Essay on The Modern Hero : Making A Difference Without Super Powers

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The Modern Hero: Making A Difference Without Having Super Powers

Modern heroes are heroic because of the decisions they make, not the powers they are graced with. Although someone may not have superhuman strength, one may still be able to make a difference in many people’s lives, thus making them a modern day hero. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee takes the reader on a journey of fighting injustices and racism in the court of law. Jean Louise “Scout” Finch is a little girl living in Southern Alabama with her brother and single father, Atticus Finch, who works as a lawyer. When her father gets assigned the case of defending a Negro in the court of law when the innocent man is accused of the rape of a white woman, he fails to save the Negro despite providing more than enough sufficient evidence. Despite losing the case and Tom Robinson being shot following a failed escape from the prison, Jean Louise and her brother learn a lot about the injustices and inequalities of society. In the novel, the reader learns that modern heroes possess exceptional qualities that allow them to change the society they live in for the better and inspire others to do the same. Atticus Finch, being the modern hero he is, is courageous when faced with both the challenges of the trial, and the problems that occur by chance. A modern hero like Atticus also does what he considers to be the right thing, even when it is not always easy and may affect him negatively. Atticus often causes change in…

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