Most heroes don't think they are heroes. Sometimes people do things out of instinct. Heroism is when a person may save another's life, fight in a war and basically… put their own life in jeopardy. (MORE)
The world it seems needs hero's so somtimes people take up causes that they know deep down inside that they can't win, but they want to come across as bei…ng the hero. What they really want is the attention that goes with being a hero. (MORE)
Yes, Oscar Shindler Sacrificed all he had in order to save 300 Jews from the final solution. His grave can still be visited in onethe Jewish peoples most sacred memorials. Rea…d Shindler's Ark or watch Shindler's list. (MORE)
Pretty much, to be a hero, you have to have a really high stakes (dangerous) situation, then you do something really stupid and brave (nearly the same thing on my opinion), sa…ve someone else's life, and kiss them while everyone chants, "hero, hero, hero...!" and stuff like that, then you look back and say,"that was really stupid of me!". (MORE)
Beowulf exemplifies the traits of the perfect hero. The poem explores his heroism in two separate phases youth and age and through three separate and increasingly difficult co…nflicts bwith Grendel, Grendel's mother, and the dragon. Although we can view these three encounters as expressions of the heroic code, there is perhaps a clearer division between Beowulf's youthful heroism as an unfettered warrior and his mature heroism as a reliable king. These two phases of his life, separated by fifty years, correspond to two different models of virtue, and much of the moral reflection in the story centers on differentiating these two models and on showing how Beowulf makes the transition from one to the other. In his youth, Beowulf is a great warrior, characterized predominantly by his feats of strength and courage, including his fabled swimming match against Breca. He also perfectly embodies the manners and values dictated by the Germanic heroic code, including loyalty, courtesy, and pride. His defeat of Grendel and Grendel's mother validates his reputation for bravery and establishes him fully as a hero. In first part of the poem, Beowulf matures little, as he possesses heroic qualities in abundance from the start. Having purged Denmark of its plagues and established himself as a hero, however, he is ready to enter into a new phase of his life. Hrothgar, who becomes a mentor and father figure to the young warrior, begins to deliver advice about how to act as a wise ruler. Though Beowulf does not become king for many years, his exemplary career as a warrior has served in part to prepare him for his ascension to the throne. The second part of the story, set in Geatland, skips over the middle of Beowulf's career and focuses on the very end of his life. Through a series of retrospectives, however, we recover much of what happens during this gap and therefore are able to see how Beowulf comports himself as both a warrior and a king. The period following Hygelac's death is an important transitional moment for Beowulf. Instead of rushing for the throne himself, as Hrothulf does in Denmark, he supports Hygelac's son, the rightful heir. With this gesture of loyalty and respect for the throne, he proves himself worthy of kingship. In the final episode the encounter with the dragon-the poet reflects further on how the responsibilities of a king, who must act for the good of the people and not just for his own glory, differ from those of the heroic warrior. In light of these meditations, Beowulf's moral status becomes somewhat ambiguous at the poem's end. Though he is deservedly celebrated as a great hero and leader, his last courageous fight is also somewhat rash. The poem suggests that, by sacrificing himself, Beowulf unnecessarily leaves his people without a king, exposing them to danger from other tribes. To understand Beowulf's death strictly as a personal failure, however, is to neglect the overwhelming emphasis given to fate in this last portion of the poem. The conflict with the dragon has an aura of inevitability about it. Rather than a conscious choice, the battle can also be interpreted as a matter in which Beowulf has very little choice or free will at all. Additionally, it is hard to blame him for acting according to the dictates of his warrior culture. (MORE)
Everyday people show heroism in very ordinary circumstances, and never expect to publicly be called a 'hero'. As some examples: .
The school student who stands up to someon…e who bullies other students who are different, disliked, disabled, etc. .
The student who reports a crime because it is the right thing to do. .
The young person who sees a need in the community and helps - such as helping elderly neighbors by cutting the grass, running errands, doing dusting, helping around the neighbor's house. .
The young person who donates his/her allowance, or collects money, for a worthy cause. .
The person who lives by high values and morals, regardless of what friends do. .
The person who regularly prays for countries, leaders, and people -- despite not knowing the people. .
The person - adult or youngster - who is more concerned with other people's needs rather than only thinking of his or her own needs. .
The child or adult who undergoes repeated tests and treatment for a serious condition or disease, like cancer. .
The child or adult who lives each day in chronic pain. .
The parent who is dying but makes a conscious effort to create memory items (videos, scrapbooks, letters) to leave to his or her children. .
The person or family who has been affected by adversity (fire, flood, tornado) but tries to help others. .
The person who hires a disabled person, not from pity, but to give an opportunity. .
The person who does the right thing, even when there's no Law that says "this is right to do". For example, giving up your place in line to someone who isn't as healthy, strong, or as able as you. (MORE)