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American Hero: Rosa Parks

- American Hero Rosa Parks “Show me a hero and I will write you a tragedy” – J. Scott Fitzgerald. The definition of a hero is to display courage and willing to self-sacrifice for greater good of all human quality; to withstand the hardships for not only oneself but for the entire public. One of America’s greatest civil rights activist, Rosa Parks lived her life as a regular woman until she made the courageous decision to rebel against the unconstitutional government. Standing against something you believe is something we think it is easy to do, but it is actually a hard thing to do it....   [tags: civil rights movement, african american women]

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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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Thomas The American Hero Or Hypocrite?

- Thomas Jefferson- American Hero or Hypocrite. Thomas Jefferson has been a household name and has been greatly known by everyone in the United States since the late 1700’s. Not only was he present and play a crucial role in the American Revolution, but he also wrote the Declaration of independence and was also the third President of the United States. During his time as president his views and beliefs really countered the views of famous federalists of that time. (George Washington and John Adams) Jefferson had very passionate beliefs that favored the rights of the people and really gave the people and the states a lot more power than the Federalist Party believed they should have....   [tags: United States Declaration of Independence]

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Sergeant York: An American Hero

- Sergeant York An American Hero Struggling with the woes of poverty and added responsibilities, Alvin York, discovers himself fleeing from religion with Satan dangling securely to his shirttail. York is a round character that is a rabble-rouser in the beginning, yet evolves into an extraordinary spiritual man. “Sergeant York” is a 1941 film portraying the trials and triumphs of Sergeant Alvin York. Based on real situations, the aforementioned flick depicts the life of a boy who grew up in the Tennessee Hills, then went off to fight in a war that would mold him into an American Hero....   [tags: Wold War II fighters]

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An American Hero: Joseph Smith

- ... He prayed to know which church denomination was correct. In answer to his prayer, he was granted a vision that told him that none of the church denominations were correct, and that the correct way would be revealed to him at a future date. Three years passed, and Joseph Smith was disliked by the community by his proclamation that he had seen God. Again, he prayed, this time asking for forgiveness for his mistakes and silliness he had done as a young child. He was greeted by a vision of an angel, which told him that the full gospel was ready to be given to all nations....   [tags: prophet, mormonism, religion, kill]

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Frank W. Hedge Was An American Hero

- English novelist George Orwell once said, “People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.”(site) Throughout American history there have been wars fought against enemies who try to revoke America’s freedom. Brave men and women risk their lives every day to preserve our countries’ rights. My grandfather was one of those individuals. Frank W. Hedge was an American hero, who dedicated his life to serve and protect his country at any expense....   [tags: Vietnam War, United States Army, United States]

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Jackie Robinson 's An American Hero

- Jackie Robinson Story: An American Hero The Jackie Robinson story included, racism and Segregation against people of color playing baseball or any sport. The main characters were "Branch Rickey, Rachel, Jerry and Mallie Robinson, Edgar Robinson, Frank Robinson, Mack Robinson, Willa Mae Robinson, and Jack Roosevelt Robinson", also known as Jackie Robinson. Jackie, the youngest of four brothers and one sister. Together, they were parented by Jerry and Mallie Robinson....   [tags: Major League Baseball, Jackie Robinson]

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Harvey Milk: A Great American Hero

- When we think about the great heroes of American history, those who caused great change are usually the first to come to mind. The great American heros are those who fight for change, even if it’s against social norms, to change the lives of people for the better. Heros are those who inspires others and puts others before themselves. Heros do not allow success to change them and never stops working for their goals. They do not allow other people, fear, or failure to stop nor slow them down. And in some cases, a hero will make the ultimate sacrifice for what they believe is right....   [tags: great depression, homosexuality]

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Edward Snowden: An American Hero

- Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency (N.S.A) subcontractor turned whistle-blower is nothing short of a hero. His controversial decision to release information detailing the highly illegal ‘data mining’ practices of the N.S.A have caused shockwaves throughout the world and have raised important questions concerning how much the government actually monitors its people without their consent or knowledge. Comparable to Mark Felt in the Watergate scandals, Daniel Ellsberg with the Pentagon Papers, Edward Snowden joins the rank of infamous whistleblowers who gave up their jobs, livelihood, and forever will live under scrutiny of the public all in the service to the American people....   [tags: Edward Snowden Essays]

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The American Hero

- The American Hero For many years the American Hero has filled the silver screen and wide screened television sets, along with shelves of countless bookstores. Audiences love to see the protagonist overcome great odds, defeat the forces of evil, and save the beautiful girl at the last second. The character of the American Hero however, is not a new idea. James Cooper, in the 1800’s, created the archetype of the American Hero. Natty Bumpo, also called Deerslayer, embodied many qualities of the great American Hero....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The American Hero

- The American Hero Every child has fantasy's of being a super hero and leaping tall buildings in a single bound or staring death in the face everyday and somehow finding a way to escape. All of these imaginative thoughts have been derived from the past literary works by the great writers of the early American literary period. These early writers entered society into a world of action and adventure, where one can see spectacular events unfolding through the eyes of a notorious man of courage and feel as though they are defending there country or saving the woman they love....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Kennedy Is an American Tragic Hero

- Kennedy Is an American Tragic Hero What makes a hero a tragic hero. According to the Greek play write Aristotle, a hero must possess certain character traits in order to be tragic. Aristotle’s rules are still used today when labeling a hero tragic or not tragic. Jack Fitzgerald Kennedy, the thirty-fifth president of the United States is a tragic hero, because he possess four of the six traits a tragic hero must possess. This will be proven through the use of credible sources and explanation of these four traits....   [tags: US president assasinations]

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John Paul Jones 's Life Of A True American Hero

- John Paul Jones, Sailor, Hero, Father of the American Navy, by Evan Thomas, explores the life of a true American hero, while providing meaningful context to historically significant events. Thomas gives a compelling account of John Paul Jones’ life that shows his fascinating personality and impact on the American Revolution. This biography uses intricate information to fit specific pieces into a larger puzzle, that helps explain the progression of the American Revolution. This intimate account of the life of John Paul Jones, a Scottish-born American sailor and naval fighter, has strengthened my understanding and changed my perspective of the American Revolution....   [tags: American Revolutionary War, American Revolution]

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Ham: An American Hero

- Space travel became extremely important for the world during the early years of the Cold War. The space race was extremely important to the United States and the Soviet Union. It had always seemed that the United States of American were going to be the first to go to space; however, on October 4, 1957, Sputnik was launched into space by the Soviet Union. The Soviet Union’s entry into space caused immense fear around the world, and further fueled America’s desire to enter space. After successfully launching artificial rockets, the focus then turned to getting humans into space....   [tags: first chimpanzee in space]

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Martin Luther King Jr.: An American Hero

- Thomas Jefferson once said, “All men are created equal.” These famous words soon became the basis of American ideology, and they outlined the new concept of democracy and American government. They represented what America stood for, nevertheless, these words were untrue. Although all men were created equal, they were not treated equally. Blacks were simply thought to be born inferior to Whites. This inequality was due to the excessive racism engraved in American society, which was rooted from the times of slavery in the American South....   [tags: american history, african americans]

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Robert E Lee: A True American Hero

- “A true man of honor feels humbled himself when he cannot help humbling others.” This quote was made in 1871 by one of the greatest generals and probably men in American History; Robert Edward Lee. Robert Edward Lee was a general in the American Civil War. He led his men and stood with them in each and every they were in and got many of them out safely. Robert E. Lee was born on January 19, 1807 at Stratford in Westmoreland County, Virginia. He was the youngest son of Major-General Henry “Light Horse Harry” Lee and his second wife, Ann Hill (Carter) Lee....   [tags: american history, american civil war, confederacy]

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Walt Disney the American Hero

- Walt Disney the American Hero Walt Disney; When that name is spoken faces of children and adults alike light up with looks of sheer joy. When debating what to see at the movies the newest Disney flick is almost always decided upon over the others. With Disney people are 100 percent sure to walk out of the theater happy and smiling. From the catchy theme songs to the thrilling theme parks Disney has built the fantasy empire. Although he built the fantasy world Disney was not a man who walked around with his head in the clouds....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The True American Hero

- The True American Hero Heroism demands self-sacrifice, self-discipline, self-confidence and self-respect. Ulysses S. Grant had these qualities in their most complete form. He set out from humble beginnings, and failed. At the age of 38 was a conspicuous failure. Then, like few of us, he succeeded beyond belief. Had he not had tremendous greatness within him, he could never have accomplished what he did. How did such a simple, honest and humble man raise himself in the eyes of his people and the world to the highest position a man or woman can reach - that of a national hero....   [tags: Essays Papers]

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Walt Kowalski; A Genuine American Hero

- A hero is defined as someone who is acknowledged for their courageous and selfless behavior or actions. Clint Eastwood’s character Walt Kowalski, in the film Gran Torino is a stellar example of this definition of a hero. Walt was more than a decorated war hero; he helped his neighbors and community. Eastwood’s character generated opportunities for Thao, a young man who didn’t have a father and lacked guidance. Walt saved Thao’s sister, Sue from an unfavorable situation as well as gave his own life to protect her and her family from a local gang....   [tags: Character Analysis ]

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The Hero Of The American Revolution

- When George Washington, the hero of the American Revolution, died on December 14, 1799 the nation was overwhelmed with emotion and mourned not only for days, but for weeks and months over the loss of their patriarch. People all across the country began to organize ceremonies to honor their dead leader. Most Americans looked at George Washington as the symbol of their nation. Washington had become known as the as the father and protector of the young republic. When Washington died many Americans felt that in a sense that the country had just died, because he embodied everything they believed in....   [tags: President of the United States, United States]

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Longfellow's Unique American Hero in Evangeline

- Longfellow's Unique American hero in Evangeline       Abstract: Longfellow's portrayal of the American Adam is set apart in that he does not praise this character as a role model for others. The concept of the American Adam is seen in a different light through the depiction of Basil in the narrative poem Evangeline.   R.W.B. Lewis explores the quest of the writers of the American Renaissance to create a literature that is uniquely American in his 1955 text, The American Adam: Innocence, Tragedy, and Tradition in the Nineteenth Century....   [tags: Longfellow Evangeline Essays]

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ronald reagan: a true american hero

- Reagan: A True American Hero” “We will continue our quest in space. There will be more flights and more space shuttle crews. And, yes, more volunteers.” -Ronald Reagan Ronald Reagan, viewed by some as a true American hero, was as stupendous as presidents can be. His dramatic speeches and down-to-earth personality made people proud to be American. Ronald Reagan seemed more then American. He was a patriot. Ronald Reagan cared deeply for the American people as well at their values....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Epic Of Epic Hero

- An epic hero is a character that goes on a quest to achieve his goals, but sometimes encounters danger on the way. The hero is usually a king, prince, or a person of honor. The hero has a supernatural power that makes people respect them. The hero usually goes on a dangerous adventure to reach their goal or quest. The hero battles a creature or supernatural being that gets in their way during the adventure. The hero in the end usually does good deeds for people as well as finding themselves in the process....   [tags: Hero, Epic poetry, Life, American films]

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al capone , a true american hero

- Al Capone was one of the greatest American gangsters in history. “Even though he was unbelievable smart, he dropped out of school, he dropped out of school at age 14 in the 6 Th. grade. (Kobler, John. Capone: The Life and World of Al Capone.) He got involved with crime at a very early age, and he never failed to stir up trouble. Between working 3 jobs and being in a gang, Capon had much worse problems to deal with. Problems like shelter when nighttime came. He later graduated to the notorious Five Points Gang in Manhattan where he ended up working at the “Yale’s Brooklyn Dive’, with another gangster named Frankie Yale....   [tags: essays research papers]

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

- The monomyth or also known as the hero 's journey, is found in many different types of stories/myths/movies from around the world, no matter what the culture or setting it is a part of. There are twelve stages in which the hero participates in, where the hero goes on an adventure, is in a decisive crisis, wins a reward and comes out of it a changed or transformed person. Hercules, is a Greek myth and is an American animated film loosely based on Ancient Greco-Roman mythology, Heracles. The story is modernised in the 1997 to a Disney film and follows the hero 's journey structure....   [tags: Hero, Monomyth, Fairy tale, American novels]

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Hollywood: What is the Role of Women in Films

- American film has always had female role models present within them. They have not had the title of “hero”, but they have always been role models. Women have been depicted as strong willed and minded characters since the early 1970s. The women that will spoke about in this argument will prove that women have been “heroes” all along they have just never had that title till now. Women have been saving lives, men, and worlds for decades. Women of film have never been considered heroes due to the meaning of a hero....   [tags: american films, hero, hollywood]

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Race Relations During The Revolutionary War: Salem Poor

- Salem Poor was a slave from Andover, Massachusetts. Salem Poor is a perfect example of race relations during the time of the Revolutionary War as Poor was described as a war hero, but did not receive the treatment he deserved. Historians have argued that Poor is a forgotten hero because of his race. It begs the question if would he be forgotten heroes if he had been a white man as many political figures built their reputations in the war. Salem Poor defied the stereotype of African Americans who had small roles in the Army, but was not rewarded for his efforts....   [tags: hero, slave, african american]

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Aspects Of The Greek Tragic Hero In American Literature

- Courses in modern Greek literature, language, and history are offered for credit in many colleges and universities. Some were initially promoted by members of the Modern Greek Studies Association, founded at Princeton in 1969. Most relate to Greece, of course, but the scholarly study of Greek America has also expanded in recent years. Such systematic study goes back at least to 1911, when Henry Pratt Fairchild published Greek Immigration to the United States. Thomas Burgess followed with Greeks in America (1913)....   [tags: Literature]

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Joseph Campbell

- American writers tend to ply their trade in one of many genres; murder mystery, biography, and true crime are some of the most popular. Mythologists, on the other hand, are far rarer. Joseph Campbell represents one of the best examples of an American mythologist to ever have written. Particularly prominent among Campbell’s many works was the idea of the hero’s journey. Author Campbell believed that many hero’s go through similar stages before they reach their ultimate outcome. The most interesting part about Joseph Campbell’s journey of a hero is that it so accurately describes many of the journeys taken by mortal heroes whether fictional or true....   [tags: American Mythologist, Hero]

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Comparing Beowulf, Beowulf And Cnn Heroes

- A hero is thought of being superhuman, however a hero is determined by the actions of the person. The common concept of a hero is often stated as a person with abilities that exceed what humans are capable of. Although this is true, a hero can simply be a person who dedicates their life in order to help improve a domestic or foreign community. Portrayals of heroes throughout history include Thor, Beowulf, and CNN heroes. A hero is thought of being superhuman. However, a hero should rather be determined by the actions of a person....   [tags: Hero, Beowulf, CNN, American films]

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The Hero Of A Hero

- A hero too many people is someone who will devote his or her life to save other people’s lives, a hero to me is simply someone who can do it all without doing anything at all, they earn the right and are still there for you each and every day. The hero doesn’t have to wear a cape, they just have to be there when you need them the most. My dad is my number one hero, through everything that went on in my life, he is the one who is standing beside me and giving me the courage to keep going and to never give up....   [tags: Father, Mother, Family, American films]

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The Hero Of A Hero

- A hero can be defined in many different ways. Most people have different role models they call their hero. Some heroes to people may be a famous athlete, singer, or an actor but my hero is different than others. My mother is my hero for many different reasons a hero would be described as. My hero may just look like a normal person you see but many people do not realize that this woman puts a huge impact on my life. She may be a foot shorter than me but her heart is huge. My mom is a strong, courageous, and a positive woman....   [tags: English-language films, Family, American films]

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The Hero Of Hope Class

- Although she wears no red badge of courage, she has seen no battlefields, yet her eyes have faced the grim, hellish, satanic, nightmare of war. She has felt the brutal, savage, agonizing pain as if being hit by an M16 Assault Rifle. Sinking her teeth and claws so sharp into the depths of her illness, she has held her own against the world’s most fierce, murderous disease known as cancer. It lives at the base of her brain, throbbing with the red blood of life, trying to escape into the vital parts of her being....   [tags: Cancer, Oncology, American Cancer Society]

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Use of the Word Hero in The Mass Media

- Use of the word hero in the mass media has become somewhat cliché. In 2010, an on-line search of three major American newspapers revealed that 5500 articles concerning the topic of heroes appeared between 2000 and 2005 (Sullivan & Venter, 2010). Although the presence of “heroes” and “heroines” in America is not surprising, it is unclear what meaning the word holds in today’s culture (Sullivan & Ventner, 2010). What meaning the word HOLDS. Think about that for a moment. The word hero, or even the idea of what constitutes heroism is different to everyone....   [tags: american newspaper, celebrities]

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Epic Of A Local Hero By Amir Gilan

- In his “Epic and History in Hittite Anatolia: In Search of a Local Hero,” Amir Gilan cites Richard Martin’s argument, that while “epic cannot be pinned down to a specific textual or performance style,” it is nevertheless “in almost every situation…intricately interwoven with myths, folktales, wisdom-proverbs and praise poety” (51). There are thus certain mythic traits that such epics necessarily share. Consider Gilan’s example of the epic hero. Quoting Irad Malkin, he asserts that “’[t]he return of Odysseus…must have been on the minds of historical Greeks when they were sailing beyond Ithaca.’ In Mesopotamia, large parts of the populace have been acquainted with the figure of Gilgamesh and v...   [tags: Southern United States, American Civil War]

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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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Defining The Definition Of A Tragic Hero

- Redefining the definition of a tragic hero Arthur Miller, the author of the essay titled “Tragedy and the Common Man” examines the definition of tragedy. Miller was also the playwright of “Death of a Salesman” which psychologically exploits a common man attempting to encapture the American dream. Miller’s theory pushes the limitation on the ideal of a tragic hero examined in these two pieces of literature. The following paragraphs will evaluate characteristics of a protagonist character named Willy Loman, examining his status in society, shortcomings and his choice to sacrifice his own life for his dignity....   [tags: Tragedy, Tragic hero, Poetics]

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The Laundry List Of What It Can Be A Hero

- A strong male with every characteristic of a traditional hero has been for years pushed by all types of media. The laundry list of what it takes to be a hero includes high expectancies common people find unattainable. Not everyone is a White male with a great physique and Christian morals. Due to the high standard, over the years there has been a shift in what the media depicts as a hero and what common people choose to look up to. The problem not only lies in film and television but also comes from local news outlets....   [tags: Hero, Superhero, Tragic hero, Preity Zinta]

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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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Is Ulyses S. Grant a Hero?

- If you watch modern movies you will find that these times it is quite easier to be a hero than it was fifty years ago. The world gives us multiple opportunities to proves ourselves and give us the self-satisfaction of being able to say you are a hero. But what is a hero. Grant says, “A hero is someone who does something for other people. He does something that other men don’t and can’t do. He is different from other men. He is above other men. No matter who those other men are, the hero, no matter who he is, is above them.” (193) Obviously Grant matches his own description of a hero....   [tags: American Civil War, US presidents]

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George Washington : A True Hero

- George Washington: A True Hero In this day and age, George Washington’s name is so acclaimed and reputable, it holds a significant amount of meaning in itself. Not much has changed in the 239 years since he became a national hero to the people of a land who yearned to be free from British oppression. Far back into the past, becoming a hero may have meant committing dangerous and magnificent feats, and that still holds somewhat true today. George Washington, however, is especially known for his battle strategies, military tactic and leading America to freedom....   [tags: George Washington, American Revolutionary War]

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The Heroes Of The Movie The Departed Who Is A Hero

- In many American films we put emphasis on a type of “hero”. This hero can come in many forms in Robert B. Ray’s article “The Thematic Paradigm”, Ray categorizes the heroes of the movie as being either the “official hero” or the “outlawed hero”. According to Ray these heroes’ can be differentiated in categories such as age, society, women, politics, and the law. One character who is a hero, but differentiates from Rays categories of official and outlaw hero is Leonardo DiCaprio’s role of Billy Costigan in the movie The Departed who is a mix of the official hero and the outlaw hero....   [tags: Police, Law, Hero, Leonardo DiCaprio]

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

- The monomyth or more commonly known as the hero 's journey, is found in many different types of stories/myths/movies from around the world, no matter what the culture or setting the myth is a part of. There are twelve steps in which the hero participates in, where the hero goes on an adventure or quest, is in a decisive crisis, wins a reward and comes out of it a changed or transformed person. Hercules, is a Greek myth and is an American animated film loosely based on Ancient Greco-Roman mythology, Heracles....   [tags: Hero, Monomyth, Fairy tale, Adventure]

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Hancock Is An Archetypal Hero

- In the film Hancock, Hancock is an archetypal hero because he follows the hero’s journey. Hancock is a vigilante superhero living in the outskirts of Los Angeles, California. His reckless ways cause the city of Los Angeles to essentially dislike the anti- hero. Hancock does more good for himself than he does for the city hence the “anti-hero”. He is disliked until he saves a man who links him to the journey of an archetypal hero. In the beginning of the movie the ordinary world for Hancock is living in the outskirts of Los Angeles in a trailer home....   [tags: American films, English-language films]

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Abraham Lincoln As A Hero Leader

- In the current political climate of our nation, we have a candidate that appears to be ill prepared for the Presidency of the United States, one who lacks the qualification for the vast responsibility and one who has no political, governmental experience or knowledge. In light of the current political climate, it takes me back to Abraham Lincoln the sixteenth president of the United States who also ran as a candidate for the president of the United States also lacked what appears to be the necessary qualifications and skills for the presidency of the United States....   [tags: Abraham Lincoln, American Civil War]

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John F. Kennedy : A Tragic Hero

- There have been several tragic heroes throughout history, that left a lasting impact on the lives of many individuals. Some of these figures stand out more than others, a few that comes to mind are John F. Kennedy, who because of his great leadership qualities was able to lead a renewed drive for public service and eventually provided federal support for the growing civil rights movement, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, whose tactics of peaceful protest helped improve the lives of African American citizens in the United States, and who pushed for the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Voting Rights Act of 1965 to be passed, or Nelson Mandela, who fought against Apartheid in South Africa....   [tags: American Civil War, Abraham Lincoln, United States]

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Thomas Jefferson: Hero or Hypocrite?

- During the 18th Century America was dealing with independence from Europe and trying to establish them as a strong country. As far as government goes, a monarchal government was not in question. Many people saw great opportunity to step up and contribute ideas that will make America into the country of preference. One of these men was 3rd president and member of the original founding fathers, Thomas Jefferson. While most Americans view Thomas Jefferson as an upstanding and honorable man, he was plagued with the moral contradiction of having fathered children with one of his slaves Sally Heming’s and as a result spurred a great deal of controversy....   [tags: american history, american presidents]

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Controversial American Literature, J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye

- ... Teenagers in the era the book was written semi-followed in the footsteps of their parents, but started to become more independent. They were encouraged to attend college by putting the idea of marriage over education in the trash. Although they were given some new life achievements in this new era, teenagers were still constantly being put between a situation, basically living an “in between” life. Holden lives between adolescence and adulthood. His red hunting cap is symbolic of his identity - something most teenages struggle to find....   [tags: depression, teenager, hero]

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Upton Sinclair: A Hero to the Working Class People

- Today, Upton Sinclair is regarded as a hero to the working class people. He is currently recognized for the extensive work he has accomplished, such as most famously writing The Jungle. This dynamically contrasts the way Upton was viewed during his time. Although some viewed him as famous, his fame was controversial. Many denounced his religious and political views, and felt he was extremely unpatriotic. While reviewing several documents and periodicals from his time period, it was proven that many felt negatively towards Upton Sinclair and his beliefs....   [tags: notorious American writers]

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Robert E. Lee: An American Icon

- “Theodore Roosevelt, with characteristic restraint pronounced Lee ‘ the very greatest of all the great captains that the English- Speaking people have brought forth’( Cobb). Even though Robert E Lee was a southern general, he was still a great general. Although General Robert E Lee was considered the most hated general of his time, he had outstanding job skills, overcame a horrible childhood, and most importantly had a great moral upbringing, to make him into a great general. Robert E Lee’s childhood shaped him into the man he grew up to be....   [tags: christian values, war hero]

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Movie Analysis : My Santa Hero

- MY SANTA HERO is a family-friendly, fantasy holiday tale that offers an entertaining time. The story centers on a single father struggling to care for his young daughter. He’s financially stressed. The concept of him entering a Santa Contest is a very fun idea. The goal to win and save Christmas is clear and the stakes are personal. The emotional goal is trying to impress his young daughter and becoming her real-life hero. The story offers some moral dilemmas and explores the theme of believing in one’s self and in others....   [tags: American films, Black-and-white films]

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Christopher Clombus Is Not A Hero

- Introduction "In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue." That's the one date everyone remembers, the date in virtually every school child's history textbook. But, they leave out pretty much everything about Columbus and his exploration of the New World. It's the part many people have yet to learn about. For years, Columbus has been presented to us as a hero. In 1934, President Roosevelt even gave Columbus his own holiday. To this day, we celebrate his "discovery" of America. What is found in history textbooks now, have seemed to show another side of Christopher Columbus, a side that they wouldn't dare teach in elementary school....   [tags: American History]

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Janie: a Hero?

- In Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston created a heroine in Janie Crawford. Janie overcame many obstacles of her time. Acceptance into the community, self-discovery, and courageousness are some of Janie's obstacles. In the beginning of the story, Janie is stifled and does not truly reveal her identity. When caught kissing Johnny Taylor, a local boy, her nanny marries her off to Logan Killicks. While with Killicks, the reader never learns who the real Janie is. Janie does not make any decisions for herself and displays no personality....   [tags: American Literature]

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Hero Status for Chief Joseph

- Hero Status for Chief Joseph A modest and humble monument was raised to this giant Indian. A seven and a half foot white marble shaft sets atop a barren hill where a lone, half dead elm tree stands, 14 miles north of the Grand Coulee Dam, in a small Indian Village on the Colville Indian Reservation. The acre or so of ground is delineated by wire fence. Weeds have overgrown mounds where graves are left unidentified and only apparent by small mounds of rock. The elm stands, gnarled, over his grave....   [tags: American History Essays]

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Robert E. Lee - Southern Hero

- Robert E. Lee - Southern Hero When we think of the south, we usually tend to think of home-cooked meals, big family outings, and warm weather. But narrow that topic down to the Civil War; now what comes to mind. Things like the Union, the Confederacy, and the freedom of slaves are what we usually remember. But one defining factor about the Civil War would have to be Robert E. Lee, general of the Confederacy, and one of the South’s biggest heroes. Robert Edward Lee, born in Stratford, Virginia on the 19th of January 1807, created his fame in the United States Army as an officer....   [tags: US History American]

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The Stereotypical Old-West Hero

- The Stereotypical Old-West Hero Gunsmoke is a 1950's western series played on CBS radio station during the Vietnam war. It is about a U.S. Marshall named Matt Dillon who is in charge of keeping the law and respect in a town called Dodge City. Each episode has Matt Dillon dealing with problems such as murders, brawls, and gunfights that occur in the Wild West. Matt Dillon is personified as being inquisitive, independent, and not very emotional as a U.S. Marshall. He gives a view of the stereotypical old-west hero....   [tags: American Culture Essays]

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Who Should be Considered a Hero in Anglo-Saxon Culture and Today?

- Who Should be Considered a Hero in Anglo-Saxon Culture and Today. Today, many children would consider Superman, Spiderman, Batman & Robin, and even possibly Arnold Schwarzenegger in his old film The Terminator as great superheroes. These comic strip heroes even impress adults as courageous men because we cannot get over their legendary and their supernatural skills. For example, Spiderman is well known for the spider webs that emerge from his manly wrist. On the other hand, heroes are not just defined by comic strips or cartoons....   [tags: Beawulf Hero Culture Essays]

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What Makes A Hero?

- Over the course of history the definition of what makes a hero has made many changes. Beowulf, Superman, and firefighters are all examples of heroes, but they are very different when broken down. Today’s society defines a hero by his values, his strength, and his journey. How a society describes its heroes says a lot about its values. In Anglo-Saxon times, men aspired to be like Beowulf. Raffel describes Beowulf as “the strongest of the Geats—greater and stronger than anyone anywhere in the world” (2007, p 26)....   [tags: Hero, Beowulf, Lex Luthor, The Hobbit]

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Harry Potter: An Ancient or Modern Hero?

- What would you do if you awoke one morning to find that you were a living legend. That for the past twenty years your family has been known to all, as one of the most prominent wizarding families in the wizarding world. What would YOU do if you were regarded as ... a modern HERO. The only wizard ever to survive a powerful curse cast by Voldemort, the most powerful dark wizard; Harry was just a baby when he was attacked by the evil wizard. But he escaped the curse and had somehow managed to reverse it and take away Voldemort's power....   [tags: American Literature]

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Stubby: World War I Hero Dog

- Historians who study World War 1 have argued about Stubby’s importance on many occasions. An argument that comes up frequently is this; Is Stubby is only regarded as famous in the world of military animals because he was the first American military dog. Although his actions were great, they were not incredibly unique, as European war dogs had been involved in battle too, and had been doing just as well as Stubby for a longer amount of time (Tamara). However, whether or not Stubby’s actions warrant fame and recognition is irrelevant....   [tags: American military, sargeant, trenches]

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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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Show Me a Hero and I’ll Write You a Tragedy: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

- F. Scott Fitzgerald was exceptionally equivocal towards the American dream. He saw it as intriguing and lustrous yet dangerous and complex. His thoughts and his works express his extensive and adventurous imagination. Fitzgerald lived a life of disappointment and depression. His novels are representations of his life and his struggles. He had many marital issues and eventually divorced which led him into the pit of alcoholism. His books reveal his emotion and therefore rarely entertain a happy ending....   [tags: american dream, exclusiveness]

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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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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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What You Do When You 're Not The Hero Anymore

- In the first paragraph of Laurie Penny’s essay “What to do when you’re not the hero anymore” she tells the reader how she recently went to see the new Star Wars movie. To her surprise a female character, Rey, fought off a bad guy as an equal. Hollywood has incredible power in how messages are portrayed in books, TV shows, and movies. It is no secret that media representation normalizes the reality of white male power. Penny explores how it is becoming more common to see a women lead in books, movies, and TV shows, rather than the stereotypical male....   [tags: White people, White American, Actor, Film]

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Hemingway's Construction of a Hero in the Post World War Era

- In The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway uses a number of unconventional methods of writing to tell his story. It is a story of an unlikely hero, an unusual set of characters, and an unsatisfying ending that is given away immediately at the beginning of the book. Regardless, Hemingway is able to capture the attention of his audience by the book's dialogue, descriptions, and most importantly, clear and intriguing characterizations. It is with the usage of unconventional methods of storytelling that Hemingway is able to convey his own opinions on these characters and their actions to prove the existence of a new set of standards in the post World War I era....   [tags: American Literature]

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The Hero of The Century

- This world has more than seven billions people, but not everyone is a hero. In the earlier life, there was a native american man named Natty Bumppo and he was considered as an American hero. A hero is not something easy to make a person to be, Natty Bumppo had done a lot of things and helped others, as a result people made him a hero. Every person has different traits or characteristics that make them who they are, and the characteristics of Natty Bumppo also one of the thing made him an American hero....   [tags: Leather Stocking Tales by James Fenimore Cooper]

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The Concept of a Hero

- Back in the days of the Odyssey and The Iliad, heroes were classified by their accomplishments. From Odysseus to Achilles, all of the men who were idolized as heroes were so idolized because of their world-altering deeds and conquests, unfathomable wealth, and achievements that would forever be remembered in history. But today, in a world pillaged by war, poverty, controversy, drugs, disease, and economic blunders, who truly deserves to be called a hero. No longer are there titans on the earth, bloodthirsty men with chain mail armor, lances and swords, leading enormous armies into battle....   [tags: Literary Characters]

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Marshall Matt Dillon - An Old-West Hero

- Marshall Matt Dillon - An Old-West Hero In the 1950s the radio program, Gunsmoke, starred William Conrad as Marshall Matt Dillon. Gunsmoke was set in Dodge City, Kansas between 1872 and 1885, when the Santa Fe Railroad reached town and when the Texas cattle drives were forced to end by local farmers. Known as the Queen of the Cow Towns, the Wicked Little City, and the Gomorrah of the Plains, this little town had the reputation for being a hostile, lawless town where the fastest gun ruled (Gunsmoke)....   [tags: American History Essays]

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Walter Younger And The American Dream

- Everyone would like to support their family financially and achieve financial success in their lives. Walter Younger is a thirty-five year old, married man who, is a limousine driver and has dreams like each one of us. Walter represents a 1950’s African-American male, who struggles, but tries to secure economic prosperity. Walter Younger has a dream to open a liquor store and he believes that this store will lead his family to The American Dream. A dream is a hope or a wish and Walter Younger, who is the hero and the villain of the play, wants to use Mama’s 10,000 to open up the liquor store....   [tags: Racism, African American, Race]

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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 Life and Achievements of American President, Calvin Coolidge

- Calvin Coolidge was a president who wasn’t really known for as much as what he did, as what he didn’t do. So why was Calvin Coolidge known as the “do-nothing” president. The road to presidency was not a hard road for Coolidge to come by. He was born on the 4th of July in the summer of 1872 at Vermont. His father was a jack -of- all- trades, but was later known to be an exceptional politician. Coolidge was brought up in a very idealistic family. His religious affiliation was vague, since the majority of America was Protestant at that time; it is believed that his family religion was Protestant as well....   [tags: American History, American Presidents]

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A Hero's Journey

- A Hero’s Journey: Alice in Wonderland The Hero’s Journey is a pattern of narrative that appears in novels, storytelling, myth, and religious ritual. It was first identified by the American scholar Joseph Campbell in his book A Hero with Thousand Faces. Campbell also discussed this pattern in his interview to Bill Moyers which was later published as a book The Power of Myths. This pattern describes the typical adventure of the archetype known as The Hero, the person who goes out and achieves great deeds....   [tags: Alice in Wonderland, Novel Analysis]

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The Champion Of The World And The Strength Of African American

- Maya Angelo was born marguerite Johnson in Saint Louis in the year 1928. Broken family, raped at the age eight, unwed mother at sixteen years old she had an unpleasant eventful youth. She wrote six book of poetry, produced a TV series in Africa, and acted in a television series and serve as a coordinator for a southern Christian leadership conference. She is best known for her books I know why the caged bird sings, song flog up to heaven, hallelujah. The welcome table. She was also a Reynolds professor of American studies at wake Forest University....   [tags: Black people, African American, Race]

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Comparing the Hero in Homer’s The Odyssey with the Modern Hero Described in Whitman’s I hear America Singing

- One of the main similarities in ancient Greek epics is that there are always great heroes who overcome many difficult and daunting challenges and goes on long adventures. The issue of heroic stature and the character of the hero have a great importance on the epics itself. Classical Greek heroes are usually born to do great things, go on epic journeys and in the end they would receive a reward for their troubles. In Homer’s the Odyssey, Odysseus has many different qualities that classify him as a hero....   [tags: the odyssey, I hear America Singing]

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Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby and the Tragic Hero

- Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby and the Tragic Hero       Aristotle invented a list of criteria in an attempt to determine the exact definition of a tragic hero.  The list states the following - the tragic hero must cause his own down fall; the tragic hero's fate is undeserved; the tragic hero's punishment exceeds his crime; the tragic hero must be a great and noble person according to the standards of the current society.  In Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby can be defined as a tragic hero who possesses all of the aforementioned traits.   Jay Gatsby's main desire in life is to become a member of high society, respected more than anyone else.  Gatsby has taken steps to ensure th...   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays Fitzgerald Hero Papers]

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The Hero With A Thousand Faces

- In his book “The Hero With a Thousand Faces”, American mythologist Joseph Campbell wrote “Perhaps some of us have to go through dark and devious ways before we can find the river of peace or the high road to the soul 's destination” (19). This notion thoroughly applies to the training of the warrior in the references that we have studied which include Matthew Winkler’s video referencing Joseph Campbell’s theory on What Makes a Hero, Jonathan Haidt’s idea of divinity in The Happiness Hypothesis, the Bible’s story of The Sermon on the Mount, and the writings in The Bhagavad Gita....   [tags: Bhagavad Gita, Krishna, Arjuna, Joseph Campbell]

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The Unexpected Hero: Forrest Gump

- On June 6, 1943, in Greenbow, Alabama, an unexpected hero was born with a crooked spine and strong legs. Forrest Gump is not an expected conventional hero, however his accolades and accomplishments suggest otherwise. A hero is someone who inspires and instills good morals upon others by their courageous and outstanding acts. Forrest demonstrates these characteristics multiple times during his heroic journey. Whether it be diplomatic pingpong, fighting in the Vietnam War, becoming a local football legend at the University of Alabama or donating money to a deceased friend’s family, Forrest influenced many people with his unselfish and charitable acts....   [tags: movie character analysis]

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Ronald Reagan, a True Hero

- Ronald Reagan was a true hero to many Americans. He was a strong president who cared for this country dearly, and Reagan really proved this by his actions during his presidency. He also proved his love for country by serving in the U.S Army during World War II. Ronald Reagan also came through as a hero by fixing the American Economy that was heading for disaster just like today’s. If you can reflect on what he had accomplished throughout his administration you can clearly see why he was a popular two term president....   [tags: Ronald Reagan, heroes, history, ]

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