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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. Even though all the evidence was there he was found innocent and never went to jail. OJ Simpson was an amazing football player, but he should be judged by everything he does not just his achievements. One person I think is a hero in all realms is Walter Payton. A little after Simpson retired Walter came and played football for the Chicago Bears. Very quickly into his career he was given the nickname “Sweetness” which describes his personality in one word. Walter inspired his team and community. Every Christmas him and his wife helped the underprivileged children around the Chicago area. Walter said “I want to be the guy who is always remembered for giving his all whenever he was on the field”. I think that this quote shows his respectfulness of the sport and his kindness for others.

There are so many real life heroes, the next hero I admire is Martin Luther King Jr. King was an American rights activist and was a leader in the African-American civil rights movement. King wanted to end racial segregation, but being African American himself he had to overcome many challenges. Many people were disgusted with King wanting both whites and blacks to be treated equally. He always had the strength to push on and keep fighting for wha...


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...s how Ender has come to except that he is not the Ultimatum and that he can be defeated. I think Graff said this to prepare Ender in case there was disappointment. Ender is a fictional hero because he wanted to help save the human race and make his family proud.

Heroes come in many different shapes and forms, but all of them are equally important. I always remember that there are heroes everywhere you turn and that not all of them are celebrities. All of the heroes I talked about are major parts in American History and how America became the free country that it is today. Even though Ender was a fictional character I think he could fit in as a real person saving all of us. The dictionary definition of a hero is someone who is admired for their achievements or their noble qualities. My definition of a hero is someone who helps people around them and is caring.


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