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  • Heroes From People
    698 words
    Growing up as a child in America I did not have a hero. Although I was exposed through my own reading and television to many revered and "famous" people, I never aspired to be like any particular individual. I looked at people's accomplishments and achievements, as remarkable as they might have been, as normal. I saw their feats as something that I myself can achieve if I made an effort. I remember my friend, Ben, always talking about Charles Barkley, a legendary basketball player. He would foll...
  • Qualities Of The Great American Hero
    499 words
    The American Hero For many years the American Hero has filled the silver screen and wide screened television sets, along with shelves of countless bookstores. Audiences love to see the protagonist overcome great odds, defeat the forces of evil, and save the beautiful girl at the last second. The character of the American Hero however, is not a new idea. James Cooper, in the 1800's, created the archetype of the American Hero. Natty Bumpo, also called Deerslayer, embodied many qualities of the gre...
  • Hero To Many People
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    Why I Have No Hero American Literature Matt Robbins October 7, 1996 What is a hero? Does one have to have superpowers, special abilities or incredible talent to be considered one? Well, some of us seem to think so. Then there is the everyday teacher or local figure that is considered a hero to selected individuals in their community. To me a hero has to have a few selected qualities, and I haven't met anyone who can fulfill all three. First, a hero must be good at heart. A hero has to know how t...
  • Ned's Need For A Drink
    732 words
    The Idea of a Hero in the Fiction of Barry Hannah The concept of a hero and the characteristics that one person feels are embodied by a hero are explored in the short story "Ride, Fly, Penetrate, Loiter" by Barry Hannah. Everyone wants to be a hero, but in reality few are. There are many people who consciously and unconsciously undermine their attempts to become a hero. Ned Maximus, the protagonist in Hannah's story is just such a person. Ned states that he "wants some hero for a buddy" (page 36...
  • One Hero
    430 words
    Many of our heroes today are characterized by their tremendous strength, or their romantic appeal, but I believe that a hero should not be characterized by these qualities, but rather what they d with them. What we do with our qualities is what makes the difference between a hero and an ordinary person. Some people think is someone who has characteristics which they can identify with, while to others, a hero is someone who has the characteristics that they would want to have. Whether money, fame...
  • My Parents As True Heroes
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    Do you qualify In today's modern times we hear the word hero all of the time. The news media throws the term around as if it is an everyday word. What exactly is a hero Who, or what, can be classified as a heroic The correct definition of the word hero is: One invested with heroic qualities in the opinions of others. That is a fine definition for books and intellectual minds. To the average person, however, a hero is much more. To better understand what a heroic quality is it may be easier to de...

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