Heroes: Who Are Real Heroes

Heroes:   Who Are Real Heroes?
Shelia Greenwald
ENG122:   English Composition II (ACE1350A)
Instructor:   Shelley Palmer
January 28, 2014

According to Greek mythology, and folklore a hero was a mythological or legendary figure, often of divine dissent.   The word hero, in former times, meant warrior, protector or defender.   In the early twentieth century, heroes celebrated in the media shifted, now celebrating athletes, and celebrities as heroes.   Today heroism is more complex, and while some view sports figures and celebrities as heroes, they do not fit the criteria.   Therefore, labeling sports figures and celebrities as heroes misplaces the respect a real hero deserves.
When you think of the word hero, what image comes to mind?   There are many different opinions defining the word hero.   A mixture of hero types, and disputable opinions, together, offer the reader different understanding into controversies concerning sports figures, and celebrities labeled as heroes.
Research conducted by sociologists, psychologists, philosophers, and retired sports players examine various distinctions that characterize heroes.   Heroes listed as result of combined research includes cultural, political, war, sports, celebrity, personal, and unsung heroes.
Unsung heroes (unknown heroes) are ordinary men, women, or children, ranging from age nine to early eighties; they are rich and poor, they are bums and millionaires. One example of unsung hero is volunteers, firefighters, and other emergency workers.   U.S. News & World Report (2001) reports that 9,000 New York City’s Firefighters, and other emergency workers went into burning and collapsed buildings, knowing the danger, once known as the World Trade Center.   “We lost 10 of our guys in the building collapse, says Steve Riccio of Ladder 2, Engine 8, on 51st Street” (Para 2).   “We have guys alive, and they’re calling, from cell phones, and we can’t get to them, because there’s a building collapse...