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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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Hercules: The Greatest of the Greek Heroes - Hercules, or known in Latin as Heracles, was the greatest of the Greek heroes, a paragon of masculinity. In art, Hercules was portrayed as a powerful, muscular man wearing lion's skin and armed with a huge club. He was also described as being a macho man buffoon, who was very impulsive. Hercules’ home and birthing place is in Thebes, Greece. Thebes is a city in central Greece. It plays as an important setting in many Greek myths, such as the stories of Cadmus, Oedipus, Dionysus and many other important roles in Greek Mythology....   [tags: hercules, heracles, greek heroes, thebas]
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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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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 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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Tragic Heroes of The Iliad and Oedipus Rex Analysis - ... This refers to Achilles’s mother’s promise to him to let the Trojans win after he has given up on the battle against them since he was dishonored by the Achaeans. Since Achilles has a divine being as his mother, he is not only a demigod, but is constantly intervened with the gods of Olympus. For example, he is an unbeatable war machine because he possesses armor crafted by the god Hephaestus to protect him in battle against Hector, leader of the Trojans. Achilles temper and highborn status qualify him as an Aristotelian tragic hero....   [tags: Aristotelian tragic heroes]
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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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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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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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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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Heroes of the Ages - Throughout the ages, there have been many epic heroes in which we hear about through stories. However, there is a rather common question of what makes them an epic hero. Not only do humans look for the bravery and good deeds in a hero, but they go deeper than that. They wish to know what lies beneath the skin. Literally, what makes them act the way they do. Psychologically speaking, there is no sure way to tell why each person acts the way they do. However, what people can analyze is the actions within a story....   [tags: epic hero, Arthur, Achilles, Beowulf, Odysseus]
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The Epic Hero Archetype in Films, and Literature - As Beowulf possessed incredible the strength of 30 men, Luke Skywalker the force, and Harry Potter magic, epic heroes continue in every form of today’s entertainment and storytelling. Every culture from the beginning has had their own tales of heroes accomplishing great feats that no one else could. An epic hero is an icon for everyone to relate to, they symbolize different lessons to learn. The epic hero archetype exists as a source of entertainment but also as a demonstrative tool. Their morals and actions are there to help shape our own actions in life....   [tags: heroes] 844 words
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Extended Definition of a Modern Hero - Classical heroes commonly display bravery and strength in their noble feats of self-sacrifice in order to attain fame and glory as a savior of his or her people. However, in modern times, a hero may represent a cause to achieve peace and amity with his or her society, no matter the differences between each person. Other admirable modern heroes express indifference towards racial and religious distinctions and help those in need, sometimes at their own life’s risk, despite their disapproving society....   [tags: Heroes]
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A New Hero Today - A hero is someone who has courage and the ability to help others. Some people might refer to their hero as their role model. No matter what someone may name their hero, almost everyone has one. The person who chooses their hero wants their hero to be an inspiring role model whom they can look up to while they are going through rough times. Since the beginning of time, people have had heroes because heroes are the people that set a good example for the public and have they noble qualities that are obvious for everyone to see....   [tags: heroes, ] 793 words
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History of Heroes - In studying different types of heroes this semester, we have come across several examples of heroes and heroines. From the Trojan War to the Italian renaissance, tragic heroes have been consistently present in the stories we have read this semester. In this essay I will expose the similarities and differences between tragic heroes that we have encountered in The Iliad (as recorded by Homer), The Aeneid (by Virgil), Oedipus the King (written by Sophocles), and in The Prince (written by Niccolo Machiavelli)....   [tags: Literature] 1137 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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Acts of Heroism - What makes the acts of heroism different from the daily life of others. To people the act of heroism can be from their favorite sports player or an actor. But, to some they could be there family member. Each heroic act in the society is faced with great challenges but the hero never backs down. In addition, heroic acts have many different purposes in our society. The acts of heroism are considered as an inspiration to others and a reference but, it takes certain attribute such as courage and selflessness....   [tags: heroes,]
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Heroes and How to Represent Them - ... “The heart of many stories is the learning that goes on between a hero and a mentor, or a hero and a lover, or even between a hero and a villain (Vogler, pg.31).” A hero is defined as a person, typically a man, who is idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or other noble qualities. They are seen as humans with a unique combination of qualities. There are two types of heroes in literature, tragic and epic. A tragic hero makes some sort of statement about the nature of man. Tragic heroes show the downfall of a prominent and powerful hero....   [tags: literature, writing] 917 words
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Vetarans Deserve to be Treated as Heroes - ... Many of the people barley acknowledged the fact that these soldiers were returning from war and had put their lives on the line for us. Even today, returning war soldiers do not get received as they should. According to an article by The Huffington Post, “Most welcome-homes have been smaller-scale: hugs from families at military posts across the country, a somber commemoration by President Barack Obama at Fort Bragg in North Carolina” (Prois). Sure our veterans are received better now than after the Vietnam war, however; it is sad to know that championship sports teams are treated with better care than the care our veterans get once they have returned from war....   [tags: adequate care, government, public] 977 words
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Odysseus and Solomon: Two Heroes - ... In the Odysseys, Goddess Athena blesses Odysseus when in difficult times, such in case when Odysseus is held captive. When Odysseus is captivated in the island of Calypso, the great goddess Athena calls every Olympus gods in a council, where she raises a concern that Odysseus is not yet arrived at home and suggest that he should be free from Calypso and to arrive home to his kingdom. She also raises a concern that he is without a man and a ship to sail safely back to the city he left years ago, saying “He is left to languish in misery in the island home of Nymph Calypso, who keeps him captive there....   [tags: Characteristics, Wisdom] 1125 words
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Heroes and Villians in Daily Life - Heroes and Villains Typically when we think of heroes and villains we think of heroes like Superman, Batman, or the Doctor and villains like the Joker, Walter White, Professor Moriarty , or weeping angels but truth is there are heroes and villains in everyday life, but to find these heroes we must first find out what a hero is. Webster dictionary defines a hero as “a man admired for his achievements and noble qualities” or “an illustrious warrior.” In this essay I’m going to focus on the first....   [tags: morals, justice, choice] 524 words
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Honoring the Heroes of the War on Terrorism - Grieving in Peace As America continues to be involved in the Global War on Terrorism there are those who are making the greatest sacrifice one can make for their country: their life. Truly answering John F Kennedy’s call to “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country” (ThinkExist.com Quotations) by sacrificing their lives in order to defeat terrorism. Those who have sacrificed their lives for us are not given the proper respect by being buried in peace because of a “church”....   [tags: Protests, 1st Amendment]
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Heroes Are People Who Overcome Antagonism in a Mature Way, as in "Twisted" by Laurie Halse Anderson - A person who overcomes antagonistic and unnecessary issues in a mature and powering manor. That is the definition of a hero to me. Someone who is being hurt and sees others hurt from the actions and takes charge and does everything in his power to change it. Someone who puts others before themselves and acts in the most chivalrous way. The definition of a hero is different for everyone. Some one might think of a hero as someone who can lift a car and put it on their back, or gives a dying person their kidney....   [tags: heroes, Twisted, Laurie Halse Anderson,] 915 words
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Analysis of The Tale of two Heroes - The Shakespearean play Macbeth, is a story of the human nature and of the choicse every person has to make between the evil within and the goodness within. In the play, there are two main characters with the qualities of courage and high achievement that heroes possess. Macbeth is the tragic hero of the story, an estimable man brought down by his flaws , and Macduff is the avenging hero, a wronged individual who fights for a right and just cause. Both of these men live similar lives up to a certain point where each much decide whether they are going to choose a life of selfishness or of honor....   [tags: macbeth, shakespeare, macduff]
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The Power Of Context: Heroes - When we hear of heroes we automatically reminiscing back on our childhood, and the many figures that represent heroes in our lives. In an imaginary world when we think of “heroes” or “gentlemen”, we stereotypically constitute characters such as superman, batman and Spiderman. Some even envision a knight and shining armor riding into the sunset or walking through fire to save them. It is astonishing to think that whenever life gets tough we can create an illusion of another world. Fortunately, in the real world, heroes come in all shapes and sizes....   [tags: Malcolm Gladwel] 1186 words
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Heroes or 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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TV's Survivor: Heroes and Villains - In 2000, three simple words encircling a tiki torch and palm tree defined not only a television series, but a whole new culture of entertainment: outwit, outplay, outlast. When the competitive reality show Survivor first hit the air, producers Mark Burnett and Jeff Probst left sixteen Americans stranded on a tropical island, hoping only for nature to take its course and drama to ensue. No one could have predicted the phenomenon that would be a catalyst not only for reality TV, but competitive game shows set on putting people in their most vulnerable state....   [tags: television, reality TV]
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Heroes in the 21st Century - The question of whether or not heroes still remain prevalent in modern day society is one that has been circulating throughout the world for quite some time. Due to the media’s fixation on aesthetics and “superheroes”, young children are growing up with the idea in their minds that heroes are all flawlessly airbrushed and synthetically perfect and stellar in everything they do and touch, as depicted in high-glossed magazines, super hero movies and commercial advertisements. The media has encouraged us to obsess over the concept that certain people, who we identify as “The Perfect Image” sit on perfect pedestals in which they can do no wrong, as described in Text 1, Lance Armstrong Syndrome...   [tags: US armed forces, non profit organizations]
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Harry and Taran: True Heroes - Heroes are seen as brave, superior, courageous, important, leaders that seek victory against evil or as someone who saves the day and does good deeds. Harry and Taran are two young boys who inherit these traits along with others that may make you question their heroicness. Though these boys share many similar traits they also have a great deal of differences, all of which make them the true heroes they are. Both boys are young ordinary eleven year olds whose lives have not been very extraordinary....   [tags: Bravery, Boys] 575 words
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Children of Heroes by Lyonel Trouillot - In today’s society, one’s gender is not necessarily a depiction of one’s sex, therefore performing one’s desired gender is highly pivotal. The idea of “performing” is very compelling since one has to routinely execute a series of acts designated to define a woman or a man. Interestingly and clearly enough, the “acts” attributed to identify a woman and her womanhood varies from those acts that identify a man and his manhood. Presently, men are always expected to perform and confirm their masculinity....   [tags: Literary Analysis]
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Heroes and Villans by Mike Alsford - What could make a person transform from a family-man-school-teacher to a weapon-wielding-meth-cook. The first season of the television series, Breaking Bad, shows Walter White, a high school chemistry teacher, beginning to adopt traits and perform actions that would be described by Mike Alsford as those of a super villain. Unlike many characters discussed in Alsford’s book, Heroes and Villains, Walter White seems to lack a definite arc of good slowly giving way to evil in his development. Precisely stated in an article by Sean T....   [tags: breaking bad, murder, freedom]
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Whistleblowers on Wikileaks: Criminals or Heroes - WikiLeaks Criminals or Heroes Many people have heard of the website called WikiLeaks. WikiLeaks is an organization owned and operated by Juliann Assange. This website allows whistle blowers, or people who leak to WikiLeaks, to send confidential information anonymously to the website that then gets reviewed and broadcasted to the public. The website is anonymous so that not even Assange himself knows who is sending the information (Assange 7). Some people believe whistle blowers should be seen and prosecuted as criminals....   [tags: politics, legislation, public opinion]
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Tragic Heroes in The Scarlet Letter - ... By saying that her father will seek God, she tells the people that Pearl will be religious and will never know the identity of her biological father. The citizens of Boston are terrible to Hester because of her act. Although she has the option to tell everyone who Pearl's father is to stop her suffering, she remains silent to protect the identity of Dimmesdale. She endures her punishment alone so that Dimmesdale's reputation is not tarnished with the title of "adulterer." Hester protects Dimmesdale's image and future by not telling anyone that he is the father....   [tags: Nathaniel Hawthorne novel analysis] 628 words
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Heroic Heroes in Iliad by Homer - ... Hector shows compassion towards his family by telling Achilles before his combat to return his body to Troy. Achilles’s audacity brings about the destruction of many Achaeans. The story begins with Agamemnon arguing with a priest because he wanted his daughter back. Achilles being as logical as possible tells Agamemnon to return the girl and that his warriors would find him an even greater war prize. Agamemnon short tempered as he is assumes Achilles is trying to hold on to his war prize while he had to give his away and they begin to biker....   [tags: heroism, audacity, allegiance, compassion] 726 words
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True Heroes in the World - There is an ever growing dispute in society where some people view others as heroes either when they physically put themselves in danger to defend a cause or to safeguard others, or when they say what they are thinking out loud when others are not brave enough to do so. The recognition of a hero should go to those who are able to stand up for others against the oppressors or conflicts in society by voicing their opinion and by stating the opinions of the people who do not have the courage to do so....   [tags: martin luther king Jr, ghandi, mandela]
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The Real Heroes in Literature - What images are associated with the words “hero”. A muscular Hercules saving the world from Hades. A knight in shining armor bravely riding into combat. Words like bravery, strength, pride, and self-sacrifice are commonly connected with a classic hero. But are those the only characteristics that make someone heroic. A dictionary definition of a hero is “a man of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities”; however, this is a very elastic definition and there are many other types and definitions of heroes depending on circumstances....   [tags: the hobbit, robin hood, neville longbottom]
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Attributes of Heroes and Antiheroes - ... Macbeth took matters into his own hands to hurry along a process that would end up benefiting him and goes on and says, “I go in and it is done. The bell invites me. Hear it not, Duncan, for it is a kneel that summons thee or heaven or to hell.” (Allen et al. 363). Macbeth committed the act of murder, to gain himself the position of king that highly is relatable to an antihero due to the personal gain that is involved. He lacks the heroic qualities that a usual hero could be related to, which make him so antihero like....   [tags: Walter White, Beowolf, Macbeth] 1269 words
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Honor and the Celtic Heroes - The honor-code within the Mabinogi, The Tain, and Gantz’s Early Irish Myths and Sagas underlines the ethos of the traditional Celtic hero. Yet, the compliance of the honor-code could be better observed as serving the identity and reputation of the hero rather than a deeper code of morality as it might suggest. The gae bolga, Efnisien, Mider’s love for Etain, and Rhiannon’s magic bag are all instruments of unworldly power, making the impossible possible for each of the heroes. It is because of these supernatural influences that the heroes are both blessed and cursed by power’s perfection....   [tags: Irish Myths] 1338 words
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Description of Heroes and Antiheroes - The eyes are called the windows of the soul, for they reflect the unique qualities or shortcomings of the person they belong to. However, despite the distinct combination of various virtues and vices that exist within every living being, a certain gleam of selfishness is detected within the layers of most human eyes. Heroes are the rare exception to this; this selfish streak is replaced with the glowing embers of a perpetually burning fire that feeds on the desire to be selfless for other people....   [tags: victor frankenstein, heroic characters]
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Romantic Heroes in Arthurian Legends - ... When someone has bravery, like King Uther, they will overcome many situations, similar to his soldiers conquering the enemies. The Arthurian legend, Arthur Becomes King by T.H. White, also expresses the theme with chivalry. In the Arthurian Legend, Arthur feeels bad for his foster brother, Sir Kay, because Sir Kay forgot his sword. Athur walks about and finds a silent churchyard at the end of the street, with a cube in front of the door of the church. In the middle of the cube there is an anvil on top of it, and a new sword sticks in the anvil....   [tags: bravery, chivalry, adventure]
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Odysseus and Churchill: Epic Heroes - Courageous, noble qualities, leadership, bravery, physical and mental strength, outstanding wisdom, and risking his life are just a few characteristics that would describe a Homeric hero. Looking at the nature and work of Odysseus and Churchill, both have essential characteristics that qualify them as heroes. Odysseus’ and Churchill’s many triumphs and courage, intelligence, and leadership skills repeatedly reveal their heroic nature and bravery. For twenty years Odysseus, The king of Ithaca, overcame each obstacle the gods handed to him....   [tags: Literature, British History]
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Tragic Heroes in Famous Literature - Imagine some of the greatest tragic heroes of all time: Hamlet, Macbeth, Odysseus -- Ones we all know and love. We laughed at their mistakes, cried at their downfalls, and enjoyed their triumphs. And now a new generation wishes to be among them: King Creon (from Sophocles’ Antigone), Marcus Brutus, and Julius Caesar. But, it will not be easy; it will take a lot for them to win over our hearts and be crowned “most tragic hero” of them all. First, they will have to play the part. What exactly constitutes a tragic hero....   [tags: Hamlet, MacBeth, Odysseus] 775 words
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The Cape Less Undercover Heroes - ... An article in The Garden Island newspaper says, “Police officers are working extremely hard to enforce our traffic laws. Our goal is to minimize traffic crashes and fatalities and to address the concerns of the community regarding speeding and other violations” (KPD issues more tickets). People may believe they give tickets out for fun when in reality they are doing it to keep our island safe. Officer Thompson says traffic enforcement is really important because without this the roads would be safe and many people would lose their loved ones....   [tags: police officers]
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The Pattern in Heroes' Stories - Benedict Cumberbatch (‘Sherlock’ fame) spoke these lines while portraying the character of one Stephen Hawking, an incredible human being. These words have been proved to be correct (or) epitomized again and again by a number of human beings over the years, all of them incredible themselves; not a significantly big number but there nonetheless. Over time we have learnt to use a specific term for all these rather incredible human beings, that one profound word being- ‘HERO’. What comes to your mind when you hear it....   [tags: narratives analysis] 568 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 - Super-Human Deeds Many people think of a hero as a person with superhuman powers and/or infallible virtues. Superman, Batman and Spiderman are typical movie and comic book heroes. Superman possesses super-human powers of strength and sight. Batman is a technical genius, using his tools and wits to catch and outsmart the bad guys. Spiderman swings from a web and uses his “Spider-sense” to catch criminals. However, they each start off as seemingly ordinary citizens. Neither of them has any outward bad habits and neither ever hangs around to be thanked for their good deeds, which is virtuous....   [tags: Social Studies]
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Imperfection and Cultural Heroes -             Since the beginning of time humans have never been perfect. The first heroes were the gods and even they had flaws. The heroes of society have always had imperfections no matter how hard citizens try to look past them. The flaws of cultural heroes are something that all cultures have in common. No matter what story, the hero contains at least one weakness. A few examples are shown in the American, Japanese, and Brazilian cultures. I believe it is what makes our heroes realistic. Heroes are normal people who overcome obstacles in their way to make a difference in the world around them....   [tags: Culture]
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How Heroes Have Changed - Over time the definition of a hero has changed. Today’s hero can be defined as a person who is admired for having performed a brave and courageous act. The definition of a hero has had different meanings during different time periods. The classical hero, the medieval hero, the romantic hero, and the modern hero all have different characteristics that define them. The main characteristics of a classical hero are he must be born into royalty or half mortal, half god. A classical hero must perform extraordinary feats and be a noble character....   [tags: Classical, Medieval, Romantic, Modern]
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Seven Great Historical Heroes - Throughout history, epic heroes have been born in many ways. Through real life, through stories etc. They come from all sorts of different cultures. They come in many different shapes and sizes. Each one is different in almost every way. Except for being heroes. There are seven heroes that my English class has learned about, that are crucial to epic story history. Each one brings his own spice to the table, or maybe even a round table. The seven heroes that can be compared in history are Achilles, Odysseus, Aeneas, Socrates, Gilgamesh, Beowulf, and Arthur: and they can be because they are seven of the most important people in human history....   [tags: Comparison, Historical Literature]
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True Heroes in Literature - Throughout history, there have always been heroes. Those strong-willed, brave individuals who perform courageous acts for fame and glory are prevalent in most cultures.. Societies have these heroes as standards of their cultures’ moral codes. Every society has their own definition of these codes are, so a unifying definition of hero can be hard to achieve. However, Philip Zimbardo says “Simply put, then, the key to heroism is a concern for other people in need—a concern to defend a moral cause, knowing there is a personal risk, done without expectation of reward.” With this basic definition, I will be examining various epic heroes I’ve studied throughout the course of my senior year for char...   [tags: Comparison, History, Heroic Characteristics]
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Examples of Tragic Heroes - ... Icarus’s high place, where he was most happy, was when his father had made him wings to escape his imprisonment. He was joyed to be out of prison, and started flying over the water. Even though he was happy, he was being one with hubris. This is hamartia, when someone feels a little more powerful than they are. Icarus starts to fly too close to the sun, where he could potentially ruin the wax holding his wings together. The next thing that happened was Icarus’s reversal of fortune, or his peripeteia....   [tags: Catharsis, Mistakes] 1085 words
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Hackers: Heroes or Villains? - The deep web is large portion of the web that is known to a relatively small number of internet users; however this region of the internet is often compared to the “Wild West”. Just like the old American frontier, the deep web has its share of heroes and villains. When the word hacker is brought into a conversation, it seems to manifest with a negative connotation. However, this should not be the case. In recent years hacking has become an integral part of the technological development process, helping to improve security conditions on personal and national levels in both the material and digital worlds....   [tags: safety, hacking, web, technological development]
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Different Heroes, Same Result - ... Likewise, Psyche shows herself as a naïve person in her myth, just like Perseus. As stated in the myth, “‘With the knife in your right hand, cut off the head of the poisonous serpent. After he is dead, we will marry you to a handsome man’” (259). This proves Psyche is naïve because her sisters are jealous of her and they do not want her to live her life with a perfect husband. So they decide to form a plan to make Psyche ruin her own marriage and Psyche falls to their plan. Additionally, it also states that she is gullible because Psyche’s sisters remind Psyche of her prophesy which reveals to her that her husband might be a poisonous serpent....   [tags: Perseus, Psyche and Eros]
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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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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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True Heroes - All cultures have heroes and heroines who are present in a variety of myths and legends. But what exactly does it take to be a hero. A hero is a person of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his or her brave deeds and noble qualities. Thor and Hercules are both perfect examples of heroes. Both heroes are from completely different cultures. Thor is from Norse mythology, and Hercules is from Greek mythology. Despite their different cultures, they share many similarities. Although Hercules is from Greek mythology and Thor is from Norse mythology, the two heroes have many legends about their lives that make them heroic, reveal their culture, and exhibit similar archetypal elements....   [tags: culture, myths,]
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Heroes Throughout History and Popular Culture - Heroes A hero is defined as a person who is admired for great or brave acts or fine qualities (Hero, n.p.). Through the passage of time in history, the perceptions and characteristics of what makes a hero have changed. While some characteristics have remained constant, others have evolved and developed as society has changed. One thing that is certain is that most people have their own individual descriptions and ideas that define a hero. Heroes have high standards to meet. Thousands of people do heroic deeds every day, does doing one heroic deed make one a hero....   [tags: superheroes, values, bravery]
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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 versus Idols - Today, heroes and idols are seen as almost one in the same, but there are major differences between the two. Martin Luther King Jr. is widely regarded as a hero not only to African Americans, but to the world as well. American Idol contestants are seen as heroes as well, but on a smaller scale. By Definition, a hero is “a man (occas. woman) generally admired or acclaimed for great qualities or achievements in any field,” according to the Oxford Dictionary (OED def. 3A.). Whereas an idol by definition is “a person so adored,” (OED def....   [tags: Martin Luther King, African Americans]
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Exploration of Conflict in Romeo and Juliet and Heroes? - Throughout the novels ‘Heroes’ and ‘Romeo and Juliet’, the theme of conflict is directly conveyed to the audience in different forms. Both texts explore attitudes towards love which is linked to their different contextual backgrounds. Both novels communicate that the only outcome from conflict is pain and torment. The novel ‘Heroes’ is based upon the character Francis Joseph Cassavant, an old war veteran from Frenchtown, Monument. Francis is the first person narrator that tells his story through his eyes to the reader....   [tags: love, war, darkness]
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Humanity's Heroes: Heroification - Loewen defines heroification as “a degenerative process (much like calcification) that makes people over into heroes” (Loewen 11). During this process, negative or controversial facts are often ignored or altered in regards to these heroes, which create “perfect creatures without conflicts, pain, credibility, or human interest (Loewen 11). When one changes or omits facts concerning figures in history for this type of glorification, we are left with an invented story of the event or person; in other words, history has become a myth....   [tags: Analysis: Important Figures]
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American Servicemen and Women: True Heroes - It is an honor to have the best men and women defending the freedom of the United States of America. Without them, the celebrities, sports figures, and cultural icons would not be able to enjoy the things that do on a regular basis. The service men and women sacrifice so much for our freedom, they in turn lay their own lives on the line for us daily. In return they receive minimal pay and leave their loved ones behind. In reality these men and women are the real heroes. Today’s heroes are determined by a person’s eyes rather than their heart....   [tags: military issues, military families]
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Demystifying the Truth of ‘Heroes vs. Villains’ - ... In my opinion, history is twisted storytelling. The events that take place are told from the perspective of the narrator, which in most cases is biased towards their side. This is why the ‘heroes’ and ‘villains’ could never be completely identifiable, since each side has its own. The ‘heroes’ of one side are the ‘enemies’ of the other. I could relate to this personally but in the world of sports. The scenario that comes to mind is one where I was watching my favorite team, the Los Angeles Lakers, play....   [tags: perspective, details, history] 539 words
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Shakespeare's Great Heroes - ... Hamlet goes through a lot, but to be an extraordinary character, as said by Peter S. Beagle in The last Unicorn, “Great heroes need great sorrows and burdens, or half their greatness goes unnoticed”. Without Hamlet’s unfortunate events, no one would have ever known of Claudius’ true evil intentions. Laertes was a heroic character much like Hamlet because Laertes wanted to avenge his father’s death, avenge his sister’s death, and to follow his heart. After Hamlet unintentionally killed Polonius the Lord Chamberlin of Claudius’ court, his son, Laertes set out to avenge his father’s death....   [tags: Hamlet, Laertes, Fortinbras] 897 words
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Comparing the Tragic Heroes in Medea by Euripides - ... She fell in love with Jason, and left her family, her status, and fled away with him to live in his country in Iosco’s. While she was trying to escape from her hometown with her lover, she had killed her brother in the process, and she had dumped him in the sea. This was to slow down the pursuers as well as the people who were trying to track her down and bring her back home. Her powers did not stop here. In her husband’s hometown, she had also used her powers, in order to make the daughters of the king to kill the kill, who was their own father....   [tags: conflict, love, murder]
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Super Heroes Gilgamesh and , to Convince the Gods - ... They took upon themselves hazardous task and killed the monster Humbaba which Gilgamesh purposely chose to slay simply for the glory of it. Later, killed the bull of heaven sent as a means of revenge by the goddess Ishtar whose advances were spurned by Gilgamesh because he refuges her proposal to be her wife. "Through the medium of a dream, Enkidu learns that he has been singled out for punishment." The slaying of this divine beast as well as the monster Humbaba convinces the gods to punish Enkidu with a fatal illness of which they spared the life of Gilgamesh....   [tags: king, strength, death] 688 words
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Conception and Birth of Heroes in Greek Mythology - Hero, the word strikes a universal chord making us think of exceptional and spectacular stories or deeds that far surpass any common feat. To the Greeks and many other cultures, the birth of these heroes is important. The birth of a hero sets them, apart often even before birth, from common mortals in Greek mythology. Birth is the first of many major events in our lives, our entrance into the world (Leeming). For heroes, that entrance must be as special as their lives will prove to be. A mundane birth is simply not an option for a hero, whether by the machinations of the gods or prophecies from an oracle, even the events surrounding their conception must be spectacular....   [tags: Mythology ]
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The Tragic Heroes in Sophocles’ Tragedy, Antigone - Aristotle’s definition of a tragic hero is someone of great importance or royalty. The hero must go through something terrible such as a relative’s death. We must feel what this character is feeling throughout the story. Aristotle also said that a tragic hero scan be defeated by a tragic flaw, such as hubris or human pride. In Sophocles’ tragedy Antigone, both Creon and Antigone are tragic heroes. In the play, Creon and Antigone can be seen as good or bad characters. Both of them show traits of justice....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Analytical Essay] 775 words
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Antagonism Between Heroes in Agamemnon and Othello - In Aeschylus’ Agamemnon, as well as, in Shakespeare’s Othello, the audience sees the tragic downfall of the protagonist, which is the question of fate or justice. If one refers to the titles of these plays; Agamemnon and Othello are the protagonists. First Agamemnon thinks more as a king than as a father, when he chooses to kill his daughter to take Troy. Then the general Othello commits suicide having assassinated his wife, whom he loved so much. Indeed, these changes from a good to a bad destiny are respectively the work of two characters: Clytaemnestra, Agamemnon’s wife and Iago, a soldier under Othello’s orders....   [tags: Literary Characters]
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Civil Rights Movement: Not Many Heroes - “A hero is born among a hundred a wise man is found among a thousand but an accomplished one might not be found even among a hundred thousand” -Plato. What Plato means is that heroes are rare you don’t see them often or even ever and there are not many of them. For example Malala a teenage girl that believes that education is a basic right . An African American male Martin Luther King Jr spoke out for justice for African Americans. Harriet Tubman or as her disguised name Moses was a african american freedom fighter....   [tags: tubman, martin luther king, malala yousafzai] 554 words
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Ordinary People: The Heroes Among Us - The greatest of all heroic acts often crush the status quo and modern definition of a true hero. For decades adolescent children around the world have been conditioned to mentally define the word hero as it relates to comic characters. Comic publications such as Marvel Comics and competitor D.C. Comics have created cape wielding, web casting, and morphing characters that often transpose the understanding of what makes a true hero. In addition to comics, television has played a part in defining a hero by shows such as; James Cameron’s production of Avatar and Jon Favreau’s production of Ironman....   [tags: Definition of a Hero] 721 words
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Oedipus vs. Hamlet as Tragic Heroes - Oedipus from the drama, “Oedipus the King” and Hamlet from, “Hamlet, Prince of Denmark” are two characters that are different, yet they both share the same title of being a tragic hero. Oedipus and Hamlet have many characteristics of a tragic hero that separates them in varieties. However, some of those characteristics show that both characters have and use similar thought processes and methods, which classify them as tragic heroes of their dramas. The five characteristics of a tragic hero are: nobility, tragic flaw, peripeteia, anagnorisis, and lastly irony....   [tags: Character Analysis, Shakespeare]
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The Real Heroes of Slavery in the United States - As a child in elementary and high school, I was taught that President Abraham Lincoln was the reason that African slaves were freed from slavery. My teachers did not provide much more information than that. For an African American student, I should have received further historical information than that about my ancestors. Unfortunately, I did not have the opportunity or desire to research slavery on my own until college. And with my eagerness and thirst for more answers concerning my African American history, I set out to console my spirit, knowledge, and self-awareness of my ancestors’ history....   [tags: Slavery Essays] 1983 words
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The Trojan War and its Heroic Heroes - ... Menelaus established that he won the duel and demanded Helen back; they would not return her, so the efforts toward a truce failed. While Paris and Helen were at the Palace, war raged on with Hector in the midst of the battle. Then Hector returned to the palace and told Paris to either fight or return Helen instead of hiding because they were being slaughtered. Further into the war, the Trojans began to advance and started winning, during that time Hector decided to visit his family. Hector’s wife told him not to engage in the war because he might not return....   [tags: The Iliad by Homer, epic poems] 594 words
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Beyond Heroes and Holidays by Enid Lee - ... This is the lack of concentration and discomfort that the victim experiences, which can lead to lower grades. Racism prevents, limits, and causes students to be unable to receive a chance to explore their full potential in their studies and many other situations in school. (Parallelism) In the meantime, racism has caused situations such as the difficulty for students to establish friendship in school. Normally, public learning facilities provide an opportunity for students to socialize with one another....   [tags: civil rights, movement building] 900 words
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Epic Heroes: Sir Gawain and Beowulf - During the Middle Ages, both “Beowulf” and “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight” were epic stories that were chanted aloud to the public. Each story told about epic heroes who went on a long journey to face or conqueror someone or something. “Beowulf” is a poem about a young man, Beowulf, who slays a monster and his mother with his bare hands to protect the people he loves. As the years go by Beowulf becomes king and a dragon begins to stir. In response to this, Beowulf fights the dragon with a sword and one loyal companion....   [tags: Compare, Contrast, Comparative] 1189 words
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Wisdon from Book Heroes and Heroines - ... In a generation where movies are more convenient than books, people don't commonly know book characters anymore. Figure out what you have to learn from these notable fictional book characters, and see if they have the power to convince you to read more about them after. Augustus Waters (The Fault in Our Stars by John Green) will tell you to never be afraid of dying because it's an inevitable part and a consequence of breathing, that instead of thinking how soon your time on Earth is ending make every remaining minute count....   [tags: living vicariously through fictional characters] 893 words
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