Hero As A Real Hero

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American screenwriter, Joseph Whedon, said, “The thing about a hero, is even when it doesn’t look like there’s a light at the end of the tunnel, he’s going to keep digging, he’s going to keeping trying to do right and make up for what’s gone before, just because that’s who he is.“ This quote defines a true hero, a person who strives to make the world a better place even if that means sacrificing their life. Numerous stories in literature have heroes with different qualities but they all are similar in the sense that real heroes perform courageous acts for the sole purpose of helping others. Five heros which demonstrate the idea of self-sacrifice include Augustus Waters from the Fault in Our Stars, Hector from the Illiad, Odysseus from The Odyssey, Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games, and Cyrano de Bergerac from the play Cyrano De Bergerac. Augustus puts his life at risk to leave home and help fulfill the dreams of his sickly girlfriend. He ends up changing her life by teaching her what counts and the real beauty in life. Hector put his life at risk to fight against the Trojan warriors. Odysseus jeopardizes his life for the safety of his men during the voyage to return home. Katniss stops being 'just another piece in the capitol’s game' and fights back because she cares more about others than herself. Cyrano puts another man’s happiness before his own and was willing to sacrifice seeing his love be taken away by him. As seen in many famous works of literature, heroes have been displayed through loyalty and bravery, but a genuine hero’s most noteworthy attribute is self-sacrifice.
The Fault in Our Stars was written in January of 2010 by John Green. The story is narrated by sixteen-year-old cancer patient Hazel Gr...

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...he Illiad, and Odysseus from The Odyssey, Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games, and Cyrano de Bergerac from Cyrano De Bergerac. Augustus is a hero for the self-sacrifice he displays and the positive mark he leaves on Hazel. Augustus sacrifices his Make a Wish on Hazel and wants to fulfill her dream. Augustus risks his health and well-being for Hazel. Hector is depicted as a hero due to the self-sacrifice he displays. Hector sacrifices his life for the safety of his soldiers and risks losing his family. Odysseus is depicted as a hero due to the self-sacrifice he embodies. Odysseus sacrifices his pride to return home. Cyrano’s self-sacrifice is shown through his actions. Katniss risks her life for the safety of the citizens in her district. In conclusion, each character listed above exemplifies what it truly means to be a hero and the importance of self-sacrifice.

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