What Makes a Hero

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17 March 2011
What Makes A Hero What makes a hero? Saving a puppy from a burning building? Or what about being a single mother raising three kids and working two jobs? Both of these could be good candidates for heroes since they both possess the characteristic of strength—not just physical strength, but mental strength. This is one of the most important traits of a hero but it is not the only one. Courage, intelligence, and morality are also necessary in order to really get penciled in to the “hero” category. Being a hero also means doing what’s right almost all the time, even when no one is looking. So that guy who just happened to be in the right place at the right time gets the rubber end while the hard-working mother who
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Therefore, Nora seems to be a hardworking woman when she has to be, however her doll-like life has never had severe consequences and at the first sign it might, she flees. She flees after a heated argument with Torvald at night, not even giving it a night’s rest to really think about her decision further and consider other options. When Torvald askes her what about the children, she tells Torvald: “I have another duty equally sacred…my duty to myself” (Isben, 1076). It is one of the worst things a mother could do to leave her children without a caretaker, even if she was not much of one to begin with. Nora shows a lack of courage by not sticking it out since a true hero would have stayed and tried to work something out that would not be so damaging to the family. Unlike Nora, a character who actually sacrifices herself for her family throughout the story is Mama, from A Raisin in the Sun, a play by Lorraine Hansberry. From the beginning, it is apparent that Mama is the type of woman who dedicates her time to taking care of her children and grandchild. This self-sacrificing woman only wants the best for her family however the oppression of the ghetto threatens to tear them apart. Mama decides to purchase a home in an all-white community with a portion of her deceased husband’s life insurance policy in an attempt for a fresh

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