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Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby and the Tragic Hero - Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby and the Tragic Hero       Aristotle invented a list of criteria in an attempt to determine the exact definition of a tragic hero.  The list states the following - the tragic hero must cause his own down fall; the tragic hero's fate is undeserved; the tragic hero's punishment exceeds his crime; the tragic hero must be a great and noble person according to the standards of the current society.  In Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby can be defined as a tragic hero who possesses all of the aforementioned traits.   Jay Gatsby's main desire in life is to become a member of high society, respected more than anyone else.  Gatsby has taken steps to ensure th...   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays Fitzgerald Hero Papers]
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The Great Hero Odysseus - Fictional heroes in literature are characters that embark on grueling, mind-altering journeys even though they receive no personal gain from these missions. Heroes overcome difficult challenges and resist temptations while also learning important life lessons and acquiring an enlightened perspective. The epic poem The Odyssey by Homer chronicles the great hero Odysseus’s return trip to Ithaka. His long and demanding voyage to his homeland leaves Odysseus a changed man. However, many argue whether Odysseus truly earns the title of “hero.” There is evidence for both sides of this argument....   [tags: Character Analysis] 1234 words
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Fitzgerald's Great Deception: The Unexpected Hero - The Great Gatsby, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, is an insightful story with many different themes and motifs. Some of the more obvious themes are wealth and social class. The theme that is not as clearly seen is the theme of deceit. One may think that the title, The Great Gatsby, reveals the hero of the story. However it is not Gatsby, but Nick Carraway that is the hero. Fitzgerald used the theme of deception and Nick’s first-person point of view to show his readers that Nick is the hero of The Great Gatsby....   [tags: The Great Gatsby, literary analysis]
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Harvey Milk: A Great American Hero - When we think about the great heroes of American history, those who caused great change are usually the first to come to mind. The great American heros are those who fight for change, even if it’s against social norms, to change the lives of people for the better. Heros are those who inspires others and puts others before themselves. Heros do not allow success to change them and never stops working for their goals. They do not allow other people, fear, or failure to stop nor slow them down. And in some cases, a hero will make the ultimate sacrifice for what they believe is right....   [tags: great depression, homosexuality] 1181 words
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Theseus Athens Great Hero - Theseus Athens Great Hero At birth Theseus an unknown father. His mother , Aethra , was friendly with both Poseidon and Aegeus (Hunt 3-6). Before Theseus was born Aegeus said to Aethra ." If we are to have a son , when he is grown have him take my sword and sandals from under this boulder to me ," then he was off to Athens. Theseus was born in a small town called Troezen and grew up there, in a normal way. When Theseus was old enough Aethra took Theseus to the boulder where the sandals and sword were and told him what Aegeus had said....   [tags: essays research papers] 556 words
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The Tragic Hero of The Great Gatsby - Achilles' hamartia was his heel, Samson's was his love for Delilah, and Hamlet's was his indecisiveness. The definition of hamartia is a fatal flaw that leads to the downfall of a hero. In each of these heroes' cases, they had a specific flaw lead to their demise. In F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel, The Great Gatsby: the main character, Jay Gatsby is the tragic hero. Like all tragic heroes, he inspires the feeling of sympathy from readers. The thing that makes him so relatable is his hopefulness in pursuing the American Dream, just like so many others have felt and experienced....   [tags: F. Scott Fitzgerald novel review] 1166 words
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A Great America Hero: Johnny Appleseed - Johnny Appleseed is one of the most illustrious and respected folk tale legends of his era. The only thing different is that his story is not only a folk tale but real story. This paper will explore his travels, contributions and accomplishments throughout his journey. His voyages took him far and wide and expanded for over 50 years. Appleseed’s eccentric way of life and travels makes him a celebrated hero today. Many books, movies and plays convey his story. Many communities in the mid-west have streets, buildings, parks and schools with the Appleseed name....   [tags: notorious pioneers] 1050 words
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Jay Gatsby as Tragic Hero of Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby - Jay Gatsby as Tragic Hero of Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby According to Aristotle, there are a number of characteristics that identify a tragic hero: he must cause his own downfall; his fate is not deserved, and his punishment exceeds the crime; he also must be of noble stature and have greatness. These are all characteristics of Jay Gatsby, the main character of Fitzgerald's novel, The Great Gatsby.  Jay Gatsby is a tragic hero according to Aristotle's definition.   Jay Gatsby is an enormously rich man, and in the flashy years of the jazz age, wealth defined importance....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays Fitzgerald]
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Jay Gatsby: The Tragic Hero in The Great Gatsby - According to Aristotle, a tragic hero character can be defined to be of noble status, but not necessarily virtuous. There is some aspect of his personality that he has in great abundance but it is this that becomes his tragic flaw and leads to his ultimate demise. However, his tragic ending should not simply sadden the reader, but teach him or her a life lesson. In The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Jay Gatsby is the tragic hero who portrays the corruption of the American dream through his tragic flaw....   [tags: F. Scott Fitzgerald]
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Gatsby As A Fake, Desperate Hero In The Great Gatsby - Gatsby`s True Colors When people hear the words “romantic hero,” they imagine one of those fake characters from cheesy love stories, holding roses while kneeling below the heroine`s balcony. Gatsby is no better than those fake and desperate heroes because his love is untrue and obsessive. James Gatz, who is also known as Jay Gatsby, is a poor young man who acquires wealth for the purpose of gaining the love of a rich girl named Daisy. Gatsby lives and breathes for Daisy, the “nice” girl he loves, even though she is married to Tom Buchanan....   [tags: Character Analysis] 1371 words
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The Remains of a Legend’s Title - Alexander the Great is a great example to this new title change, he was known as a legend, a hero and even the Messiah. Alexander was born on the summer of 356 BC and died in the month of Daisios (June) 323 BC. His parents are Olympias and Philip, Olympias was the princess of the Molossia in Epirus, which was named after Andromache and Neoptolemus son. Neoptolemus is the same man who slain King Priam, and is also the son of Achilles. So it is said that Alexander was a descendant of the “flawed hero of the Illiad”....   [tags: Alexander The Great, Legend, Hero, History]
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Lawrence Sullivan Ross: The Hero of the Great State of Texas - Lawrence Sullivan Ross or more commonly known as Sul Ross was born on September 27, 1838 in Bentonsport, Iowa Territory. He was a second son and fourth child of Catherine Fulkerson and Shapley Prince Ross (Benner). In 1839, Ross’ family moved to the new Republic of Texas where the young Ross had his first encounter with hostile Indians (Benner). Speaking about his education, Ross attended Baylor University in Texas for one year and then he transferred to Wesleyan University in Alabama, where he earned his A.B degree in 1859....   [tags: sul ross, biography, civil war]
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The Trageic Hero George Wilson in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald - There are plenty of heroes in the human society: tragic heroes, anti - heroes, and the old - fashioned courageous heroes. Although all of these heroes are appealing and fascinating, the most interesting hero to read and study is the tragic hero. A tragic hero is a great or virtuous character in a dramatic tragedy who is destined for downfall, suffering, or defeat. An illustration of this hero can be exemplified In The Great Gatsby written by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The tragic hero displayed in the novel is named George Wilson....   [tags: personality, goals, dreams, direction] 956 words
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A Heroless Story - A Heroless Story You can’t have a good story without a good hero, Fitzgerald did exact opposite of that in “The Great Gatsby”. Oxford dictionary defines hero as “a person, typically a man, who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities” (Oxford). There are no heroes in “The Great Gatsby”. When you think of heroes in the story the first person you would claim to be the hero would be Nick Carraway, but he is not a hero. Nick Carraway is a liar, but he only lies a certain way, through omission....   [tags: The Great Gatsby, Scott Fitzgerald, hero]
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Show Me a Hero and I’ll Write You a Tragedy: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald - ... “’We wanted to warn you about getting burned the first day’, she continued cheerily, ‘because your skin is important, but there seems to be so darn much formality on this beach that we didn’t know whether you’d mind.’” (Tender is the Night 7). This quote is important in the book because it separates the Divers from the McKiscos. They are the two types of people on the beach, the Divers are tan and the McKiscos are white. This physical distinction is a symbol that Fitzgerald uses in both books to further his theme of separation....   [tags: american dream, exclusiveness] 1376 words
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What´s a Hero? - Heroes have always played a part in humanity, they can be found in literature, painting and other forms of art. But what determines a hero. of course there is a dictionary definition, each individual has their own icon so the answer must be subjective to each person. A hero is someone that is admired because of the characteristics they possess, or their actions. The definition that I recognize is, somebody who is a leader that is skilled and loyal.. A hero is a great leader, that is skilled, clever, ruthless, just and loyal....   [tags: great leader, oyalty, ruthlessness and justice] 1636 words
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Use of Heroism in Epic Poems found in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald - The development of a hero always follows the same type of pattern and structure in epic poems. This characterization of heroes as valiant figures and has progressed through time to create a solid reference point on what a true hero should be. In The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald is able to utilize these key components to mock Gatsby’s heroism. This creates an ironic image of Gatsby because his seemingly grandiose actions are incomparable to the acts of true valiant heroes. F. Scott Fitzgerald draws on the conventions of epic poems in order to satirize Gatsby’s characterization in the novel....   [tags: Mockery, Hero, Novel]
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The Complex Hero in Beowulf - The story of Beowulf is one of the oldest examples of what society views as a hero. Though the story was written in Anglo-Saxon times, the credentials one would need in order to be considered by society a hero remain the same. The Anglo-Saxons believed that a hero was strong and courageous, but humble and kind as well. They also believed that a hero was intelligent and dignified, in which he would fight until death in order to defend his people. In Beowulf and Grendel, directed by Sturla Gunnarsson, Beowulf is depicted as caring, compassionate, noble, and understanding, which makes him seem as if he had every trait of a true hero....   [tags: Beowulf Hero Essay]
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What is a Hero? - Heroes What is a hero. How has the definition of heroism evolved in today’s society. When one thinks of a hero, does he think of batman or superman or does he think of the military men and women, or police officers and firefighters. The definition of hero, according to Merriam Webster, is a person who is admired for brave or great acts or fine qualities. People have different perceptions of who their heroes are. Who is to say which perception is right or wrong. Each person has his own personal idea of what a hero is....   [tags: Heroism, Evolved, Tday;s Society, Hero]
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Beowulf’s Three Great Fights in Beowulf - Beowulf, which is considered the oldest English masterpiece, celebrates the three great fights of Beowulf. Whether Beowulf is a Christian poem written based on pagan story or a pagan poem rewritten under Christian influence remains unknown, considering that the poem combines pagan and Christian elements rather seamlessly. While Beowulf is described as a hero with admirable Christian virtues, he is still essentially a pagan hero. The poem does not reject the pagan heroism. However, Beowulf’s oldest manuscript was written by a Christian for freshly-converted Christians, thus the poem as we know it shows the superiority of Christianity over pagan religions....   [tags: pagan, christian, hero]
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Like Us, You Too Can Be Great - At a point in our life we all will have rough patches. Just about every human goes throughout his or her life to find security. But in all this searching sometimes they fail in finding it. I believe that is what leads people to drink. They feel like they are missing something in their life so they fill the void with a liquid matter that takes pain away for a while. But in return it leaves you defenseless. It leaves them wanting the security that they have failed to find in their lifes search. But in my case, it is completely different....   [tags: drinking, hero, villain, alcohol] 1456 words
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Campbell Theory on How a Hero is Made - “The hero’s story has the “thousand faces” made famous by Campbell’s work, but it is still ‘‘a story’’, that is, a narrative process by which things happen to create, to shape, and to demonstrate the hero in action.”(Pharr, 54). Heroes come from nowhere, but are not luck of the draw. They are “a mythological or legendary figure often of divine descent endowed with great strength or ability”(Merriam-Webster). Campbell’s theory of how a hero is constructed is exemplified by Rowling and Tolkien’s writing....   [tags: harry potter, the ring, hero in action] 3078 words
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Oedipus as a Tragic Hero in Sophocles’ Oedipus the King - The tragic hero has served as the foundation of Greek tragedy since its inception in ancient times. He or she serves as a rallying point for the audience to cheer for and mourn with throughout the story, and ultimately teaches the audience a lesson about human vulnerability and strength through defeat. A tragic hero is “a privileged, exalted character of high repute, who, by virtue of a tragic flaw and fate, suffers a fall from glory into suffering” (DiYanni). The combination of the tragic hero’s character traits and the storyline he or she follows make the tragedy an actual tragedy rather than a depressing story with a sad ending....   [tags: god, hero, greek theories]
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Summer of Wealth, Dreams and Desires in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald - ... In that moment readers are finally privy to the ugly, greedy, truth that is Tom, out philandering for pleasures purely his own, while his wife gives birth to their child. Later approaching the tragedy of of the book, Tom displays another act of sub-human behavior, nonchalantly brushing off his affairs, “And what’s more I love Daisy too. Once in a while I go off on a spree and make a fool of myself, but I always come back, and in my heart I love her all the time.”(201). Tom in a sense is attempting to prove to Daisy that because he always returns to her, the acts seriousness should somewhat be absolved....   [tags: greed, villain, hero]
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The Hero Monomyths of Herkales and Odysseus via Joseph Campbell’s Hero Archetype - The monumental piece of non-fiction work titled “The Hero with a Thousand Faces,” first published in 1949 by Joseph Campbell points out an apparent monomyth of the hero through superb use of example and literary analysis. In this book Campbell presents three main phases of the archetypal hero; The Departure, The Initiation, and The Return. Within these three main phases there exist numerous sub-phases that describe nearly all aspects of the hero’s journey and its’ impact upon the entire monomyth....   [tags: Joseph Campbell, Heroes, Hero with a Thousand Face] 1134 words
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Heracles: A Primary Example of Joseph’s Campbell’s Hero’s Journey - THESIS STATEMENT Heracles favorite of the Greeks is a primary example of Joseph’s Campbell’s hero’s journey, proven by all the actions that Heracles has done during the span of his Life. PURPOSE STATEMENT This paper is to show that Heracles is the prime example of a hero’s journey through his actions and the struggles that he faced during his life until he was about to die but instead of death, his father, Zeus, saved him and he conquered the mortal realm, to become a god. INTRODUCTION The story of Heracles that comes to people’s mind is not what Heracles had to do during his life....   [tags: The Hero’s Journey] 2103 words
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A Shakesperean Tragic Hero - Macbeth - A Shakespearean tragic hero may be defined as “an exceptional being of high degree” who contributes to his own degeneration and illustrates a personality flaw. The character of Shakespeare’s Macbeth is in all ways the perfect example of a tragic hero. His greatness and bravery in battle for his country ultimately leads him to be a great thane and eventually a powerful king, making his actions have a significant impact on a country. Macbeth’s ambition on becoming a king leads to an obsession to remain in his current position....   [tags: William Shakespeare Macbeth Hero] 1125 words
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The Hero in A Farewell to Arms, by Ernest Hemingway - Ernest Hemingway defined a hero as, “A man who lives correctly, following the ideals of honor, courage and endurance in a world that is sometimes chaotic, often stressful, and always painful.” It is blatantly apparent that Henry, the protagonist of A Farewell to Arms, did not exemplify any of these traits at all in the beginning of the novel. However, as the book progressed, Henry gradually learned how to be a “Hemingway Hero”, and he eventually progressed to the point where he completely embodied all that is expected of such....   [tags: Hemingway Hero]
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Examining the Protagonist, Clive, in The Alternative Hero - The protagonist of this novel is Clive Beresford. He is a writer for a famous music magazine, and that is what his whole life is circled around: music. He began listening to music when he was a teenager and became obsessed with a band known as the “Thieving Magpies”. “But these Thieving Magpies sounded wicked. Get me to the record shop NOW” (Thorton 28). Ever since then, Clive has been obsessed with the band and wrote reviews for them. He was especially fond of the lead singer, Lance Webster, who, one night, mouthed off to the entire crowd at a concert and left the band....   [tags: The Alternative Hero]
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The Comic Hero in Aristophanes and Charlie Chaplin - The Comic Hero in Aristophanes and Charlie Chaplin The comedic works of both Aristophanes, a fifth-century ancient Greek playwright, and Charlie Chaplin, an actor of the early twentieth century, center around one character. Aristophanes' play Clouds, first produced in 423 B.C.E., concerns Strepsiades and his many debts; he plans to learn from Socrates the art of the Inferior Argument so that he may convince his creditors that he does not have to pay them anything after all. In his later play Birds, first produced in 414 B.C.E., the main character is Makemedo, a man so determined to get out of Athens that he convinces a collection of birds to defy the gods, establish themselves as the ruler...   [tags: Cominc Hero Aristophanes Chaplin Essays]
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Macbeth: A Hero and a Diabolical Figure - William Shakespeare once indicated, “As he was valiant, I honour him. But as he was ambitious, I slew him,” yet this vehement desire Shakespeare loathed was the exact inner drive that forced one of his most famous characters into desolation. Furthermore, this character is depicted with ambivalence moral and is given the appellation of both a hero and a diabolical figure. In Shakespeare’s play, Macbeth, the central character is initially portrayed as a glorious and courageous noble. However, because of the atrocious murders he commits he is more of an acrimonious tyrant than a brave thane....   [tags: shakespeare, macbeth, war hero] 916 words
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Claudius, the Unorthodox Tragic Hero - An Aristotelian’s tragic hero is a person of nobility who is ill-fated by a defect - seemingly intertwined with attributes that make him/her prosperous - in his/her character. Usually the protagonist, a tragic hero is commended for his/her honorable traits and is depicted to be the victim in most works of literature. In Hamlet, by William Shakespeare, the traditional portrayal of a tragic hero is defied: in lieu of being the victim, the tragic hero becomes the culprit of the play. By instilling the antagonist, King Claudius, with honorable qualities like that of a tragic hero, Shakespeare demonstrates that a person is never at the extreme ends of the moral spectrum but rather at the center:...   [tags: hamlet, shakespeare, tragic hero]
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Gatsby---the great Dream Chaser - In The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald shows a picture of 1920's America. In that period of time, just after world war one, the American economics was developing at a very fast speed. Prosperity changed people's spirit and values, wealthy people lived extravagant lives, and they tried to seek pleasure all day long. Millions of peoples try to get wealthy, and that was their dream. American dream as one of the most important factor in the society in the 1920s American, and it plays a primary role in the novel....   [tags: The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald]
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Traits of the Hero Odysseus in the Odyssey by Homer - What is a hero. What is so special about a hero. A hero is a mortal with inhuman powers who does things ‘normal’ people cannot do. Most heros are usually form Mythology of the Greeks and Romans in the twentieth (20th) to the first (1st) century BC. All heros will go through an Odyssey, or a adventure/s with romance, action, and at times, a happy ending. This leads to a story written in Eight hundred (800) BC, called “The Odyssey.” The Odyssey is an Epic poem written by Homer, a greek poet who lived in the eighteen hundred to the seventeen hundred BC....   [tags: hero, cunningness, courage]
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Who Should be Considered a Hero in Anglo-Saxon Culture and Today? - Who Should be Considered a Hero in Anglo-Saxon Culture and Today. Today, many children would consider Superman, Spiderman, Batman & Robin, and even possibly Arnold Schwarzenegger in his old film The Terminator as great superheroes. These comic strip heroes even impress adults as courageous men because we cannot get over their legendary and their supernatural skills. For example, Spiderman is well known for the spider webs that emerge from his manly wrist. On the other hand, heroes are not just defined by comic strips or cartoons....   [tags: Beawulf Hero Culture Essays] 798 words
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The Modest Beliefs, Genuine Heart, and Generous Will of Jay Gatsby in Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby is a masterpiece and prehaps even one of the greatest novels of all time. Throughtout Fitzgerald’s story there seems to broad spectrum of moral and social views demonstrated by various characters. The story begins in a majestic dissilution city where a newborn light with new money become popular in a short time to redeem his once lost love. Jay Gatsby develops various characteristics throughout the story along with Nick Carroway. A definition of a good man is someone who seeks others happiness without considering their own self;and that great hero is Gatsby....   [tags: the great gatsby] 821 words
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A True Hero Today: Nick Vujicic - In our world , we can find many heroes. In history, a hero is a person who fights to achieve honor, and in ancient Greek history, heroes could be male or female. Achilles was one of the greatest examples in ancient Greece. I think the concept of the hero has changed today from the past. According to Tollefson (1993), a hero is a person who has an exciting experience of adventure to tell others, also who has a vision that can change people’s lives and serve power larger than themselves, they are individuals....   [tags: hero, skills, mental, physical, change] 785 words
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My Family, My Little Brother, My Hero - Ever thought about what a hero stands for or who heroes are. I have. I was challenged a week ago to come up with my hero for an English paper. After countless, antagonizing hours pondering the true meaning of this topic, I know what the word hero stands for. A hero is a person you look up to, someone who is honorable, benevolent, and hardworking. This person will battle evil everyday. This evil may be causing the world to end, or just the world as he knows it. I know a person who personifies all of these characteristics, thus making him my hero....   [tags: hero essay, essay about family] 578 words
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A Hero of Our Time - Gregoriy Pechorin is No Hero - A Hero of Our Time  - Gregoriy Pechorin is No Hero Is Pechorin, the protagonist of Mikhail Lermontov's novella A Hero of Our Time an honorable man. Much of Pechorin's behavior proves him to be a cruel and insensitive man, who seems to bring only havoc and destruction to a situation. He is often aggravating, self-serving and insensitive to others. However in other instances, Pechorin proves himself to be the least reprehensible character. He shows himself to be a man with great self knowledge and knowledge of human behavior....   [tags: Hero of Our Time Essays]
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The Odyssey as a Hero Journey - "All of us have similar experiences. We share in the life journey of growth, development, and transformation. We live the same stories…the trappings might be different, the twists and turns that create suspense might be different from culture to culture, the particular characters may take different forms, but underneath it all, it's the same story, drawn from the same experiences"(Linda Seger, Creating Myth, 1). All people face trials and tribulations throughout their life. Thus, what defines one from one's fellow human beings is not the trials themselves, but how one overcomes the challenges along the journey, as well as the psychological and physical lessons one learns from the actions e...   [tags: Odyssey Hero Heroes Essays]
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Epic Hero in Homer's The Odyssey - Epic Hero in Homer's The Odyssey With its larger-than-life plot twists, The Odyssey is a classic representation of an epic in literature. With that understood, it is no surprise that the main character of the story helps to define an epic hero. A character must express certain virtues to be considered such. Strength, courage, and nobility are almost prerequisites. Cleverness is an added bonus. Odysseus possesses many characteristics and virtues that make him a true representation of an epic hero....   [tags: Homer Odyssey Hero] 958 words
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Antigone: Hero Or Fool? - In Greek literature, a tragic hero is based upon an individual having several of the following qualities: having a high social position in society; not being overly good or bad; being persistant or stubborn in their actions; having a single flaw that brings about their own death and the death of others; and obtaining pity from the audience. Antigone was a prime example of a Greek tragic hero. Antigone, being the daughter of Oedipus, obtained a high social standing in Thebes. Prior to his self-exile from Thebes, Oedipus was the city's king....   [tags: Greek tragic hero]
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F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby Any American is taught a dream that is purged of all truth. The American Dream is shown to the world as a belief that anyone can do anything; when in reality, life is filled with impossible boundaries. In the novel, The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald gives us a glimpse into the life of the upper class during the roaring twenties through the eyes of a moralistic young man named Nick Carraway. It is through the narrator's dealings with the upper class that the reader is shown how modern values have transformed the American Dream's pure ideals into a scheme for materialistic power, and how the world of the upper class lacks any sense of morals or conseq...   [tags: Fitzgerald Great Gatsby] 1467 words
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Beowulf as the Archetypal Germanic Hero - The epic and oral poem Beowulf illustrates a loss of community, cultural values, and tradition. Beowulf, the main character, is an ideal king and archetypal warrior. History is relevant to Beowulf; this Germanic society was being taken over by Christian missionaries who were seeking to convert this culture. The character of Beowulf is a reflection of the Germanic culture's virtues; heroism is emphasized in the text's multiple references and constant focus on heroes and what it is to be a hero. Beowulf, who is reflective of an older generation of heroes, strives for community....   [tags: Epic Beowulf Hero Essays Papers] 2093 words
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Achilles as a Hero - Achilles, having been a famed and valiant soldier, was sought after and loved by all, except his adversary Agamemnon. He was a prominent warrior known for his great strength that actually caused the Acheans to win many battles. But what was it that caused Achilles to be such a hero. Consider the definition for the word, “hero.” A hero is “a person who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities.” This gallant warrior is all three of these points in the definition, plus more....   [tags: achilles, heroes,] 674 words
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Not Always the Hero - Heroes are found everywhere. They are seen in movies, on television, in books, and in reality. A hero can be anyone from a friend to a fictional character. To be considered a hero, one must make selfless sacrifices, develop and learn, overcome challenges and temptations, and ultimately present their known world with a gift of any kind. Homer’s The Odyssey paints a picture of the supposed savior Odysseus. The irony of Odysseus’ situation is that he really is not the marvelous hero that many who read The Odyssey see him to be....   [tags: Character Analysis] 2022 words
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James Gatz: The Great Illusionist - He is Jimmy, the “Mr. Nobody from nowhere” (Fitzgerald 130). He is James, the boy with not a single cent to his name but a dream as big as the stars. He is the Great Gatsby, the rich and mysterious thrower of extravagant parties. Gatsby achieves his most well-known title as “The Great” when he is at the peak of his life and as rich as he can be, yet does he deserve it. Many “great people” have gone through history and literature without ever receiving such a title, yet a bootlegger from the West achieves such an honor....   [tags: Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby analaysis]
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William Shakespeare's Othello and The Tragic Hero - William Shakespeare's Othello and The Tragic Hero      If one reads Shakespeare's Othello, they can come to the conclusion that it might be one of the his most tragic plays ever written by Shakespeare. Romeo and Juliet, is probably the most famous of his tragic plays, but Othello, has characteristics that, I think make it even more tragic than his other plays, and therefore for that reason, you can say that Othello is the most tragic hero.      Othello is a noble man, one who has grace with the ladies but also possesses all the virtues of a military leader that he is....   [tags: William Shakespeare Othello Hero Essays] 1443 words
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A Hero's Journey - A Hero’s Journey: Alice in Wonderland The Hero’s Journey is a pattern of narrative that appears in novels, storytelling, myth, and religious ritual. It was first identified by the American scholar Joseph Campbell in his book A Hero with Thousand Faces. Campbell also discussed this pattern in his interview to Bill Moyers which was later published as a book The Power of Myths. This pattern describes the typical adventure of the archetype known as The Hero, the person who goes out and achieves great deeds....   [tags: Alice in Wonderland, Novel Analysis] 1894 words
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The Hero's Journey - The Hero’s Journey “The journey of the hero is about the courage to seek the depths; the image of creative rebirth; the eternal cycle of change within us; the uncanny discovery that the seeker is the mystery which the seeker seeks to know. The hero journey is a symbol that binds, in the original sense of the word, two distant ideas, and the spiritual quest of the ancients with the modern search for identity always the one, shape-shifting yet marvelously constant story that we find.” (Phil Cousineau) The Hero's Journey has been engaged in stories for an immemorial amount of time....   [tags: Joseph Campbell, literature]
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An Unexpected Hero - On June 6, 1943, in Greenbow, Alabama, an unexpected hero was born with a crooked spine, a low IQ and strong legs. Forrest Gump is not an expected conventional hero, however his accolades and accomplishments suggest otherwise. A hero is someone who inspires and instills good morals upon others by their courageous and outstanding acts. Forrest demonstrates these characteristics multiple times during his heroic journey. Whether it be diplomatic ping pong, fighting in the Vietnam War, becoming a local football legend at the University of Alabama or donating money to a deceased friend’s family, Forrest influenced many people with his unselfish and charitable acts....   [tags: Forrest Gump, IQ, inspiration, spine]
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My Hero - My Hero What is a hero. In my view a hero is someone that you admire. You may admirer them for their achievements, outlooks in life or maybe just because they are famous. In this case I admire my hero for his courage and his determination all through his personal life and his career. This story begins in Bellshill near Glasgow 24th September 1962 where a Glaswegian boy was born. His parents Alexander and May called their miracle Alistair Murdoch McCoist. If only his parents had known the difference this baby boy would make to Scottish football in years to come....   [tags: Hero Heroes Personal Essays] 1441 words
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F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby - The Dynamic Gatsby - The Dynamic Gatsby The Great Gatsby is a book filled with dynamic characters, written by a dynamic person. Throughout the book, the themes and situations are on many symbolic levels. The Great Gatsby is such a novel, that the hero is portrayed to the reader by a man who, with seemingly no effort, will not judge a man easily. He perceives him, takes him in, and analyzes him. This man’s name is not, in fact, Gatsby, but Nick Carraway, the narrator of the story. The man who is being perceived, of course, is Jay Gatsby, our hero....   [tags: Great Gatsby Essays] 417 words
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How Does Dickens Engage and Sustain the Reader in Great Expectations? - HOW DOES CHARLES DICKENS ENGAGE THE READER IN GREAT EXPECTATIONS. FOCUS ON CHAPTERS 1-8 Great Expectations by Charles Dickens is considered to be the greatest book he has ever sold. By the time Charles Dickens had started his thirteenth novel, Great Expectations, he was a national hero. After living as a shoe polisher, the upper class citizens of England started to realise through his writing what was happening to their fellow lower class citizens. Dickens’ excellence in this book is shown right throughout....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays] 2260 words
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Louis Riel: A Hero or a Traitor? - Was Louis Riel a hero or a traitor. Well, some individuals say that he was a hero, and others say that he was a traitor. Individually I believe that Louis Riel was a hero because he was the forefather of Manitoba, which is a province of Canada. The fact that he was a persuasive politician and spiritual leader made him a hero as well. Lastly, he stood up for Native rights. Others like the British had thought of him mostly as a traitor, because they were not able to understand that Louis Riel had just needed the Canadian government to treat his people fairly, and that he was willing to do everything for his people....   [tags: Canada, Manitoba, Native] 524 words
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What Does It Take to Be a Hero - Webster’s definition of a hero is, a person who is admired for great or brave acts ("Hero."). This is a basic definition because in actuality the definition of hero is more complex. A hero is someone who is selfless. In spite of the dangers or fears of what may happen, a hero will still do the right thing. A hero is someone who sees something that needs to be done and does it no matter the cost to themselves. In order for someone to be considered a hero they must be completely selfless. They must be so at all times; even when it is difficult to do so, he must put others before themselves....   [tags: selfless, right, thing, mindset, help]
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Harry Potter and The Hero's Journey - In movies, novels, and life, people are named as heroes. The heroes we establish and the heroes we recognize, however, may not meet the criteria for a mythic hero. A mythic hero ventures forth on his journey, and comes forth from the hero’s path to greatness. Joseph Campbell, a mythologist who studied many of the great human myths and religious tales, realized, in studying these myths and tales, that there were certain steps that every hero went through. Campbell called this “The Hero’s Journey”; it is based on Carl Jung's idea that all human beings have an archetype....   [tags: story analysis, J.K Rowling]
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The Hero Cycle in Ella Enchanted - The Hero Cycle is what most stories follow, stories such as Ella Enchanted. Ella Enchanted is just another film that follows the Hero Cycle. It has an unusual origin, an ultimate test, and a great reward at the end. In the movie Ella Enchanted, Ella has fulfilled all of the Hero Cycle points, such as she is born with a strange gift, her ultimate test is finding a way out of her gift as she feels as it is a curse, and the reward is a grand married into the royal family. In Ella Enchanted, Ella has a strange origin, typical in stories that follow the Hero Cycle; Ella is born and gifted the gift of obedience by her god mother Lucinda....   [tags: stepsisters, prince, marriage]
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The Tragic Hero: Creon or Antigone? - In the Greek tragedy Antigone, the characters Antigone and Creon can both be thought of as the tragic hero of the play. Though Antigone does show some of these characteristics of a tragic hero, Creon demonstrates the attributes more clearly and concisely. Creon is the King of Thebes, as well as the uncle of Antigone. Creon took the throne after a tragic quarrel between his two nephews, Eteocles and Polyneices. Despite his harsh governing and his crude ideals, he is not good or bad. Creon is the tragic hero of the play Antigone, because of his superiority in his society, his nobility, and his tragic flaw, self-pride....   [tags: Character Analysis, Greek, Classics] 1288 words
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Kennedy Is an American Tragic Hero - Kennedy Is an American Tragic Hero What makes a hero a tragic hero. According to the Greek play write Aristotle, a hero must possess certain character traits in order to be tragic. Aristotle’s rules are still used today when labeling a hero tragic or not tragic. Jack Fitzgerald Kennedy, the thirty-fifth president of the United States is a tragic hero, because he possess four of the six traits a tragic hero must possess. This will be proven through the use of credible sources and explanation of these four traits....   [tags: US president assasinations]
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A Hero, a King, and a Daemon - Gifted with the darkest attributes intertwined in his imperfect characteristics, Shakespeare’s Richard III displays his anti-hero traits afflicted with thorns of villains: “Plots have I laid, inductions dangerous / By drunken prophecies, libels, and dreams” (I.i.32-33). Richard possesses the idealism and ambition of a heroic figure that is destined to great achievements and power; however, as one who believes that “the end justifies the means”, Richard rejects moral value and tradition as he is willing to do anything to accomplish his goal to the crown....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Shakespeare] 1163 words
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Being a Hero in The Histories of Herodotus - Many people consider him the father of history; others prefer to call him the father of lies. Whatever may be your perception of Herodotus’ work, the truth is that Herodotus began a new manner of writing history in which human psychology takes a fundamental place. He was the first historian who really considered the reasons why things happen and did not limit his narrative to just facts. His book The Histories evidences all the distinctive features that he employs through his description of facts as well as the intrinsic analysis that he includes to his storyline about controversial topics like the definition of what heroes really are....   [tags: Literary Analysis]
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Abraham Lincoln: Characteristics of a Hero - Stories of heroes have been a source of inspiration and awe for as long as people could tell them. We look to legends of great men and women who have accomplished grand tasks in hopes that we, too, may one day be as tremendous as them. Indeed, most of us do; albeit not in the way we imagine. Most of them slip by us unnoticed, overlooked, and will never be the protagonists of epic stories. So what exactly makes a hero. I believe a hero to be anyone who possesses the qualities of a hero: courageous, perseverant and compassionate – all of which Abraham Lincoln perfectly demonstrates....   [tags: log cabin, kentucky, symphaty for pets and people]
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The Unexpected Hero: Forrest Gump - On June 6, 1943, in Greenbow, Alabama, an unexpected hero was born with a crooked spine and strong legs. Forrest Gump is not an expected conventional hero, however his accolades and accomplishments suggest otherwise. A hero is someone who inspires and instills good morals upon others by their courageous and outstanding acts. Forrest demonstrates these characteristics multiple times during his heroic journey. Whether it be diplomatic pingpong, fighting in the Vietnam War, becoming a local football legend at the University of Alabama or donating money to a deceased friend’s family, Forrest influenced many people with his unselfish and charitable acts....   [tags: movie character analysis] 837 words
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A Hero, President Abraham Lincoln - ...   Abraham Lincoln runs for presidency in the 1860’s it is thought he was chosen since he did not have extreme views on slavery in a sense he rarely talked about slaves during his campaigning.During the days of election “Me and my wife were at a friends house drinking tea when a young man comes barging through the door saying Mr.Lincoln did you her the news you one the elections i am shocked that i have one the elections and coming from a poor family and my wife did not belive i would be elected nor did I then am filled with joy”.The News spreads like wild fire that the underdog wins the elections and the South is infuriated they create rally and governors from the south come together and...   [tags: civil war, slaves, freedom] 677 words
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Oprah Winfrey: A True Hero - A hero is a person that is brave, loving, dedicated, and inspirational. Oprah Winfrey displays all of those qualities and is therefore a hero. Winfrey is a brilliant talk show hostShe has been a philanthropist for many years, and continues to inspire people all over the world. She is known by so many people around the world for all that she has done . Winfrey uses her fame for the better good of people making her a true hero. Oprah Winfrey is a philanthropist that has done so much for so many charities and different people around the world....   [tags: Donation, Philanthropist, Celebrity]
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The building blocks of a tragic hero - Imperfection, manipulation and ignorance are the perfect ingredients for creating a tragic hero. A great example of a person displaying these traits would be no other than Othello, from William Shakespeare’s play “Othello”. Throughout the play, Othello is manipulated and as a result he becomes extremely jealous and angry with the ones he loves. Othello is easily manipulated by the conversations between Iago and himself. Othello’s tragedy is caused because of personal flaws, and misguided trust in others, which is evident as his dialect, and behaviours change throughout the play....   [tags: Shakespeare, Othello] 959 words
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Columbus - Hero or Condemned? - A great hero from Europe or a man with only himself and his people in mind. Many people believe that he was a hero whose discoveries lead to the possibilities we have in America today, while many other condemn him for the deaths of many Native Americans that occurred to make it possible to live in America today. What would someone like me see in Columbus’ discoveries and enslavements. He introduced the Europeans to new products and ways of financial expansion. Even though Columbus gave us a head start to a better life here in America, what lengths did he go to make such a life possible....   [tags: Christopher Columbus, Explorer] 686 words
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Brutus: A True Tragic Hero - The Tragedy of Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare is the story about the men who conspired and followed through with the assassination of the great Julius Caesar. These men fear that Caesar will take the crown and become the next king of Rome. The roman people had a true averse feeling toward the idea of monarchy. So in order to prevent this they come up with a plan to end Caesars life, which is duly followed through on March 15, 44 B.C. Out of these conspirators there is one man that stands out to be a tragic hero, and that is a man by the name of Brutus....   [tags: Julius Caesar Essays] 978 words
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