English 1 Period 1
10 March 2015
Heroes For Everyone?
There are so many things one has to accomplish to be titled a hero. For instance, the stereotypical hero that’s envisaged in us is strong and saves someone from death. Also, others do have heroes that are leaders and athletes, whom which are highly regarded when it comes to social media and politics. Because of this, it is extremely difficult to be a hero and live up to modern society’s expectations. These severe expectations make becoming a hero impossible... or does it? In the article "My New Hero? She's a 4year old", The Newsweek Staff give an example of a hero, the writers daughter. Is this really an example of heroism? They defined heroism as "of great courage [ and ] nobility". They also wrote that "she fought her battle stoically and courageously." He also adds that he use to look up to athletes. This article doesn't really explicate itself, but the reader can understand that heroism is built on great courage and nobility, and that you can have someone as your hero because of that.
In Matthew Winklers' TedEd on "What Makes a Hero?", he incorporates a quote once said by Joseph Campbell, "In the cave you fear to enter lies the treasure you seek."
He uses this quote to make clear that no one has to save a life to become a hero. Sometimes, facing our fears can often be rewarding as well.
In the epic poem
The Odyssey by Homer, the main character, Odysseus, is viewed as a hero by his ship men. Though Odysseus faced many challenges throughout his twenty years away from home, he killed his entire crew. When Odysseus and his crew had to face Scylla and
Charybdis, he let his men die to prolong his own life.