main phases of the archetypal hero; The Departure, The Initiation, and The Return. Within these three main phases there exist numerous sub-phases that describe nearly all aspects of the hero’s journey and its’ impact upon the entire monomyth....   [tags: Joseph Campbell, Heroes, Hero with a Thousand Face] 1134 words
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My Family, My Little Brother, My Hero - Ever thought about what a hero stands for or who heroes are. I have. I was challenged a week ago to come up with my hero for an English paper. After countless, antagonizing hours pondering the true meaning of this topic, I know what the word hero stands for. A hero is a person you look up to, someone who is honorable, benevolent, and hardworking. This person will battle evil everyday. This evil may be causing the world to end, or just the world as he knows it. I know a person who personifies all of these characteristics, thus making him my hero....   [tags: hero essay, essay about family] 578 words
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Beowulf as the Archetypal Germanic Hero - Beowulf as the Archetypal Germanic Hero   Works Cited Not Included The epic and oral poem Beowulf illustrates a loss of community, cultural values, and tradition. Beowulf, the main character, is an ideal king and archetypal warrior. History is relevant to Beowulf; this Germanic society was being taken over by Christian missionaries who were seeking to convert this culture. The character of Beowulf is a reflection of the Germanic culture's virtues; heroism is emphasized in the text's multiple references and constant focus on heroes and what it is to be a hero....   [tags: Epic Beowulf Hero Essays Papers] 2093 words
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A Code Hero in Hemingway's Books - A Code Hero in Hemingway's Books Robert Jordan has been defined as a Hemingway code hero. In Hemingway’s books, a code hero is usually male, as Hemingway’s books seem to have a similarity to Hemingway himself. These code heroes may have been previously wounded or gone through some sort of an ordeal, and so they could have a drinking problem, or a problem sleeping. They seem to be disillusioned, and/or self-oriented, and are not usually loyal to a large cause, but rather a small group of people or a relatively small idea or thing....   [tags: Code Hero Robert Jordan Essays]
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The Hero’s Journey in Homer's The Odyssey -      The Hero’s Journey is never an easy one. This particular journey, as detailed in Homer’s The Odyssey, is one of struggle, loss, heartache, pain, growth and triumph. It is comprised of many steps that Odysseus has to overcome and battle through in order to achieve his final goal of reaching his home and his loved ones. From the Call to Adventure to the Freedom or Gift of living, Odysseus conquered them all. The story begins in the middle of the story, as many of the oral Greek traditions did, with the Journey of Telemachus to find his father....   [tags: Hero, Homer, Odyssey, Odysseus] 1885 words
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Personal Narrative: My Hero - Dr. D is a cardiothoracic surgeon. He was my hero. He may well still be, even though he is a throw-back to the days when I was more concerned about science than symbolism. They say in the Chinese proverbs that "if you don't change direction you will end up where you are going." I have come to believe that this is true, and that most of the time we didn't want to go where we were headed anyway. New paths that come to fruition, "digressions" that become the assertions you are trying to make, aren't really digressions at all....   [tags: Narrative Essay Hero Role Model] 1148 words
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Becoming Hero in William Shakespeare's Hamlet - Becoming Hero in William Shakespeare's Hamlet The hero; the most dominant of archetypes throughout time and culture, is represented in the following description of the basic unit of the monomyth by the mythic scholar Joseph Campbell, “ A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won: the hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his fellow man." It is in this light that we moderns as well as our ancestors have given life and formation to our universal struggles....   [tags: William shakespeare Hamlet Hero Essays] 1478 words
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The Comic Hero in Aristophanes and Charlie Chaplin - The Comic Hero in Aristophanes and Charlie Chaplin The comedic works of both Aristophanes, a fifth-century ancient Greek playwright, and Charlie Chaplin, an actor of the early twentieth century, center around one character. Aristophanes' play Clouds, first produced in 423 B.C.E., concerns Strepsiades and his many debts; he plans to learn from Socrates the art of the Inferior Argument so that he may convince his creditors that he does not have to pay them anything after all. In his later play Birds, first produced in 414 B.C.E., the main character is Makemedo, a man so determined to get out of Athens that he convinces a collection of birds to defy the gods, establish themselves as the rulers over the earth, and build a brick city in the sky from which they can reign and where he can also live....   [tags: Cominc Hero Aristophanes Chaplin Essays]
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King Oedipus as The Classical Greek Tragic Hero - King Oedipus as The Classical Greek Tragic Hero In his Poetics, Aristotle defined the term 'tragedy' as 'a man not preeminently virtuous and just, whose misfortune, however, is brought upon him not by vice or depravity, but by some error in judgement' the change in the hero's fortune must not be from misery to happiness, but on the contrary, from happiness to misery'. From this definition, he further expanded it by defining the profile of the Classical Greek tragic hero, basing it on what he considered the best tragedy ever written, Sophocle's Oedipus Rex....   [tags: Oedipus Tragic Hero Essays] 1356 words
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William Shakespeare's Othello and The Tragic Hero - William Shakespeare's Othello and The Tragic Hero      If one reads Shakespeare's Othello, they can come to the conclusion that it might be one of the his most tragic plays ever written by Shakespeare. Romeo and Juliet, is probably the most famous of his tragic plays, but Othello, has characteristics that, I think make it even more tragic than his other plays, and therefore for that reason, you can say that Othello is the most tragic hero.      Othello is a noble man, one who has grace with the ladies but also possesses all the virtues of a military leader that he is....   [tags: William Shakespeare Othello Hero Essays] 1443 words
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The Crucible’s John Proctor As A Tragic Hero - The Crucible by Arthur Miller is set in Salem in a Puritan community. John Proctor, Elizabeth Proctor, Reverend Hale, Reverend Paris, and Abigail are the main characters. The book is about witchcraft or what the town thinks is witchcraft. John Proctor is the tragic hero because he is loving, loyal, authoritative, but his tragic flaw is his temper. John is a loving husband. He proves that by telling Elizabeth, “It is well seasoned” (p. 48) in reference to the rabbit she cooked, in which he had to add salt to....   [tags: Miller Crucible Tragic Hero] 821 words
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The Hero - Many 20th century non-western literary texts have a hero that everyone looks up to. Most of the stories have typical heroes, so to speak, that show extreme bravery and courage and often are ready to sacrifice their lives for the good of someone else other than themselves. A typical hero is never selfish and never gives up his principles and his beliefs. He is always ready to stand up for what he believes is right even if he is standing alone. However, there are many characters in these stories, that are not given as much credit or attention by the audience....   [tags: Literary Characters]
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Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby and the Tragic Hero - Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby and the Tragic Hero       Aristotle invented a list of criteria in an attempt to determine the exact definition of a tragic hero.  The list states the following - the tragic hero must cause his own down fall; the tragic hero's fate is undeserved; the tragic hero's punishment exceeds his crime; the tragic hero must be a great and noble person according to the standards of the current society.  In Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby can be defined as a tragic hero who possesses all of the aforementioned traits.   Jay Gatsby's main desire in life is to become a member of high society, respected more than anyone else.  Gatsby has taken steps to ensure that this desire becomes a reality.  He has accumulated wealth, power, and influence, all in an attempt to create the sparkling image of a successful man.  Although Gatsby's friend Nick is "inclined to reserve all judgements" (1), Gatsby is a strong, unselfish idealist.  Gatsby is a romantic dreamer who wishes to fulfill his ideal by gaining wealth in hopes of impressing and eventually winning the heart of the materialistic, superficial Daisy....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays Fitzgerald Hero Papers]
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Who Should be Considered a Hero in Anglo-Saxon Culture and Today? - Who Should be Considered a Hero in Anglo-Saxon Culture and Today. Today, many children would consider Superman, Spiderman, Batman & Robin, and even possibly Arnold Schwarzenegger in his old film The Terminator as great superheroes. These comic strip heroes even impress adults as courageous men because we cannot get over their legendary and their supernatural skills. For example, Spiderman is well known for the spider webs that emerge from his manly wrist. On the other hand, heroes are not just defined by comic strips or cartoons....   [tags: Beawulf Hero Culture Essays] 798 words
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From James Joyce's Stephen Hero to "After The Race" - Blending Narrator and Character - From James Joyce's Stephen Hero to "After The Race" - Blending Narrator and Character James Joyce's fragment of a novel, Stephen Hero, leaves the reader little room to interpret the text for themselves. The work lacks the narrative distance that Joyce achieves in his later works. Dubliners, a work Joyce was writing concurrently, seemingly employs a drastically different voice. A voice which leaves the reader room to make judgments of their own. Yet it is curious that Joyce could produce these two works at the same time, one that controls the reader so directly, telling not showing , while the other, Dubliners, seems to give the reader the power of final interpretation over the characters it portrays....   [tags: James Joyce Stephen Hero] 1399 words
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A Hero Ain’t Nothin’ But a Sandwich - A Hero Ain’t Nothin’ But a Sandwich Webster has defined nostalgia as a “wistful or excessively sentimental, sometimes abnormal yearning for a return to or of some past period or irrecoverable condition.”  Nostalgia is a psychological time machine that transplants adults to the good old days of another era. Once there, they will find that it is a state of mind, oblivious to actual or imagined barriers. For some it is a pleasant stroll through yesterday, a simple, less turbulent past. Benjie Johnson is thirteen, Black, and well on his way to being hooked on heroine for good....   [tags: Hero Ain’t Nothin’ But a Sandwich Essays] 882 words
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The Creator of Dreams - A knight in shining armor, riding on a shiny white horse with his sword and shield; this is the hero that many children fantasize about. In today’s society, this kind of hero is nearly impractical, but there are many people that can very closely live up to this expectation. A hero today is not just a person that has done something “good;” he does it exceptionally. He does it so well that it may even be referred to as impractical. If it weren’t for a hero named Walt Disney, Mickey Mouse wouldn’t exist....   [tags: Hero] 1335 words
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The Hero - The Hero Zorro, Lassie, Hercules, and Beowulf all have something in common, they are all considered hero’s. It does not matter if the hero is a man, woman, animal or an intimate object that springs to life. It does not matter where the hero comes from or how old he or she is. The only thing that a hero needs to do to be a hero, according to Joseph Campbell, is follows a predefined path of a hero and have some common characteristics of one, too. Joseph Campbell in one of the most knowledgeable people on the subject of a hero....   [tags: essays research papers] 2191 words
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HERO - HERO The true definition of hero is a man of distinguished valor. Bravery, courage, intrepidity, boldness, daring, and prowess in war are a heroes characteristics. However a hero is understood to be different to everyone. To one person he may be the greatest being who ever lived, but to another he may just be a normal, average man. For example, a child who has lost his poor puppy may think of it’s rescuer as a savior. His hero could be none other than a mere gentlemen who saw the missing companion and returned it to the thankful boy....   [tags: essays research papers] 561 words
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Hero - HERO He Ever Regards Others      What is a hero. Is it someone that “saves the day and gets the girl?” This used to be my definition of a hero until I grew up and really learned what a hero is. The dictionary says a hero is “a man of great strength and courage, favored by the gods and in part descended from them, often regarded as a half-god and worshiped after his death.” Through society though we are disillusioned to the identity of real hero’s and instead praise celebrities as such. Over time though I gained knowledge and personal insight of what a real hero is....   [tags: essays research papers] 835 words
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The Hero - The Hero A hero is not just the title of an action-packed kung-fu flick with subtitles. A hero these days has many meanings; depending on the time and reason that person is called a hero. According to Webster’s Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary, the definition becomes very broad. It starts as being “a mythological or legendary figure often of divine descent endowed with great strength or ability” and becomes “a man admired for his achievements and noble qualities.” The last definition listed is probably the most modern of the many, being “an object of extreme admiration and devotion.” These definitions are in the same order as listed in the dictionary, but also seem to be chronologically listed as well, because overtime the meaning of the word hero adjust it’s self to the people using it....   [tags: essays research papers] 836 words
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Hero - When someone is characterized as a hero they are often someone, who is very selfless, brave and is of distinguished valor. They challenge people to some how or another follow in their footsteps, and are often models to our society. Often inspiring and showing them that no matter what they should reach for the stars. Hero's strive to find the best in people and not just in them. Men such as Siddhartha, Moses and the Great Odysseus each show their special qualities of heroes, and all were of admirable accomplishments....   [tags: essays research papers] 822 words
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hero - Heroes If I had to identify someone as a hero, I would have to say that my personal hero would have to be Will Taubin, aka “Ratboy.” Will Taubin is a freestyle BMXer, like myself. We used to ride together until he moved to California two years ago. Will Taubin has taught me the three most important things in my life. The first thing that he taught me is to set a goal and never give up until you have achieved it. The second thing that he taught me is “You can if you think you can.” The third thing that he taught me is “You only get out what you put into something.” Will’s goal since about age 10 was to become sponsored by a BMX corporation....   [tags: essays research papers] 475 words
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A Hero - A Hero What is a hero. Is it a rock star or an athlete. A famous speaker or activist. Or is it someone so ordinary that does extraordinary things. A hero can be someone who loves and cares for you, or someone you look up to. Someone that risks their life for others is definitely a hero, that someone is Oskar Schindler. Oskar is a hero to over 6,000 Jews currently living across the United States and Europe....   [tags: Papers] 643 words
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The Hero - The Hero Another Sunday morning came, and as I contemplated whether I should do my laundry, or go to the super market, or maybe even down to the mall to buy that fishing rod that was on sale, the phone suddenly rang. "Hey Russ, do you want to go down to the mall. They have a sale at Big Video, all their heroes of action videos are on sale today" said my friend Gilbert. I guess he read my mind, which came as a blessing, since decisions of the mediocre kind tend to be fruitless at this hour of the morning....   [tags: Example Personal Narratives] 1766 words
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Importance of Heroes to Society - 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....   [tags: Hero] 1483 words
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Figure of the Hero - The figure of the hero is something that is an integral part of all religions, mythologies, and literature throughout the world. No matter what, these heroes convey a strong sense of the mentality of humanity. In literature, the figure of the epic and tragic hero is brilliantly depicted specifically in both The Epic of Gilgamesh and Shakespeare’s Hamlet in a way that maintains relevance over time. According to Reference.com, an epic hero can be described as a “larger than life figure from a history or legend, usually favored by or even partially descended from deities, but aligned more closely with mortal figures in popular portrayals....   [tags: Character Analysis]
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The Byronic Hero - Lord George Gordon Byron was the most controversial poet of the romantic era. Byron works consisted of common themes during the romantics such as high romance and the love of nature and tragic loss. He created the idea of the hero being a tragic figure who is born to desire something that they will never accomplish. Through this Byron created and perfected the idea of the Byronic hero. Byron first used this in his poem, “Childe Harold's Pilgrimage”. The work introduced us to who would late become the example of a Byronic hero or character (Manning)....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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Achilles as a Hero - Achilles, having been a famed and valiant soldier, was sought after and loved by all, except his adversary Agamemnon. He was a prominent warrior known for his great strength that actually caused the Acheans to win many battles. But what was it that caused Achilles to be such a hero. Consider the definition for the word, “hero.” A hero is “a person who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities.” This gallant warrior is all three of these points in the definition, plus more....   [tags: achilles, heroes,] 674 words
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Odysseus The Hero - A hero can be described in a multitude of traits with the definition of a hero varying from person to person. When thinking of a hero, a universal description thought upon is someone who accomplishes an epic task for the greater good of a society with only benevolent ideas in mind. Some people we think of the fit this description are police officers, fire fighters, and servicemen. In The Odyssey by Homer, the main character, Odysseus, is considered a hero for fulfilling many heroic traits throughout his journey....   [tags: Character Analysis] 1446 words
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Defining a Hero - To the world today, a hero is someone distinguished by exceptional courage, nobility, or strength; but really, anyone can be a hero. A hero can vary from someone as well-known as George Washington to someone as unheard of as anyone’s very own mother. Someone who has done a good deed for someone else is hero. The biggest heroes are the ones in well-known books and plays, such as Odysseus from The Odyssey, or have made a huge difference in the history of this world, like Mahatma Gandhi. Siddhartha Gautama is a hero, but not in the same way Odysseus or Gandhi are....   [tags: Mythology ]
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The Concept of a Hero - Back in the days of the Odyssey and The Iliad, heroes were classified by their accomplishments. From Odysseus to Achilles, all of the men who were idolized as heroes were so idolized because of their world-altering deeds and conquests, unfathomable wealth, and achievements that would forever be remembered in history. But today, in a world pillaged by war, poverty, controversy, drugs, disease, and economic blunders, who truly deserves to be called a hero. No longer are there titans on the earth, bloodthirsty men with chain mail armor, lances and swords, leading enormous armies into battle....   [tags: Literary Characters] 1072 words
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Not Always the Hero - Heroes are found everywhere. They are seen in movies, on television, in books, and in reality. A hero can be anyone from a friend to a fictional character. To be considered a hero, one must make selfless sacrifices, develop and learn, overcome challenges and temptations, and ultimately present their known world with a gift of any kind. Homer’s The Odyssey paints a picture of the supposed savior Odysseus. The irony of Odysseus’ situation is that he really is not the marvelous hero that many who read The Odyssey see him to be....   [tags: Character Analysis] 2022 words
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What is a Hero? - A hero is characterized as any person who is admired for their courage or achievements, thus serving as a model. Some other characteristics associated with a hero are bravery and daring. It is the manner of facing and dealing with anything that is recognized as dangerous, difficult, or painful that further defines a hero. A primary example of a hero is the courageous men and women, many of whom are employed in a regular non-military job and have spouses and children at home, who are sacrificing their lives while fighting the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan....   [tags: Social Studies]
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Brutus the Hero - In a play, there are always heroes and villains. Sometimes, one can not always tell who are the heroes and villains. William Shakespeare, in his play, Julius Caesar, shows the difference of heroes and villains using the senators of Rome to show the difference between heroes and villains. The hardest character to determine was the hero Brutus, by analyzing his loyalty, background, and his intentions, one can determine that Brutus was a hero to Rome. Brutus’ loyalty helps shape whether his cause was justice or unjustified....   [tags: Shakespearean Literature] 694 words
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Odysseus: A Hero - When we hear the word 'hero,' more than one idea comes to mind. Not only do we think of people that we look up to in our world, but we also think of heroes in the fictional world. To be a hero can mean a variety of different things. Leaders, singers, and even parents can be a hero that someone looks up too. But in the fictional world, a hero is someone who has learned from his or hers journey to come out a changed person. Some characters complete the journey, while others do not quite make it to the end....   [tags: Character Analysis] 1078 words
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A Tragedy's Hero - A tale of duplicity and impetuosity, William Shakespeare’s play Othello brings to life a cast of complex characters. The leading character, Othello, whose undoing the piece recounts, proves to be the quintessential tragic hero by fulfilling all required elements necessary to be labeled as such. Aristotle defines a tragic hero as one of a noble stature who experiences misfortune and commits a culpable act as a result of his own free will; however, the misfortune is neither entirely deserved nor does it result in an absolute loss, as the hero experiences an awakening to the disagreeable facts while accepting defeat (Arp and Johnson)....   [tags: Shakespearean Literature ]
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The Hero and the Anti-Hero in Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises - ... Multiple critics have even gone as far as to brand the underground man an “Anti-Hero”. The greater the degree of self-sufficiency an individual demonstrates, the greater capacity that person has for becoming a hero or maintaining a heroic constitution. This is not to say that every person who has potential will become a hero or even engage in any activities that could be considered heroic. However, if you can exclude the underground man from the possession of the raw material necessary to even become a hero then it will be easy to argue his insignificance or exact conflict to the definition of a traditional hero....   [tags: Ernest Hemmingway, Dostoevsky] 774 words
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Who Is The Hero - Shane, WHO IS THE HERO. Movies have evolved a great deal since the days when a couple fighting scenes and a small love story satisfied audiences. Today movie plots are much more complicated and have much more action, thanks to modern day technologies. Although these new technologies seem to make movies increasingly complicated, some crucial roles in movies will never change. One thing that has remained constant in the film industry is the role of the hero. No matter what the genera of the film and or when the film was made the hero’s always share similar characteristics and are put through similar series of tests to prove their heroism....   [tags: essays research papers] 1109 words
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The Definition of a Hero - The Definition of a Hero When I think of a hero I immediately think of someone who is strong, intelligent, handsome, and daring. Upon closer examination, many different qualities than these become apparent. Courage, honesty, bravery, selflessness, and the will to try are just a few of the overlooked qualities of a hero. The definition of heroism changes with the context and time. Heroes of the past are not necessarily heroes of present time and vise versa. A person can be a hero for saving the life of one or of millions....   [tags: Definition Essay] 562 words
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The Byronic Hero - A hero proves his heroism when faced with opposition. He is shrewd, tough, clear-sighted, experienced, and able to handle adversity in a well equipped manner. However, unlike most heroes, the Byronic hero does not receive satisfaction simply from possessing these traits. The Byronic hero sees himself as an individual who practices non conformity. He is a hero of consciousness more than a hero of action. These qualities of the Byronic hero are demonstrated in Lord Byron’s description of Napoleon....   [tags: essays research papers] 690 words
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Beowulf The Hero - In Beowulf, the protagonist Beowulf is shown as a hero with extrodinary strength. This is not what makes him a hero. By definition, a hero is a man of exceptional quality. However this term does not do Beowulf justice. His self-imposed purpose in life is to help others, and eventually sacrifices his own life in doing so. Beowulf’s battle with the dragon serves as a critique of the notion that Beowulf is a hero. The Dragon section displays many of Beowulf’s heoric characteristics. Beowulf establishes himself as a hero by fighting the dragon, exemplifing strength and courage when fighting the dragon, and sacrificing himself so that others can live....   [tags: essays research papers] 860 words
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Beowulf: A Hero - Beowulf: A Hero Beowulf is a hero during the Middle Ages because of his generosity, strength, power, and courage. A hero is one who places himself or herself at great risk while performing acts of courage. Beowulf is a hero that put his life on the line for an entire kingdom. He has heroic and superhuman qualities. He must prove his worthiness of a superior warrior. He is recognized for his strengths and power of protecting his people. Beowulf is faced with three forces to fight, Grendel (a monster), Grendel?s mother, and the dragon....   [tags: Epic of Beowulf Essays] 798 words
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Unsung Hero - Unsung Hero Defining the word hero is difficult. The dictionary states that a hero is any person admired for courage, nobility, or exploits, especially in war. For most people, the definition of hero is left to interpretation. Some people believe a hero is an exceptional athlete, but others think it is the local cop that made the news for a job well done. It is all up to the individual who is defining what a hero is. Jan Karski is a hero for several reasons; he proved to be courageous, demonstrated his intelligence, and he lived to tell his story....   [tags: Papers] 731 words
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Hero Worship - Hero Worship When asked to conjure up descriptions of a hero or heroism, many people would imagine similar scenes. The firefighters pulling a family from a burning building, a soldier saving his platoon from certain death, rescue workers pulling a stranded mountain climber from a precarious ledge, and the Knights of the Round Table saving a damsel in distress, are all examples of the "common" hero. Many people display heroism in everyday life but are rarely recognized either by their peers or by the media....   [tags: essays papers] 823 words
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