The word "hero" means a lot of things to different people. To some, a hero is like the main character in a movie who saves people in danger, who protect them and who submits himself in a difficult and dangerous situation just to help other people in trouble. But what makes a hero? What are the characteristics of a hero and how one becomes a hero? I.Characteristics of a hero
I have identified three main characteristics of a hero and these are courage, perseverance and decisiveness.
Miriam Polster wrote in her article "Eve's Daughter" published by Gestalt Journal Press in 2001, the Five Shared Characteristic of Heroism and identified courage as one of the most particular trait of being a hero. To quote,
“It is almost redundant to say that heroism requires courage, both physical and mental; personal cost takes a backseat to getting the job done. The traditional hero often risks death or injury."
A person shows courage in times where situation is dangerous and difficult and this quality enables a person to face a danger without showing fear and oftentimes the purpose is to fight for the cause of other people, thus making him a hero.
Perseverance on the other hand demonstrate a person's determination and to be able to bear difficulties calmly without complaining.
Lastly, decisiveness gives a person the quality to lead others, make decisions firmly and fight for it no matter what.
II.Oprah Winfrey as my hero
Oprah Winfrey is a very popular TV personality in US whose fame reached all over the world because of her philanthropic acts. I consider her a hero/heroin for so many things but most importantly because of her courage, perseverance and decisiveness to overcome her unfortunate life as a child yet did not stop her from helping other people of different kinds and races. Despite her status on life, she remained humble and down to earth.
III.Oprah's life as a child
A lot of...