What is a Hero?
The basic dictionary definition of a hero refers to a person who shows courage in the face of danger to save themselves or an endangered population. A hero may either be male or female. However, a heroine is used explicitly to a female warrior. Heroes may be the government leaders, the law enforcement units such as the police, the voluntary workers who devote themselves to the service of marginalized communities, or individuals who offer themselves to lean an environment shared by a multitude. There are various types of heroes. However, most discussed are tragic and epic heroes. An epic hero is a person whose success is a result of their desires and features. On the contrary, a tragic hero is a person who shows characteristics of courage in their lifetime but eventually faces his downfall. The purpose of this paper is to develop an argumentative essay on the definition of a hero concerning the types read in the four books. (This is not a clear thesis statement)
Opposing Arguments (Do not put subheadings in an essay)
The opponents of the definition of a hero allude that a courageous person may eventually face his downfall. The opponents describe a tragic hero as one who lives through the adversities by heroic acts and is eliminated by his weaknesses. In ‘Bodega Dreams’ by Ernesto Quinonez, the sad hero identified in the short store is Willie Bodega (2000). It is a story of love, Drugs, criminal acts, and money. Willie Bodega and John are from a poor background. Willie fell in love with a woman who could not marry him at some point in life because he was poor. It is then that he joined his friend John into the streets to survive. The two sold drugs and indulged in many other criminal acts to survive. As mega drug lords, they fall in love with the same woman, Vera. Vera is eventually married to John and is considered a promiscuous woman who would do anything for money. This is a summary of the story, not an analysis that connects back to your thesis.
In the end, Vera decides to leave John to find a better man that could have been Bodega (Quinonez &Quinonez, 2000). (this is not a proper citation) However, John is furious, and Vera shoots him dead. Bodega comes to her rescue and takes up the fault of the crime. As a result, Vera is set free while Bodega is shot dead on her behalf. Therefore, the book outlines Willie Bodega as the significant tragic her of the story. He was successful even though through illegal activities. He used his wealth to impact the people around him and was loved by many (Quinonez &Quinonez, 2000). (this is not a proper citation) However, his love for Vera, a woman married to his friend and business associate John, was his downfall. Hence, the opponents to the true definition of a hero argue that this type of a hero sown by Willie Bodega is the true hero. It is unclear what opponents you are referring to. The purpose of your body paragraph is to support your thesis. It is not clear how this paragraph supports your thesis. You have no quotes from the story to support your claims.
On the contrary, in the ‘Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock’ by Elliot, the poem yells of Prufrock’s indecisive moments. The idea of a tragic hero is brought up in the story showing Prufrock’s dilemma in three ways. First, Prufrock associates himself with Hamlet, as portrayed in Shakespeare’s novel. Hamlet was the Prince of Denmark, who was in pursuit of revenge for his father’s death, allegedly killed by his uncle (Elliot, 2020). (this is not a proper citation) Hence, Hamlet’s soliloquy in the entire play showing his intention to avenge his father’s death by killing his uncle. Similarly, Prufrock is in a dilemma on whether or not to confess his feelings to a woman he likes. In the end, he hesitates that he cannot be compared to Hamlet since the latter was a prince while he is just a servant (Elliot, 2020). (this is not a proper citation) It is unclear what this paragraph has to do with your thesis.
In the second show of tragedy, Prufrock compares himself to Lazarus in the Bible. Lazarus died, and Jesus resurrected him. He had been forgotten for a while and reappeared in the picture again from the dead. As Prufrock compares himself, he thinks that maybe he is like Lazarus. He has lived his life, been silent about love, and perhaps the time to pursue passion again. However, he reprimands himself, saying that he should be comfortable in his old age. In the last tragic show, Prufrock compares himself to John the Baptist in the Bible. John prepared the way for Jesus and yet was slain with his head on a platter. Prufrock sees himself as John finally says that he is not as prophetic as John was to act on his feelings. Eventually, his tragedy is shown in his cowardice and inability to express his feelings. The purpose of your body paragraphs is to support your thesis. There are no clear claims or analysis being written about here.
Supporting Arguments (do not put random subheads in your papers)
In as much as the above opposing arguments are based on the tragedy of illegal success and cowardice, supporters of the true her definition argue that a hero has to live in the right way. A hero is someone that does the right thing for the benefit of oneself or a marginalized population. In Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter from the Birmingham Jail”, he shows various heroism (King & Vivian, 2013). (this is not a proper citation)One hero that is profound in the letter is James Meredith, whom King refers to as the first African- American man to work for the University of Mississippi in 1962 (King & Vivian, 2013). (this is not a proper citation)As a true hero, Meredith is regarded as a champion of the civil rights movement. King follows both Meredith and other activists for standing firm amid hostility from anti-civil rights people and fighting for the minority rights in the United States (King & Vivian, 2013). Therefore, the definition of a true hero in the Letter from Birmingham Jail focuses on James Meredith as a true hero who has to suffer for the black people’s rights.
Conclusively, the argument on what is a hero can be quite a broad subject to explore. However, the findings of this [paper show that a hero can either be tragic or epic. An epic hero shows acts of courage and does the right thing to save himself r a group of oppressed people. From the discussions above, the identified epic hero is James Meredith from Martin Luther King Jr’s ‘A Letter from the Birmingham Jail’ (King & Vivian, 2013). (this is not a proper citation)On the contrary, a tragic hero may indulge in illegal doings to save himself or a group of people. However, his acts catch up with him later in life, and he has to suffer the consequences. More often than not, a tragic hero dies in a story. A good example is the case of Willie Bodega from the Bodega Dreams, a short story written by Ernesto Quinonez. Bodega dies after ears of toiling in selling drugs and indulging in other criminal acts. He is killed in place by Vera, who has killed her husband, John. Another case of tragedy is that of Prufrock, a character in the poem ‘A loves song of J. Alfred Prufrock’ by Elliot. His cowardice is a show of tragedy since, after all the comparisons, he ends up not pursuing his feelings. Therefore, a hero can best be described as either tragic or epic.
References (this is not a proper totle)
Eliot, T. S. (2020). The love song of J. Alfred Prufrock. Strelbytskyy Multimedia Publishing. https://books.google.com/books?hl=en&lr=&id=L9fFDwAAQBAJ&oi=fnd&pg=PP4&dq=The+Love+Song+of+J.+Prufrock+by+Eliot&ots=WJLe01MTFG&sig=8f04Hrp-3HyM5gRiZpNA5h7DNdQ
King, M. L., & Vivian, C. T. (2013). Letter from Birmingham jail. Arguing about law, 254-264. https://books.google.com/books?hl=en&lr=&id=g75cAgAAQBAJ&oi=fnd&pg=PA254&dq=MNartin+Luther+King+Jr,+A+letter+from+the+Birmingham+Jail&ots=8rfn_LqGVi&sig=k6_4cd9QHQy2U-D8S7QLGnE6yM8
Quiǫnez, E., & Quiñonez, E. (2000). Bodega dreams. Vintage.
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This is an interesting paper, but it is not focused clearly on the topic. This is supposed to be an analysis paper focusing on the topic of a hero. Although you have good ideas and points, and you have done a good job connecting this topic to the readings from this week, there is not a clear claim being developed. You also do not have a clear thesis.
You need more development of your ideas. Using additional examples and quotes from literary works would enhance those points. You have good ideas, but some areas of your ideas would be stronger with more development. Adding specific examples to some of your points would enhance your paper.
The purpose of a paragraph is to support your thesis. Therefore, each paragraph needs to clearly connect to your thesis. The examples and quotes in the paragraph should support your points. Your paragraphs need to wrap up by connecting back to your thesis. By drawing a conclusion at the end of the paragraph that connects back to your thesis, your connection will be clearer.
You have some grammar errors including word form, capitalization, punctuation mark, and sentence structure. I have not marked the grammar errors, and therefore, I have not deducted points for each of these errors.
Your final grade on this paper is based on content, supporting your ideas with specific examples and quotes from the literature, adhering to the directions, properly documenting your sources, and grammar.
Grade – 72