Heroes vs. Celebrities

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Anglo-Saxon Hero: Beowulf
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Displays great courage through
his deeds
Faces overwhelming/impossible
odds
Death is honorable if he dies
fighting for a cause
In it for the glory; reputation of
being well-known
This is a character that AngloSaxons idolized and
worshipped
How we define heroes today…
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Heroes are people who transform compassion (a personal virtue)
into heroic action (a civic virtue). In doing so, they put their best
selves forward in service to humanity. A hero is as an individual or a
network of people that take action on behalf of others in need, or in
defense of integrity or a moral cause.
Heroic action is:
◦ Engaged in voluntarily;
◦ Conducted in service to one or more people or the community as
a whole;
◦ Involving a risk to physical comfort, social stature, or quality of life;
and
◦ Initiated without the expectation of material gain.
Heroism is not random acts of kindness, as great as they are. Heroism
is very distinct. A hero is not someone you simply admire or respect.
American Heroes
Unknown hero or the
common man; real hero by
definition
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Athletes, actors, singers
who are idolized by
society; pseudo hero
Heroes vs. Celebrities
Read the following article
•1. Highlight the difference the differences between a
hero and a celebrity
•2. Identify
the author’s purpose: is it to entertain?
Convince a reader of a belief? Inform or educate?
•3. Extended
response: Why does our society idolize
celebrities (singers, actors, athletes)? Why is little
recognition given to the ‘common man’ like firefighters,
police officers, teachers, doctors, etc…
Your challenge…
Ask five people who or what makes a
hero and record (tape) his/her response.
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