Essay “Great heroes need great sorrows and burdens, or half their greatness goes unnoticed. It’s all part of the fairytale. ” -Peter S. Beagle, The Last Unicorn. Heroes can be found in normal, everyday people; however, they go unnoticed because they did not have to overcome a great calamity to perform an action. More well known heroes have all overcome the worst of situations imaginable. For example, Ms. Riley from October Sky had fought Hodgkin’s Disease while helping Homer and the Rocket Boys achieve their dream.
Rainsford from The Most Dangerous Game fought to the death in a game he did not believe in or wanted to participate in. Josh Sundquist became an award winning author and a Paralympian after defeating cancer and having his leg amputated at age nine. A hero is one who is selfless, overcomes adversity, and inspires others. Whether a hero is fictional or not, the most important trait they should possess is to be selfless. A hero should always prioritize others before themselves.
Throughout the entire movie, Ms. Riley was suffering from Hodgkin’s Disease, but she was more concerned with the Rocket Boys’ future than her personal health. She never stopped teaching until her death in 1969. Ms. Riley dedicated her life to teaching and held a high standard for all of her students in hopes that they would do well in their lives. Rainsford showed selflessness when Zaroff first told him about the game. His first thought was all of the people who died at the expense of Zaroff’s pleasure.
The Great Game of Business By Jack Stack" I am often asked to say exactly what the Great Game of Business is. I have to admit I find this hard to do. It is not a system. It is not a methodology. It is not a philosophy, or an attitude, or a set of techniques. It is all of those things and more. It is a whole different way of running a company and thinking of how a company should be run." Business ...
During the game and before he killed the General, Rainsford’s main objective was to make sure no one else would die in this barbaric form of entertainment. Before Josh Sundquist lost his leg, he dreamt of being able to wear uniform and being part of the team. Even after his amputation, this dream never died which led to his participation on Team USA at the 2006 Winter Paralympics. He shares this story to motivate other that are going through similar challenges. The reason behind a lot of the actions heroes take is because they are thinking of others.
Being able to overcome adversity is one of the most important qualities a hero needs to have. A hero must not let anything become a major setback to their life, they’ll always continue to persevere. Ms. Riley from October Sky is someone who has overcome adversity. She continued to teach while suffering from Hodgkin’s Disease in hopes of helping kids like Homer Hickam and the Rocket Boys to become something better than a coal miner. Her number one priority during the movie was for the Rocket Boys to get scholarships and be successful, if she could accomplish this, she would die happily.
Rainsford overcomes adversity many times in The Most Dangerous Game. First, when he falls overboard, he never gives up and continues swimming until he reaches the shore of the island. Also, when he’s playing the game, Rainsford showed physical endurance and was unrelenting in the belief that he could win. His tough character contributed to General Zaroff’s downfall. When Josh Sundquist lost his leg, he could’ve easily given up, instead even harder than before and accomplished great things. He’s now an accomplished author, motivational speaker, and Paralympian.
Josh Sundquist regards having one leg as the best thing to ever happen to him. Ms. Riley, Rainsford, and Josh Sundquist have the ability to overcome adversity which helped them reach their fullest potential even with major hardships while inspiring others to do the same. Due to their ability to overcome adversity, every hero should inspire someone with their story. In other words, a hero should set a good example and inspire others to do the same. Ms. Riley set her whole life on teaching. Homer and the Rocket Boys probably would not have gotten as far without her help, support, and encouragement.
Can every hero do everything on his own? From comic superheroes like Batman and Robin to athletes like Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippin, the second banana has always been there to support the lead character. Depending on the situation, the contributions from a sidekick can be very beneficial but the need for one can also be in question. Heroes achieve success when they effectively complete quests ...
She had a firm belief that everyone could achieve something great. In many ways, Ms. Riley was the thing that pushed the Rocket Boys to continue building rockets throughout all the challenges and hardships they faced. Throughout most of the story, General Zaroff and Rainsford were enemies. However, the General had wanted Rainsford as opponent because Rainsford skills were the only ones that came close to his own. In a way, Rainsford inspired Zaroff because of his clever tactics he used to win the game and his hunting accomplishments from before.
A hero is someone who can handle whatever challenges life throws at them, motivate others to do well, and puts others before themselves. Ms. Riley never gave up on teaching and never gave up on the belief that she could make a difference and improve the lives of many. Throughout her battle with Hodgkin’s Disease, she never gave up, remained positive, and continued teaching until her death. Rainsford’s belief against hunting humans did not falter once throughout the whole duration of the story.
Finally, Josh Sundquist never truly let go of the dream that one day, he would wear a uniform and represent his team. His story taught many others to never give up on their dreams. They’re all from different eras of history and don’t have many similarities except for the fact that they’re all heroes in their own right. Ms. Riley, Rainsford, and Josh have had to work against major challenges in situations that would’ve made others stop trying. Instead, they have exceeded expectations. It’s not superpowers that make a hero, but a person’s actions and sacrifices when tragedy strikes that make them heroic.