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Heroes Arent Always HeroesA comparative essay of the men in Joan Macleods Hope Slideand Little SisterJoan MacLeod presents the men in The Hope Slide and Little Sister in two vary different ways The men in The Hope Slide are kept at a distance and presented as heroes The reader is left to make a judgment on their character based on Irenes biased opinion when in reality they could be the opposite of what she describes The men in Little Sister on the other hand are a major part of the play They are most certainly not presented as heroes but rather as human with problems and complicated personalities Joan MacLeod seems to be suggesting that some people men in particular can seem like heroes when observed from a distance but when they are examined more closely they are no different than any one else The first male voice to appear in The Hope Slide is that of Harry Kootnikoff He is only seventeen just a boy but he is already consumed by the lifestyle that he has grown up in Most boys dont even dream of using bombs but Harry has used them since he was ten Irene looks at him as a hero because he was killed while protecting his way of life while most people would see him as a delinquent who got what he deserved for playing with bombs This contrast of herovillain occurs because he is presented for such a short time from only one point of view If his character was examined more closely some of his flaws would be exposed to Irene and she would not think of him as highly as she does Similarly from the other point of view some of his troubles and the reasons why he is acting in this way would be exposed causing the general public to look on him with more compassion than hate The second male voice that is presented in
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