Not a Hero Everyone might be familiar with heroes, no matter the imaginary or the real heroes, such as Batman and Martin Luther King. At the end of most stories, heroes would achieve their missions and become successful. I think that is what most people will remember about the stories or myths. However, people would barely mention or pay attention to the sidekicks in the stories. I guess the title “sidekicks” already sounds less important. On the other hand, sidekicks mostly just assist heroes and they are not the ones who achieve the mission at the end. Try to imagine, if Batman didn’t have such a great steward assist him, if Martin Luther King didn’t have the support from his people, would they be successful at the end? Even though many people seem to have the potential to be a hero, there is always only one hero who exists at the end. The famous ancient Chinese myth “Journey to the West” will be a good example. The story is about four monks who travelled all the way from China to India and overcame many difficulties in order to ask for the Buddha’s scriptures. One special thing about this group is there was only one human being among them, whose name was Xuanzang. Monkey King was his first disciple, Zhu Bajie was the second one (who originally was a pig) and Sha Wujing was his third disciple (who originally was a monster that lived in the river). Another similar example but from the modern society is the movie Inception. Inception is about a group of people who need to get into a person’s dream in order to change his business idea; they tried to plant a new idea in his mind. Similarly with “Journey to the West”, the master – Dom Cobb (Leonardo) started forming the group by himself. He started recruiting talented people to join him and help him to finish the mission. He has three sidekicks as well (since there would be only one hero exists in the stories, other people would automatically become sidekicks or we might call them disciples as well). His team included Ariadne who helped him to build the dream (the architect), Arthur who helped with the timing, and Eames who was a pretender. The biggest similarity between these two stories was the missions were achieved by a group of people instead of one person. Also, the characters have many similarities; no matter the central persons or the sidekicks. The central persons Xuanzang and Cobb have a lot in common for sure since they were considered as the heroes in the stories. Let’s compare Ariadne and Monkey King first. Both of them were talented and have great passion about what they were doing. However, they were both arrogant and too impulsive. Xuangzang punished Monkey King many times because he always acts before he thinks. On the other hand, Ariadne almost got killed because she entered Cobb’s dream without his permission and she didn’t know anything about Cobb’s dreams. Now let’s take a look at Arthur and Sha Wujing. They shared the same characteristics which are composure and improvisation. However, they might not be willing to take the risks because of they were too calm about the situations. Both Zhu Bajie and Eames have the optimistic attitude and always seem to enjoy their lives. I think their disadvantages included blind optimistism sometimes so that they might feel shocked by the unexpected outcomes or underestimated the risks which may have put them in dangerous. We probably still have the question of why a person can become a hero. Besides what Campbell said, heroes always have the “supernatural aid” to help them get through the hardships (69). I think what made some persons become heroes in the story is they have the same good qualities as the sidekicks have while they have other good qualities that the sidekicks don’t have. Xuanzang and Cobb definitely have talents. Xuanzang became a monk during his early age. He learned how to read and write Sanskrit much faster than his peers. On the other hand, Cobb was…
A “hero” should be someone with a good set of morals, someone who stands up for what
is right despite the consequences of the “hero’s” actions, and last of all someone who does nice,
genuine, acts of kindness just “because”. A hero like Superman but a hero doesn’t have to have
superpowers to be a hero. That of which could be argued about Cooper Folkerts, he has helped a
kid up when he tripped, a little act of kindness can always go a long way. However, for other
reasons, Superman is the hero that is easier to describe…
don’t understand them, yet we make no effort to because of our fear.
You may ask why we are so fearful of these things. What makes me like this? Why can’t I overcome these things? This is where the good things start happening. YOU must become the hero and conquer your fears. Who else but yourself can help you overcome what YOU are most fearful of? We must show confidence and self-worthiness and not come to fear in which our minds have corrupted. We must be strong and courageous and come over the…
Combine compassion with everyday citizens who are
demonstrating strong will against danger and inspiring values in others and a modern day hero is
The main difference between a hero and a villain is often the hero’s concerns for others.
A wise man (Ted Tollefson) once said, “ Heroes serve powers or principles larger than
themselves,” in his article, “Is a Hero Really Nothing but a Sandwich?” Abdul Sattar Edhi began
caring for his ailing mother, then others in his hometown. Now he takes care of millions of men…
Autobiography, Stone described a hero and what it is not. “Heroes are every day, common people, most of what they do goes unheralded, unappreciated and that ironically is heroism not to be recognized.”(Stone) What do you consider a hero? Someone who is made-up and fights bad guys for revenge and only comes out on television? Or someone who would rather stay home and take care of their grandma because she’s sick than to go to the party of the year?
Being a hero can bring many sacrifices but one…
What a true hero is all about
Everyone has a different opinion on what a hero is, but the real question is how do you become a hero. In my opinion a person who becomes a hero is someone that believes in themselves, helps others, learns from their mistakes and appreciates life. Sometimes that just makes me wonder if there really is such a thing called a “hero.”
One of the articles we read in class was Flight 93; it’s about some passengers that overtook the highjackers that intended to use the…
personal life. You can be hero without knowing it. Just making someone smile can brighten up their day. Heroes are there to make a stand and spread word to make people understand the thing they are striving for. They’re there to save lives and support others but most of all to make people smile.
Heroes are a big part of everyone’s childhood whether you had action figures or you read them in comics. A lot of superheroes went through tough times to become the super hero they now are. For example Batman…
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
In the article "My New Hero? She's a 4year old", The Newsweek Staff give an example…
Qualities of Hero
Every human being has an innate nature to help others. Thus, each one of us has a capacity to become a hero. A hero is someone that acts bravely in a situation, despite being frightened themselves. Like what I saw on the internet, there was a guy that saved the old lady away from the fire. Even though it was too dangerous to save the old lady, but he chose to risked his life. A hero does not need to have any kind of super powers in order to save people, if they did something that…
Whether someone’s hero is a living person or a fabled character from a movie, everyone has a hero. I think a lot when I hear the word of someone being a hero. Being a hero is anyone or someone who, through personal effort, makes a positive action in loves of others without compromising his or her own personal values. In my view, there are different kinds of heroes, Ancient heroes, Shakespearean heroes, and even Modern day heroes. In other words, ancient heroes are from the past that have a special…