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Thread: How do you define the term "Hero" ?

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    How do you define the term "Hero" ?

    First of all, it my first thread so please have mercy with me and
    and if its in the wrong area, please move it (was unsure if here or "General World Topics ")

    The title should give a clear idea what this is about, but of course there is a ulterior motive.

    First: I' ve got final exams coming up and part of it is a presentationexam.
    My topic is "Hero and the the term hero in (german) literature"
    For those interested: My main focus will be on "Siegfried" (teachers choice).

    Second: Kinda interested what opions other people have (otherwise I wouldn't have thought about this topic at all)


    SO for that i wanted to ask you Guys, what exactly are your thoughts on that?

    What is a hero? role models? fiction?
    What can a hero do or accomplish
    Characterattributes? features? -> strong, smart and so on...
    What makes a Hero a Hero?

    Any examples in history you can think of?
    Heros today?
    Hero on different levels and comparing? literature (novels, manga,...), movie, video games


    I hope you get what mean

    I am grateful for any help in form of discussion, examples and experiences.
    And also hope you find this topic interesting.

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    Re: How do you define the term "Hero" ?

    in my opinion, hero is a person who is admired by many for his noble qualities or his bravery.
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    Re: How do you define the term "Hero" ?

    Heroes exist today. They don't even have to be a crusader for peace and equality. A hero is someone that you admire and look up to: someone who has made a positive impact on your life. So yes, someone like Stalin or Hitler can technically be a hero to someone.

    I have a personal hero, and that's my business teacher from high school. He is able to live his life however he wants because he is financially secure. He worked hard to make his fortune, and now he's able to comfortably do whatever is he wants (he traded successful small businesses for teaching...not too many people would do that), and he's not even 40 yet (and he's been teaching for about 5 years. So he stopped small business around his early 30's). He never once saved my life, saved the lives of others, but he made a positive impact on me, that it is possible to make a strong living and reach that self-actualization point in your life. I've never really known someone like that until I met him, and I like seeing that it is possible, and it's something I want to strive for myself.
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    Re: How do you define the term "Hero" ?

    A hero for me is someone you look upto, a role-model perhaps that you admire because of great things that he/she had done for humanity.
    He/she may be a smart, talented or awesome person or just a simple person who is out to help someone even in just on small good deeds.
    There are a lot of heroes who came out in different era (so I can't name them all ) but I mostly admire people who had made discoveries (like those who had won the Nobel prizes and even those who are infamous) and also my teachers because they
    contributed in helping in the society by helping out people by seeking & imparting knowledge and making lives a little bit more easier or longer...

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    Re: How do you define the term "Hero" ?

    A hero is someone who proved great courage in an attempt of doing something altruistic to me.
    Like, for examples:
    -become adrift from the established culture
    -doing something controversial (focussed on the effect though, not on the attempt of catching medial attention)
    -risking the own life
    In either way, a person trying to catch the attention of media usually is not heroic but pretty usual these days and often connected to a lust for fame. Which means that most heroes are unknown to broad society.

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    Re: How do you define the term "Hero" ?

    What makes a Hero a Hero?
    A hero is someone who has completely shown bravery and fortitude despite success or failure. In fact, a hero is MORE of a hero if he or she was able to stand head-up despite the failures received.

    Characteristics:
    Definitely brave. A person who continues his duties despite difficulties and failures.

    Literary figures of heroes:
    I already forgot my World Literature, sorry.

    Historical figures of heroes:
    Well, for Filipinos, we have Dr. Jose P. Rizal who freed our country, Philippines, from Spanish colonizers through bloodless means (pen and paper). He is our national hero after all. Don't know if you're interested in that, though?


    Edit: You could add Dante as figure for heroes.

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    Hero is a brave one who saves weaker and sacrifices for them. This is a hero for me. In shonen mangas main characters are heroes:P

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    Re: How do you define the term "Hero" ?

    In a modern concept of hero will focus primarily on professional athletes. Athletes are praised by many heroes, most aspiring children. What are the characteristics of the athlete to recognize himself a hero? Their heroic deeds consist of only one - and this is the number of businesses eligible for sports.

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    Re: How do you define the term "Hero" ?

    Hero is someone that does the right thing, make the right choice and will never betray himself/herself for whatsoever.
    As long as someone can do it, he or she is a hero/heroine.
    It's just that simple.

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    Re: How do you define the term "Hero" ?

    A 'hero' to me is someone who sacrifices something for the benefit of someone else.

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    Re: How do you define the term "Hero" ?

    Hero is a person that isn't always strong like a superman or intelligent like the best scientists. It's a person who has courage and is brave to help people in normal life or during his work. The best example may be firemen. Every day they risk their lives to save people and to make someone's life better. They don't have superhuman power, they are just normal people, but they know that without their skills and courage someone may die and they come to the rescue even if they know that they can die.
    Also sometimes when you think about a hero you can mention a mother that brings up a child by herself without a help of a father who left the family. She works in different places to earn money for her child and tries to make him a good person and to give him a good education.
    Also we can say for sure that in the times of war there are plenty of people who protect their motherland, who die during interrogation, but don't sell their country.

    For me a hero should be a person that can guide people by his deeds and his moral to the future.

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    Re: How do you define the term "Hero" ?

    While the question can be broken down to many aspects, I'll just go with the general meaning. A hero is someone who rescues you or helps you out in some trouble you're in depending on the situation.


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    Re: How do you define the term "Hero" ?

    A hero to me is someone who does the right thing no matter what the circumstances, consequences, or sacrifice. However, what the right thing is can be dependent on the situation and point of view.

    Someone who saves a kid from a burning building would be a hero, more of a hero than a firefighter since that someone wasn't required to save that kid, but did so out of his own choice.

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    Re: How do you define the term "Hero" ?

    hero is someone who can change the things,is someone who stands out from the crowd,and a superhero is a hero powered with powers,like Superman .

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    Re: How do you define the term "Hero" ?

    A hero who does something extraordinary, not in the sense of laser eyes or swords, but devotes himself to help others because not often can we see people who help others genuinely.

    Thus, a hero is someone who "saves the day of others" without asking for anything.

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