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The definition of hero by the Oxford English Dictionary is A man who exhibits extraordinary bravery firmness fortitude or greatness of soul in any course of action or in connection with any pursuit work or enterprise a man admired and venerated for his achievements and noble qualitiesIvanhoe challenges the nineteenth century idea of the medieval hero by establishing the subordinate characters as the true heroes These unconventional heroes ariseand distinguish themselves as heroes by their ability to improviseUlricaan elder woman stripped of her dignity and family improvises the ending to her tragic story Ulricaalso referred to as Urfried is an unpleasant shrew of Saxon blood with each wrinkle upon her face shows the distraught and displeasure of her many miserable years disposable to Front-de-Boeuf Urfriedwas a beautiful youthful Saxon until the villainous Front-de-Boeuf murdered her entire family then took her for his own doings and desiresUponhearing this story Cedric deeply expressed his disappointment in her disloyalty and her lack of action This conversation inspired her to quit being cowardly and to retaliate- to step away from her accepted repressed life and seek out revenge Ulrica completely raving shrieks for Front-de-Boeuf She locks him up all alone and sets the castle aflame As the castle burns Ulrica crazily recites death hymns as Front-de-Boeufcries out but he is completely segregated The castle burns to the ground and both Ulrica and Front-de-Boeuf perished along with it Ulrica felt the need to modify the conclusion to her life to prove her loyalty to her Saxon heritage in attempt to repent for not avenging her family earlier by saving her Saxon acquaintances from the same malevolent criminal that killed her own bloodVengeance for her family and herself is the motive for Ulrica killing Front-de-Boeuf for he was the one who slaughtered her family as though it was nothing the one who completely ruined Ulrica the one who had not an ounce of goodness within him She also wanted to
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