Hero And Heroism In Antigone

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“Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them.” Through our discussion of heroism, we have encountered heroes who were born great, much like the beloved Achilles. At birth, Achilles was given twin destinies one which destined him for eternal greatness, the one he ultimately chose. Yet even Achilles had to make a choice about being a hero or living a long happy life. We met Odysseus, who achieved greatness through his cunning and willingness to be whatever the situation called for. In our most unlikely hero, Antigone, we saw her become a hero because of the situation thrust upon her, when she stood for what she believed to be just even though it cost her life. No one hero becomes a hero the same way, but there is one commonality. They were not born heroes, but they became heroes.
In The Crito, Socrates, a philosopher, likens himself to the hero Achilles. He views his willingness to die for the preservation of justice to be every bit as noble as Achilles’s death in the Trojan War. Socrates, in his philosophic life, is considered a hero. In Plato’s Republic, Socrates presents us with two ways in which philosophers can come to exist. He tells the Noble Lie, which
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However, all start in the cave as captives, and those in authority in society are the captors. As captives, no one can see anything outside the cave, rather, they can only see shadows. They start out knowing nothing. Then, someone comes down and takes one of the captives out. The captive cannot see anything, because he is blinded be the sun: the idea of the good. Then, with time, he becomes acclimated, until he can stare at the sun without being phased by it. It is at this point when he must decide whether or not to return to the cave to free the other captives who don’t even know what they don’t know, or to stay, because going back into the cave is

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