In Canada, Terry Fox is always suggested to be a hero who offered by way of clues to a Canadian cultural identity. Terry Fox is a famous Canadian athlete and cancer research activist. In 1980, his efforts for embarking on a cross-Canada run to make people recognize the importance of cancer research, with one of his legs amputated, successfully influenced and engaged millions of people. Terry Fox quotes that to him, being famous himself is not the idea of the run, while the only important part for him is the Marathon of Hope. (1980) In this essay, I am going to analyze the heroism, nationalism and identity that Terry Fox brings to Canadian history.
Having to deal with the consequences of his amputation, he cries and cries and found it hard to deal with because he had dreams of becoming a basketball player and he excelled in sports but terry was determined to fight back. He then planned something extraordinary, to run across Canada to raise money for cancer research.
Hector’s pride caused him to be clouded with negative thoughts in his quest for revenge as he brutally slaughtered the Trojans and excessively tortured Hector. Nevertheless, Priam’s sorrow causes Achilles to empathize since he could imagine what it would be like if his father had to go through a similar situation like Priam. This change of heart causes Achilles to forgo hatred in exchange for compassion. Although Achilles shows flaws in his character, his heroism even in the brink of death along with this transformative change as a person demonstrates the cultural expectations of strong leadership in terms of taking physical and emotional qualities into strong consideration.
Sacrifices is a big part of being a hero, because for example in the article Soldier Home After Losing his Leg in Afghanistan it states “ On september 28, 2010, army pfv. Tristan Eugene Segers, a 2002 graduate of Lake Seven High School;, was driving his armored patrol vehicle when a homemade bomb exploded in the road underneath Segers floorboard, one of the vehicles 800 pound tires was found a half a mile away. Just below his knee, Segers right leg was gone” (Fiege). Tristan Eugene shows great acts of heroism because he was fighting for his country and he lost his leg, there for he sacrificed his leg to save his country. Although army men aren't the only one who make sacrifices in this world. For example our parents they make sacrifices everyday like say they want to buy something really expensive and nice for them but it would have to come out of grocery shopping money. They always sacrifice there things so we can have a roof over our heads and food on our
Numerous structures were build by Terry Fox’s name like highways,parks and schools around the nation. He won three awards that were Persons of National Historic significance (national historic person),Canadian Newsmaker of the year (broadcast about Terry Fox),Lou Marsh trophy (recognizes canadian athlete). He ran 3,107 miles and raised 24.17 million dollars for cancer research. Half way across Canada he was forced to stop running because his cancer appeared in his lungs. He went to the hospital and the doctor said he was going
Heroes have achieved many feats that support the belief of a greater good and expressing valor and selflessness through the ages. There are fictional or real life accounts that have recognized these men and women for their vigor and marked them as heroes due to their events of success and motives of committing the heroic deeds. Yet there are copious amounts of people who have sacrifice themselves for a greater good but they have been lost through time even if their actions were prosperous or doomed in the end with a valiant purpose. They are unsung heroes who committed the actions based on their inner fire of what is right or honorable or rather than the fame they hope to achieve from those acts. The world or a populous may not know of their actions, but the actions and beliefs of an individual or group can entitle them of being hero-like without the necessity of recognition and success. They have lost their lives or a part of themselves to a cause based on righteousness rather than self-gain. They presented selfless heroism rather than the the intention to receive praise from the victories. Sacrifice contributes more to Heroism because the individual invested his or her own determination, valor and accepting the opportunity to risk their self-health (physical or psychological) based on great intentions rather than reaping the accolades of committing good deeds.
Throughout time, there is one act that has shaped human history. That act is sacrifice. In many great works of literature, protagonists make sacrifices for family, friends, love, morals and even the greater good. Both Brutus from The Tragedy of Julius Caesar and Christopher McCandless from the novel "Into the Wild" were main characters that made great sacrifices throughout the plots of their respective stories, and had to face the consequences of those sacrifices. For McCandless, his journey acted as his sacrifice, and this journey gives the reader a glimpse into his mind and thought processes in an attempt to fundamentally understand McCandless, while Brutus' sacrifice of killing Caesar is meant to symbolize the shades of grey in the morality
The fact that Achilles had bravery in times of adversity shows that he should be given glory as a hero. In spite of the fact that Patroclus had died, and it was immensely hard for him to accept the loss of his friend, Achilles decided that Patroclus would have wanted him to be courageous. Achilles rejoined the war, resolved to kill those that had killed his beloved friend. He was not afraid of dying or being badly wounded, but he wanted to make up for his impulsive absence in the war.
Achilles is the son of Peleus, who is the king of Myrmidon. He was the fearless, striking, and a substantial warrior of the army of Agamemnon in the Trojan war. In Greek mythology, Achilles is notorious for having a preference between a long and peaceful life, or a quick life that will guide him to eternal glory. He states that, “There are no covenants between sheep and wolves, nor between you and me” (Achilles). Achilles had a desire for glory, when it came to the battlefield, but he was fierce and short tempered when it came to Agamemnon. He had superhuman strength, that brought out a sign of worry for the individuals that were on his team. He possessed resistance to injury due to his semi saintly birth.
Achilles’ insolent pride backfires on him when he becomes ultimately responsible for the death of his best friend Patroclus. Although Achilles still refuses to fight, he allows Patroclus to where his armor into battle. The sight of what the Trojans think is Achilles terrorizes them at first, but Apollo pushes him down and knocks off Patroclus’ armor. Hector sees the injured imposter on the ground and delivers a fatal wound. Only now, out of personal grief, does Achilles return to the battle.
Achilles has been considered the greatest hero of the Greeks in the Iliad for numerous valid reasons. Similarly, Achilles not only stays humble, but extremely courageous. Waiting patiently for Hector, Achilles says, “No man so long as I am alive above Earth… and see daylight shall lay the weight even if you mean Agamemnon.” (1.88-90) In this statement, Achilles says that no one should ever have power over him. “So, must one be called of no account and a coward if I must carry out every order you may happen to give me….” (6.293-303) Clearly, he fears no one and does not understand the meaning of failure. Achilles constantly acts as man of fierce strength and courage.
“…Apollo knocked the helmet off his head and under his horse’s hooves it tumbled… / Disaster seized him—his fine legs buckling—he stood there, senseless… / Hector… came rushing into him right across the lines and rammed his spearshaft home, stabbing deep in the bowels…” (Homer, 438-439) Patroclus’ death is devastating to the Achaean armies’ morale and, more central to the story, it further disrupts Achilles’ already unbalanced sophrosyne. The torment that Achilles endures here epitomizes the human condition.
His actions directly cause even more difficulties on his journey home. In Achilles’ case, his pride indirectly influenced the fate of countless Greeks willing to fight against Troy, while he remained pouting. In an article about the Trojan War, Kevin Osborn states, “His tremendous pride caused him at one point to abandon his Greek comrades and quit the war because he felt insulted,” (Osborn). Had Achilles fought sooner, the war would have ended faster, and less lives would have been lost. Yet, as any great hero should be, both these men are terrific fighters. These men do not shy away from any form of combat and have no fear of getting blood on their hands. The real differences between these heroes appears in their methods of enacting violence.