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Assignment: Should heroes be defined as people who say what they think when we ourselves lack the courage to say it?
The definition of a hero has been debated for a very long time. Some believe a hero is simply defined as a person who puts himself in physical danger for the good of others. In reality, however, a hero is more than just a man who braves physical adversity. A hero is also a person who speaks up when others fear. A hero has the courage to say what he thinks.
During the first half of the twentieth century, India was owned by Britain. While every Indian despised Britain and its policies, only one man had the bravery to say what he felt. Mahatma Gandhi was opposed to almost every British policy, from forcing Indians to carry passcards, to forcing the Indians to serve the British. Gandhi was the only Indian who said he disliked the Britis, even though everybody felt similarly. For this reason Gandhi is considered a hero. While he did face physical hardship, it was teh courage to speak up that made Gandhi a hero.
In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, an innocent man is charged with rape because of his race. While almost everybody knows the man is innocent, only one man has the courage to say it. Atticus, a lawyer, defend the African American. Because Atticas had the strength and will to say what he thought, he is a hero. Having this courage makes Atticus a hero because nobody else would say what he or she thought. This idiosyncracy makes Atticus the hero in the novel.
Personal experience has also defined "hero." In my school, two teachers gave my fellow students and me a project on the same day. These projects were both to be turned in the following day. While we had received numerous similar projects before, we had never received two together. My classmates were very angry, but nobody was brave enough to tell the teacher. I, however, had the courage so I told our teacher that we had already received a project. He calmly said, "ok," and changed the due date. Because I had the courage to speak up, I was my classmates' hero.
History, literature, and personal experience all revela a true definition of "hero." While many people think a ehro is only one who braves physical danger, he is more than that. A hero can also be a person who says what he believes, when nobody else has the strength to.
Thanks in advance. (I know my third paragraph is repetitive, but I didn't realize while writing it)