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Comparison of Beowulf and Rustam in as Heroes - A COMPARISON OF RUSTAM AND BEOWULF Shahnameh or Epic of the Kings was written about ninth or tenth cetury AD by Iranian epic poet ,Ferdowsi, who was a Muslim . Ferdowsi write about a hero,Rustam whose religion during his time was Zoroastrianism. Zoroastrianism believed in God and the life after death . The religion of the writer and Rustam (Islam and zoroastrianism) have so many things in common . their beliefs about god in life were somehow the same .Rustam fights for his people and his country....   [tags: Shahnameh Epic of the Kings]
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The 1920's Was A Time Of Heroes - The 1920's was a time of great social change with new prosperity, new ideas but most importantly a time of heroes. These so called heroes defined the era and were the role models for the people of this time period. They brought on hope and enlightenment after the horrific times that they had gone through with the depression and the war. The role of women changed, sports and entertainment stars were celebrated and modern technology changed America's landscape. The twenties were a time when people laughed more often than cried, partied more often than worked, and dreamed more often than faced reality....   [tags: History Society US American] 1110 words
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The Heroes of Lord of the Flies - The Heroes of Lord of the Flies There are many possible interpretations of the word 'hero': sometimes it simply means the main character of a story, sometimes it denotes a person with a strong character who acts decisively, and sometimes it can mean the person we most admire in a story or who is the greatest force for good. Golding's Lord of the Flies has no clear hero but there are three major characters that could be seen as the heroes of the book. The first possible hero is Ralph....   [tags: Lord of the Flies Essays] 917 words
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Heroes of Celtic and Germanic Mythology - Heroes of Celtic and Germanic Mythology Throughout the myths of the Celtic and Germanic peoples of northern Europe tales of epic heroes and their extraordinary deeds abound. These tales depict heroes performing a variety of incredible feats; many of which appear to be magical, superhuman, and, quite honestly, utterly impossible (e.g., wading across oceans, defeating armies virtually single-handedly, and other astounding exploits). Since the Celtic and Germanic tribes of antiquity inhabited neighboring lands and lived in close proximity to one another (as many of their modern descendants continue to do: i.e., in Great Britain), it is not surprising that they often established intimate rela...   [tags: Celtic Germanic Mythology Beowulf Essays]
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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...   [tags: Hero] 1483 words
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Jacob and Odysseus: Their Roles as Heroes - Every culture has a hero. Every hero has a legend. Every legend meets that culture's particular needs. The events, settings, and other characters might be different, but the hero is basically the same for all. The universal hero is initially an immoral character, but after overcoming difficult obstacles, he/she eventually becomes a better person. Jacob and Odysseus are such heroes. Both share an obvious characteristic of deceitfulness, but both still have differences, although discreet. They become a hero because they've changed into a better human being....   [tags: European Literature] 519 words
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Heroes - Heroes Hero. When we think of a hero, what automatically comes to mind. To some it may be someone legendary. Others might think of a hero as someone of great strength or ability. Perchance an illustrious soldier or warrior. Perhaps someone admired for their achievements and great qualities. To me, it once meant someone that showed great courage. Two characters that remind me of heroes are Bernie, from the movie Hero, and Arthur, from the story “Arthur Becomes King”. These two characters have many similarities....   [tags: essays research papers] 481 words
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The True Heroes are Firefighters - The True Heroes are Firefighters In today's superficial society, there are many stereotypes and groups into which people are categorized. There are also many people that are celebrities, who many ordinary citizens see as leaders in life. Many high-end sports figures such as Michael Jordan or Ray Lewis are seen as heroes and idols to many youths in America and around the globe. However, what they do is not really heroic; rather it is merely grown men playing a game....   [tags: Papers] 1110 words
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Heroes in Our daily Lives - Growing up as a child in America I did not have a hero. Although I was exposed through my own reading and television to many revered and “famous” people, I never aspired to be like any particular individual. I looked at people’s accomplishments and achievements, as remarkable as they might have been, as normal. I saw their feats as something that I myself can achieve if I made an effort. I remember my friend, Ben, always talking about Charles Barkley, a legendary basketball player. He would follow his every move on and off the court....   [tags: essays research papers] 661 words
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The Iliad of Homer and Greek Heroes - The Iliad is an epic tale of war and hero’s within the Greek way of life. A predominant and consistent theme of honor and glory reside throughout the poem. The motivation for any Homeric Greek is glory, or “Kleos”, that is to be honored and respected among their people. Emphasis is put on living by the heroic code. Honor is essential to the Greeks and life would not be worth living without it. When a warrior or hero is advised to avoid risking their life in battle it almost drives them even further towards the deed....   [tags: essays research papers] 1484 words
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Ronald Reagan and Beowulf: Heroes Near and Far - Throughout human history time has always seemed to provide mankind with a sort of guide. As we learn to depend on these guides’ strengths and powers, we forget our own, causing us to admire their every aspect, to desire to be in their presence at all times. We turn them into heroes whether they wish for it or not, forcing them to live up to our own expectations. Whether these heroes walk the earth, pure of sin, healing and teaching; whether they wear a camouflage uniform fighting for their country and their people; whether they wear a cape and thrive in our imaginations; whether they wear a business suit and defend their government with their own words; these heroes all possess cert...   [tags: confidence, fearless, success]
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Heroes and the Journey Home - Heroes and the Journey Home A hero is someone who works to change things toward a certain ideal or succeeds in making change, usually to the benefit of many others besides him or herself. Heroes come in just about every form and almost every group or cause has its heroes. One of the definitions for a hero is that they are someone who is "admired for qualities and achievements and is regarded as an ideal or model."(New World Dictionary, 657) There have been many men and women who I consider to be heroes for the National Parks, because they sought change, preservation, appreciation and protection for our National Parks....   [tags: Hero Muir Adams Roosevelt Essays]
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The Tragic Heroes and their Effect on Humanity in Homer's "the Iliad" and "the Aeneid" - During their reading of the Iliad and the Aeneid, scores of readers only see the two great poets commenting on the nature of war and destruction. What countless do not see, however, are there passionate outcries on behalf of the tragic heroes and humanity itself. The author of the Iliad, Homer, has been theorized by some to be a collection of writers working in collaboration. Nevertheless, this author had an immeasurable effect on ancient Greek culture. The Aeneid was written by Virgil, who was born in 70 BCE and had two other works in addition to his epic masterpiece....   [tags: Iliad, Aeneid, ]
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Differences in Heroes in The Iliad - Differences in Heroes in The Iliad “What a worthless, burnt-out coward I’d be called If I would submit to you and all your orders, Whatever you blurt out. Fling them at others, Don’t give me commands . Never again, I trust, will Achilles yield to you – My hands will never do battle for that girl, Neither with you, King, nor any man Alive.”(p 111) With these wrathful words of Achilles to his commander Agamemnon, so begins the sequence of events in The Iliad that ultimately pits Achilles the runner against Hector, breaker of horses....   [tags: Papers] 795 words
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The Tragic Fate of Greek Heroes - The Tragic Fate of Greek Heroes The hero stands as an archetype of who we should be and who we wish to be. However, the hero has inherent flaws, which we do not wish to strive towards. In literature, these flaws are not used as examples of what we should be but rather as examples of what not to be. This is especially dominant in the Greek hero. The Greek hero battles fate with excessive pride and intelligence, yet follows his fate, making serious mistakes. The Greek hero is strong and mighty while his wit and intelligence are highly valued....   [tags: Papers] 783 words
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Epic Heroes Compared: Achilles, Sundiata and Rama - Introduction Who is a hero. In contemporary times, usage of the term has become somewhat of a cliché. Over the years, the term “hero” has become representative of a wide variety of individuals, each possessing differing traits. Some of the answers put forth by my colleagues (during our in-class discussion on heroism) as to whom they consider heroes pointed to celebrities, athletes, teachers and family members. Although the occupations differed, each of their heroes bore qualities that my classmates perceived as extraordinary, whether morally or physically....   [tags: traits, qualities, extraordinary]
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Beowulf and the Homeric Heroes - As most people would try and find similarities between the characters of Homer and that of Beowulf, I am more than willing to present their differences. It is a challenge to spot their similarities, but it is a greater challenge to locate the differences between them, such differences that set them apart from each other, making them a unique entity. Now, first we must make clear our understanding of a Homeric hero. Such a character encounters four different phases in their lives. One is Arete, which would mean their excellence, the other Hubris, or excessive pride....   [tags: European Literature] 953 words
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Mythological Heroes: Achilles And Hercules - Mythological Heroes: Achilles and Hercules The subject of mythology deals mainly with the notion of battle, or good versus evil. In this struggle many individuals are singled out for either the evil they cause, or from the good they bring to people. When you mention heroes in mythology, there are two distinct names that a majority of people bring up, those names are Achilles and Hercules. Achilles was born to King Peleus and the sea-nymph Thetis. Soon after Achilles was born his mother dipped him in the River Styx, she was told, by doing this, that the water would make every part of his body that it touched invincible....   [tags: essays research papers] 1387 words
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Epic Heroes: Gilgamesh and Achilles - From the days of ancient Greece and before, epic heroes have had their lives chronicled and their stories passed on from generation to generation all the way to present day. Two of the greatest heroes have been Gilgamesh from the epic named after him and Achilles from Homer's Iliad. While the two men's stories transpired in vastly different eras, their lives shared a surprising number of commonalities. Of course, with resemblances come several discrepancies in the way they lived and the ideals they believed in....   [tags: Comparative Literature] 833 words
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A Tale of Two Heroes - A Tale of Two Heroes Ender's Game written by Orsen Scott Card and The Matrix the movie by Warner Brothers may not have much in common at least at first glance. There is much that the two charcters Neo and Ender share. In fact one common theme in both their stories is the battle between free will and fate. Both Ender and Neo also share a battle between good and evil. Our heros also face a battle between themselves and their own desires. Neo who is our hero from The Matrix is a young man who is seeking the truth about the matrix, a computer generated system....   [tags: Novels Ender's Game Orsen Scott Card Essays] 1226 words
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Renaissance Tragedy and Investigator Heroes - Renaissance Tragedy and Investigator Heroes The role of the investigator in Renaissance tragedy, with special reference to Shakespeare's Hamlet and Thomas Kyd's The Spanish Tragedy I therefore will by circumstances try, What I can gather to confirm this writ Hieronimo The play's the thing Wherein I'll catch the conscience of the King Hamlet The roots of the blossoming tree of crime fiction can be traced back to the ancient soil of The Bible, and beyond, in literature which contains mysteries to be solved, and figures who act as detectives....   [tags: Shakespeare Hamlet Kyd Spanish Tragedy Papers] 2492 words
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Spanish Conquistadors: Heroes Or Murderers - Spanish Conquistadors: Heroes or Murderers "The Indians in the first fatal decades of the white man in America were conquered because they could not conceive what it was that the white man was after, and what manner of man he was." (The Indians of the Americas, p97) This misconception, was that the Indians could not imagine was that the Spanish Conquistadors would come to the Americas and brutally murder men women and children in the name of a god. They could not see how a group of people could follow such a god....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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The Eight Heroes in The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan - In the novel The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan, four Chinese mother-daughter pairs, each with her own unique story, have deep connections with each other. At the beginning of the novel they each seem like ordinary women, but as the novel progresses, it becomes clear that these women are more than just mothers, daughters, or wives; they can also be considered heroes according to Joseph Campbell. Joseph Campbell says a hero is someone who undergoes a departure, where the person is confronted with a problem that they must overcome; a fulfillment, where the person finally overcomes the problem; and a return, where the person passes on what they gain and learn from the experiences in the form of a "li...   [tags: The Joy Luck Club Essays] 713 words
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My First Books Were the Heroes of Olympus Series - ... Along the way the three learned a lot about each other and about themselves. Percy regained a lot of his memories back, Hazel shared with the two that she had died and her father, Pluto, allowed her to escape the underworld to live again, and Frank could be whatever he wanted to be, as it said in the book numerous times. However, his life depended on a stick, and if it burned out so would his life. In Alaska there was a big fight trying to save Thanatos. They eventual freed Thanatos from the giant, Alycyoneus....   [tags: greek, mythology, sacrifice]
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Movies with Unknown Heroes, Shane and Pale Rider - Shane (1953) and Pale rider (1985) are both movies of unknown heroes. Once gun slinger who have changed their life for the better. Traveling from town to town just helping whoever they come in contact with. Both men helping these communities accomplishing all they have ever wanted to, but without these men they might not have ever stood up to their problems. Both Shane and the Preacher are unknown men who just walk into the main characters life's and making their presence know in the very beginning of the movies....   [tags: preacher, communities, guns]
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Sengoku Basara 3: Samurai Heroes vs. Okami - Japanese video games are a popular cultural phenomenon both inside and outside of Japan. This success can be attributed to Japanese companies’ ability to successfully market and invest in their products whether they arise from a manga, anime, or popular icon. Mia Consalvo, Associate Professor at Ohio University, attributes the Japanese video game industry’s success to Japan’s “historical tendencies [of a self-sufficient economy], Japanese game companies have found a ready market at home, with little fear of outside competition.” Video games offer a diverse array of themes and concepts for developers to consider in their design; on the other side of the industry are its consumers, who have m...   [tags: Gaming ]
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La Gorgone e gli Eroi or The Gorgon and the Heroes - 'La Gorgone e gli Eroi' or The Gorgon and the Heroes is an contemporary artwork by Giulio Aristide Sartorio created in 1899 that shows a nude red haired Medusa, a mythological monster that seduces and then kills men that look at her, surrounded by dead naked men, all of different skin tones, at her feet. When one looks at this artwork they first focus on Medusa because she is, after all, the symbol of seduction, lust and danger. These qualities are immediately present through her seductive pose and apparent nakedness, as well as her red hair; which was usually associated with devious activity....   [tags: art, philosophy, desires, Sartorio, Medusa]
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Comparing Jesus Christ and Harry Potter as Heroes - If there are two names that can be recognized anywhere in the world, one would definitely be Harry Potter, and the other would surely be Jesus Christ. On one hand, Harry Potter is known as the protagonist of the best-selling Harry Potter book series, which was written by JK Rowling. He is a boy wizard who encountered many different trials and tribulations during his stay in the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The seven books have been read by millions of children and adults all over the world, and its popularity was evident when four books in the series were on the New York Times bestseller list all at the same time (Brown 32)....   [tags: Literary Analysis]
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Position Paper On Heroes - Position Paper on Heroes On September 11th 2001, New York City, Washington D.C., and Somerset County, Pennsylvania all came face to face with an unthinkable tragedy. When the emergency response teams were sent out to the sites, they had no idea what they were going to experience. They helped others to safety and then turned right back around to help someone else. These are America’s real heroes. As The United States changes because of these tragic events, the focus of our heroes should be placed on everyday people and not sports and movie stars.      “A hero should be someone who unselfishly does something for someone else, regardless of danger.” Marylyn Schwartz wrote this in the Houston...   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Hero] 703 words
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Epic Vs. Modern Heroes - While “Have at thee!” the Arthurian battle cry from Monty Python’s Search for the Holy Grail, is a far a-hem cry from the modern day hero’s, the essence remains the same. Many aspects of culture have been wholly altered, but society’s quest for a hero has remained. Each people of the ancient times had a matchless idol that was unto his self the embodiment of cultural perfection. In more recent eras, where societies vary exceedingly, people have relied on scores of heroes. The United States is deemed the “melting pot” of the world due to the vast number of cultures she houses....   [tags: essays research papers] 1023 words
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The American Hero: An Uphill Battle - What comes to mind when uttering the phrase, “American hero?” Do you conjure images of firemen, police officers, or even such mythical figures as Superman and Wonder woman (who have come to symbolize American ideals). Perhaps you are thwarted in an attempt to place the appropriate title of “American hero,” to any individual in the present tense. This last decade has, for Americans, been full of tribulation and hardship. In the face of disasters, many have shown extreme bravery and patriotism. Are these people American heroes....   [tags: heroes, USA,] 669 words
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How Heroes Influence Today’s Youth - In the early years of a person’s life several different factors influence their decisions and actions, but no more than that of a hero. A hero (n.d), according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, is a person who is greatly admired. Which leads to appreciation and the want or need to emulate such a person. Thus leading to the transformation of a hero to a role model. A role model can be anybody that others want to imitate. A person susceptible to encouragement may choose to mirror such a chosen idol....   [tags: teenagers, model, clothing styles]
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Arrogance of Greek Heroes - Arrogance of Greek Heroes Often readers will criticize the champions of classical and medieval epics for egotism. Critics cite examples from the Odyssey, the Aeneid, and Beowulf of conceit and egocentric behavior. Odysseus, Aeneas, and Beowulf display a well-known arrogance befitting their accomplishments. The motivation for this arrogance, to complete these tasks, to perform these feats, is often over-generalized to the point of inaccuracy and confusion. One must not let such misinterpretations interrupt the humanization of these characters....   [tags: Epic Conceit Aeneid Odysseus Essays] 1441 words
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Heroes in Western Film - Heroes in Western Film In the genre of western films, the hero plays a key role. Humanity portrays civilization overcoming the hostile country (Miller 66). In many films the American civil war is over, and people have turned their attention to more constructive pursuits. Battling nature to progress America's future, rather than each other. In between this wild country, fraught with danger and corruption lies the role of the hero. A hero is an individual with exceptional skills and through his abilities is able to rid a stricken town of the corrupt elements within....   [tags: Papers] 1549 words
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Heroes of American Realism - Heroes of American Realism The American realists of the late 19th century were notably adept at creating deep, memorable characters --whether virtuous or villainous-- who are continuously developed throughout the tales in which they exist. These authors often used their protagonists for a higher purpose than mere storytelling, endeavoring to construct a critique of the times by placing the characters in opposition to their respective societies. As a result, the protagonist often becomes an unassuming type of hero to the reader, by courageously (or obtusely) defying convention, and doubting the ignorant assumptions of society....   [tags: American Literature] 1958 words
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Greek Gods and Heroes - Greek Gods and Heroes The ancient Greeks knew little of any real people except those who lived in the countries to the immediate east and south of their country. Their imagination filled the rest of the land with mystical and supernatural beings. The ancient Greeks believed the earth to be a flat circular disk., with their country being in the middle of it. The disk was divided into two equal parts by the Sea(the Mediterranean). They believed the River Ocean flowed around the world from south to northen the western side of the world and vice versa on the eastern side....   [tags: Papers] 566 words
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Flawless Heroes? - Flawless Heroes. It is important for youth to have heroes but society cannot ignore the facts and only report on the good side of those heroes. Everyone is human, and they are going to make mistakes. Hopefully they learn from those mistakes, and if those mistakes are brought to light and conveyed to the young people then they too learn from those mistakes. History has a duty to report on the entire story. To report anything less would be wrong. To just simply say that Columbus was a perfect man who never did anything wrong would paint an unrealistic picture of the past....   [tags: essays research papers] 457 words
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Gilgamesh: A Mythical Hero - From the beginning of time, mythology has appeared to be one key method of understanding life’s confusions and battles. Within these myths lies a hero. From myth to myth and story to story, heroes experience what may be called a struggle or a journey, which lays down their plot line. Bearing tremendous strength, talent, and significant admiration, a hero holds what is precious to their audience, heroism. Over time however, no matter the hero, the hero’s role remains indistinguishable and identical to the position of every other hero....   [tags: heroes, Gilgamesh, ] 855 words
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Epic Heroes - Heroes may fall, but they are never forgotten. An epic is an enlightening story with its true purpose to portray a historical person or event. Epics centralize on concepts such as loyalty and valor, which were important to those of medieval times. Epics were not recorded for a long time after they actually occurred. An epic hero is an individual with phenomenal finesse and extraordinary abilities. They represented a culture's highest standards or values. A heroic flaw is usually the triumphant downfall of a hero....   [tags: Hero Roland Siegfried Balian] 684 words
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Romantic Heroes - The Romantic hero, fashioned by the Romantics, is portrayed as a paradigmatic, random individual with a particular purpose. The Romantic hero begins his mission by following his inner light, in order to achieve his goal. He will not rest until it is consummated. Through two of Longfellow's works, "A Psalm of Life", and "Excelsior", Longfellow illustrates the full picture of a Romantic hero. The description that Longfellow gives is so precise, that it can cause a reader to question Hawthorne's, another Romantic's character, Young Goodman Brown, as an actual romantic hero....   [tags: American Literature] 810 words
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My Heroes - My Heroes The reason I have two heroes is because these two people couldn't have been heroes if they didn't have each other. My hero is my father and my heroine is my mother. It wouldn't be possible to say which one had more heroic qualities. When I was about seven, my mum became the victim of passive smoking. She was diagnosed with lung cancer. It was a devastating time for the whole family. My mum started going to hospital every week, then every day, then, she would even stay there some nights....   [tags: Papers] 571 words
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Belizean Heroes - Belizean Heroes Belize has gone through a lot of changes since the British settled here and these changes were for the better. Many different people, men and women, were responsible for the proper molding of this country and its people. These people are called heroes/heroines and Belize had many of them. These people contributed a lot to this country and we, as Belizeans, should be thankful and respectful of these people because of their great efforts and dedication in making Belize a better place....   [tags: Papers] 727 words
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Forgotten Heroes - Forgotten Heroes They were the best of times; they were the worst of times. The effects on a man’s soul are limitless; when it comes to a bloody game we call war. Whether it is from a movie, novel, or personal testimony, the entire account can never be retold. There will always be facts missing, exaggerated points, or skewed visions. You can never tell when a war story is real or completely made up. You can only close your eyes and pray to god it wasn’t ever that bad. During the Vietnam War, or the ‘unpopular war’, many men faced things unimaginable today....   [tags: War] 1225 words
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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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Heroes (my Parents) - When one thinks of heroes, names such as Ghandi, Martin Luther King, and Mother Theresa often come to mind. These people had done a lot of favors, courage, helps, and more of things for the people who needed them. They have change the world. But, heroes can be in anyway, even in each of individuals in the world. I have the persons who I think is the best hero in my mind. They are my parents. My parents are brave; they will do anything for my happiness. Not only mine, but also their friends, and families....   [tags: essays research papers] 413 words
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Epic of Beowulf Essay - Heroes – Then and Now - Beowulf - Heroes Then and Now Heroes today have changed from those of Beowulf's day. Back in the time of Beowulf heroes were mainly the protectors of the country such as warriors and kings. The roles have changed today were heroes consist of celebrities and sport players. The roles have changed because our society has changed as well. In the time of Beowulf the kings were of the utmost of importance. Without a king the country was sure to fall into ruins. The king's duty was to protect the country....   [tags: Epic of Beowulf Essay] 817 words
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Comparison of Modern Day Heroes and Beowulf - Comparison of Modern Day Heroes and Beowulf Most of us have heard of modern day heroes such as Spiderman, Superman, and the Hulk. Each is a hero to many children. Heroes are introduced to people early on in life usually as fictional characters, but as children grow older their perceptions of heroes alter. The characteristics of a hero are usually based around the ideas of a society or culture. In the epic Beowulf, the main character is thought of as a hero. Beowulf, a pagan warrior and the main character of the epic, shows certain characteristics such as bravery, loyalty, and generosity, which portray him as a hero....   [tags: Epic of Beowulf Essays] 751 words
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Graduation Speech: We Can Be Heroes - Class of 2012, as we sit here this evening, I would like you to take a look at the classmates sitting around you. Many students have given countless hours of time, energy, and passion to worthy cuases that they have been a part of throughout high school. However, those aren't the only students deserving of recognition this evening. We have students here tonight, who have taken a stand for what they believe in, not even hesitating to compromise their reputations. I believe there are many ordinary heroes wearing caps and gowns tonight....   [tags: Graduation Speech, Commencement Address] 924 words
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The Heroes of Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried - The Heroes of Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried   The word "hero" is so often used to describe people who overcome great difficulties and rise to the challenge that is set before them without even considering the overwhelming odds they are up against. In our culture, heroes are glorified in literature and in the media in various shapes and forms. However, I believe that many of the greatest heroes in our society never receive the credit that they deserve, much less fame or publicity. I believe that a hero is simply someone who stands up for what he/she believes in....   [tags: Things They Carried Essays]
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The Immortal Heroes of Homer’s Iliad - The Immortal Heroes of Homer’s Iliad In Homer’s Iliad, a warrior can only attain heroism and immortality by embracing an early death. Jean-Pierre Vernant describes this paradox in his essay, “A ‘Beautiful Death’ and the Disfigured Corpse in Homeric Epic.” According to Vernant, heroes accept the fact that life is short and “devote themselves completely and single-mindedly to war, adventure, glory, and death” (53). 1 Curiously, this is because heroes overcome death only when they embrace it (57)....   [tags: Iliad essays]
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Comparing the Heroes in The Dream of the Rood and Beowulf - The Heroes in The Dream of the Rood and Beowulf               In The Dream of the Rood, the poet has added elements of the idealized heroic death (as exemplified in Beowulf and The Battle of Maldon) to the crucifixion. He has also eliminated details of the story that tend to render Christ as a figure of pathos, in order to further Christ's identification with the other glorious warriors Anglo-Saxon poems.             When a hero meets his death, for example, he is usually surrounded by faithful retainers (as is Byrhtnoth) or at least one steadfast companion, such as Beowulf's Wiglaf....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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The Heroes Curiosity in She and The Sign of Four - The Heroes Curiosity in She and The Sign of Four The hero cannot progress without curiosity.  However, curiosity can turn into a dangerous obsession.  There are many good examples of this throughout Victorian literature.  Literary works such as She by H. Rider Haggard and The Sign of Four by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, for example, reflect the curious mind at work using scientific exploration to achieve the goal of solving the mystery, but attempting to solve the mystery poses dangers to the protagonists that, at first, they are unaware of.  The curious mind, seeking discovery, eventually sees the dangers but does not turn back.  The mystery has become an obsession to the curious mind, and f...   [tags: she four] 1911 words
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Beowulf vs. Gilgamesh as Epic Heroes - Clack. Bang. Swish. Auuuuugh. This is the sound of clanging armor, flying spears, and slicing swords. The sound of men howling in agony as their limbs are severed from a blood thirsty blow of the enemies sword can be heard from the four corners of the earth. This can only be described as the sound of great battle. Battle was a very important part of a man’s life back during the seventh and eighth centuries. Every battle has a man who stands out at the forefront and shines above the rest. During these two time periods there stood two great men: Gilgamesh, the selfish, lustful king, and Beowulf the proud and boastful warrior....   [tags: Epic Hero] 1024 words
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Othello: One of Shakespeare's Tragic Heroes - Othello: One of Shakespeare's Tragic Heroes Othello is one of Shakespeare's tragic heroes. Othello is a well-respected character in this play. Othello is portrayed as a man with much greatness. Othello is tragic hero because he has a fault in his character that brings his death to others. Unquestionably, Othello's downfall is brought about during the course of this Shakespearean drama. Othello is a general and others such as Iago and Roderigo who are envious of the power and the respect shown to him despite his colour....   [tags: Othello by William Shakespeare] 2362 words
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Heroes in The Epic of Gilgamesh, The Ballad of Mulan, and the Film Saving Private Ryan - Heroes are goals for our own aspirations. Humanity is assembled around the necessity for role models and the transference down of information, this is how we learn. A hero is defined as someone with admirable traits or people who, in the face of danger or from a position of weakness, display courage or the will for self-sacrifice, whether it be moral in a literal or figurative approach. These notions of heroism are portrayed directly through the collection of relating texts, ‘The Epic of Gilgamesh,’ and ‘The Ballad of Mulan,’ and the film ‘Saving Private Ryan.’ A hero can be anyone....   [tags: Epic of Gilgamesh] 3030 words
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The Psychology Behind a Hero's Decisions in Mike Alsford's Heroes and Villains - Throughout his book, Mike Alsford provides examples of the problems many heroes are faced with, and delves into the psychology behind the choices they make in order to solve these problems. A goal for most heroes is to save the innocents while restoring balance between the powers of good and evil, which often involves defeating an enemy. The enemy is often one villain accompanied by a throng of followers - an army, slaves, disciples, and/or brainwashed specimens. Now this is where it gets tricky....   [tags: morality, power, salvation] 806 words
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The Tragic Flaws of Heroes Portrayed in Hamlet, Things Fall Apart and 1984 - In many works of Literature, a character comes forth as a hero, only to die because of a character trait known as a tragic flaw; Hamlet from Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Okonkwo from Achebe’s Things Fall Apart, and Winston Smith from Orwell’s 1984 all exhibit that single trait, which leads, in one way or another, to their deaths. These three tragic heroes are both similar and different in many ways: the way they die, their tragic flaws, and what they learn. All three characters strongly exhibit the traits needed to be classified as a tragic hero....   [tags: Hamlet, Things Fall Apart, 1984] 749 words
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A Comparison of Shakespeare’s Marcus Brutus to Other Tragic Heroes - The tragic hero is one of literatures most used (and sometimes abused) characters. The classical definition of a tragic hero is, “a person with heroic or potentially heroic qualities. The person is doomed by the Gods or some other supernatural force to destruction or suffering. The hero struggles against the fate, but due to a personal flaw, ultimately fails in the battle against fate. It is my personal opinion that Brutus,as he is portrayed in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, is a tragic hero by this definition....   [tags: literary styles]
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Tragic Heroes Bring Suffering Upon Themselves: Death of a Salesman - Northrop Frye states in his book Anatomy of Criticism that the tragic hero is “on top of the wheel of fortune, halfway between human society on the ground and the something greater in the sky”. The book also declares that tragic heroes are “inevitable conductors of the power around them”, and conductors may be victims as well as instruments of destruction (website). Willy Loman, the epitome of a tragic hero, brings suffering upon not only himself, but others, including his wife and sons. Willy establishes Northrop Frye's definition of a tragic hero through the suffering of both himself and his friends and family, and this suffering contributes to the great tragic vision of the play as a whol...   [tags: Arthur Miller, Tragedy, Literary Analysis] 518 words
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Pluto, Mars, and Shooting Stars: How Greek and Roman Deities are Different - In both Greek and Roman mythology there are multiple gods and heroes, but there are some differences in what these gods represent and the way that the heroes are portrayed. Different ideals are held in high regards for each culture not only for the gods and heroes but also for the people and their culture. The basic descriptions and origin stories of each have similarities but are also very different. It’s very easy to see why many would think that Greek and Roman traditional religion and culture are the same....   [tags: mythology, gods and heroes]
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Misused Power Decreases Respect for Police Officers - ... Did they. No. They abused their power and ended up sending him to the hospital where he later died because he was beaten so badly. I understand that it’s sometimes necessary to somewhat harm someone if they aren’t cooperating but that beating wasn’t necessary and was wrong. Christopher Dorner wrote about these inhumane acts that the LAPD committed. Now, you may be thinking, Christopher Dorner. The guy in the manhunt who shot a police officer. Yes. He himself was once a police officer and got fed about how he was treated because they ruined his name....   [tags: abuse, protect, heroes] 568 words
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Beowolf, The Art of Courtly Love, and The Wife of Bath and - The term “Hero” has been in our civilization for centuries. On the surface, a hero is a person of honor, integrity, and the will to fight for what he or she believes in. Nearly every story that is told is centered around a character who in one way or another is a hero. They are a person whom the common people are supposed to strive to be; but does this icon truly exist. While the author of Beowulf is still a mystery, the greatness of the character that he or she created will live on forever. Beowulf is the model of what a hero was supposed to be in the middle ages....   [tags: heroes in literature through the ages] 800 words
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Magic in Medieval Fantasy: An Ordinary Event Turning into Something Magical - Magic is the word that stirs many exciting visions in the imagination; a girl in rags being transformed into a beautiful princess, the magic kiss that changes a frog into a prince or perhaps a destined king pulling a sword out of a stone. It becomes the supernatural force steering the characters through their obstacles beyond natural human power and capabilities with the aid of some other supernatural being or force leading to a point where good overcomes evil. Magic plays an important role in the lives of characters in medieval fantasy as the heroes are confronted with magic in their everyday world and relationships are tested by these elements causing various effects....   [tags: medieval fantasy, genres, heroes, ] 967 words
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The Odyssey, Phaedra and Things Fall Appart: Similarities - The Odyssey, Phaedra and Things Fall Apart are works of art that have a common and important theme. These works have a single hero who is characterized by a personal strength, respect and highest moral obligations and ethics. As such, the theme of a hero is still attributable to the modern times because people value morality, ethics and individual strength. Another major theme is the burden that these heroes have to carry and in some cases, they have to take it without complaining to others of fate which has made them who they are....   [tags: literature, moral heroes]
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Use of Heroes in A Farewell of Arms by Ernest Hemingway - Use of Heroes in A Farewell of Arms by Ernest Hemingway Ernest Hemingway has the tendency to use his heroes in some unheroic ways. At first the hero may seem obvious, but later on it is discovered that the true hero is not who it seems to be. In A Farewell to Arms Hemingway uses the true hero to guide the main character into becoming a hero, but fails miserably. Hemingway characterizes his heroes as people with strength, courage, and bravery, but even heroes have their flaws. For example, Frederic Henry, the protagonist of A Farewell to Arms, survives an artillery bombardment that kills one of his own men and badly injures him....   [tags: Papers] 644 words
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Odysseus the Epic by Homer - Ever since the beginning of time men and women have told countless stories of adventure, discovery, and conquest. These stories often divulge the grand adventures of epic heroes. An epic hero is someone with abundant importance whose actions involve perilous journeys and marvelous warrior skills in war or battle (Abram). In Homer’s Odyssey, Odysseus, the king of the great island of Ithaca, is called to fight alongside the Greeks in the Trojan War. The Greeks defeated the Trojans with the help of clever Odysseus’ Trojan horse....   [tags: ephic heroes, zeus, poliphemus]
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John Milton's Epic Poem, Lost Paradise - ... Satan’s motivations in line 242-270 of Book 1 of Paradise Lost seem pretty clear, but there are possibly some hidden motivation’s also. One can automatically assume Satan is working to get back at God and the rest of the Heavenly Host because of hurt pride. Satan is a very egotistical being, so much so that he believed he and his army would be able to defeat God. When God struck him down, Satan’s pride was wounded. Even though his ego has taken a big hit, Satan is still proud and arrogant. “Receive thy new Possessor; One who brings/ A mind not to be chang’d by Place or Time.” (Book 1, lines 252-253) Satan vows revenge on God and the heavenly host....   [tags: theology, satan, heroes] 605 words
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The Battle of New Orleans: Jimmie Driftwood - Throughout history courageous, unselfish, sacrificial acts have described ‘heroes’ as unique individuals that served their communities above and beyond the norm. Song lyrics from the 1930s to 1970s have praised and denounced heroic actions found in songs by Jimmie Driftwood, The Battle of New Orleans (1936), and Mitch Murray and Peter Callander’s, Billy Don’t Be A Hero (1974) along with songs like John Henry (1870), John Brown’s Body (1861), and many others. Humanity craves heroes regardless of the culture or worldview people need to have something or someone to worship, admire, emulate, or detest; Joseph Campbell attempts and succeeds in describing in detail the arduous journey one must su...   [tags: heroes, trials, god]
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The Code of Ethics of the Vikings - ... The Viking’s also had a very strong religion. A religion so strong in fact that we can still see traces of it in everyday life today. For example Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday are all named after Viking gods. Wednesday comes from Odin also pronounced Wodin the king of the Viking gods. Thursday is derived from Odin’s son Thor the god of thunder and war. Friday comes from Odin’s wife Frigg, the queen of Asgaurd. These gods were the role models for the Vikings and helped to encourage them to be such fierce warriors....   [tags: heroes, loyalty, warriors]
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The Tragedy of Macbeth by William Shakespeare - ... He strives for power and to be more significant in his story. However, even though a tragic hero needs to be heroic, he also needs to be somewhat human. The audience needs to be able to relate the human side of that hero, which is what makes him or tragic. “[The witches tempt] humans like Macbeth to sin]” (237). Macbeth is tempted by the witches’ predictions to kill Duncan in order to take his place as king. One of mankind’s biggest flaws in arguable giving in to temptation, which is a flaw that Macbeth has trouble with....   [tags: tragic heroes, downfall]
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Hector and Achilles as Classic Heroes of Homer's Iliad - Hector and Achilles as Classic Heroes of Homer's Iliad Literary heroes have been important to stories and poems throughout history. Each author develops his hero through a unique writing style, combining conscious use of detail, diction, tone and other narrative techniques to outline a hero's personality. Homer, in his epic poem The Iliad, develops two classic heroes who are distinctly different at first glance, but upon closer inspection are very similar in terms of their basic characteristics....   [tags: Iliad Essays] 999 words
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