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 Emerges
A Hero Emerges
Help! Help! …. as people in a burning building, cry out in horror……. a hero emerges from the thick smoke of the burning building. I think a hero is someone who doesn’t hesitate when someone cries out for help, they don’t think about the things that will affect his self if he helps this person. A hero always has 3 characteristics that describe them. I think that a hero is brave, strong, and the most important unselfish.
A hero is brave, because if there wasn’t…
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…
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…
destination, The West. Because of all these details the film, Into the West, ultimately turns into an epic with a hero who achieves a lot and stands out in the collection of characters. Into the West satisfies the definition of an epic because there is a detailed central character hero, the landscape and settings are vast, and the central hero embodies the values of his civilization.
The central hero is Ossie, a 6 year old boy. He is one of the reasons why this story is a perfect example of an epic. Ossie…
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…
10 April 2015
My Personal Hero
Christopher Reeve once said, “A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.” Notably, this quote has been considered to be the “heart” of heroism for many others including myself. For example, soldiers, firefighters, policemen, and many others are the ones we consider as heroes because they all made a difference in other’s lives, and always put others before themselves…
Bernice Jean Louis
English 4 H
7 October 2014
As I look around the world today, I view a world that was once filled with love has quickly turned to hate. I read about the history of our vast world and sad to say none of it is the same. I remember growing up and reading my story books about great leaders of the world who were fearless and without shame, willing to fight for their right to be heard, to be known, and to matter. Now all I see is are people hiding behind shadows, scared…
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 plane…
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…
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…