The Role Of A Hero In Dante's Divine Comedy

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What does it mean to be a hero? Does it mean always being brave, smart, and strong? Or does it mean being scared, stupid, and weak at times as well? Hero’s come in all shapes and sizes and they go on a vast variety of journeys to gain their fame and titles. Some individuals like to think that heroes are these perfect people who never make mistakes or never do any wrong. They’re stronger than a normal human should be and they are scared of nothing, but sometimes this is the complete opposite. In our world today, heroes aren’t the ones who play in football games or the ones who make good choices all the time. They’re the ones who fight for our country and all of the freedoms that the citizens of the United States of America take for granted …show more content…
He is terrified a lot of the time and isn’t very strong because he doesn’t believe that he alone has the power to turn him life around and try to find his way back to a path that won’t lead him to corruption, destruction, and eternal suffering. It’s as easy as repenting but Dante cannot figure this out for some reason. Dante does not seem like he fits the quality of an epic hero and this is due to the fact that he isn’t strong, brave, or smart all of the time. His luck is what give him his fame. His luck is what saves him from God’s wrath. His luck is what saves himself. His luck is what makes him the not so ideal epic hero. But his luck is what sets him apart from every other epic hero that has ever been known. Dante doesn’t just fit in with the crowd, he stands out and sets himself apart without really even knowing it. His differences and imperfections are what make him the outsider but when it’s all combined together, it’s what makes him,

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