To be considered a tragic hero, the hero must be physically or spiritually wounded by his experiences, often resulting in his death. Achilles’ experiences can be seen as a prime example of a hero dying an honorable death. Achilles’ actions fatally wounded Achilles when he fell in love with Priam’s daughter, Polyxena, and ambushed her and her brother. After Achilles killed Troilus, Priam sought revenge for the death of his son. Priam decided to allow Achilles to marry Polyxena in hopes of ending the conflict. Polyxena collaborated with her brother Paris and devised a plan to end the life of Achilles. Polyxena would convince Achilles to make a sacrifice in the temple of Apollo, where the two would celebrate their marriage. Paris would be waiting in the wings with his bow and arrow. As Achilles knelt at the altar, Paris raised his bow and sent a poisoned arrow toward the killer of his brother. With the help of Apollo, the arrow struck the only vulnerable part of Achilles’ body: his heel (Bos,Carole)....
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...to plan the murder of King Claudius. Hamlet then decided that he had to wait for the perfect time to kill Claudius. Hamlet had to be sure to kill Claudius when he had not asked for forgiveness (Shakespeare, William).
We have many people in our lives that we would consider to be heroes. Soldiers, firemen, police officers, and paramedics may be the first people that come to mind when we think of a hero; however, we also have many people in our lives that have proven to be unsung heroes. These people may include our family members, our friends, or even the stranger we met at last weekend’s concert. These people can be seen as heroes because they spread kindness. A kind gesture could inspire us to be kind to others and as a result, the world becomes a better place. Therefore, kindness saves the world and the people spreading the kindness can be considered a hero.
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