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macho’s blog 10

When we talk about heroes more often than not we talk about them making some type of sacrifice somewhere along the way. Weather the sacrifice is having to leave your family behind or doing something for what you think is right for you country just like William Wallace. William Wallace from when he was very young had lost both of his parents and had to live with his uncle. The big picture here is that Wallace had to sacrifice a lot to lead and fight for what he believed in. He was willing to sacrifice his own life by being executed in front of many people because he would lay down to what the king of England wanted.

People maybe not know about the great day time show which I am not ashamed to say that I have been watching for many years General Hospital has a great character named James Morgan. James is actually a mod enforcer that actually has made and makes sacrifices. He sacrifices his life for the people that he loves and cares about. Although it might seem like he does bad things but I think the goo ways out the bad. He sacrificed his freedom and admitted to a crime he didn’t committee to keep someone safe in prison from his father’s enemies.

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Dwarrick Blog 10

Whether real life or in comic books, our heroes have to sacrifice many different things such as love, friendship, their bodies, and their lives. The common theme for a hero is that they are not asked to do anything, but they choose to sacrifice themselves for the well being of others. Everyday young men and women volunteer to sacrifice years of their life to fight for our country. They protect us and show great courage, but for my blog I wanted to right about regular people who were given the power to make a difference and chose to do so. “V”, from the movie V for Vendetta, was forced to be part of a cruel experiment that left him changed forever. It also opened his eyes to the terrible things that his government was doing; with this knowledge he sacrificed any real social life he could have had and in the end gave his life up to show the citizens of Britain that they should no longer live in fear of their government, and stand up for their freedom.

The character that came to mind when I thought of V’s situation is very different in his ways, but was also affected by a science experiment gone wrong. Bruce Banner becomes a giant, angry, green Hulk when he gets angry. Even though he tries his best to use his powers for good, he always seems to cause too much destruction. In the movie The Avengers, we see him sacrifice living a normal American life to help sick patients in a third word country. In the movie we also see him learn how to better control his powers and fight for his team to help save the world. Both “V” and the Hulk were thrown into a position in which they had to make decisions that changed their lives and they chose to sacrifice everything for strangers who at times looked at them as terrorists or monsters. Their decision to sacrifice and their determination to continue makes them both heroes.

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JKelly 10

“Here’s looking at you, kid”

Dumbledore: “Lily…after all this time?”
Snape: “Always”.

It can be said that men are defined by their sacrifices. After looking at the heroes we’ve covered in class I think that Richard Blaine, Rick, from Casablanca best exemplifies a hero that sacrificed everything for the greater good. Rick sacrifices his club, his job, his safety, and his love in order to ensure that Ilsa and his husband Victor are able to escape to America. Even though Rick loves Ilsa he knows that in order for her to be safe he must let her and Victor escape together. He knows that “she belong with Victor. [She’s] part of his work, the thing that keeps him going. If that plane leaves the ground and [she’s] not with him, [she’ll] regret it. Maybe not today. Maybe not tomorrow, but soon and for the rest of your life”. So he lets her go even though he loves her. Because he knows that “the problems of three little people don’t amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world”. Another hero that has an intimate knowledge of sacrifice is Severus Snape from Harry Potter.

Snape is in love with Lilly Potter and even though they had a big fight and stopped being friends in school when he hears that the dark lord is planning on killing her and her family. Even though Snape hates James he still risks his life to warn Dumbledore about the plan. Then when Lilly and James are killed Snape still risks everything being a double agent in order to protect Harry from the dark lord. Both Rick and Snape know that in order to help the greater good they have to do what’s best for the ones they love. Some people say love can conquer all, but in this case love is what be sacrificed in order to “conquer all”.

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VARGAS BLOG 10

Through the many heroes that are out there in the world on both on paper and in life, the hardest thing I think that one has to face with is making a sacrifice.  Some heroes make sacrifices for others, while others make them for themselves in order to be remembered.  But how many everyday people would be willing to sacrifice their own life for others? or be able to accept their sin and do the right thing in order to correct the order of things? I don’t think many people. King Oedipus and Dante are the ones that remind me of this kind of sacrifice.

King Oedipus reminds me of this kind of sacrifice because he broke the law when he killed a man (his father) and fled without paying the consequences. When he is king and realized that the only way to save his people is to bring the man who killed his father to justice, he acts on it. Even later when he finds out that it was him who is guilty, he keeps his word and doesn’t take pity on himself but instead pokes his eyes out and gets banished as if he were anyone else so that he could save his people from the plague that was going around.

In Dante’s Inferno, Dante has committed various sins and Lucifer takes his fiancé hostage for it.  At first, Dante tries to deny all the sin he has created while he was away fighting in the crusades, but the deeper he goes into hell to try to rescue his fiancé, he starts to accept his sin and realized that he can’t run away from it.  He realizes that he is no better then the people that are in hell suffering for their sins.  But he realizes that his fiancé is pure and doesn’t deserve to be in such a place so he risks his own life to try and save her.

These two are equal in the sense that they realized what their mistakes where and acted upon them instead of continuing to hide in blind site and avoid the fact that they had made mistakes.  Also, their mistakes put the lives of others in danger so to make things right, they both willingly through their lives out there to try and save the people they caused harm.

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CEdwards BP_10 Sacrifices

Many times non-fictional and fictional heroes of all kinds identify sacrifice as an essential component of accomplishing great deeds. Melba Pattillo Beals sacrificed her security and her easy going high school years in order to integrate Central High in Little Rock. Sir Gawain saw fit for him to essentially sacrifice his life in pursue of the Green Knight for he was certain of his demise on his journey. Sacrifice is also evident in the journey of Antigone, who sacrifices her own life for what is right, and can be analogized to the sacrifice of Daniel in the Bible.

Antigone, daughter of Oedipus, lost both of her brothers on the same day in battle. Creon, the king, forbid the proper burial of anyone who attacked the city but rather be left where he was killed. One received a proper burial; while the other left in the wilderness to rot and be eaten by the birds. Antigone wanted to offer her brother the proper burial that not only he deserved but that was lawfully his. Antigone did what she believed was right, although it required her to go against the law instituted by Creon. She believed that no man should be able to institute a law that goes against those of the gods. In doing what she believed was right, she understood that death was the consequence. This same respect for the gods and refusal to follow laws that go against them is seen in the Biblical story of Daniel.

King Nebuchadnezzar erected various statues and wooden idols throughout his land. He commanded the inhabitants of his land to bow down and worship the man-made idols and not God. Daniel chose to break the laws instituted by the king because they were in direct violation of the God he served. Daniel continued to pray to God loudly and unashamedly and did not care who saw him. In doing so, he, like Antigone, knew he would be punished but he chose offer his life for sacrifice for what he believed in and valued. Both heroes agreed that laying down their life was of more value to them than adhering to laws. Essentially, they embodied Dr. King’s quote “An unjust law is no law at all.”

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jkaufman6 Blog Post 10

When examining a hero it is important to understand the great sacrifice that is at hand. Every hero is noted for his or her courage, achievements and strength but in order to understand a hero you must truly understand the sacrifices a hero must make along their journey. Heroes come in a variety of different aspects. Some are born with super powers, some are given a certain path while some are just ordinary men. What is constant with all of these heroes is that they all fight for what they believe in. As we covered To Kill a Mockingbird in class, a learned a lot about Atticus Finch, and how he was an ordinary man who fought an extraordinary cause. A southern gentleman and a father, Atticus fit the many characteristics a hero should embody.

For this blog I choose to make a connection between Atticus Finch and Oskar Schindler. Both of these men were unlikely heroes who took on a challenge bigger then any one man and made great sacrifices along the way. Atticus Finch is noted for his great sacrifice when he was forced to take on the case of Tom Robison. Being in a town filled with racism, Atticus was fighting a case that was impossible to win. However, Atticus accepted this challenge and defended Mr. Robinson with every ounce of power he had. This allowed people to make judgments about him before, during and after the case. This also put his family at risk and exposed his children to the harsh realties of racism. Atticus who was a once very well respected lawyer in his town was subjected to being called a “nigger lover” and received a lot of hate from the white community. Despite this Atticus was a man of equality and was determined to fight for the justice of Tom Robison. While he sacrificed his reputation as a lawyer and the status of his family, his heroism shows how the ordinary man became an example of an extraordinary man. Another ordinary man who became an unlikely hero was Oskar Schindler. Although Oskar had some flaws in the beginning he is a prime example of sacrificing his life for the greater good of others. Schindler was a wealthy businessman, living in the everyday society of the holocaust. When he began to see the Jews not just as workers but as mothers, fathers, sons and daughters, he risked everything that he had to save the Jews from death in the camps. He went on to save more then 1200 Jews and spent all of his money on food, clothes and medication for the Jews. Being surrounded by such a harsh environment, his ability to go against society and fight for what he believes in is why he will always be a hero. In all both of these men were once ordinary citizens who took it amongst themselves to take on an “impossible” challenge and fight for the greater good of other people.

 

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Csilverman blog 10

WIlliam Wallace in the movie Braveheart made many sacrifices for the people of Scotland’s freedom.  At the end of the film Wallace is brought before the English magistrates and tried for high treason. He denies the charges, declaring that he had never accepted Edward as his King.  The court responds by sentencing him to be “purified by pain.” Later, in a London square, William Wallace is tortured to death, being hanged, racked, and disemboweled. The magistrate offers him a quick death in exchange for a plea for mercy. Due to  Wallace’s display of courage, the Londoners watching the execution begin to yell for mercy to be given. William signals to the magistrate that he wishes to speak. Using the last strength in his body, he cries, “Freedom!” and turns his head, seeing Murron in the crowd smiling at him as he is beheaded. This shows that WIlliam Wallace was willing to sacrifice his life for something that he believed was more important then himself living. WIlliam Wallace reminds me of John Proctor in the epic movie The Crucible.

John Proctor was a man who committed adultery by cheating on his wife with Abigail Williams. It tears him up inside that he committed this sin and he cannot forgive himself for his actions. However the one good thing that he has is is good name and the respect and integrity associated with it. He dreads revealing his sin because guilt and regret already overwhelm him and he believes a public display of his wrongdoing only intensifies the extent of his sin, thereby multiplying his guilt. Proctor’s decision to tell the court about his affair ironically demonstrates his goodness. He willingly sacrifices his good name in order to protect his wife. Only through his public acknowledgment of the affair does Proctor regain his wife’s trust. At the end of the play, Proctor refuses to slander himself by allowing the court to nail his false confession to the church door. This action further exemplifies Proctor’s integrity. Proctor knows that he will damn himself, yet again, if he agrees to confess. Although he wants to live, escaping death is not worth basing the remainder of his life on a lie. This realization, along with Elizabeth’s forgiveness, enables Proctor to forgive himself and finally regain his good name and self-respect. In conclusion he is brought to the gallows and hung to death, but for the first time in a very long time finds peace with himself and his family.

 

 

 

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sarahlittle blog 10

In the film V for Vendetta, the character V is definitely is a hero willing to die for a cause. He is willing to start the fire of a rebellion to end the oppression that has been occurring in his country. He knows what he is getting into, but is willing to sacrifice everything in the name of justice and vengeance.

I believe a character that is relatable to that type of behavior is Harry Stamper (who is played by Bruce Willis) from the movie Armageddon. Although the factor of revenge isn’t an aspect in the film Armageddon, the issue of Harry being a phenomenal and selfless hero is a major similarity. Harry Stamper and A.J. Frost (Ben Affleck) are oil drillers who are sent to space in order to save the planet from a giant asteroid, but when things go from bad to worse, Harry sacrifices himself for A.J. by staying on the asteroid and destroying it with himself on it; he not only saved A.J. but the entire world.

I feel that these two stories and heroes are connected in the ways of sacrifice. Being selfless is such a truly wonderful quality that heroes possess; that quality is one of the many reasons we define normal people and heroes.

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Jordans Post 10

In To Kill a Mockingbird the noble hero Atticus Finch made a number of sacrifices. By taking on the case against Tom Robinson he takes an extraordinary risk. He endangers his own life as well as his children’s by standing up against the lynch mob. Another instance of danger is when Bob Ewell tries to attack his children. By taking on this daunting task Atticus also subjects his family to ridicule and taunting from the community. To many of his family members and the community members Atticus brings shame on his family’s name for defending an African American in court. The decision Atticus makes to subject his family to the torment and dangers Atticus and his family must endure are sacrifices Atticus consciously makes to makes sure justice is served. The hero outside of the class I would compare Atticus to is Coach Herman Boone from the film Remember the Titans. I definitely make this comparison because of the issue of race relations and discrimination. Both heroes made a sacrifice to erase the racial divide between blacks and whites.  Coach Boone gets hired as a football coach at a high school that has recently been integrated. The community is very disapproving of Coach Boones hiring as well as the school being integrated. Coach Boones somewhat unethical coaches methods as well as being an African American causes some very dangerous situations for him and his family. For example, angry people in the community decide to shoot through his homes windows. The torment gets so hectic that Boone must get a gun to ensure protection from the angry racists in the time.

Both Atticus and Coach Boone take a stand against racism and discrimination in time periods where it was extremely dangerous to do so. These two heroes both have similar stories and how their families and communities reacted to their goals. Coach Boone and Atticus sacrifice their families’ well-being and happiness to help their communities make strides toward racial equality.

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JSilverman Blog 10

Two heroes that I compared were Antigone (from class) and John Q (Denzel Washington in the movie John Q). When Antigones brother is denied burial by the king, she is willing to go against the law and sacrifice her life for what she believes in, and for a family member. The same goes for John Q. His son develops a heart condition in where he needs surgery or he will die. They are a poor family, and a heart transplant is very expensive. So John Q holds the hospital that his son is staying in hostage so that the doctors would do the heart transplant. In the end their are no donors so John himself decided that he wants to sacrifice his life and heart for his son (A family member). Everyone outside of the police see him as a hero as he starts gaining “fans’ throughout the movie. He constantly protests about the healthcare situation in America and you can clearly see he is standing up for what he believes in just as Antigone did.

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