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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]

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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]

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Heroes (my Parents)

- When one thinks of heroes, names such as Ghandi, Martin Luther King, and Mother Theresa often come to mind. These people had done a lot of favors, courage, helps, and more of things for the people who needed them. They have change the world. But, heroes can be in anyway, even in each of individuals in the world. I have the persons who I think is the best hero in my mind. They are my parents. My parents are brave; they will do anything for my happiness. Not only mine, but also their friends, and families....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Flawless Heroes?

- Flawless Heroes. It is important for youth to have heroes but society cannot ignore the facts and only report on the good side of those heroes. Everyone is human, and they are going to make mistakes. Hopefully they learn from those mistakes, and if those mistakes are brought to light and conveyed to the young people then they too learn from those mistakes. History has a duty to report on the entire story. To report anything less would be wrong. To just simply say that Columbus was a perfect man who never did anything wrong would paint an unrealistic picture of the past....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Heroes

- Heroes Hero. When we think of a hero, what automatically comes to mind. To some it may be someone legendary. Others might think of a hero as someone of great strength or ability. Perchance an illustrious soldier or warrior. Perhaps someone admired for their achievements and great qualities. To me, it once meant someone that showed great courage. Two characters that remind me of heroes are Bernie, from the movie Hero, and Arthur, from the story “Arthur Becomes King”. These two characters have many similarities....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Folk Heroes versus Modern Role Models

- There are six different qualities of folk heroes. Three are self-sacrifice, the willingness to go on a search for something of value, and someone who is willing to ask for help from others. Therefore, we need to examine our modern role models of today to see if they have any of these qualities of a folk hero. The first quality is that a folk hero must show values of his or her culture. A folk hero must be someone who is a good community member who puts the needs of their community above their own needs....   [tags: essays research papers]

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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,]

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The Motivations of Superheroes

- Peter Parker said, “Whatever life holds in store for me, I will never forget these words: ‘With great power comes great responsibility.’ This is my gift, my curse. Who am I. I’m Spiderman.” Without a doubt, being a superhero would be fun in the beginning, but being a superhero in general would ultimately lead to a miserable life. A superhero would always have great responsibility, would have fear of putting their loved ones in danger, and would have trouble trying to live two different lives if they chose to keep their identity anonymous....   [tags: heroes,]

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Tragic Heroes Bring Suffering Upon Themselves: Death of a Salesman

- Northrop Frye states in his book Anatomy of Criticism that the tragic hero is “on top of the wheel of fortune, halfway between human society on the ground and the something greater in the sky”. The book also declares that tragic heroes are “inevitable conductors of the power around them”, and conductors may be victims as well as instruments of destruction (website). Willy Loman, the epitome of a tragic hero, brings suffering upon not only himself, but others, including his wife and sons. Willy establishes Northrop Frye's definition of a tragic hero through the suffering of both himself and his friends and family, and this suffering contributes to the great tragic vision of the play as a whol...   [tags: Arthur Miller, Tragedy, Literary Analysis]

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Jacob and Odysseus: Their Roles as Heroes

- Every culture has a hero. Every hero has a legend. Every legend meets that culture's particular needs. The events, settings, and other characters might be different, but the hero is basically the same for all. The universal hero is initially an immoral character, but after overcoming difficult obstacles, he/she eventually becomes a better person. Jacob and Odysseus are such heroes. Both share an obvious characteristic of deceitfulness, but both still have differences, although discreet. They become a hero because they've changed into a better human being....   [tags: European Literature]

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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]

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Demystifying the Truth of ‘Heroes vs. Villains’

- David C. McCullough’s quotation: “History is not the story of heroes entirely. It is often the story of cruelty and injustice and shortsightedness. There are monsters, there is evil, there is betrayal.” contains a moral that I strongly agree with. This quotation can be interpreted differently depending on the reader. As for me, I believe that McCullough meant that truth is never fully revealed, and who the hero is; depends entirely on the reader. He also aims to shine a light on literatures completion of history....   [tags: perspective, details, history]

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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]

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Why the World Needs Super Heroes

- Why the World Needs the Power Rangers Quick. You hear something about someone who is being abused by their parents. What do you do. Tell the police. Tell the principal. All of these are good answers, but the real question is something much deeper. Why help. Why care. Well, I believe people want to help and care for others because they still believe in superheroes. I feel that people want to help because of the ideals, morals, and basic ways of living installed in them by The X-Men, Spider-Man, and even The Power Rangers....   [tags: help, humanity, responsibility]

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Creon and Antigone as Tragic Heroes in Sophocles' Antigone

- Creon and Antigone as Tragic Heroes Creon and Antigone, main characters in the Greek tragedy Antigone by Sophocles share some of the same characteristics that make up a tragic hero, but to varying degrees. Antigone, daughter of her mother/grandmother, Jocasta, and father, Oedipus is head strong, proud, and stubborn. She had three siblings, Ismene her sister, and two brothers Eteocles and Polyneices who found there deaths at the end of each others sword in battle over which would become king of Thebes....   [tags: Antigone essays]

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Greek Gods and Heroes

- Greek Gods and Heroes The ancient Greeks knew little of any real people except those who lived in the countries to the immediate east and south of their country. Their imagination filled the rest of the land with mystical and supernatural beings. The ancient Greeks believed the earth to be a flat circular disk., with their country being in the middle of it. The disk was divided into two equal parts by the Sea(the Mediterranean). They believed the River Ocean flowed around the world from south to northen the western side of the world and vice versa on the eastern side....   [tags: Papers]

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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]

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Misused Power Decreases Respect for Police Officers

- ... Did they. No. They abused their power and ended up sending him to the hospital where he later died because he was beaten so badly. I understand that it’s sometimes necessary to somewhat harm someone if they aren’t cooperating but that beating wasn’t necessary and was wrong. Christopher Dorner wrote about these inhumane acts that the LAPD committed. Now, you may be thinking, Christopher Dorner. The guy in the manhunt who shot a police officer. Yes. He himself was once a police officer and got fed about how he was treated because they ruined his name....   [tags: abuse, protect, heroes]

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My Heroes

- My Heroes The reason I have two heroes is because these two people couldn't have been heroes if they didn't have each other. My hero is my father and my heroine is my mother. It wouldn't be possible to say which one had more heroic qualities. When I was about seven, my mum became the victim of passive smoking. She was diagnosed with lung cancer. It was a devastating time for the whole family. My mum started going to hospital every week, then every day, then, she would even stay there some nights....   [tags: Papers]

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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]

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A Comparison of Heroes in Beowulf and A Lesson Before Dying

- Everyday Heroes in Beowulf and A Lesson Before Dying Ernest Gaines novel, A Lesson Before Dying, is a story about, Jefferson, a black man who is wrongfully charged with a crime he did not commit. He cannot get a fair trial because he is a black man in the south. He is sentenced to be executed, but before he dies Grant, an educated black man, teaches him how to walk like a man, so people do not think of him as a hog. "Beowulf" is an epic poem over one thousand years old, which was told from one generation to another....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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The Trojan War and its Heroic Heroes

- The epic poem, The Iliad by Homer depicts the Trojan War and its Heroic Heroes. Heroism is the qualities of a character of a person that makes them great. Two Characters seen as heroic are Achilles and Hector, however; Hector is more heroic because he is decisive, his perseverance and personality. In the course of the Trojan War, Paris, who initiated the war by stealing Helen from her husband, Menelaus, challenged the Achaeans to single combat with any warrior. Paris is a Trojan warrior and a prince while Menelaus is an Achaean or Greek warrior and a king....   [tags: The Iliad by Homer, epic poems]

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John Milton's Epic Poem, Lost Paradise

- ... Satan’s motivations in line 242-270 of Book 1 of Paradise Lost seem pretty clear, but there are possibly some hidden motivation’s also. One can automatically assume Satan is working to get back at God and the rest of the Heavenly Host because of hurt pride. Satan is a very egotistical being, so much so that he believed he and his army would be able to defeat God. When God struck him down, Satan’s pride was wounded. Even though his ego has taken a big hit, Satan is still proud and arrogant. “Receive thy new Possessor; One who brings/ A mind not to be chang’d by Place or Time.” (Book 1, lines 252-253) Satan vows revenge on God and the heavenly host....   [tags: theology, satan, heroes]

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Different Heroes, Same Result

- Everyone wants to get fame and fortune for doing something no one else dares to do. “Perseus” and “Psyche and Eros” are two very famous myths in Greek lore that include most of the aspects of the hero’s journey. Perseus and Psyche are similar because they are both naïve. However, they are different because Perseus shows bravery and Psyche shows curiosity. Perseus gets manipulated and volunteers to kill Medusa in an act to offer his services to King Polydectes. Similarly, Psyche gets tricked by her evil sisters to go against her husband’s wishes, but through her curiosity, she insists to find out who her husband actually is....   [tags: Perseus, Psyche and Eros]

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Ronald Reagan and Beowulf: Heroes Near and Far

- Throughout human history time has always seemed to provide mankind with a sort of guide. As we learn to depend on these guides’ strengths and powers, we forget our own, causing us to admire their every aspect, to desire to be in their presence at all times. We turn them into heroes whether they wish for it or not, forcing them to live up to our own expectations. Whether these heroes walk the earth, pure of sin, healing and teaching; whether they wear a camouflage uniform fighting for their country and their people; whether they wear a cape and thrive in our imaginations; whether they wear a business suit and defend their government with their own words; these heroes all possess cert...   [tags: confidence, fearless, success]

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Heroes in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by Joseph Campbell

- Heroes in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by Joseph Campbell Many would agree that although there are many stories about heroes, they all seem similar in some way. Joseph Campbell wrote many books about this theory of a "hero cycle" that every hero story follows. In Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, this pattern is clearly exemplified and it shows the numerous steps in Joseph Campbell's idea of the hero cycle. The first step in Campbell's hero cycle is "the call." This is when the hero of the story is drawn into some type of journey, challenge, or adventure....   [tags: Papers]

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Tragic Heroes in The Scarlet Letter

- In The Scarlet Letter, there are many people that can be considered tragic heroes. Each tragic hero has a tragic flaw that causes their downfall. Hester Prynne is a tragic heroin because of her downfall that is brought on by her love and loyalty to Reverend Dimmesdale. Hester Prynne is a tragic hero because of her perseverance and determination in her journey with Pearl. Even though she is given the opportunity to leave Boston and remove the scarlet letter that she wears on her clothes, she chooses to stay and be with the father of her child....   [tags: Nathaniel Hawthorne novel analysis]

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Use of Heroes in A Farewell of Arms by Ernest Hemingway

- Use of Heroes in A Farewell of Arms by Ernest Hemingway Ernest Hemingway has the tendency to use his heroes in some unheroic ways. At first the hero may seem obvious, but later on it is discovered that the true hero is not who it seems to be. In A Farewell to Arms Hemingway uses the true hero to guide the main character into becoming a hero, but fails miserably. Hemingway characterizes his heroes as people with strength, courage, and bravery, but even heroes have their flaws. For example, Frederic Henry, the protagonist of A Farewell to Arms, survives an artillery bombardment that kills one of his own men and badly injures him....   [tags: Papers]

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Heroes in Our daily Lives

- Growing up as a child in America I did not have a hero. Although I was exposed through my own reading and television to many revered and “famous” people, I never aspired to be like any particular individual. I looked at people’s accomplishments and achievements, as remarkable as they might have been, as normal. I saw their feats as something that I myself can achieve if I made an effort. I remember my friend, Ben, always talking about Charles Barkley, a legendary basketball player. He would follow his every move on and off the court....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The American Hero: An Uphill Battle

- What comes to mind when uttering the phrase, “American hero?” Do you conjure images of firemen, police officers, or even such mythical figures as Superman and Wonder woman (who have come to symbolize American ideals). Perhaps you are thwarted in an attempt to place the appropriate title of “American hero,” to any individual in the present tense. This last decade has, for Americans, been full of tribulation and hardship. In the face of disasters, many have shown extreme bravery and patriotism. Are these people American heroes....   [tags: heroes, USA,]

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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]

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Achilles as a Hero

- Achilles, having been a famed and valiant soldier, was sought after and loved by all, except his adversary Agamemnon. He was a prominent warrior known for his great strength that actually caused the Acheans to win many battles. But what was it that caused Achilles to be such a hero. Consider the definition for the word, “hero.” A hero is “a person who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities.” This gallant warrior is all three of these points in the definition, plus more....   [tags: achilles, heroes,]

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True Heroes of Literature: Atticus Finch, Macduff, and the Speaker in 'Porphyria’s Lover'

- Heroes are typically identified as firemen or police officers -- those who outwardly display courage and strength. While strength and courage are admirable, and even heroic traits, the distinguishing quality of a genuine hero is his/her selflessness. A hero is a person who does the right thing when no one is looking. In literature, there are the heros that are identified for obvious reasons and those that are overlooked because they do not fit a specific criteria. All good literature features a “backstage” hero, whose actions are not meant to reap personal gain....   [tags: To Kill a Mockingbird, Macbeth]

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Epic Heroes

- Heroes may fall, but they are never forgotten. An epic is an enlightening story with its true purpose to portray a historical person or event. Epics centralize on concepts such as loyalty and valor, which were important to those of medieval times. Epics were not recorded for a long time after they actually occurred. An epic hero is an individual with phenomenal finesse and extraordinary abilities. They represented a culture's highest standards or values. A heroic flaw is usually the triumphant downfall of a hero....   [tags: Hero Roland Siegfried Balian]

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Intercultural Knowledge and Competency: The Romans, Greeks, Japanese, Mesoamerica

- ... Japanese really admire nature. One way that the Shinto influenced Japanese art was of their religion, spirits called kami. Kami is represented throughout nature. Japanese show how they relate to nature throughout their art. “They also show their desire for meditation, quiet reflection, and mental discipline, are all in the art they create” (Gateways to Art pg.340). Being a Christian, I do a lot of meditation too. I meditate to clear my mind and focus on God. It also gives me a chance for mental discipline....   [tags: nude gods, mythological heroes]

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Position Paper On Heroes

- Position Paper on Heroes On September 11th 2001, New York City, Washington D.C., and Somerset County, Pennsylvania all came face to face with an unthinkable tragedy. When the emergency response teams were sent out to the sites, they had no idea what they were going to experience. They helped others to safety and then turned right back around to help someone else. These are America’s real heroes. As The United States changes because of these tragic events, the focus of our heroes should be placed on everyday people and not sports and movie stars.      “A hero should be someone who unselfishly does something for someone else, regardless of danger.” Marylyn Schwartz wrote this in the Houston...   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Hero]

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Heroes And Villains

- Is a hero a person who wears tights and a cape and goes around saving the world. And is a villain a person who schemes evil plots against the hero. Even though heroes and villains might be seen differently through the eyes of individual people, we all know that not all heroes and villains are recognized for their actions. A hero can be somebody as big as Superman or someone like your mother and a villain can be somebody like Charles Manson or a fictional character such as DR Evil from Austin Powers....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Eight Heroes in The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

- In the novel The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan, four Chinese mother-daughter pairs, each with her own unique story, have deep connections with each other. At the beginning of the novel they each seem like ordinary women, but as the novel progresses, it becomes clear that these women are more than just mothers, daughters, or wives; they can also be considered heroes according to Joseph Campbell. Joseph Campbell says a hero is someone who undergoes a departure, where the person is confronted with a problem that they must overcome; a fulfillment, where the person finally overcomes the problem; and a return, where the person passes on what they gain and learn from the experiences in the form of a "li...   [tags: The Joy Luck Club Essays]

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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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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]

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Heroic Heroes in Iliad by Homer

- The epic poem, The Iliad by Homer depicts the Trojan War and its Heroes. Heroism is the qualities of a character of a person that makes them great. Two characters seen as heroic are Achilles and Hector, however; Achilles is more heroic because of his audacity, allegiance, compassion. Heroism can be defined as the pursuit of good through warfare. Achilles is more heroic than Hector because more action occurs by the time Achilles engages in battle. Achilles is audacious because his recklessness drives him to the point of seeing the destructions of every last Achaean....   [tags: heroism, audacity, allegiance, compassion]

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Belizean Heroes

- Belizean Heroes Belize has gone through a lot of changes since the British settled here and these changes were for the better. Many different people, men and women, were responsible for the proper molding of this country and its people. These people are called heroes/heroines and Belize had many of them. These people contributed a lot to this country and we, as Belizeans, should be thankful and respectful of these people because of their great efforts and dedication in making Belize a better place....   [tags: Papers]

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Romantic Heroes in Arthurian Legends

- Arthurian Legends Essay Intellectual, mysterious, extraordinary. The qualities of a romantic hero influence an Arthurian Legend. An Arthurian legend is the tale of King Arthur and the knights of the round table. Because these are pieces of Romantic literature, Arthurian Legends contain romantic heroes. The Crowning of Arthur, Arthur Becomes King, and Sir Launcelot du Lake are all Arthurian Legends that contain romantic heroes. The Crowning of Arthur refers to what happened before King Arthur was conceived, after he was delivered, and how he legitimately became King Arthur....   [tags: bravery, chivalry, adventure]

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Great Pacifist Heroes in our History: Ghandi, Luther King Jr., Mandela

- ... Negotiating problems could be more helpful than violence and war. Negotiating would be more effective than war because it will help prevent the situation from getting worse and will help find a solution to the problem or issue. Talking to the enemy would shock them, since they would be expecting for us to fight back. Instead of returning with ruthless violence they have towards us, this nation should maintain its superior position and meet them with acts of kindness and gentle words “Negotiation, mediation, diplomacy—these would be the means of settling international disputes, not the sacrifice of human lives." There is no denying that war is induced by anger or acts of violence from one...   [tags: negotiations, military interventions]

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The Tragic Flaws of Heroes Portrayed in Hamlet, Things Fall Apart and 1984

- In many works of Literature, a character comes forth as a hero, only to die because of a character trait known as a tragic flaw; Hamlet from Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Okonkwo from Achebe’s Things Fall Apart, and Winston Smith from Orwell’s 1984 all exhibit that single trait, which leads, in one way or another, to their deaths. These three tragic heroes are both similar and different in many ways: the way they die, their tragic flaws, and what they learn. All three characters strongly exhibit the traits needed to be classified as a tragic hero....   [tags: Hamlet, Things Fall Apart, 1984]

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Comparison of Modern Day Heroes and Beowulf

- Comparison of Modern Day Heroes and Beowulf Most of us have heard of modern day heroes such as Spiderman, Superman, and the Hulk. Each is a hero to many children. Heroes are introduced to people early on in life usually as fictional characters, but as children grow older their perceptions of heroes alter. The characteristics of a hero are usually based around the ideas of a society or culture. In the epic Beowulf, the main character is thought of as a hero. Beowulf, a pagan warrior and the main character of the epic, shows certain characteristics such as bravery, loyalty, and generosity, which portray him as a hero....   [tags: Epic of Beowulf Essays]

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The Monkey Wrench Gang: The Law breaking Heroes

- The Monkey Wrench Gang: The Law breaking Heroes Everyone knows that breaking the law is bad and anybody who does is a criminal, but Edward Abbey author of The Monkey Wrench Gang (1975), puts a twist on those thoughts. The Monkey Wrench Gang is an adventurous novel about a gang of environmentalists who set out to destroy bulldozers, bridges, cars, trains, signs or anything that is destroying their beautiful country, the American southwest. Through characterization and description Edward Abbey glorifies the art of law breaking and leaves his readers rooting for his heroic criminals....   [tags: Monkey Wrench Gang]

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Tragic Heroes of The Iliad and Oedipus Rex Analysis

- Calvin Coolidge once said, “Heroism is not only in the man, but in the occasion” (brainyquote.com). Heroes are among one of the most popular literary figures of all time. A Greek philosopher, Aristotle, wrote his notion of classic from of heroism called tragic heroism in his work entitled Poetics. In Poetics, Aristotle explains that there are certain qualities that a tragic hero has that can qualify him or her as tragically heroic. Two Grecian literary legends, Achilles from Homer’s Iliad and Sophocles’s Oedipus Rex, fit the description of an Aristotelian tragic hero....   [tags: Aristotelian tragic heroes]

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The Tragedy of Macbeth by William Shakespeare

- ... He strives for power and to be more significant in his story. However, even though a tragic hero needs to be heroic, he also needs to be somewhat human. The audience needs to be able to relate the human side of that hero, which is what makes him or tragic. “[The witches tempt] humans like Macbeth to sin]” (237). Macbeth is tempted by the witches’ predictions to kill Duncan in order to take his place as king. One of mankind’s biggest flaws in arguable giving in to temptation, which is a flaw that Macbeth has trouble with....   [tags: tragic heroes, downfall]

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Media's Responsibility for Turning the Kray Twins From Villains into Heroes

- Media's Responsibility for Turning the Kray Twins From Villains into Heroes The title of this essay already assumes that the Kray Twins were villains and that they were actually seen as heroes. Not all of the sources say either, that the twins were villains, or that the Twins were heroes, some are objective. It could be said that the question is biased towards the twins. The British media often represented the East End of London as a somewhat 'glamorous' and 'trendy area'. Photographs, by David Bailey, showed young men dressed in 'stylish suits', 'narrow ties' and 'stovepipe trousers'....   [tags: Papers]

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Epic Heroes Compared: Achilles, Sundiata and Rama

- Introduction Who is a hero. In contemporary times, usage of the term has become somewhat of a cliché. Over the years, the term “hero” has become representative of a wide variety of individuals, each possessing differing traits. Some of the answers put forth by my colleagues (during our in-class discussion on heroism) as to whom they consider heroes pointed to celebrities, athletes, teachers and family members. Although the occupations differed, each of their heroes bore qualities that my classmates perceived as extraordinary, whether morally or physically....   [tags: traits, qualities, extraordinary]

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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]

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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]

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The Tragic Fate of Greek Heroes

- The Tragic Fate of Greek Heroes The hero stands as an archetype of who we should be and who we wish to be. However, the hero has inherent flaws, which we do not wish to strive towards. In literature, these flaws are not used as examples of what we should be but rather as examples of what not to be. This is especially dominant in the Greek hero. The Greek hero battles fate with excessive pride and intelligence, yet follows his fate, making serious mistakes. The Greek hero is strong and mighty while his wit and intelligence are highly valued....   [tags: Papers]

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Absence of Heroes and Villains in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

- Absence of Heroes and Villains in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein Frankenstein is a gothic novel which was published in the 19th century, and was written by Mary Shelley. In the 19th century the most popular types of novels were horror. This novel was an early example of a thriller. One of the main reasons why Mary Shelley wrote a book about science, horror and suffering was because she knew that people in the 19th century were interested in all of these aspects....   [tags: Papers]

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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]

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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, ]

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Differences in Heroes in The Iliad

- Differences in Heroes in The Iliad “What a worthless, burnt-out coward I’d be called If I would submit to you and all your orders, Whatever you blurt out. Fling them at others, Don’t give me commands . Never again, I trust, will Achilles yield to you – My hands will never do battle for that girl, Neither with you, King, nor any man Alive.”(p 111) With these wrathful words of Achilles to his commander Agamemnon, so begins the sequence of events in The Iliad that ultimately pits Achilles the runner against Hector, breaker of horses....   [tags: Papers]

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Beowolf, The Art of Courtly Love, and The Wife of Bath and

- The term “Hero” has been in our civilization for centuries. On the surface, a hero is a person of honor, integrity, and the will to fight for what he or she believes in. Nearly every story that is told is centered around a character who in one way or another is a hero. They are a person whom the common people are supposed to strive to be; but does this icon truly exist. While the author of Beowulf is still a mystery, the greatness of the character that he or she created will live on forever. Beowulf is the model of what a hero was supposed to be in the middle ages....   [tags: heroes in literature through the ages]

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Difference between Quests Doen by Female and Male Heroes

- Heroic fantasies are most often structured around the hero's or heroine's quest. This frequently turns out to be a quest for identity, although the hero or heroine usually does not realize this at first. "The journey of the upper-class white male is identified as the generic type for the normal human condition; and other members of society - racial minorities, the poor and women - are seen as secondary characters (Pearson 4)." "In the traditional, the quest hero is assumed to be a male who is separated from his known world, is initiated into a new consciousness, and then returns to his community (Russell 197)." However, when the hero of a story is a woman, her quest is essentially different...   [tags: American Literature]

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The Psychology Behind a Hero's Decisions in Mike Alsford's Heroes and Villains

- Throughout his book, Mike Alsford provides examples of the problems many heroes are faced with, and delves into the psychology behind the choices they make in order to solve these problems. A goal for most heroes is to save the innocents while restoring balance between the powers of good and evil, which often involves defeating an enemy. The enemy is often one villain accompanied by a throng of followers - an army, slaves, disciples, and/or brainwashed specimens. Now this is where it gets tricky....   [tags: morality, power, salvation]

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The Book Heroes

- The Book Heroes Heroes is a book about what really makes a hero, the two main characters are Francis Joseph Cassavent and Larry LaSalle. They are both flawed heroes. The book is set in the second world war period and the storyline switches from past to present tense. Francis wants to kill Larry LaSalle for raping his girlfriend. The heroes we see in films are always perfect and have no faults, but the so called heroes we see in the book and very different. Francis has qualities that you would not usually associate with heroes, he is quiet and timid and he also stood by and let his girlfriend get raped....   [tags: Papers]

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Romantic Heroes

- The Romantic hero, fashioned by the Romantics, is portrayed as a paradigmatic, random individual with a particular purpose. The Romantic hero begins his mission by following his inner light, in order to achieve his goal. He will not rest until it is consummated. Through two of Longfellow's works, "A Psalm of Life", and "Excelsior", Longfellow illustrates the full picture of a Romantic hero. The description that Longfellow gives is so precise, that it can cause a reader to question Hawthorne's, another Romantic's character, Young Goodman Brown, as an actual romantic hero....   [tags: American Literature]

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Spanish Conquistadors: Heroes Or Murderers

- Spanish Conquistadors: Heroes or Murderers "The Indians in the first fatal decades of the white man in America were conquered because they could not conceive what it was that the white man was after, and what manner of man he was." (The Indians of the Americas, p97) This misconception, was that the Indians could not imagine was that the Spanish Conquistadors would come to the Americas and brutally murder men women and children in the name of a god. They could not see how a group of people could follow such a god....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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Epic of Beowulf Essay - Heroes – Then and Now

- Beowulf - Heroes Then and Now Heroes today have changed from those of Beowulf's day. Back in the time of Beowulf heroes were mainly the protectors of the country such as warriors and kings. The roles have changed today were heroes consist of celebrities and sport players. The roles have changed because our society has changed as well. In the time of Beowulf the kings were of the utmost of importance. Without a king the country was sure to fall into ruins. The king's duty was to protect the country....   [tags: Epic of Beowulf Essay]

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Epic Heroes: Gilgamesh and Achilles

- From the days of ancient Greece and before, epic heroes have had their lives chronicled and their stories passed on from generation to generation all the way to present day. Two of the greatest heroes have been Gilgamesh from the epic named after him and Achilles from Homer's Iliad. While the two men's stories transpired in vastly different eras, their lives shared a surprising number of commonalities. Of course, with resemblances come several discrepancies in the way they lived and the ideals they believed in....   [tags: Comparative Literature]

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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]

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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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Gilgamesh: A Mythical Hero

- From the beginning of time, mythology has appeared to be one key method of understanding life’s confusions and battles. Within these myths lies a hero. From myth to myth and story to story, heroes experience what may be called a struggle or a journey, which lays down their plot line. Bearing tremendous strength, talent, and significant admiration, a hero holds what is precious to their audience, heroism. Over time however, no matter the hero, the hero’s role remains indistinguishable and identical to the position of every other hero....   [tags: heroes, Gilgamesh, ]

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- Beowulf Papers A hero is a man of courage and ability who is admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities. A hero is a person who does not come along very often in any time period. He is a special person, who is a step above the average person in the way that he handles any situation that may arise. This statement is very true for the time of Anglo-Saxon culture and literature. A hero was like a god and was put on a pedestal far above the others. A hero brought peace to situations that were deemed impossible and brought joy to many people....   [tags: English Literature Heroes Essays]

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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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Tragedy Within the Plays of Eugene O’Neill

- ... Mary is the only one that comes off as normal out of the four. She is the special one even though she is the most tragic. She used to have big dreams and strong belief in her faith. She wanted to become a professional piano player and sister of god. It all fell apart when she fell in love and got married. It was her marriage that destroyed her big dreams and her love for the Virgin Mary. Being blind to the promises he made to Mary, her husband Tyrone destroys her faith in marriage. The drug addiction with Mary becomes bad very quickly....   [tags: greek, gods, heroes, heroine]

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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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Shakespeare's Macbeth and Hamlet as Tragic Heroes

- Macbeth and Hamlet as Tragic Heroes      William Shakespeare has written many literary works - from his sonnets to his plays, each has it's own individual characteristics.  One popular characteristic that comes from his plays is the tragic hero.  The audience can always relate to the tragic hero and the many trials he faces.  Macbeth and Hamlet are just two of Shakespeare's plays that involve the tragic hero.  Through their nobility, tragic flaws, and dignity Macbeth and Hamlet prove to be tragic heroes....   [tags: Macbeth essays]

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Atticus Finch: Stronger Than Hercules

- “All heroes and heroines share several characteristics in common: They embody characteristics their society values” (Reilly). Odds are, the word, “hero” conjures up images of strong, powerful, hardy men battling monsters and evil forces. Achilles, the legendary Greek warrior whose story is chronicled in Homer’s The Illiad, and Superman, the invincible savior from the Planet Krypton, are two such examples. However, there is a new breed of hero, the modern hero. The modern hero is not necessarily a stereotypical strongman....   [tags: heroes, heroines, modern heroe]

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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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The Battle of New Orleans: Jimmie Driftwood

- Throughout history courageous, unselfish, sacrificial acts have described ‘heroes’ as unique individuals that served their communities above and beyond the norm. Song lyrics from the 1930s to 1970s have praised and denounced heroic actions found in songs by Jimmie Driftwood, The Battle of New Orleans (1936), and Mitch Murray and Peter Callander’s, Billy Don’t Be A Hero (1974) along with songs like John Henry (1870), John Brown’s Body (1861), and many others. Humanity craves heroes regardless of the culture or worldview people need to have something or someone to worship, admire, emulate, or detest; Joseph Campbell attempts and succeeds in describing in detail the arduous journey one must su...   [tags: heroes, trials, god]

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Wisdon from Book Heroes and Heroines

- WISDOM FROM BOOK HEROES AND HEROINES Apparently, fictional characters are more influential than the general public give them credit for. As a matter of fact, people tend to seek company from them when they feel like disconnecting from reality or it can just be one of the undying habits that let someone temporarily get a taste of an entirely different life. The world of fiction is something we certainly know as a product of a wild imagination, an output of creativity that's meant to entertain an audience but it is also a tool used to impart knowledge and serves as a source of inspiration at the same time....   [tags: living vicariously through fictional characters]

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Three Heroes Who Shaped America

- History Heroes The primary sources I have selected are about historic heroes who have molded America to what is now a fair and free country. These heroes made history through their hard work, determination, and motivating speeches. From these sources you will learn how men and women fought for what they believed, and exercised their right as a citizen. The first primary source is about a strong confident American civil rights leader by the name of Susan B. Anthony who was arrested in the 1800’s for expressing her rights as a citizen, when she decided to vote in the presidential election of 1872....   [tags: Civil Rights]

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Movies with Unknown Heroes, Shane and Pale Rider

- Shane (1953) and Pale rider (1985) are both movies of unknown heroes. Once gun slinger who have changed their life for the better. Traveling from town to town just helping whoever they come in contact with. Both men helping these communities accomplishing all they have ever wanted to, but without these men they might not have ever stood up to their problems. Both Shane and the Preacher are unknown men who just walk into the main characters life's and making their presence know in the very beginning of the movies....   [tags: preacher, communities, guns]

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