Heroes Are Not Born Heroes

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Hero. According to Webster’s New World Dictionary, a hero is defined as “any person, male or female, admired for courage, nobility, etc” (Webster’s New World Dictionary, “hero 1”). Webster’s Pocket Dictionary, comparably, defines a hero as “a person of great courage, spirit, etc., especially one who has undergone great danger or difficulty” (Webster’s Pocket Dictionary, “hero 3”). Heroes are not born heroes. Yes, everyone is born with the ability to become a hero, but in time, they may or may not become one. In our society, heroes are greatly acclaimed in the media. Whenever some person takes a bullet for a loved one or save a child from a burning building, there is a huge deal made about it, and they become known as heroes. But a person does not have to physically save someone’s life to be a hero. A hero can also be someone who simply stands up for what he or she believes. Much like Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird, a hero can be someone who knows what is right and does the right thing, even if he is ridiculed for doing so. Also, whether or not a person is a hero depends on the perspective of the person. For instance, a little girl may think her father is the greatest man alive, but her first grade classmate does not think so- instead, she thinks her father is a hero. The daughters of the man who is known for deterring United Airlines Flight 93 on September 11, 2001 definitely think him a hero, as does his wife and the public (“Wives of Passengers on Flight 93”).

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