Definition Essay: Heroism

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Kyle LaPach
Dr. Dreyer
ENGL 1213
11 March 2013

There Is a Hero in All of Us
Every day there is somebody who is performing an act of heroism. Whether it is saving a cat from a tree, or serving our country in the military, heroism can be displayed through any good deed. Even in a fictitious world, we have created “Superheroes” such as Superman, Spiderman and Batman; they protect the world from supernatural threats to mankind. I have in fact showed heroism multiple times in my life, and I am very proud of it! Heroism can be described as showing courageous action, and I think there is a little bit of heroism in everyone.

Dictionary.com defines Heroism as “Heroic characteristics or qualities; courage.” I believe that this definition is correct, but can be interpreted in different ways. If a soldier shows an act of heroism by killing the enemy, the enemy considers that soldier a villain. Some good acts can be perceived as evil to others. A common act of courage can range from helping the homeless to serving in the military. According to John Cloud, "One who, in a perilous emergency, thinks with his legs." In fact, anyone can show heroism; it is up to them on what kind of hero that they want to be.

There are many types of heroes in this world; two main categories are real and imaginary. Real heroism can be shown by everyday people, from a firefighter rescuing a cat from a tree, to a mom who prevents her children from doing drugs. People over history have created their own heroes. (Cloud, Par.8) Real acts of heroism can influence other people perform heroism themselves. Fictional heroism can be best depicted from superheroes fighting supernatural beings to help save the world. They still influence the real world, but luckily their foes are fictional too! Sometimes people just need a little inspiration to help out the world, even if it comes from a guy dressed up as a bat running around a city.

What makes a hero? Anybody can be one; just perform any act of...
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