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The People

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Ralph Waldo Emerson once stated “A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but braver five minutes longer.” A hero is generally thought of as someone with a cape, superpowers, and has no imperfections, but the truth is, that’s wrong. Sometimes a hero has many imperfections and flaws, but they cannot let that break them. Heroism is trying your hardest to satisfy the needs of others by pushing through even when the going gets tough and not thinking about all of the negative outcomes or possibilities.

A hero will always try their hardest to satisfy the needs of others. In the poem “Moco Limping” by David Nava Monreal (SB13), he has a dog that is abnormal, clumsy, and stupid instead of the dog he would like to have that is a leader in the pack. Moco is a “rickety little canine that leave trails in the dirt with his club foot.” He knows “He is the stumbler that trips while chasing lethargic bees and butterflies” but he cannot change who he is. Moco tries to satisfy his owner by trying his hardest. He wants his owner to also accept him for who he is and forget the abnormalities. Also, in the article “Love Triumphs: 6 Year-Old Becomes a Hero to Band of Toddlers, Rescuers”, Deamonte Love ends up taking care of six toddlers and then brings them to safety after the destruction of Hurricane Katrina leaves them stranded. At the beginning of the storm they were trapped in an apartment building. It was raining heavily and the water wasn’t going down. They had been living without light, food, or air conditioning for four days. Deamonte Love was a hero because he took the kids to safety instead of leaving them stranded in that apartment. In the poem “Frederick Douglas” he is a former slave trying to push for other people’s freedom and liberty. “When it is finally ours, this freedom, this liberty, this beautiful and terrible thing, needful to man as air” describes how freedom and liberty is a necessity and that slavery is as deadly as a plague.

A hero will push...