The, The Road, And The Original Trilogy Of Star Wars

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Philip Zimbardo, a psychologist of Stanford University famed for the notorious Zimbardo Prison Experiment once said that “Heroes are those who can somehow resist the power of the situation and act out of noble motives, or behave in ways that do not demean others when they easily can.” In hindsight, it’s a greatly fitting reflection on the Zimbardo Prison Experiment when so many otherwise innocent people started abusing their power simply because they could. However, the quote, in other words, means that only those who can act in the highest moral standards regardless of what is instinctual as well as forced by the environment are the “heroes,” or people embodying the purest virtues of humanity. Throughout some works of literature such as The Road, The Kite Runner, and the original trilogy of Star Wars, authors not only display humanity’s struggle between the noblest of ideals and the basest of emotions, but also depict the eventual triumph of humanity over the basest of emotions.

The Road is a novel by Cormac McCarthy depicting the toil of a man and a boy in a rather depressing world. However, on a larger scale, the man symbolizes the need for survival based instinctive action whereas the boy represents the pure virtue that is seldom found in a post apocalyptic world. First, the pair approach the man struck by lighting and the boy desires to help. However, the man understands the futility of any help for the man as well as the need to conserve resources. The man claims to
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