Making a Hero of Harriett Tubman

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Many people think Batman and Superman are heroes because of their bravery and daring personalities but they are not true and honorable heroes. True and honorable heroes have to sacrifice for others, have good intentions to their actions, and make a difference in other’s lives. Others may argue that there is more to a hero than those traits or that you only need one of the traits but you can’t be a hero without all three traits even if you have other good traits to make up for it. A hero is selfish if they do not sacrifice for their task. Even if they have done something good for another person, they can’t be a hero because they didn’t jeopardize themselves for the good of others. To be sacrificial, one has to expose themselves for the well-being of others. Some could argue that you could save other people without making an actual sacrifice and that the person is still helped or saved but then the person was only lucky to be helped or saved and that does not make the other person a hero. Harriet Tubman is a good example of sacrificing for the good of others, “…Tubman escaped to Philadelphia, then immediately returned to Maryland to rescue her family. Slowly, one group at a time, she brought relatives out of the state, and eventually guided dozens of other slaves to freedom.” (p1, ¶3) as stated by Wikipedia editors, 2014. Harriet’s life and new-found freedom were at risk because she chose to go back to the home of the people who had owned her for her entire life. She was a

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