Heroism As A Hero

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Within literature, heroism is often portrayed through different classifications; that being Aristotelian, Byronian, and anti-hero. A hero demonstrates his heroic capabilities when challenged with conflict. A typical rendition of a hero is often attentive, strong, erudite, and able to situate catastrophes in an efficient manner. However, unlike most heroes, the aforementioned heroic types do not strictly possess such characteristics of a normal hero. The Byronic hero identifies himself as a being that does not comply with the prevailing rules, often setting his own standards such as a rebellious man would. He is a hero of consciousness more than a hero of action, while the Aristotelian hero is a virtuous individual destined to fall despite the heroic stereotype of having experience. As with the other two heroes, the anti-hero lacks traditional heroic qualities such as courage and strength, often unable to commit to customary ideals. These heroic types are shown through Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein", Sophocles' Oedipus Rex, and William Shakespeare's Hamlet. Aristotle describes this tragic hero as a great person who falls from his glory due to fate, hubris or the will of the gods. His falling might also be as a result of the combination of all these aspects. The hero has to be a person of noble birth and may take any gender. The tragedy strikes when the hero tries to achieve some specific goal in their lives, this might be due to human frailty (reason, society or hubris), and the gods (through oracles, prophets and fate). The tragedy that befalls the hero does not necessarily have to kill him but he/she has to fall from his glory and fortune. At this place and level in life, self-realization and self-knowledge then drawn on him/her... ... middle of paper ... ...y knowledge that can be acquired through empiricism." Despite the category of hero shown in this paper, one thing is for sure, all the heroes led a life of duty and obligation. Their course might not have been so striking to the readers, but, the heroes followed through to the end and achieved their obligation despite the fact that death upon them was the repercussions. What this shows us is that a hero follows through their duty despite the cost, the consequences or outcome. It is vital to note that greatness comes at a cost, of life in this case and family but their names went down into history books, if they were real. In conclusion, I feel that it is vital to mention that the argument above has brought out all the aspects of the heroes mentioned, their traits and motivation in life. All of them have held up their characters despite the fierce argument shown here.

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