Natalie K. Oliver
“Heroes are made by the paths they choose, not the powers they are graced with,” (unknown) Brodi Ashton wisely stated, which cannot be truer. We all have a picture that comes to mind when we think of heroes. Though these pictures vary immensely, they all have simple but meaningful qualities that truly make them a hero. They are courageous, and stand up for those who are victimized. They keep trying even when times get tough; they overcome their obstacles and utilize them for positive purposes. A hero isn’t always a strong man who stops oncoming trains or rescues young maidens, sometimes they are merely a listening ear or a comforting friend.
Heroes advocate for those who are marginalized or disadvantaged. Abraham Lincoln, often referred to as the Great Emancipator, is known for leading the Civil War and issuing the Emancipation Proclamation which initiated the end of slavery in the United States. Lincoln worked alongside Frederick Douglass in the fight against slavery. “Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves; and, under a just God, can not long retain it,” (http://americanart.si.edu/collections/search/artwork/?id=5268). Abraham Lincoln bravely spoke his mind and was assassinated for it in 1865 by John Wilkes Booth. For this opposition of slavery, in addition to voicing his moral beliefs, President Lincoln lost his life. By speaking his mind and sacrificing his life, he made an immense impact on our world and should be considered a hero in all of our eyes.
Heroes are persistent; they do not give up until the task is completed. Ana, a mother of three, is a hero. “Through no fault of her own,” (SB 48). Ana was challenged with the burden of cancer, yet she still managed to be there for family. She remained encouraging, even while sick. All three of Ana’s children confirm this. Rebekah, Ana’s daughter, described her as a “giant guardian angel above the roaring crowd.”(SB 49). “Even though...