The Defense Of The Hero Essay

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These heroes inspire people to be better. I want to tell a story about a friend of mine, we will call him Adam. Adam was obsessed with Batman and tried to emulate his ideas. For instance, he abstained from alcohol because he did not approve of how it impaired people. Since Batman does not consume alcohol either, he felt that his abstinence was justified in some way. Batman can also teach us the dangers of heavy obsessions, like the one Adam has on Batman. Batman has had a never-ending search for justice that has taken him to the point of dressing up like a bat. There is a point where you might start to question his sanity; questions like, ‘what makes Batman saner than his enemies?’ can ...view middle of the document...

Thing is, Lanval is forced to break this pact in order to stay faithful to her. Is breaking a promise okay if it is for the right reason? Lanval’s lover seems to think so since she carries him away on horseback in the end. Even though Lanval is not one to keep his word, he found that forgiveness was possible and he could still prosper. If you had that same flaw, wouldn’t that make you hopeful for your life?
These flawed heroes give a sense of a real world that could not come with a perfectly chivalrous knight. The world is not black and white like that, good and evil are all shades of gray, as exemplified by Satan in Paradise Lost. You cannot truly decide whom the hero is in a book filled with morally gray characters. Yes, Satan does a wicked thing by rebelling against God, but he had a respectable reason for it. To him, God was a tyrannical leader who refused questioning. Satan was later remorseful but knew he could not go back since he would just repeat history. When Satan tempted Eve with the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge, wasn’t he truly setting Adam and Eve free from blindly following God? Who is to say that ignorance truly would have been a better path for the human race? A story like this just shows that good and evil is a matter of perspective.
So what is it that makes a hero? If we were to go by Spencer’s The Faerie Queen it would be any of the 12 Private virtues; these include (1) Courage, (2) Temperance, or self-control, (3) Liberality, (4) Magnificence, (5) High-mindedness, (6) Ambition, (7) Gentleness, (8) Truthfulness, (9) Wittiness, (10) Friendliness, or Courtesy, (11) Modesty, or Shame, and (12) Righteous Indignation (DeMoss). When one thinks of the standard hero, he certainly would be courageous, true, and righteous, but that is not all a hero is and not all heroes are like that. Sir Gawain, for example, was courageous when he accepted the Green Knight’s challenge, he showed us modesty and self-control when he did not bed Lady Bertilak, but he was not truthful...

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