Informative Essay: What Makes A Hero By Elizabeth Svoboda

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Informative Essay
Elizabeth Svoboda, the author of “What Makes a Hero” created a book that will help individuals with identifying and understanding what a hero is with many perspectives and experiences. Throughout the book, Svoboda clarified what a hero was within each chapter and shown how people find out what they can do to help others or in other words be a hero. The book illustrated rhetorical appeals within Chapter five, which is titled “suffering and Heroism”; Svoboda put to use pathos, ethos and logos because she described the story of Jodee Blanco of how her emotions and feelings from being abused and not socially accepted throughout high school to becoming socially accepted and a hero as an adult. People can connect with pathos appeal
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“Every lunch period, she’d sit on the sink in the girls’ bathroom and wolf down a candy bar, knowing no one would let her sit at their cafeteria table”(Svoboda 75). Knowing that no one will allow an individual to sit at their table can cause a lot of damage to an individual when it comes to being social. They tend to seek other options to avoid rejection just as Jodee. Jodee’s then talks about her abuse by other at school and her feelings towards the abuse. “Members of the football and wrestling teams would pin her on the ground and cram handfuls of snow into her mouth. One school heartthrob signed her yearbook, “you’ll have to fuck yourself, we hate you bitch” (Svoboda 75). Most people assume that the hardest part is the abuse you take, Blanco says now, decades later “The hardest part was all the friendship I had to give that nobody wanted. It backed up in my system like a toxin” (Svoboda 75). After reading that paragraph, it really shown how much Jodee has endured the abuse and after all the abuse she felt that the hardest part was the friendships she had to give and nobody wanted. It will destroy any type of strength and will power. “As an adult, Blanco worked hard to leave her horrendous school experience behind. She built her own public relations and consulting company, The Blanco Group, and became a publicist for New …show more content…
Wallenberg designed a Swedish protective pass for the Jews and any who obtained the pass was under the protection of the Swedish Government, hence protected from banishment. Ervin and his family were a few of the two hundred thousand that received a protection pass. The Staub’s eventually moved in a house that was protected and there was a lady named Maria, who also lived there and risked her own life to feed and cook for the Staub’s. Ervin later immigrated to the United States and became a professor in Psychology and later worked on issues of undergoing harm or violent. Svoboda later relates back to Blanco’s life story and how even though she encountered horrible things in high school, that the suffering she did in the past was a valuable qualification for assisting others. Svoboda is demonstrating the appeal ethos by providing credible information coming from the character Blanco because she felt it was what allowed her to help

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