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If Hero means sincere man why may not everyone of us be a Hero Carlyle qtd in Hoyt s New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations This statement makes heroism seem simple but is being sincere enough to make you a hero In modern society the answer is likely to be yes but in literature it can be controversial A hero in literature is generally portrayed as a man of action rather than thought He exceeds ordinary men in skill strength and courage and his usual occupations are war and dangerous adventures Surrounded by noble peers he is ruled by honor and pride and is ruthless towards his enemies His responses are generally predictable and his inability to decline a challenge can sometimes get him into trouble The appearance of heroes in literature marks a revolution in thought that occurred when writers and their audiences turned their attention away from immortal gods to mortal menHero Encyclopedia Britanica Heroes were the first human beings in literature and where able to spark a general interest in the audience They risked their lives for valiant causes and created a moment s glory that lived on longer after they were gone Although this was a great change these heroes were still very much like the gods that preceded them and in turn created a classic picture of heroism in all of our minds Nearly every literary work has a hero or a main character that we think of as being a hero Modern literature has come a long way since the first hero and the standards of heroism have been severely altered Nowadays literature potrayes a hero as being the classic hero who performs great feats of strength and is always rewarded the humble hero who performs tasks simply because that is the right thing to do and is often not only unappreciated but even criticized for it the clever hero is able to outsmart his enemies
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