Children Tend To Idolize Older People In Their Minds. Whether

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Children tend to idolize older people in their minds. Whether it is a sibling, teacher or parent, they cannot wait to be older and grow up “just like that person.” In the child’s mind, that person is perfect and a hero. Okonkwo, from the book “Things Fall Apart” by Chinua Achebe, was a great warrior and powerful man. He was a father and husband to many and the great leader in the community. On the other hand, Oedipus, from the play “Oedipus is King” by Sophocles, was the king of his own land. He also had a loving wife and two children who admired him. In literature, both men were great and were written about because people saw them as heroes. The definition of a hero is a man who is admired by their people, brave, a warrior and courageous,…show more content…
He was not courageous either. He kills people because he is scared not as an act of courage. At the end of the book, he kills himself which is not a courageous act. The people were asked by the missionaries why they left Okonkwo’s body hanging and a man responded, “It’s an abomination for a man to take his own life… a man who commits it will not be buried by his clansmen. His body is evil, and only strangers may touch it” (207). A king who is adored by all his people is hard to find, but Oedipus was loved by everyone. He was kind and wise. He treated his family with care and truly loved his children and wife. Within the book, the chorus would mention how he was loved by everyone and he cared enough for even the poor. Oedipus even told the people that he loved the country more than they did and that the weight of their problems were greater on him because he felt personally responsible for everyone’s problems and would do anything to help. He was thought to be foreigner to the land and yet when he saved it from the sphinx it became his home land. The people of the land admired him because he saved them because he answered the riddle and saved the whole town from destruction. When the people were upset that there was a curse on the land because the old king was murdered, Oedipus was willing to go to great lengths to ensure the safety and peace of the people by
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