Modern Day Tragic Hero Compared To Not So Modern Day Tragic Hero: Macbeth and Jim Morrison Great potential, great character, leadership, the ability to bring about change, and most importantly a death that affected countless numbers of lives. These are the traits of a tragic hero. Both Macbeth and Jim Morrison share these qualities. Both were great leaders in there own respects, both had great potential and great character, and both there deaths were true tragedies. It is true that the circumstances of there lives and deaths are drastically different but I believe both are tragic heroes in there own respects.
Adolescence brings about many changes as a youth becomes an adult. For many people this passage is either tedious and painful or simple and barely noticeable. The anguish and torture that is usually associated with rites of passage and growing up is often used in literature, as it is common and easily understood. In The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane, the character Henry Fleming survives the Civil War, which serves as his rite of passage as it teaches him the importance of things such as dreams, companionship, dignity, individualism, and, of course, courage. In the beginning of the novel, Henry is determined and eager to fight in war, which is his dream and goal.
These heroes are known as the Greasers. Although they have tough lives, they pull through and defend themselves from a vicious gang called the Socs. There are many characters that may be heroes, but there are three that should be admired for their acts of heroism. Heroism can be defined by the acts of Ponyboy, Johnny, and Darry. Although he was quite young to be part of the greaser’s gang, Ponyboy Curtis showed many people that he could have been one of the greatest hero’s in the novel.
Brother knows that in the back of his head that he’s helping doodle for himself. Doodle’s brother even comes to the conclusion that he’s being selfish and a slave to his own pride when he says, “ because I was ashamed of having a crippled brother” (419). Brother helped Doodle achieve his very first steps but his pride tragically causes Doodle’s last steps. In conclusion, pride is a two-faced feeling. Pride can do great but can also do bad.
Steinbeck has mentally and emotionally on purpose created two completely opposite characters. We get the sense that George is a parental figure towards Lennie as when George asks Lennie, do you remember where we’re going now? Lennie “looked startled and then in embarrassment hid his face against his knees”, ” I forgot again”. This enables us to understand Lennie’s obliviousness, he doesn’t even remember where he’s going, and he must follow George as though he is his ‘daddy’. Although Lennie is ashamed of his self and ‘embarrassed’ as he “hid his face against his knees”, he has respect for George and is sorry to disappoint him.
But Cal after meeting his mother has realized that he is not at all like his mother. Instead he has some good in him that Cal takes Lee’s advice of him being someone. Making Cal’s evilness to good. Adam – “‘Cal!’ He said harshly’ ‘Sir?’ ‘I trust you, son’,” (Steinbeck 596). Adam has finally has his father and son moment with one of his children that he is grateful to express himself to his son Cal.
Wiglaf knows of the many triumphs Beowulf endeavors, and sees it as an encouragement. If Beowulf was able to defeat, why couldn't Wiglaf. Wiglaf is extremely brave to continue the fight Beowulf had started and kill the dragon as his loyalty shines through. Beowulf and Wiglaf are genuinely loyal characters in the epic poem. The two inferior men endeavored many hardships throughout because of their loyalty to others.
He asks the rhetorical question, "A hero of war, is that what they see?" showing his disgust at what he has experienced and what he became as a soldier. His age has perhaps provided him with this distrust, the "medals and scars" symbolising the idea of a war veteran. The caustic sarcasm of "...so damn proud of me..." is very inputting as the war veteran reflects on the enthusiasm he had for the job as a young man, but not anymore. The development of the young soldier's enthusiastic distinctive voice into a cynical war veteran voice is very well done.
Heroes can come in many different forms. Some can fly and have super powers, while others are just extraordinary people who are braver than others. Beowulf was the type of hero mad from his bravery. Burton Raffel tells Beowulf’s story in an Old English poem entitled Beowulf. This heroic tragedy takes one on the journey of Beowulf’s rise and fall as a hero.
He is also a student in Ben Ross’s History class and is most optimistic about what the “Wave” could achieve in there football team. Robert Billings: Is known as the outsider in the History class of Ben Ross because he is shy and weak. He is also a senior student at Gordon High. Robert Billings would rather give up then live in the shadows of his older brother and is tormented by it. The “Wave” gives Robert confidence and a sense of belonging.