I am in a WWII history class and this week I had to write a paper on what, in my opinion, a hero is.

Here it is, feedback would be great 🙂

What is My Definition of a Hero?

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

A hero doesn’t have to be a great general in the military to make a difference.

A hero can be a single mother willing to do anything for her daughter. Perhaps the hero in your life is a teacher, willing to impart their own knowledge on their eager students.

To be a Hero there are a few simple desired qualities or traits to possess.

You must have courage to do hard things and to stand up for what you believe in. You have to truly want to be good, and you should never expect rewards for good behavior.

A hero has to love, and not just friends, family and country, but you have to be completely selfless, helping even strangers. As Maya Angelou said,


“I think a hero is any person really intent on making this world a better place for all people.”


You have to be merciful, forgiving your enemies and giving them a second chance.

Remember to be dignified and mature. Do your part, and do it well, then go the extra mile to help someone else. Show how honorable you can be by staying humble.

Being a hero is to simply be kind, be good, and be loving.

As Christopher Reeve said,


“A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.”


To show an example of am ordinary hero, we simply look to James Harrison, a little known Australian man who has saved the lives of nearly 2.4 Million children.

At my age, 14, he underwent a major chest surgery that required an injection of 13 liters of blood. After that experience, he pledged to start donating his own blood as soon as he was 18. After a short time, it was discovered that his blood contained the rare antibody Rho(D) Immune Globulin.

This was the only cure available for treating Rhesus disease in unborn children.

With this knowledge, he began donating blood plasma regularly. Till date, he donated blood 1077 times, and holds a Guinness World Record in his name.

He is now 77 and unable to donate anymore, but his blood was used in the invention of the vaccine known as Anti-D which helps in curing the Rhesus disease forever.


“All the best heroes are ordinary people who make themselves extraordinary.”

-Gerard Way


Although Harrison didn’t have to, he chose to help and literally gave away parts of himself to save others, to rescue strangers and their children. He courageously did his self-appointed duty, and was motivated by knowing that he was contributing back in the same way that had saved his own life as a teenager.

So, in conclusion,  a hero is kind, selfless, courageous, honorable, loving, motivated, and above all, Good, for no other reason than doing what is right to make themselves and the world better.


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