The Definition Of Heroism

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Joseph Campbell once said,“A hero is someone who has given his or her life something bigger than oneself.” When someone goes out of the flow of society and stands out by doing something to better oneself or others they sacrifice their image but they display heroism. Heroism is thinking about others before oneself, being unrelenting in peril, and not being hopeless when all feels lost. To begin with, heroes think about others before themselves. For example, in the video about the man in the red bandana, he selflessly went back into the flames of the burning World Trade Center and evacuated many people to safety. His actions show that in desperate times like that most people in the building would just evacuate, like the ones he saved, but he returns into danger to save lives. He could have easily continue with the crowd and return home safety but a true hero doesn’t think only about himself. Additionally, In passage about Mulan, it says, “Mulan takes her father's place in the Chinese Army because she knows that he is hurt. (pg. 75)” She…show more content…
For instance, in “The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass an American slave” it states,” I spoke but a few moments when I felt a degree of freedom and said what I desired with considerable ease.” Even during that time when blacks were slaves and didn’t have a voice, he still tried to fight to end slavery. He is unrelenting because he remains unyielding in determination to fight for what he believes in by talking against slavery and having a voice. Also, Martin Luther King fought for equal rights during the time when black people were being segregated and being treated unequal. He stood up for what he believed in and stayed determined to end this dilemma. In doing so he inspired others to be heroes by helping to end the cause. Taking everything into account, Frederick Douglass and Martin Luther King both remained unrelenting when fighting for something they believed
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