Batman, Spider-Man, Superman: we associate each of these characters as an idealistic hero. Growing up, a hero meant someone who had enough courage to fight off the enemy. We imagine our heroes in a cape or costume out saving the lives of many. An ideal hero would receive achievements for his or her efforts, but those heroes do not compare to the “American Hero”. In early European literature, a hero was one who ventured on a journey with hopes to return home a hero. Although similar, an American Hero is different from a European Hero for the values and way of life differed from Europe to the United States. To be a uniquely American Hero, one must not expect praise as a result of their selfless journey away from civilization throughout …show more content…
Hawkeye is an American Hero since he does not anticipate admiration for finding himself through his exertion in nature. American Heros have a unique way of functioning in society.
A wide variety of examples allude to the American Hero. American Heroes isolate themselves in nature. An example of this is Rip Van Winkle in the short story, Rip Van Winkle, when he goes for a walk into the woods to escape his wife. Rip is not happy in his current situation, so he takes it upon himself to abort and solve his problems through nature. Like Ponyboy Curtis, Rip endeavours an adventure as remotely far away from civilization. Since Rip undergoes a journey throughout nature without the existence of society, he is an American Hero. In The Last American Man, a man by the name of Eustace Conway believes humans belong in nature. When Conway was 12 he began to isolate himself in the woods alone, living off the land. At 17, he moved out of his family home and lived in a teepee out in the woods, surviving solely off the land and his own wilderness survival abilities. Eustace took it upon himself to strive through life without the help of others. He did not expect help from anyone nor did he expect praise for his immense accomplishments throughout his life in the woods. Another example of an American Hero is John Reid in, The Lone Ranger. Reid gains a
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A hero is someone that shows courage and bravery and is admired for their actions. Sometimes, a hero is someone unexpected and would never have been thought to be a hero by anyone because of who they are, or what and where they come from. One example of unexpected heroism, is from three greasers, Dallas Winston, Johnny Cade, and Ponyboy Curtis from The Outsiders. Dally, Johnny, and Ponyboy can be considered heroes because of some actions and choices they made.
Batman, Superman, Thor, and Spider-man are all examples of heroes. A hero is a person that exhibits the traits of courageousness, braveness, and selflessness. In the novel Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, John the Savage is a hero. He is an outsider raised on a reservation. He comes into play later into the book that turns out to be the son of the director of the Central London Hatchery and Conditioning Centre. John becomes a hero throughout the book, but his life ends tragically. John the Savage is most noted as a hero in Brave New World because he does not blend into society, is an outside but turns it positive, and fights against the society’s standards.
Hero. This word is mentioned frequently, but what makes a person a hero? Is heroism only saving the world from villains trying to enslave the human race, or can it be a small act of kindness? Can it be both? Yes, for a hero is someone who is brave, courageous and helps others in need. In the book The Outsiders, by S. E. Hinton, Ponyboy, Johnny, and Dally can be described as heroes because they are not afraid to step up, and help people. Ponyboy is a hero because he rescued people and befriended a soc. Similarly Johnny is a hero because he used his heroic qualities to help people. Finally Dally is a hero because of his kind and heroic actions towards Johnny. All three of these Greasers, Ponyboy, Johnny, and Dally show that heroism is not only a matter of saving the world, but it is also a matter of doing something for someone else.
Who do you think is a hero or has shown heroism through their life. In The Outsiders, Ponyboy’s interests and behavior contrasts his gang. For example, he hates to fight unless he has to, unlike his friends who fight for the fun of it or because everyone is doing it. Though he is the oddball of the group he still displayed great heroism throughout the book. In S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders, Ponyboy displays many heroic traits and is a risk-taker. He shows great courage, his personality, and his actions are respected by many people.
Heroes are selfless and put others before themselves in dangerous situations. Such as on 9/11, when a call was given out for boats to come rescue people off the island of Manhattan, where the terror attacks happened, as pictured in “Boatlift” Vincent Ardillo after hearing the news told his wife, “I gotta do something.” This represents heroism because Ardillo is not thinking of how he will be impacted, but rather of the people who need help, as many other people with access to a boat did as well. Also, Ardillo could have stayed home and been safe, but chose to sacrifice his well being and comfort for others. Another hero would be Clara Barton, the founder of the Red Cross, as Barton declared in a Civil War speech “I may be compelled to face danger, but never fear it, and while our soldiers can stand and fight, I can stand and feed and nurse them.” Barton distinguishes she could be hurt while helping the soldiers, however she does not dwell on the fact, deciding instead to carry on and make a difference despite the threat to health. This is heroic because Barton is putting others who cannot care for themselves and acknowledges she could be hurt, but does not let that get in the way of her reaching her goals. To sum up, heroes are everyday people who go out of their way to help others in need without the thought of payment.
The Thematic Paradigm, written by Robert Ray, shows that throughout America’s history, people are often attracted to heroes whose traits reflect those of the society at the time. Ray writes about how many American heroes are valued for their strong leadership and sense of community, but there are other heroes who are celebrated for their individuality and their ability to form their own moral laws. In The Thematic Paradigm, Robert Ray shows that the American people are drawn to those who embody traits of both good and bad values. By comparing common values and laws, showing a strong sense of individualism, and contradicting opposite views on America’s historical heroes, Ray is able to give a strong argument as to why Americans are drawn to certain characters in cinema and history.
The Outsiders, a novel by S.E. Hinton, shares moralities that encourage themes of brotherhood and heroism with literary elements - which includes setting, point of view, characterization, conflict, plot, and theme. Each element influences the big idea of flawed heroes and friendships to readers. With her powerful novel, Hinton is able to express the necessity of unity and brotherhood within a community, despite differences in classes, ages, or ideals.
American Heroes were inspired by Greek Tragic Heroes, yet both are very different from each other, but American Heroes have very similar traits to those who are Contemporary Heroes. An American Hero is a person who seeks justice and always defeats the enemy which results in all people having the justice they deserve. American Heroes also tends to protect all and has the tendency to fall in love with the “ damsel in distress”. This type of hero goes about his daily life, just like anyone else would, until it is time to fight, and at that time, their “supernatural” powers shine through in their fighting techniques. On the other side, all Tragic Heroes possess a flaw that will change their life from a life of happiness to a life of pain and despair. Ordinarily, Contemporary Heroes have nearly the same traits as American Heroes. Contemporary Heroes save and protect many individuals from violence and harm and lives a normal life until they have to face another obstacle. Both American and Contemporary Heroes are able to celebrate their victories, while Tragic Heroes can not do so because they are not victorious.
The Outsiders, by S.E Hinton, is a novel which tells the story of two rival gangs from Oklahoma in 1965. The rivalry is between Greasers who are much poorer than their counterparts from the west-side, the Socials. Ponyboy Curtis is the narrator of this story, and it is through his eyes that the events unfold. In this classic, there three characters who stood out from the rest: Darry Curtis, Dally Whinston and of course, Johnny Cade. But, are they heroes? To answer this question, one must first know what a hero is. In my opinion, a hero is a person who, in the face of danger, adversity or from a position of weakness, display courage and self-sacrifice for the greater good.
Beowulf; a man whose greatness begun when he saved an entire kingdom from the clutches of the vile monster Grendel. Beowulf was known for countlessly putting his body and his life on the line to save his people. His courage and determination is what kept his legacy alive for all of these years. Not only that, but the respect he had for the people around him made him a remembered warrior as well. That’s what I think makes a hero. Being determined to get a job done, having the courage to step in and complete that job, and having enough respect for your people to still obey their wishes despite your apparent fame. The hero I will be writing about is the fictional Marvel Comics character known as the Black Panther (real name T’Challa). He and Beowulf
What makes an American hero? Is it someone who created a super market? Or is it someone who led this country in a civil war? Is it someone who gave their life to make sure this country was free? To me an American hero is someone who risked her life to free her people. To me an American hero is someone who wanted freedom so bad, she defied the odds and helped make it happen. To me Harriet Tubman is an American hero.
Imagine a world where it was poor against rich, where rich had advantages and poor didn't, and most of the poor are heroes. Three people who are heroes in The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton are Darry, Johnny, and Ponyboy. Darry gave up his dreams for his family, Johnny saved children from a burning church, and Ponyboy stuck by his friends during hard times.
However, not in the past where heroes were people who fought for their writers country or for glory. The heroes were not merely people of great virtue and honor, but also people that the youth of their nation looked to as heroes and legends. In the past 50 years to present day, in culture, heroes are separate from legends, they are strictly for entertainment unlike legends, which are more mythological. Superman, Captain America, and John F. Kennedy all have similar traits to epic heroes, such as Odysseus, due to their compassion and perseverance through long journeys.
Don't Judge a Book by its Cover One kid, one switch blade, and one choice that could change everything. In many books, characters are faced with tough decisions, whether to be heroic or run. In the book The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton there are three main people that are heroic and show it. Ponyboy Curtis, a kid that lives with his brothers, and only his brothers because his parents died, still with his tough life manages to save kids out of a burning church. Johnny Cade is a kid that gets abused by his non loving parents but still saves others emotionally and physically.
Captain america was good guy who set out to do the right thing and keeps on doing it, even when the world is against him at every turn. He is the kind of man willing to make sacrifices to save those around him. Being different than everyone, being an outcast is all what Captain America is about. People want to be different and want to help the world become what it is. People’s love of their country is tied to Captain America. He was brave, honest, dependable and dedicated. These are admirable traits, no matter your nationality. This is why Captain America was the first and last of his kind. He was a unique individual who affected many by the way he lived out his life in the Marvel Comic Universe. America wants to be like Captain America, who truly represented what Americans stand for. He affects everyone and represents what most countries want to represent in their own country, bravery, dedication and patriotism. This is what makes it so intriguing. The way I look at it, is that Cap represents the good that anyone has in their lives. What compels me is that Cap is willing to risk everything, for the greater good. He doesn’t yield to the world. When someone is portrayed as an outcast, can he or she still serve as a hero? Cap is the mark of goodness in this broken world