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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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Real Heroes in our Society - Real Heroes in our Society The Lone Ranger, Zorro, Batman, Superman are some of the characters that we stereotypically constitute as heroes. They are known to fight with courage without fear of death. They destroy the enemy within a blink of an eye. They fight using their own body strength, superpower, or some kind of weapon. They come to the rescue miraculously and leave without a trace. They are mysterious. We are unable to identify who they are underneath the masks and disguises. Yet, we praise them and ignore the real heroes that surround us regularly, ordinarily....   [tags: Hero heroes Heroic Essays] 1806 words
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Outlaw Heroes in Literature - Outlaw Heroes in Literature In "The Thematic Paradigm", Robert Ray explains how there are two distinctly different heroes, the outlaw hero and the official hero. The official hero embraces common values and traditional beliefs, while the outlaw has a clear sense of right and wrong but operates above the law (Ray). Ray explains how the role of an outlaw hero has many traits....   [tags: Literature Hero Heroes] 790 words
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Antigone and Othello: Tragic Heroes - Othello and Antigone are both tragic heroes. They do great deeds and have great power or strength. For example, Othello defeats Venice's enemies. Antigone makes sure that a Theban right is a Theban due. But fatal character flaws destroy the lives of the two heroes. Both of them suffer from pride and uncontrolled passion. Othello is so proud of his integrity and courage that he doesn't recognize his violent temper and his manipulability by Iago. Antigone is so proud of her commitment to the true, the right, the proper, and the correct that she doesn't respect differing, less passionate opinions....   [tags: Antigone, Othello, tragedy, Heroes,] 971 words
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Heroes: Home Buyers - Heroes have been an integral part of our culture. Everyone respects them for their honorable ambitions and sacrifices. However the obsession of money has also shared a part of that culture, often taking over the motives of most people, and drawing them away from the desire to be a hero and help others. It is the desire for money which seems to pit brother against brother, similar to the Civil War. Right now there is a war between home-buyers and sellers, both citizens of the United States; and there is no hero....   [tags: Heroes, home buying,] 946 words
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Heroes: From Ninja Turtles to Jesus - Heroes: From Ninja Turtles to Jesus      Heroes are important in life we’ve always had them and always will. They’re our role models, we attempt to be resembling them. Society looks up to these heroes for many reasons, it could be that they’re cool or have style, because they could fly or have supernatural powers, because of the way they make a person feel, the confidence they have, or even because a majority likes him and wants to be him a person may want to go with the flow.      All heroes in society have similarities to each other....   [tags: Heroes of Society] 384 words
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Evolution of Heroism: Comparing Qualities of Ancient Heroes Versus Modern Heroes - Heroes are prevalent in everyone’s life. Whether someone’s hero is a living person or a fabled character from a movie, everybody has come into contact with some sort of hero. In fact, the concept of heroes has existed for hundreds of years, dating all the way back to Ancient Greece. However, heroes have not always been people who dress up in costumes and fight crime, as our current society would lead us to believe. No, heroes started out differently and have evolved throughout the centuries. Heroes generally reflect the ideals of their society, and while they are not perfect, they demonstrate the qualities and traits valued by their society....   [tags: Heroes, world history] 1043 words
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Sports Heroes: O.J. Simpson and Others - The dictionary definition of a hero is someone who is admired of their achievements or their noble qualities. To me, the definition of a hero is someone who helps people and is caring. In this world there are so many people mistaken for heroes. One example of a “hero” is O.J. Simpson. O.J was best known for being the running back of the Buffalo Bills and was nicknamed “The Juice”. Although he was a Heisman Trophy winner he was also a major suspect of a murder case involving his wife and her new boyfriend....   [tags: Heroes, O.J. Simpson, ] 922 words
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No Heroes, No Villains by by Steven J. Phillips - No Heroes, No Villains by by Steven J. Phillips After reading the story, I found I had mixed emotions about it. To explain, when we were getting into detail and finally finding out what really happened the day of June 28th, I found myself completely interested and glued to the book. I also enjoyed the way the incident was explained because I felt like I was there watching it all happen from the great detail. I enjoyed Phillips style of writing because through his writing, he really came off as an intelligent person who is very familiar with the legal system....   [tags: Phillips Heroes Villains Review] 1002 words
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Heroes Usually Die Young in the Iliad, but Odysseus has Wit - In the Iliad the Heroes are the ones who died young on the battle field in the high of their prime. A perfect example of this is Achilles, who choose to go to Troy knowing he will have a story, but glories life. Odysseus, does care about the glory of war. He does everything he can to stay at home with his family. Including faking insanity and sowing his field with salts. Yet he still consider a hero. In fact Odyssey is a story about Odysseus journey home, not about war and battle which is the case with the Iliad....   [tags: Iliad, heroes,] 503 words
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Huckleberry Finn, Daisy Miller and Sister Carrie as Heroes - The definition of a hero is not straight-edged. Heroes are, however, imagined to possess certain qualities. Courage, romanticism, charming beauty, and a willingness to defy society are four very prominent characteristics amongst heroes and contribute to today's notion of heroism. In order to decide if and to what extent any character lives up to the standards of heroism, one must search for these qualities. Huckleberry Finn, Daisy Miller, and Sister Carrie are three heroes from three different novels....   [tags: Huck Finn Miller Carrie Hero Heroes Essays]
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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 "life-giving elixir"(Campbell)....   [tags: Joy Luck Club, Amy Tan, heroes, ] 713 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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Heroes of the Track - Heroes of the Track Racing has gone through many changes since 1974, when it first started. Racecars were not equipped with safety features such as roll bars, cages and safety belts. When accidents occurred drivers were seriously injured or died. Over the years, steps have been taken to prevent major injuries. Race cars are now equipped with safety features and the drivers now wear suits that are made from flame retardant material, helmets and safety belts. Racetracks have also been modified to help make the sport safe....   [tags: Papers] 331 words
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The Book Heroes - The Book Heroes Heroes is a book about what really makes a hero, the two main characters are Francis Joseph Cassavent and Larry LaSalle. They are both flawed heroes. The book is set in the second world war period and the storyline switches from past to present tense. Francis wants to kill Larry LaSalle for raping his girlfriend. The heroes we see in films are always perfect and have no faults, but the so called heroes we see in the book and very different. Francis has qualities that you would not usually associate with heroes, he is quiet and timid and he also stood by and let his girlfriend get raped....   [tags: Papers] 809 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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Cultural Heroes - The literature of a culture is a reflection of its beliefs. This is true of its mythology. In a fantasy setting, the qualities that a society exalts in a protagonist, here the hero of the myth, can be fully manifested, without being restricted by reality. Although these qualities differ, the principle remains the same throughout these cultures. Despite the differences chronologically and geographically between India, ancient Greece, and modern America, their heroes are similar in their superhuman abilities and courageousness....   [tags: Culture ]
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Heroes and Heroines - Heroes and Heroines "Who the heck are you?" Victor Frankenstein cried. "What the heck are you?" "I am the wretch created by your beloved Elizabeth," cried the vaguely female wretch. "Elizabeth has passed the limits of the human realm and in her feverish pursuit of the essential knowledge of the world she has spawned the being that you now see before you!" "And what do you want from me, you frightening monstrosity whom my innocent and sheltered eyes should never have been made to look upon?" The wretch snickered....   [tags: Fiction Comics Papers] 2038 words
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History of Heroes - ... Odysseus shares many of the same traits as Achilles, but while Achilles is hot-tempered, Odysseus is cool-headed. While a great warrior himself, Odysseus’s most obvious strengths are his intelligence and eloquence, other greatly prized virtues of the Ancient Greeks. Though not covered in The Iliad and only briefly mentioned in The Aeneid, Odysseus’ pride causes him to taunt the gods on his return home from the Trojan War. The gods punish him harshly: he is greatly delayed and loses many men on his voyage home....   [tags: Literature] 1137 words
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Heroes And Villains - Is a hero a person who wears tights and a cape and goes around saving the world. And is a villain a person who schemes evil plots against the hero. Even though heroes and villains might be seen differently through the eyes of individual people, we all know that not all heroes and villains are recognized for their actions. A hero can be somebody as big as Superman or someone like your mother and a villain can be somebody like Charles Manson or a fictional character such as DR Evil from Austin Powers....   [tags: essays research papers] 712 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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Heroes in Literature - Many 20th century non-western literary texts have a hero that everyone looks up to. These heroes tend to show extreme bravery and courage, and are ready to sacrifice their lives for the good of someone other than themselves. A typical hero is unselfish and never compromises his principles or his beliefs, even if it means standing alone at times. There is Hassan in The Kite Runner who is loyal, selfless and full of integrity to the point of self-sacrifice; the Child Bride, who fights to the bitter end to survive her harsh ordeal; and Tita in Like Water For Chocolate, who has to sacrifice her own happiness for the sake of family traditions....   [tags: Character Analysis ] 1905 words
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What Are Heroes? - What are heroes. First of all, hero derived from the Greek culture which was actually hera, in Greek mythology and folklore was a man-God. Today in society there are certain important figures that are referred to as heroes. Today although we know no man can be equal to God, however we as a society do idolize or admire people. Society tends to put higher authority figures on pedestals on which they are, in a sense, worshipped. Historical notables include: civil rights leaders, presidents, etc. Two very admired leaders or heros in civil rights are, Dr....   [tags: Civil Rights] 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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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 Chronicle on Monday, October 8, 2001....   [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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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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The Heroes Among Us - It’s a bird, it’s a plane, no its Superman. You remember these comic book heroes don’t you. For decades comic book characters such as Superman, Spiderman, Batman, and Wonder Woman have captured the imaginations of American children and adults alike. “Superheroes” they have been coined. But these figures only exist in our imaginations. Batman is not really there to save us from villains such as the Joker and the Riddler is he. Because these heroes are fictional, we are left without real life heroes, or are we....   [tags: Heroism, Heroic] 909 words
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Heroes and Superhuman Deeds - ... Society is taught to revere sports figures, Hollywood stars and politicians as heroes. Too much emphasis is put on people that are highly compensated for performing a service. Many of them are even idolized but most of the idols have fallen from their Salam 1 pedestals. At times they have exemplified the human foibles of excessive bad habits and poor behavior. Heroes perform when the situation is less than optimal. Dire straits are what make them spring into action. They act without thought for their personal safety or comfort....   [tags: Social Studies]
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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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Imperfection and Cultural Heroes - ... In doing so Megamind goes to look for Metroman’s old hideout. While there he discovers that Metroman is not really dead. The town’s greatest hero had been hiding the entire time Metrocity was being tormented. He chooses to run away from doing the right thing. “And I began to realize, despite all my powers, each and every citizen of Metro had something I didn’t; a choice” (“Megamind”). The pressure of always saving the city when evil was around became too much for Metroman to handle. American society assumes that heroes will always prevail....   [tags: Culture]
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Monsters Vs Heroes - Monsters VS Heroes “Monsters, in the language of mythology, were beings of unnatural proportions or parts, usually regarded with terror, as possessing immense strength and ferocity, which they employed for the injury and annoyance of men”(Thomas Bulfinch). This quote defines a monster and describes them as unnatural and often feared by the people they terrorize. There are many different types of monsters and all monsters fight different heroes, but all their purpose is the same, to strike fear in the people surrounding them....   [tags: Mythology ]
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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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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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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 relationships with each other via commerce, conquest, and the spread of religious beliefs....   [tags: Celtic Germanic Mythology Beowulf Essays]
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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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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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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 or Villains? - The Taliban - HEROES AND VILLAINS: The Taliban What is a hero. What is a villain. Although definitions vary within our global society, it is generally accepted that a hero is selfless, humble, and moral and has integrity, while a villain is corrupt or evil, incapable of feeling guilt or compassion and is guilty of committing heinous crimes. However, it should be noted that the labels of ‘hero’ and ‘villain’ are subjective, and that, in the words of Sirius Black (the falsely incriminated godfather of the titular hero of the Harry Potter series) “… the world isn’t split into good people and [villains]....   [tags: afghanistan, pakistan, terrorists, war on terror] 1453 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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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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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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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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Honor and the Celtic Heroes - ... But since it is like this, point me out the famous men around me, I would like to salute them.”(The Tain, p.45) During the Tain Bo Cuailnge, Cuchulainn again resorts to winning the battle with his adored foster-brother Ferdia using the gae bolga. The honor-code is kept between Cuchulainn and Ferdia as they exchange each battle’s end with three kisses. (The Tain, p.188) Yet Ferdia’s final words accuse Cuchulainn of unfairness. (The Tain, p.197) It’s questionable how mighty of a warrior Cuchulainn really is, considering he’s one of the only Ulster that doesn’t suffer from birth pangs....   [tags: Irish Myths] 1338 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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