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The main difference is, Naruto has become a Hero. A predestined Hero at that as well.
What is a hero?
The Oxford Dictionary gives these definitions:
Full Definition of HERO
1)a : a mythological or legendary figure often of divine descent endowed with great strength or ability
b : an illustrious warrior
c : a man admired for his achievements and noble qualities
d : one who shows great courage
2)a : the principal male character in a literary or dramatic work
b : the central figure in an event, period, or movement
- Over the timeline of Original Naruto to the Naruto Shippuden era in the Manga Naruto has acquired all of these qualities and it seems that the last one that is left for him is Number (1a) which says...a mythological or legendary figure often of divine descent endowed with great strength or ability.
- The only skills Naruto has truly had to work for/learn are as follows:
1) Sage Mode
2) CONTROLLING the Kyuubi's chakra to some extent as the manga has progressed
3) His own few Ninjutsu skills such as the Shadow Clone Technique
- All of Narutos current and potential power-ups are predestined:
1) The tailed beasts all had the same remark during the manga as to what Naruto is: "He's the old man's....!!!" They were basically saying he's the reincarnation of the Sage of Six Paths...or better yet, his successor.
2) Why is Naruto's Bijuu mode so different from his counterparts, especially Minato who gets nothing special in his Bijuu mode? Because Naruto is a descendant of the Sage of Six Paths, he is favoured by the god/gods of the Shinobi world to some day be it's saviour. That's why he is getting these power-ups only as a result of being brought to his knees and having to re-make his mental thoughts to have a second wind to fight again; thus obtaining the power-up.
3) Even Sasuke noticed that he's outclassed right now...the only reason his Susano'o is so large in the recent manga chapter is because of the Yin-Yang Kurama Chakra cloak Naruto put around him and Juugo.
4) The damn Manga is called Naruto so of course this main character: "Naruto" is going to end up being the strongest, end of discussion.
This is practice for an extended essay I will be writing for my high school senior year. On what extent Naruto is a hero.
I think his current motive is to stop the war and unite the world and save the bijus. His old one was just to be hokage. Which is his oldest most curent one.
Because he is more mature and experienced now
Haha yes. But lets not forget the fact that he has the weight of the entire shinobi alliance on him. Sasukes just his side buddy.
He did. But is he doing it? I think he's put that aside and just focusng on stopping Obito
To answer the question precisely...
When Kishimoto introduced the danger of impending doom on the world, that's when Naruto ended up as a predestined hero...until then, he was a Jinchuuriki, a piece in a greater puzzle by Akatsuki, and a shinobi who ended up being loved, from being despised initially...
That's where Naruto's growth lies, and it's still consistent with part 1...his character growth, from being a confused kid, who sometimes had sparks of motivation, to a fully grown shinobi, who can inspire...
However when it comes to skills, and how the story shaped up after the introduction of Jyuubi, Naruto indeed became a predestined hero...
So why? Because Kishimoto went ahead and in classic shounen style, he introduced a super evil villain that threatened the world...if he would've chosen a more complex villain or set of villains, perhaps we would still see Naruto as an evolving hero and not a predestined one
I'd like to add to that too. And smoke a joint while writing future chapters while dressed in Naruto's sage mode outfit.
old naruto: originally doesn't aspire to be a "hero", but to simply be looked at on an equal level to everyone else instead of being despised etc. he only picks a heroic figure like the "hokage" because he knows everyone looks up to the hokage, i don't think he wanted to become a hero from the start.
new naruto: becomes a hero as a result of protecting his village through training (self defense since akatsuki are more after him than konoha)
some food for thought
to what extent are other characters also heroes? how about those who have lost their lives in order to defend the village?
(obviously only naruto is glorified since he was personally responsible for stopping pain vs konoha arc..)
it is important to note that most likely NO ONE in konoha could have stopped pain but naruto
is your essay solely about naruto assuming the role of a hero as a result of predestined factors and/or environmental factors?
naruto's environmental factors were primarily the reason he was able to become a hero
interestingly enough, his level of success as a hero is heavily affected by kyuubi...
on a larger note--
what does this say about nature vs nurture? (for naruto/kids in general to aspire to something)
is naruto a "hero" as a result of his genetic/predestined gifts or was he nurtured into it as a result of his relations with his peers?
that is to say, are kids destined to assume certain roles or can they move beyond them?
(1: not so smart kid trying to become president, kind of like naruto.. and in RL... LOL)
(2: a kid who has been looked down upon and becomes a respectable man, naruto defying the resentment of his adult peers and works toward his goal like no other, ultimately gaining their respect)
or vice versa
(2: a kid who has been looked down upon (sadly gives into the pressure) becomes antisocial / a homicidal maniac / [insert stereotype])
sorry, off topic but i think this would be more interesting than just focusing on naruto (unless the essay requires you just talk about naruto and role of hero)
hope this helps!