What Makes A Hero By Elizabeth Svoboda Altruism

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Altruism is an unselfish act or belief in things such as volunteering for nonprofit organizations or charity. What Makes a Hero by Elizabeth Svoboda is devoted in learning what makes a person choose altruistic behavior compared to a demeanor only benefitting them. Svoboda shares short stories throughout each chapter of instances that would be considered heroic, or things in relation to altruism. She goes into detail in each chapter about what and how this could be portrayed or conveyed as acts of heroism. With Svoboda doing a writing piece such as What Makes a Hero, she had to use rhetorical devices to persuade readers to see the points she makes and almost believe what she wants them to. Things that she views as heroic could be questionable …show more content…
She was angry that the media and news reports had missed the key role in tragedies such as the shooting, which was bullying. Bullying had taken kids who were beaten down for so long and transformed them into the worse form of themselves such as Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold. It is so sad that it comes to that point for some victims, but she took a stand. Elizabeth Svoboda wrote a book titled Please Stop Laughing at Me. This book changed numerous of things for the better after being released.
Most people would view taking a stand against bullying as heroic, especially if they have ever received any type of ridicule through life. Generally speaking, bullying sticks with the victims subconscious for most of their life. Svoboda wanted to write about her own heartaches and experiences with being bullied. She hoped that it would bring attention to not only the subject, but it would also show parents and teachers how wrong and haunting bullying is and can be. She wanted to save others from experiencing what she had through all her adolescent
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Another example of pathos would be the short section on Miep Gies, the woman who helped the Franks’ survive in the attic for a long time during World War 2. Svoboda goes on to tell the reader about how Gies endured the post-World War 1 food shortage in Austria. When talking about her enduring it, she uses a quote from Gies “I still remember the hunger pangs distinctly, the piercing pains in my stomach and the unpleasant fits of dizziness I had to try and overcome” (Svoboda 79). To make a persuasive piece of writing, the author has to capture the audience’s emotions especially to make it compelling and sad which is what Svoboda is doing. The short section about Gies later goes to say that her parents sent her to live with a Dutch family for a while so she could eat. At the time she did not understand why they were doing this but later claimed to appreciate it. Svoboda makes the point that usually people who endure a traumatic event are the ones who feel compelled to help or want to give back, like Gies

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