The Concept of a Hero Essay

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Back in the days of the Odyssey and The Iliad, heroes were classified by their accomplishments. From Odysseus to Achilles, all of the men who were idolized as heroes were so idolized because of their world-altering deeds and conquests, unfathomable wealth, and achievements that would forever be remembered in history. But today, in a world pillaged by war, poverty, controversy, drugs, disease, and economic blunders, who truly deserves to be called a hero? No longer are there titans on the earth, bloodthirsty men with chain mail armor, lances and swords, leading enormous armies into battle. And yet, though circumstances have changed, people haven’t, and the need for heroes, for role models and beings of unfathomable perfection, has not …show more content…
And yet…he is petulant and argumentative. More than once, his uncontrollable rage leads him close to killing someone on his side, such as Agamemnon, the King. He suffers from profound and persistent hubris, and his fame and hero status lead him to believe that he deserves more stature than even the King himself. “My honors never equal yours,” he protests to Agamemnon in The Iliad. “Whenever we sack some wealthy Trojan stronghold--my arms bear the brunt of the raw, savage fighting, true, but when it comes to dividing up the plunder the lion's share is yours, and back I go to my ships, clutching some scrap, some pittance that I love, when I have fought to exhaustion.” (Homer, 83). He thinks very highly of himself and very lowly of others, and yet in Ancient Greece he is worshiped like a God. Since the times of Ancient Greece, much has changed, including the concept of a hero. A perfect example of an American Hero is Wayne Gretzky. Gretzky has achieved 40 regular-season records, 15 playoff records, 10 scoring titles, 9 MVP awards, 6 all-star records, and 4 Stanley Cups. And yet, when reading autobiographies and interviews with this athletic superstar, it is clear that these records mean nothing to him. “I don’t care how many goals I score,” says Gretzky. “Goals mean nothing to me. But I will brag all day about the number of assists that I have, because passing and teamwork are the

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