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Tionne Rodgers
1-27-12
Hero Essay
US History II/Cervi

What’s a hero? If you look up the word in the dictionary, it’ll tell you that a hero is a person, typically a man, who is admired for courage or noble qualities. Or it says, the male character in a book, play, or movie that is typically identified with good qualities. A hero is more than what everyone thinks though.

Heroes are people who transform compassion (a personal virtue) into heroic action (a civic virtue). In doing so, they put their best selves forward in service to humanity. A hero is as an individual or a network of people that take action on behalf of others in need, or in defense of integrity or a moral cause. Heroes defy easy definition. The media too often recognizes heroes by an event, perhaps detailing the split-second choices made and the actions they took in bettering the lives of others. For the common person not thrown into the spotlight, perhaps more interesting is the idea that heroes can be defined by the buildup of little actions that they do over a period of time: role models, caregivers, and those who earn life-long respect. For me, heroism is something like the soldiers in WWII, in particular the Tuskegee pilots. They went through all the extra requirements because of their race, racism on the base and being a solider period. They still fought for a nation that didn’t even respect them or think of them as “one of them”. Their intentions were to defend their nation no matter what. That’s a real hero. What’s a hero? If you look up the word in the dictionary, it’ll tell you that a hero is a person, typically a man, who is admired for courage or noble qualities. Or it says, the male character in a book, play, or movie that is typically identified with good qualities. Hero is more than that though. Heroes are the firemen, policemen, EMT workers, teachers, parents; even the people who don’t even get recognized by the media. If you do something to benefit others and you don’t...
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