Essay on What Makes A Hero?

2099 Words Jan 21st, 2015 9 Pages
“A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles” (Christopher Reeve). Generally, a hero is considered to be one who finishes the antagonist of a novel or someone who possesses extraordinary powers such as Superman. It may be someone who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities. A hero has many attributes that makes one special but he/she must be an audacious person to be successful in any field. Most people may say a brave person is someone who runs inside a burning building to save one’s life. Someone who is courageous doesn’t have to prove their courage. He/she can be someone who is morally fearless. It isn’t just one attribute that makes someone a heroic character, there has to be many. Atticus Finch is the father to Jem and Scout, the children from whose perspective To Kill a Mockingbird is told. The two Finch siblings think their father isn’t like other fathers. In their eyes, he is an old man who is practically useless. “Our father didn’t do anything. He worked in an office, not in a drugstore…He didn’t farm, work in a garage, or do anything that could possibly arouse the admiration of anyone” (89). Scout and her brother Jem underestimate their father 's worth; both of them find that their father lacks many qualities in his "manliness and abilities." They didn’t take notice of all the inside qualities their father possessed. Other fathers would play football…

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