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In Search of A Hero

- In Search Of A Hero For my research paper, I considered investigating many different NHL goalies that have influenced me because I have been an Ice Hockey goalie for 3 years now and I decided to choose Martin Brodeur of the New Jersey Devils because he is considered to be one of the best in the history of the game. I am interested in him because he has broken every record set by NHL goalies before him and has received several awards for his stellar play over the course of his career. His hybrid style, a mix of old and new techniques, is much different from any other goalie in the league and poses a challenge to other players that face him....   [tags: Hero]

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The Hero 's Journey As A Hero

- ... Bravery beyond compare, superhuman intelligence, strength or skills and a driving desire to find success¨(Connie Jankowski). In this part of the story Beowulf and his men have proven that they do contain the courage characteristic to be a hero. Beowulf is willing to spend the night in a cursed building with the screams of the innocent people that Grendel murdered in cold blood. ¨I resolved, when I set out on the sea, sat down in the sea-boat with my band of men, that I should altogether fulfill the will of your people or else fall in slaughter, fast in the foe 's grasp....   [tags: Beowulf, Hero, Grendel, Grendel's mother]

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The Hero 's Journey Or The Monomyth

- ... In this step of the journey, the hero meets another being who symbolizes “the limits of the hero’s present sphere, or life horizon” (64). This being is the threshold’s guardian and the first obstacle the hero must face. If they cannot defeat this being, the hero cannot past the threshold into the dreamlike world where he must face his adventure. The unprepared hero will be unable to continue. Campbell gives the example of the Caravan leader who wanted to travel through a world without water....   [tags: Monomyth, Hero, The Hero with a Thousand Faces]

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The Changing Concept of Hero

- When the hero was first struggling to be defined, there were many different observations and opinions readily available to be thrown into the melting pot of the definition. Because there was no television, the heroes in the beginnings of British Literature were spoken of and read about then passed down through generations. Reading these stories in this day and age is interesting to look at because we can trace the difference in the heroes throughout Beowlf, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and The Faerie Queene and therefore literally throughout time....   [tags: Definition of Hero]

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The As A Tragic Hero

- ... This shows that Billy thinks that what will happen about reputation in society when people will come to know about his infertility. Thus, Billy is more concerned with what society thinks of him, and Amy is willing to do anything, regardless of what people think, to have a child. This story is set in the 1950s, which means any man who was unable “to seed” his wife was not considered a real man. The inability for Billy to provide one of the most important things in a marriage leaves him with stress, embarrassment, and guilt....   [tags: Tragic hero, Tragedy, Mother, Hamartia]

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The Hero in A Farewell to Arms, by Ernest Hemingway

- Ernest Hemingway defined a hero as, “A man who lives correctly, following the ideals of honor, courage and endurance in a world that is sometimes chaotic, often stressful, and always painful.” It is blatantly apparent that Henry, the protagonist of A Farewell to Arms, did not exemplify any of these traits at all in the beginning of the novel. However, as the book progressed, Henry gradually learned how to be a “Hemingway Hero”, and he eventually progressed to the point where he completely embodied all that is expected of such....   [tags: Hemingway Hero]

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Examining the Protagonist, Clive, in The Alternative Hero

- The protagonist of this novel is Clive Beresford. He is a writer for a famous music magazine, and that is what his whole life is circled around: music. He began listening to music when he was a teenager and became obsessed with a band known as the “Thieving Magpies”. “But these Thieving Magpies sounded wicked. Get me to the record shop NOW” (Thorton 28). Ever since then, Clive has been obsessed with the band and wrote reviews for them. He was especially fond of the lead singer, Lance Webster, who, one night, mouthed off to the entire crowd at a concert and left the band....   [tags: The Alternative Hero]

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Katniss And Odysseus : Epic Hero Cycle

- ... Odysseus ' return home and reunion with his wife was a way of establishing his place as the rightful leader of his land and recovering his past identity. Though Odysseus and Katniss both lost a sense of their identity, they manage to overcome their struggles and recover a piece of who they were. Their resolve to overcome the ordeal of losing their identity proves that they are worthy enough to continue and complete their epic hero journey. Odysseus and Katniss both maintain a sense of honor throughout their journey....   [tags: Hero, Monomyth, The Hero with a Thousand Faces]

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The Hero With A Thousand Faces

- An Analysis of the Ten Stages of the Hero’s Journey in Joseph Campbell’s The Hero with a Thousand Faces (200)This mythic study will define the first ten stages of the hero’s journey as defined by Joseph Campbell in The Hero with a Thousand Faces. Campbell defines the various stages of the hero’s journey within the context of a universal mythic "cycle” found in world ligature. These similar events define the universal stages of the hero’s journey in (1) the call to adventure, (2) refusal of the call, (3) supernatural aid, (4) the first threshold, (5) challenges, (6)revelation (7) abyss (rebirth), (8) transformation, (9) atonement, and (10) the return in the gift of the goddess....   [tags: Monomyth, Hero, Consciousness]

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The Hero With A Thousand Faces

-   Christopher Reeve 's once said that a hero is an individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles. This quote speaks to me because it illustrates that anyone can achieve greatness and their own personal bliss when they are able to search within themselves and keep going, especially when desperation creeps in making us doubt ourselves thus tempting us into giving into our fears and quitting. I am learning that failing because of fear is the greatest tragedy that a person can write for themselves because they are depriving the world of their greatest gifts thus keeping them from their personal bliss because it is only when one puts their greatest,...   [tags: Hero, Monomyth, Joseph Campbell]

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Macbeth: A Hero and a Diabolical Figure

- William Shakespeare once indicated, “As he was valiant, I honour him. But as he was ambitious, I slew him,” yet this vehement desire Shakespeare loathed was the exact inner drive that forced one of his most famous characters into desolation. Furthermore, this character is depicted with ambivalence moral and is given the appellation of both a hero and a diabolical figure. In Shakespeare’s play, Macbeth, the central character is initially portrayed as a glorious and courageous noble. However, because of the atrocious murders he commits he is more of an acrimonious tyrant than a brave thane....   [tags: shakespeare, macbeth, war hero]

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The Hero With A Thousand Faces

- Joseph Campbell made himself one of the chief authorities on how mythology works when he published his book The Hero with a Thousand Faces. In this book, Campbell describes what he believes to be the monomyth, known as “The Hero’s Journey.” Campbell wrote that this monomyth, the basic structure of all heroic myth, has three basic stages, which in turn have subcategories themselves. The heroic story of Katniss Everdeen, told in the movie Hunger Games, follows Campbell’s monomyth outline quite well....   [tags: Monomyth, Hero, Joseph Campbell]

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What is a Hero?

- Heroes What is a hero. How has the definition of heroism evolved in today’s society. When one thinks of a hero, does he think of batman or superman or does he think of the military men and women, or police officers and firefighters. The definition of hero, according to Merriam Webster, is a person who is admired for brave or great acts or fine qualities. People have different perceptions of who their heroes are. Who is to say which perception is right or wrong. Each person has his own personal idea of what a hero is....   [tags: Heroism, Evolved, Tday;s Society, Hero]

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The Complex Hero in Beowulf

- The story of Beowulf is one of the oldest examples of what society views as a hero. Though the story was written in Anglo-Saxon times, the credentials one would need in order to be considered by society a hero remain the same. The Anglo-Saxons believed that a hero was strong and courageous, but humble and kind as well. They also believed that a hero was intelligent and dignified, in which he would fight until death in order to defend his people. In Beowulf and Grendel, directed by Sturla Gunnarsson, Beowulf is depicted as caring, compassionate, noble, and understanding, which makes him seem as if he had every trait of a true hero....   [tags: Beowulf Hero Essay]

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The Epic Hero Of Beowulf

- Epic Hero of Beowulf Every epic Hero has its certain heroic characteristics. The poem Beowulf, written in old English by an anonymous writer still holds fame for describing Heroism. The character Beowulf possesses those characteristics and is known to be one of the greatest heroes of the Anglo-Saxon time. Beowulf was from Geatland and went on quest to Denmark to fight battles for the Danes. He was a mighty man who had tremendous amount of bravery, and throughout his adventure he proves to have all the concepts of an epic hero....   [tags: Beowulf, Hero, Grendel, Heorot]

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Beowulf : An Epic Hero

- ... With that being said, Beowulf displayed a sense of honor by giving up protection his weapons provided him with and yet still defeating Grendel with his bare hands. He viewed the using of a weapon against the beast who didn’t use one as dishonorable. Because they fought on equal terms, this showed the heroic side of Beowulf as well as displayed the bravery and strength he possessed as he went up against a beast much larger than him. Thereafter his defeat of the beast, Beowulf exhibited his victory by hanging the monster’s arm in the rafters....   [tags: Hero, Courage, Beowulf, Weapon]

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Gawaian as a Chivaltric Hero

- Chivalric heroes, unlike the epic heroes in stories such as Beowulf, do more than fight to protect their people; they go out of their way in order to look for a test to prove their strength, to fight for their morals and ideals, and to keep their word to prove their loyalty and honor. Gawain, from Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, embodies all of the traits that qualify him to be a chivalric hero. According to the website Luminarium, “the virtues of a chivalric hero are similar to those of his epic counterpart—valor, generosity, loyalty, honor, and skill in battle—however, the sense given to 'loiautee,' loyalty, at this period is more intricate and more significant”, and we see the depth of...   [tags: green knight, hero, honor]

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Claudius, the Unorthodox Tragic Hero

- An Aristotelian’s tragic hero is a person of nobility who is ill-fated by a defect - seemingly intertwined with attributes that make him/her prosperous - in his/her character. Usually the protagonist, a tragic hero is commended for his/her honorable traits and is depicted to be the victim in most works of literature. In Hamlet, by William Shakespeare, the traditional portrayal of a tragic hero is defied: in lieu of being the victim, the tragic hero becomes the culprit of the play. By instilling the antagonist, King Claudius, with honorable qualities like that of a tragic hero, Shakespeare demonstrates that a person is never at the extreme ends of the moral spectrum but rather at the center:...   [tags: hamlet, shakespeare, tragic hero]

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Macbeth As A Tragic Hero

- ... Shakespeare has implied that the witches can foretell the future, so they can see all that will happen. The witches praising Macbeth is a homage to his current status. Macbeth is known by all as a very courageous and honest man. King Duncan even acknowledges Macbeth as his “valiant cousin!” and a “worthy gentleman!" (1.2.26). During the Middle Ages, the king was the highest ranked official. A compliment from the king is one of the greatest honors that Macbeth could have received. The king continues to honor Macbeth by rewarding him with a former nobleman’s land....   [tags: Macbeth, Tragic hero, Macbeth]

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The Tragic Hero Of Sophocles ' Antigone

- In the Greek play Antigone by Sophocles is very different from traditional plays or tragedies. Not only does the play have two prominent characters, Antigone and King Creon, the two characters also function as a tragic hero. However, which of the two character is the real tragic hero. Antigone’s tragedy is from conflict and passion. To really understand which of the two character is the ‘real’ tragic hero, one must understand the definition of a tragic hero. According to Aristotle’s definition of a tragic hero, a tragic hero must be born from a high social class and his or her downfall must be caused by a fatal flaw of that character....   [tags: Tragedy, Sophocles, Poetics, Tragic hero]

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Hero Journey Books Description

- Literature offers readers a variety of characters. In “Hero Journey” books, the protagonist is placed on a road that will take them on a challenging adventure that brings out their courage and willingness to defend others. However, to be able to be called a hero, one must go through change. In particular, the character or protagonist goes through life changes that challenge their existing perspective on life. They begin to look at the world they used to live in differently, because the world they used to live is no longer exist....   [tags: hero, courage, bones city]

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The Tragic Hero Of The Duchess Of Malfi

- ... This seems be the beginning of his madness. He finds out that the Captains’ indication about Marie having an affair with the Drum Major is in fact true and the voices in his head order him to “Stab, stab the she wolf dead.” (Büchner, Scene 13). Blindly obeying these orders, he buys a knife and leads Marie into a forest, where he stabs her to death and then several times more. Woyzeck’s only source of happiness was his relationship to Marie and with her death comes his tragedy. The audience suffers with the hero of the play, who now has nothing left but his insanity....   [tags: Tragic hero, Tragedy, The Duchess of Malfi]

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The Tragic Hero Of Sophocles ' Antigone

- ... This is a tragic flaw because his judgment is not always right. His judgment is the reason his wife and son kills themselves. It is also the reason why his fate took a turn for the worst. By saying this it shows how he made a hamartia. An anagnorisis is a realization of situation when the tragic hero moves from ignorance to enlightenment. (Willocks). Creon realizes that he made an irreversible mistake of his own doing. The change from ignorance to enlightenment includes Creon’s realization of his tragic flaw, how it caused his downfall, how his actions have affected the lives of others....   [tags: Tragedy, Tragic hero, Sophocles, Suicide]

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Sophocles ' Oedipus : A Tragic Hero

- ... Only to hear of the curse again, however having his wish fulfilled for a son. Therefore, Laios now knowing the curse is not just mere words spoken in anger, disposed of Oedipus in the wilderness to die therefore trying to deprive fate upon his family. What is interesting is how Sophocles actually inter wove some biblical truths in which the Bible speaks of in Exodus 20 verses 4-6. It is important to see this linkage in the play giving the understanding of the morality conflict of evil verses good....   [tags: Oedipus, Tragedy, Sophocles, Tragic hero]

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Can A Reverend Be A Hero?

- Can a Reverend be a Hero. According to many experts of both history and literature, Aristotle’s definition of a tragic hero is used to describe many protagonists in both American and world literature. There are many aspects to Aristotle’s definition, and each idea helps to explain the structure, purpose, and intended effect of tragedy. Many of Aristotle’s ideas can apply to multiple characters in The Crucible. Although Proctor unarguably represents the tragic hero of this novel, Reverend Hale’s story fits surprisingly well with the criteria that Aristotle believes to define a tragic hero....   [tags: Tragedy, Poetics, Tragic hero, Witchcraft]

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Demon Summoner Is A Hero?

- ... This tells that the author wants the reader to pay really close attention to this character. When he says this quote he was being threatened by Didric yet Fletcher refuses to be killed easily by the likes of him. This caused Fletcher’s orc demon to attack Didric and his gang causing serious damage and possibly killing Didric. This is the account of what happened: Even as the words left Didric’s mouth, the imp came flying out of the shadows. It squealed as it dug its claws into his face scrabbling and scratching....   [tags: Hero, Character, Protagonist, Greek loanwords]

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The Tragic Hero Of Oedipus

- ... He announces his convictions to take this problem into his own hands and do whatever is necessary to lift the curse. Oedipus addresses the priests assembled before him, “ You can trust me; I am ready to help, I’ll do anything.” (Sophocles 1). The city has this faith in him and the priest come to tell him so he will help them lift the curse. “Now we pray to you. You cannot equal the gods, your children know that...But we do rate you first of men,”(2). He also appears to have Apollo’s ear, which makes him seem all-powerful to the audience; this is another standard of the classic Greek tragedy....   [tags: Sophocles, Tragedy, Tragic hero, Poetics]

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Beowulf : The Epic Hero

- ... Beowulf provides another strong heroic characteristic throughout the story, which is bravery. Bravery is being able to go against the odds and possibly risk your life in the process. Bravery can also be described as simply as a quality that allows someone to do something that is dangerous or frightening. A fine example of Beowulf showing bravery is when he goes to slay the dragon even though all his men had abandoned him. At that moment Beowulf realizes that the dragon he is about to go up against is more powerful than he is, but he will still not back down....   [tags: Hero, Courage, Epic poetry, Leadership]

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Explaining the Three Stages in "The Hero's Journey"

- During the course of this World Literature class, several stories have been covered that accurately describe Joseph Campbell's mono-myth, or basic pattern found in narratives from every corner of the world. The Hero's Journey in it's entirety has seventeen stages or steps, but if boiled down can be described in three; the departure, the initiation, and the return (Monomyth Cycle). Each stage has several steps, but the cycle describes the hero starting in his initial state, encountering something to change him, and this his return as a changed person....   [tags: Essay on The Hero's Journey]

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Traits of the Hero Odysseus in the Odyssey by Homer

- What is a hero. What is so special about a hero. A hero is a mortal with inhuman powers who does things ‘normal’ people cannot do. Most heros are usually form Mythology of the Greeks and Romans in the twentieth (20th) to the first (1st) century BC. All heros will go through an Odyssey, or a adventure/s with romance, action, and at times, a happy ending. This leads to a story written in Eight hundred (800) BC, called “The Odyssey.” The Odyssey is an Epic poem written by Homer, a greek poet who lived in the eighteen hundred to the seventeen hundred BC....   [tags: hero, cunningness, courage]

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Joseph Campbell and the Hero's Journey Paradigm

- Joseph Campbell is known to be the creator of the Hero’s Journey paradigm. Where an individual leaves the known world to an unfamiliar world.The hero then faces difficulties in the process that make them a stronger individual, learning from their mistakes and becoming well aware of both their ordinary world and unfamiliar world. “Again and again I vowed that someday I would end this hunger of mine, this apartness, this eternal difference; and I did not suspect that I would never get intimately into their lives, that I was doomed to live with them but not of them, that I had my own strange and separate road, a road which in later years would make them wonder how I had come to tread it” (Wrigh...   [tags: Stages of the Hero's Journey]

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The Hero Archetype: Beowulf and Sir Gawain

- What is a hero. Is it someone who pulls a drowning child out of a lake or is it someone such as Nelson Mandela who inspires others to be better. I believe it is both. Although the two differ in what makes them a hero, they are still a hero. That being said, when comparing the British characters Beowulf and Sir Gawain, I found that both fit the hero archetype. Beowulf and Sir Gawain will be compared on the hero archetype characteristics of being better than the ordinary man, proving oneself many times, and having a tragic flaw....   [tags: nelson mandela, epic hero]

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Odysseus, A Hero

- ... My point is, it was ultimately Odysseus's skill in this area that kept him alive and allowed him to be successful. Besides being exceedingly clever, Odysseus was also very dedicated, both to his quest and his companions. Even in the bleakest of situations, Odysseus did not give up. For example, when the crew landed on the Island of the Sun, Odysseus, who knows that his crew is prophesied to perish there, warns his shipmates that their stores of food are on their ship and that they musn't eat the catle of the sun god, Helios, or they will all pay dearly for it....   [tags: literary analysis, true hero, Homer, Odyssey]

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The Tragic Hero Of Sophocles ' Antigone

- ... However, if Creon had just reconsider his punishment and law without thinking about his pride, then the citizens wouldn’t have despised and be afraid of him. In fact, they would have had understood him and his decision. As a tragic hero is responsible for his own fate, Creon’s decision to punish Antigone plays a role in his horrible fate of losing his family. After the death of Polyneices and Eteocles, Creon forbids anyone from burying Polyneices by creating a rule where whoever buries Polyneices will be stoned to death....   [tags: Oedipus, Sophocles, Tragic hero, Oedipus the King]

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The Heroes Of The Movie The Departed Who Is A Hero

- ... Some of the action that seems childish it’s hard to tell if it truly is Costigans character or if it’s an act for the mobsters to show that he is one of them. Overall it seems as though Costigan is a mix of the official and outlawed hero when it comes to age and maturity levels. Under the category of women and society the outlawed hero typically has a “distrust of civilization, typically represented by women and marriage”. (Ray, 452) While the official hero is portrayed as “comfortable in society, and willing to undertake even those public duties demanding personal sacrifice”....   [tags: Police, Law, Hero, Leonardo DiCaprio]

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Is Verizon Wireless A Hero?

- It was one day back in July 2014, Verizon wireless uploaded a 30-second commercial attempting to promote heroism in its company by portraying different heroic actions that Verizon can offer. When we were young, many of us dreamt about becoming a hero. But it is not that simple to become a hero in reality. Based on many comic books and stories, becoming a hero requires one to experience some sort of event such as gamma ray exposure or spider bite to obtain that super hero power. But, how does that work in the current world....   [tags: Hero, Superhero, Verizon Wireless, Fantastic Four]

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King Lear : A Flawed Hero

- King Lear is one of the most complex Shakespeare’s tragedies, borrowing its tragic elements from several types of tragedies popular during the Elizabethan Renaissance. The play highlights a flawed character and the impact of fate and free choice, and the protagonist’s realisation of the consequences of his mistakes. Finally, tragedy ruins the hero, results in his downfall and leads to catharsis. Lear, because of his flaws, loses his authority as a king, his identity as a father, and his sanity. Unlike other tragedies, there is no salvation for the tragic hero or any sign of optimism in the conclusion, but the audience recognises the restoration of moral order....   [tags: Tragic hero, Tragedy, Poetics, William Shakespeare]

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The Hero in Homer’s The Odyssey, and Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis

- "A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles." -- Christopher Reeve Throughout a life time, people hear many different definitions of heroism and examples of heroes. In childhood, heroes are either fictional men with supernatural abilities and talents or protectors of reality, such as firefighters and policemen; in adolescence, heroes can be actors, athletes, artists, and teachers; in adulthood, heroes may be activists or reporters, politicians or businessmen....   [tags: The Definition Of A Hero]

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The Tragic Hero Of Sophocles ' Oedipus Rex '

- According to Aristotle, the main function of a theatre production was to make impression on the audience. The emotional state of the main character is one of the most decisive factors for a successful theatre performance. The famous tragedy “Oedipus Rex” by Sophocles is the best known exemplification of Aristotle’s concept of the tragic hero and a perfect example of the key element of making an impression. The protagonist, Oedipus, is a strong leader, a righteous king and a famous man for his heroics making his grievous fall from grace that much more dramatic and emotional for the audience....   [tags: Tragedy, Tragic hero, Character, Sophocles]

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Campbell Theory on How a Hero is Made

- “The hero’s story has the “thousand faces” made famous by Campbell’s work, but it is still ‘‘a story’’, that is, a narrative process by which things happen to create, to shape, and to demonstrate the hero in action.”(Pharr, 54). Heroes come from nowhere, but are not luck of the draw. They are “a mythological or legendary figure often of divine descent endowed with great strength or ability”(Merriam-Webster). Campbell’s theory of how a hero is constructed is exemplified by Rowling and Tolkien’s writing....   [tags: harry potter, the ring, hero in action]

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The Tragic Hero Of Sophocles ' Oedipus The King

- ... They trust him to the extent that they compare him to God "god in you", they believe that he may something form God about this disaster. He is great man that is why he sent Creon to the oracle of Apollo before the complaining of people. He is a king who knows what he should do for his people. Another good quality in Oedipus, that he is strong enough to punish himself by blindness instead of suicide. If he is a weak character, he will kill himself beside Jocasta at the end. He has the bravery to face the Theban people and to tell them that he is the killer of Laius....   [tags: Oedipus, Tragic hero, Tragedy, Family]

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Macbeth As A Tragic Hero

- ... It is also important because Shakespeare depict. s Macbeth as a hero at the very beginning of the play, putting him high in the readers mind, and then afterwards the reader can see very clearly his descent from an obvious hero to a person with fewer or no worthy qualities at all, and of much lesser stature in the world. These points show that in the beginning Macbeth is highly regarded, and they set the tone for Macbeth’s fall throughout the rest of the play. The prophecies, which the witches spoke to Macbeth, were one of the factors that contributed to the degeneration of his character....   [tags: Macbeth, Duncan I of Scotland, Tragic hero]

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Oedipus : A Tragic Hero

- "Children, young sons and daughters of old Cadmus, why do you sit here with your suppliant crowns?", Oedipus asks his people unknowing that the answer given would set off a series of ill-fated events for the inquirer himself. The people of Thebes ask Oedipus to find a way to end the blight plaguing their city. In search for an end to this madness a prophecy is revealed that in order for the plague to end a man must be cast out of Thebes. A man who killed his father became husband to his mother and father to his brothers and sisters....   [tags: Oedipus, Oedipus the King, Sophocles, Tragic hero]

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A True Hero Today: Nick Vujicic

- In our world , we can find many heroes. In history, a hero is a person who fights to achieve honor, and in ancient Greek history, heroes could be male or female. Achilles was one of the greatest examples in ancient Greece. I think the concept of the hero has changed today from the past. According to Tollefson (1993), a hero is a person who has an exciting experience of adventure to tell others, also who has a vision that can change people’s lives and serve power larger than themselves, they are individuals....   [tags: hero, skills, mental, physical, change]

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A Hero of Our Time by Mikhail Lermontov

- In his novel A Hero of Our Time translated by Vladimir Nabokov, Mikhail Lermontov creates a character named, Pechorin based on his opinions to 19th century Russian society. Pechorin is cruel, selfish, and careless to the people but ironically, Pechorin’s refusal to marry either Princess Marry or Vera, reveals him to be as an honorable man. Although, Pechorin describes his life as full of boredom and his opinion to love is different, Lermontov again explains he should be represented as a respectful man....   [tags: Hero of Our Time, Vladimir Nabokov]

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Pinchas Tibor Rosenbaum: Holocaust Hero

- A group of Hungarian police sat drinking and laughing, their uniforms reeking of alcohol. One man spit out the name of a Jewish family that he was going to arrest the next day. After a few hours, all of the officers were passed out on the floor, all but one. He slipped into the night and ran down the city street towards a small house, a shadow amongst the darkness. The next morning the Hungarian police barged into an empty home. The family was nowhere to be seen (Michelson 1). The liberator of this family was Pinchas Tibor Rosenbaum whose individual heroic actions during the Holocaust resulted in the legacy of the lives of approximately a thousand Jews and a pattern of humanity for generatio...   [tags: Hero]

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Aristotle 's View On Greek Tragedy And The Tragic Hero

- ... Aristotle’s tragic hero experiences a situation where a reversal of fortunes happens because of the flaws of the hero. The audience ultimately pities and fears for the hero. The downfall of the tragic hero is due to his own flaws and transgressions. Therefore the tragic hero is not perfect. The tragic hero is usually a person of virtue who falls to an unexpected disaster or tragedy. If one is to believe Aristotle’s ideal of a tragic hero, then the tragic hero is more superior to an average man....   [tags: Tragedy, Sophocles, Tragic hero]

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Lady Macbeth by William Shakespeare: Murder or Hero

- Murder or Hero, Sometimes it’s Hard to Say Though someone who murders and is malicious would be hard to see as a hero, once the evidence has been shown it cannot be denied that Macbeth, from William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, qualifies as one. Though his way of life may be hard to understand Macbeth is a tragic hero. This statement can be made because throughout the play he meets all the criteria necessary to be classified as one. Macbeth has a very clear and definite downfall and he also has the power to draw the pity and attention of the audience which classifies him as a tragic hero....   [tags: tragic hero, murder, duncan]

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The Hero with One Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell

- The Adolescent’s Journey Many of the stories that have been told for centuries, or have recently been created, incorporate the story of a young innocent character who embarks on a journey and becomes a hero, known as The Hero’s Journey; a series of steps that all heroes follow. This journey not only shows the main character becoming a hero but also shows the hero move along a path similar to that of adolescence, the path between childhood and maturity. The Hero’s Journey was created by a man by the name of Joseph Campbell....   [tags: adolescents's journey, hero]

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Oedipus as a Tragic Hero in Sophocles’ Oedipus the King

- The tragic hero has served as the foundation of Greek tragedy since its inception in ancient times. He or she serves as a rallying point for the audience to cheer for and mourn with throughout the story, and ultimately teaches the audience a lesson about human vulnerability and strength through defeat. A tragic hero is “a privileged, exalted character of high repute, who, by virtue of a tragic flaw and fate, suffers a fall from glory into suffering” (DiYanni). The combination of the tragic hero’s character traits and the storyline he or she follows make the tragedy an actual tragedy rather than a depressing story with a sad ending....   [tags: god, hero, greek theories]

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Who Is Captain America My Favorite Hero?

- ... Most of these sayings I think, are quite cliché and repetitive. There is one however, that I love. Joseph Campbell said it best when he said, “A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.” This describes my mom to a tee. My mom is the absolute, most selfless person I know. It doesn 't matter who or what it is, if it is to serve someone my mom will be there and do it gladly. Not only is my mom constantly serving me and my family but anyone else that she sees needing help....   [tags: Family, Father, Hero, Mother]

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The True Tragic Hero: The Crucible’s John Proctor

- The true tragic hero: The Crucible’s John Proctor A tragic hero is a noble man who commits a fatal flaw. The hero’s downfall is a result of their choices which leads to a punishment that exceeds the crime. “The difference between Proctor and Willy Loman is enormous; the former is the rather typical tragic hero who is defiant to the end, the latter is trapped in submission and is living a lie” (McGill 4). John Proctor is one of the main characters in The Crucible. he is married to Elizabeth Proctor and they live in Salem....   [tags: salem, hero's downfall, witchcraft]

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The Hero 's Journey, The Initiation Or Road Of Trials

- ... The marriages that Janie experienced can all represent an abduction due to her being trapped in a life that she does not wish to live. When she married Logan Killicks she was forced to marry him and in turn work for him. Janie was clearly trapped in her marriage with Logan due to him not allowing her to go into town with him or do anything outside of the farmland. Likewise, her marriage with Jody represented an abduction due to him forcing her to repress her true personality and desires. The suppression is symbolically shown through her being forced to bind her hair and not interact with the people of the community....   [tags: Monomyth, Hero, The Return, Marriage]

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The Anti-Hero in ’The Godfather’ (part one) and ‘Of Mice and Men’

- From your garden-variety run-from-the-law thug, to the misunderstood maniacal scientist or the introverted girl scared of finding her away about the world, the term ‘Anti-hero’ is too broad a character to typecast; and so to reflect thematic issues associated, we can’t simply plunk the subheadings of ‘greedy’, ‘abusive’ or ’crazy’ etc upon them. The only independent variable, in the making of an anti-hero, through our own experiences and contextual environment, is their ability to make a connection with us....   [tags: Anti-Hero in Literature]

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Exploring Why We Enjoy the Anti-Hero

- There is no doubt that the popularity of the anti-hero as we know it has increased in recent times. With unlikely, yet popular moral gray protagonists like Jack Bauer, Dexter, and Gregory House leading some of the most popular TV shows and characters like James Bond, Lisbeth Salander, Tyler Durden (from Fight Club), and Jack Sparrow being some of the most memorable in movies, it is not surprising that there has been an increased interest to understand what causes this characters to be so popular (Peter Jonason in et al., 193)....   [tags: The Rise of the Anti-Hero]

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The Hero Monomyths of Herkales and Odysseus via Joseph Campbell’s Hero Archetype

- The monumental piece of non-fiction work titled “The Hero with a Thousand Faces,” first published in 1949 by Joseph Campbell points out an apparent monomyth of the hero through superb use of example and literary analysis. In this book Campbell presents three main phases of the archetypal hero; The Departure, The Initiation, and The Return. Within these three main phases there exist numerous sub-phases that describe nearly all aspects of the hero’s journey and its’ impact upon the entire monomyth....   [tags: Joseph Campbell, Heroes, Hero with a Thousand Face]

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The Hero 's Journey By Ben Harcourt

- ... Second thoughts or even deep personal doubts as to whether or not he is up to the challenge. When this happens, the Hero will refuse the call and as a result may suffer somehow. Ben reaches the Refusal of the Call when he does not answer any if the phone calls coming to his phone. Ben is not sure if he wants to return to his family at this point and might not end things with Abby so he is left leaving his family questioning whether or not he is even alive. After Refusal of the Call Bens next step on the Hero’s journey is the Meeting of the Mentor where the Hero desperately needs guidance he meets a mentor figure who gives him something he needs....   [tags: Monomyth, Hero, Adventure, Twelve-step program]

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The Hero Image Into A Heroine Through Daisy 's Hero 's Journey And Discovery Of The Self

- Carl Jung was a notable Swiss psychiatrist who proposed many ideas, one of which included the concept of individuation. Individuation is the process by which an individual becomes whole by integrating the disparate parts of the psychological being into the Self. Or as von Franz describes it, “the conscious coming-to-terms with one’s own inner center (psychic nucleus) or Self” (Jung 169). This means that a person should learn to overcome and yet, at the same time, accept all parts of their inner selves from the Shadow to the Anima/Animus....   [tags: Hero, Monomyth, Joseph Campbell]

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The Tragic Hero Of Othello By William Shakespeare

- ... Othello’s actions and orders in efforts of pursuing the death of his wife and Cassio are those of which reveal the theme of jealousy. The dangers of jealousy are exemplified in Shakespeare’s work and its destructiveness is revealed. Othello is an explicit representation of the criteria that is associated with the tragic hero. For instance, Othello is of a high noble stature and position amongst the people around him. His skillful traits as a general and commander of the Venetian army, makes him extremely vital to society....   [tags: Othello, William Shakespeare, Tragic hero, Iago]

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The Hero 's Journey : The Novel ' The Hunger Games '

- ... Katniss does something completely unheard of for her district and volunteers herself to go to the games in place of her sister. Both Heroes in the stories are called to adventure when Hercules has a chance to find out where he belonged and when Katniss saved her sister from becoming a tribute sacrificing herself. The hero is often reluctant or will refuse the call even though they may be eager to accept the quest. This is because of fears that need to be overcome, personal doubts about whether or not they are up to the challenge, insecurities and even some heroes prefer the safety of their ordinary world or not be willing to make changes....   [tags: Hero, Monomyth, Fairy tale, Adventure]

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The Hero's Journey Demonstrated By Leigh Anne Touhy

- ... Coach Cotton was able to look past the fact that he wanted Michael at some point to play football for him, and help him with his academics. Ms. Boswell, Michael’s science teacher, helps Michael with his course work, she is, to some extent, Michael’s voice to his other teachers. Although the film never shows Leigh Anne and Ms. Boswell meeting, it is safe to assume that they are allies. When Michael needs a tutor to help him bring up his GPA Leigh Anne hires Miss Sue. Miss Sue stands by Leigh Anne and Michael even after Michael graduates from Wingate....   [tags: literary analysis, campbellian hero, review]

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What is a Hero?

- What is a Hero.      In today's modern times we hear the word hero all of the time. The news media throws the term around as if it is an everyday word. What exactly is a hero. Who, or what, can be classified as heroic. The correct definition of the word hero is: One invested with heroic qualities in the opinions of others. That is a fine definition for books and intellectual minds. To the average person, however, a hero is much more.      To better understand what a heroic quality is it may be easier to describe what a hero is not....   [tags: Hero Heroes Definition Essays Papers]

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My Family, My Little Brother, My Hero

- Ever thought about what a hero stands for or who heroes are. I have. I was challenged a week ago to come up with my hero for an English paper. After countless, antagonizing hours pondering the true meaning of this topic, I know what the word hero stands for. A hero is a person you look up to, someone who is honorable, benevolent, and hardworking. This person will battle evil everyday. This evil may be causing the world to end, or just the world as he knows it. I know a person who personifies all of these characteristics, thus making him my hero....   [tags: hero essay, essay about family]

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How The Hero 's Journey Will Change Your Life

- ... Knowing this is not a place to be for a young girl of course she has "threshold guardians". The purpose of these guardians according to Harris and Thompson are to,"protect us by keeping us from taking journeys before we are ready. However once we are ready to meet the challenge, they step aside and point the way"(Harris and Thompson 50). As Matie is about to leave on this journey to find and kill Tom, Lawyer Dagget writes to mattie and says,"You are her strong arm now, Mattie and you are a pearl of great price to me but there are times when you are an almighty trial to those who love you....   [tags: Hero, Monomyth, Initiation, True Grit]

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A Hero of Our Time - Gregoriy Pechorin is No Hero

- A Hero of Our Time  - Gregoriy Pechorin is No Hero Is Pechorin, the protagonist of Mikhail Lermontov's novella A Hero of Our Time an honorable man. Much of Pechorin's behavior proves him to be a cruel and insensitive man, who seems to bring only havoc and destruction to a situation. He is often aggravating, self-serving and insensitive to others. However in other instances, Pechorin proves himself to be the least reprehensible character. He shows himself to be a man with great self knowledge and knowledge of human behavior....   [tags: Hero of Our Time Essays]

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Heracles: A Primary Example of Joseph’s Campbell’s Hero’s Journey

- THESIS STATEMENT Heracles favorite of the Greeks is a primary example of Joseph’s Campbell’s hero’s journey, proven by all the actions that Heracles has done during the span of his Life. PURPOSE STATEMENT This paper is to show that Heracles is the prime example of a hero’s journey through his actions and the struggles that he faced during his life until he was about to die but instead of death, his father, Zeus, saved him and he conquered the mortal realm, to become a god. INTRODUCTION The story of Heracles that comes to people’s mind is not what Heracles had to do during his life....   [tags: The Hero’s Journey]

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The Odyssey as a Hero Journey

- "All of us have similar experiences. We share in the life journey of growth, development, and transformation. We live the same stories…the trappings might be different, the twists and turns that create suspense might be different from culture to culture, the particular characters may take different forms, but underneath it all, it's the same story, drawn from the same experiences"(Linda Seger, Creating Myth, 1). All people face trials and tribulations throughout their life. Thus, what defines one from one's fellow human beings is not the trials themselves, but how one overcomes the challenges along the journey, as well as the psychological and physical lessons one learns from the actions e...   [tags: Odyssey Hero Heroes Essays]

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A Shakesperean Tragic Hero - Macbeth

- A Shakespearean tragic hero may be defined as “an exceptional being of high degree” who contributes to his own degeneration and illustrates a personality flaw. The character of Shakespeare’s Macbeth is in all ways the perfect example of a tragic hero. His greatness and bravery in battle for his country ultimately leads him to be a great thane and eventually a powerful king, making his actions have a significant impact on a country. Macbeth’s ambition on becoming a king leads to an obsession to remain in his current position....   [tags: William Shakespeare Macbeth Hero]

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Epic Hero in Homer's The Odyssey

- Epic Hero in Homer's The Odyssey With its larger-than-life plot twists, The Odyssey is a classic representation of an epic in literature. With that understood, it is no surprise that the main character of the story helps to define an epic hero. A character must express certain virtues to be considered such. Strength, courage, and nobility are almost prerequisites. Cleverness is an added bonus. Odysseus possesses many characteristics and virtues that make him a true representation of an epic hero....   [tags: Homer Odyssey Hero]

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William Shakespeare 's Macbeth As A Tragic Hero

- A classic tragic hero is a main component to any tragedy. Tragic heroes are used to help the audience connect with and become more involved with a story by using a relatable and understandable character. Act one of Macbeth presents Macbeth as a classic tragic hero. He is an exceptional man of his society who clearly understands the rules that are the foundation of Scotland’s social and political systems. However, Macbeth’s ambition forces him to war with himself. Macbeth displays all the qualities need to be a tragic hero, which includes his exceptionality....   [tags: Macbeth, Tragic hero, Duncan I of Scotland]

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The Tragic Hero Of Hamlet By William Shakespeare 's ' Hamlet '

- ... That would be scanned: A villain kills my father and for that I, his sole son, do this same villain send To heaven. (III.iii.76-82) This shows Hamlets rationale for not being able to kill his uncle even when he wants to. He believes that Claudius is praying because he repents what he did to Hamlet’s father. Therefore, if Hamlet kills him in the act of repenting he may go to heaven despite committing an eternal sin. Hamlet must find some way to be sure that Claudius will forever suffer in hell, so he describes the conditions that make the timing right for the murder....   [tags: Hamlet, KILL, Characters in Hamlet, Tragic hero]

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Antigone: Hero Or Fool?

- In Greek literature, a tragic hero is based upon an individual having several of the following qualities: having a high social position in society; not being overly good or bad; being persistant or stubborn in their actions; having a single flaw that brings about their own death and the death of others; and obtaining pity from the audience. Antigone was a prime example of a Greek tragic hero. Antigone, being the daughter of Oedipus, obtained a high social standing in Thebes. Prior to his self-exile from Thebes, Oedipus was the city's king....   [tags: Greek tragic hero]

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Beowulf as the Archetypal Germanic Hero

- The epic and oral poem Beowulf illustrates a loss of community, cultural values, and tradition. Beowulf, the main character, is an ideal king and archetypal warrior. History is relevant to Beowulf; this Germanic society was being taken over by Christian missionaries who were seeking to convert this culture. The character of Beowulf is a reflection of the Germanic culture's virtues; heroism is emphasized in the text's multiple references and constant focus on heroes and what it is to be a hero. Beowulf, who is reflective of an older generation of heroes, strives for community....   [tags: Epic Beowulf Hero Essays Papers]

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A Code Hero in Hemingway's Books

- A Code Hero in Hemingway's Books Robert Jordan has been defined as a Hemingway code hero. In Hemingway’s books, a code hero is usually male, as Hemingway’s books seem to have a similarity to Hemingway himself. These code heroes may have been previously wounded or gone through some sort of an ordeal, and so they could have a drinking problem, or a problem sleeping. They seem to be disillusioned, and/or self-oriented, and are not usually loyal to a large cause, but rather a small group of people or a relatively small idea or thing....   [tags: Code Hero Robert Jordan Essays]

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A True Hero

- A True Hero As I read David Halberstam’s ideas in his essay, “Who We Are” (2004), I started thinking about our nation’s leaders and heroes. September 11th came to my mind and the many firefighters and rescue workers who heroically risked their lives to save complete strangers. Then, I remembered that the media dubbed Jessica Lynch a hero when she came back to the United States. Not only Jessica, but also many other American soldiers fighting abroad are called heroes. I started wondering if their bravery actually makes them true heroes or not....   [tags: Definition Hero Heroes Essays Role Model]

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The Hero’s Journey in Homer's The Odyssey

-      The Hero’s Journey is never an easy one. This particular journey, as detailed in Homer’s The Odyssey, is one of struggle, loss, heartache, pain, growth and triumph. It is comprised of many steps that Odysseus has to overcome and battle through in order to achieve his final goal of reaching his home and his loved ones. From the Call to Adventure to the Freedom or Gift of living, Odysseus conquered them all. The story begins in the middle of the story, as many of the oral Greek traditions did, with the Journey of Telemachus to find his father....   [tags: Hero, Homer, Odyssey, Odysseus]

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Personal Narrative: My Hero

- Dr. D is a cardiothoracic surgeon. He was my hero. He may well still be, even though he is a throw-back to the days when I was more concerned about science than symbolism. They say in the Chinese proverbs that "if you don't change direction you will end up where you are going." I have come to believe that this is true, and that most of the time we didn't want to go where we were headed anyway. New paths that come to fruition, "digressions" that become the assertions you are trying to make, aren't really digressions at all....   [tags: Narrative Essay Hero Role Model]

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The Heroic Journey Of Hercules, By Suzanne Collins And The Hero 's Journey

- ... Hercules call to adventure was when his mortal parents told him that he was adopted. Hercules finds out that he is the son of Zeus and the only way he can rejoin the gods in Olympus is by becoming a true hero. Katniss who possesses the ability to hunt with great ease and knowledge, is called to save her sister Prim 's life, when she is announced as a tribute to participate in the Hunger Games. Katniss does something completely unheard of for her district and volunteers herself to go to the games in place of her sister....   [tags: Hero, Monomyth, Fairy tale, American novels]

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The Is A Hero Or Hero?

- ... Oricello took the first set of fingers she could get her hands on. Jessica Herz was one of the others. She was too positively cute to ever get dirty, let alone bloodied by a kill. She squealed when Mrs. Oricello jabbed her thin index finger into the huge cow heart that sat profoundly atop the piece of brown paper. And then with equal gusto, she shoved the poor girl 's curled pinky into a pool of brains. The exercise was under the guise of anatomy, but, really, it was the bosomy woman 's morbid way of making her point....   [tags: High school, Thought, The Way Home, Middle school]

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Becoming Hero in William Shakespeare's Hamlet

- Becoming Hero in William Shakespeare's Hamlet The hero; the most dominant of archetypes throughout time and culture, is represented in the following description of the basic unit of the monomyth by the mythic scholar Joseph Campbell, “ A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won: the hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his fellow man." It is in this light that we moderns as well as our ancestors have given life and formation to our universal struggles....   [tags: William shakespeare Hamlet Hero Essays]

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