Abraham Lincoln : Heroes Serve Powers Or Principles Larger Than Themselves

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In his article on the characteristics of a hero, Tollefson writes “Heroes serve powers or principles larger than themselves.” Before one is called a hero, he should try to find a cause or principle where he is not the only one concerned. A hero cannot be called a hero if he does not defend something that should help people in general and not just himself. A hero gets his or her strength from higher principles and he or she knows the value of sacrifice. Only brave and strong men and women could fight against something evil that has existed for a long time because if they fight it, they might die or they might lose everything. Heroes are never afraid to fight for something that they believe in. Abraham Lincoln was one of heroes. He was an American president during 1861 to 1865, and he presents with all his power to his country. Abraham Lincoln was an outstanding hero because he endured many hardships in life, abolished black slavery, and helped reconstruct America after the Civil War. One reason why Lincoln is known as a hero was that he never gave up even though he had many hardships in his personal and political life. This is similar to Tollefson’s idea about a hero having character flaw like “political incorrectness” and become “easy targets for the purveyors of heroic perfectionism” (Tollefson). However, despite their flaws of character, they remain great people. Lincoln is one of those heroes who have had many failures in life but have proved himself
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