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  • People As Heroes
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    HEROES ESSAY What is a hero To you, the reader, I submit this question so that you may form your own opinion. What is a hero and what qualifications make he or she worthy of the title The reply you have formulated in your mind has probably come to you rapidly and with alacrity, so much that you may deem even asking such a simple question to be not only a waste of the time it took me to ask it, but also the time it took you to consider it. Did you think of some virtuous individual who rescues peo...
  • Ned's Need For A Drink
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    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...
  • At The Start Of His Adventures Odysseus
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    Heroism: boldness, bravery, courage, daring, fearlessness, fortitude, gallantry, prowess, spirit, valor. This is how the term is described by practically any dictionary or thesaurus accessible by us today. But when we refer it to the three heroes' we have studied about during the last two months, it is evident that the word holds a different meaning for each one of them. It's not simply a matter that the hero is very successful or that he carries out deeds which no one else can carry out. The he...
  • Tragic African Hero In Okonkwo
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    Consider the Aristotelian tragedy. It has yet to go the way of Eddie Bauer. In Things Fall Apart, China Achebe devised a tragic African hero in Okonkwo, consistent with the classic stipulations of the figure. Thus, the novel -- to its greatest practicable extent-inherently existed as a tragedy on all levels to accommodate Okonkwo. To illustrate this, I will dissect and analyze the many factors that make Things Fall Apart an exemplary model of Greek tragedy by Aristotle's own towering ideals. Fir...
  • Crucible And The Scarlet Letter
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    An American Tragedy: Comparing 'The Crucible' and 'The Scarlet Letter " by: Jamie Newlands Two American authors, of two distinctly different time periods had on every similar task, to turn a piece of American History into a believable tragedy. Arthur Miller with The Crucible and Nathaniel Hawthorne with The Scarlet Letter. Perhaps one might wonder which author did a better job in doing so, but with such different pieces of work, this is hardly a question that can be answered. Miller's the Crucib...
  • Two Types Of Heroes
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    In "The Thematic Paradigm", University of Florida professor of film studies, Robert Ray, defines two types of heroes pervading American films, the outlaw hero and the official hero. Often the two types are merged in a reconciliatory pattern, he argues. In fact, this " reconciliatory pattern found its most typical incarnation... in one particular narrative: the story of the private man attempting to keep from being drawn into action on any but his own terms. In this story, the reluctant hero's ul...
  • Chillingworth The Tragic Hero
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    There have been many tragic heroes throughout the history of literature, including the tragic hero of The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. In The Scarlet Letter, Hawthorne makes the tragic hero clearly understood. Roger Chillingworth is obviously the tragic hero in this novel. There are many facts to back up this claim. A tragic hero can be described as a man / woman who has great promise, ability, and integrity of character. This is a clear match to Chillingworth's personality. Although l...

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