Wednesday, April 27, 2011

What is a hero!?

So, I think the hardest part about Tuesday's debate was clearly defining "the truest form of a hero." I think it is important for hero's to have flaws because it makes them easier to relate to for us as an audience, however do these flaws take away from their heroism? What is "the truest form of a hero"?

3 comments:

Miriel said...

I'm not really sure... what the truest form of a hero is... but I really feel that to make it simplistic a hero would just be a character to whom the audience really likes, admires, looks up to, and enjoys their character journey throughout the story. I believe that the character MUST be very likable to the reader in order to be considered a hero by the reader.

Finwe said...

Other than bravery and overcoming obstacles, the other facets of a hero are most certainly up for personal opinion. Although I agree that having a hero with flaws makes him more relatable to readers. For me if a hero has flaws overcoming and learning those flaws would be a true form of hero.

Idril said...

I feel that the "truest form of a hero" is an impossible statement that cannot be objectively defined. There are the stereotypical characteristics(i.e. heightened stature, overcoming incredible obstacles, bravery, honor, etc.) that define the story book hero; however, I too believe that a great hero doesn't need necessarily need these characteristics. I personally feel that self-awareness is the greatest quality a hero can have.

Also, can a hero be considered a hero if he/she doesn't succeed in their duty? Often in life those who fall short in their duties aren't honored in the same light as those who succeed, even though they risked themselves to the same perils.