Throughout history there have been many individuals with certain admirable qualities which portray true character. These individuals are viewed as role models who stand out in society as people who make a difference. Certainly, we have all heard of at least one, for they are simply referred to as “heroes.” But what makes an individual a hero? What are the qualities that make a hero? Many things have been taken into account, and there have been many definitions, from dictionaries, to the extended definitions, and finally to our military’s definition of what it truly means to be a real hero.
Webster’s dictionary defines a hero as an illustrious warrior; or a man admired for his achievements and noble qualities. This puts into perspective what we look for in a hero;. The last two apply to a more down-to-earth human just as the heroes we hear about in the news or everyday people who will show these characteristics; for example, cops, firefighters, and doctors. Most people will agree with this definition as the basic concept of a hero, but some, of course, will have a broader or more specific view on the individual.
Another view of a hero can be found in an extended definition. As previously mentioned, heroes can be found throughout history, many of whom have made a difference in people’s lives. They were the ones who forever made an impact while changing the course of time with their revolutionary thinking and courage to stand up for what was right, as well as what they believed in, without regard for the consequences. For example, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. made an impact in the African-American community in the United States by standing up for African-American’s rights with non-violent protests and movements while sharing with the world his vision of a dream, which has been memorialized in his famous speech, “I Have a Dream” speech which says, “I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: We...
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