Heroes Essay

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If you close your eyes and think about it long enough, you will more than likely be able to think of a few heroes. Your vision of heroes, however, probably differs quite a bit from that of someone else. Most tend to think heroes are strong, intelligent, and daring. If they take a closer look, many other qualities become more clear. Honesty, bravery, courage, and selflessness are just a few of the overlooked qualities. One individual could say heroes are ordinary individuals who find the strength to persevere and endure inspite of overwhelming obstacles. Somone else could say they are selfless, generous, and give back as much as possible. Another person could describe them as the ones who do what they can and truly care about others. The word heroes is such a broad term. Each person thinks differently of the word than the next. There needs to be a tighter concept of the word so people don’t get confused. What are heroes? A well known author, Andrea Dworkin, said, “A man can be a hero if he is a scientist, or a soldier, or a disk jockey, or a crummy mediocre politician. A man can be a hero because he suffers and despairs; or because he thinks logically and analytically; or because he is ‘sensitive;’ or because he is cruel. Wealth establishes a man as a hero, and so does poverty. Virtually any circumstance in a man’s life will make them a hero to some group of people and has a mythic rendering in the culture—in literature, art, theatre, or the daily newspaper.” This statement is way to broad. It says that everyone is a hero. That is not true. There is a huge difference between a hero and a good citizen. But that is a whole other topic. As far as I’m concerned, heroes can be broken down into two categories. There are fictional heroes and there are non-fictional heroes. There will always be your classic fictional heroes. Time and society will never be able to retire

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