Santiago's Heroism Essay

574 words - 2 pages

Heroism is different to each person. To someone it might be to look impressive, or act above the ordinary. To someone else, it might be have amazing strength or courage in danger situation. Or maybe it might be having all of the heroic qualities, such as doing brave actions or having great determination. I can’t tell someone what the definition of heroism because there are just so many. But to me, heroism can be well described in this quote from Arthur Ashe. “True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost.”
This quote is one basic theme, selflessness. Selflessness is to not push others out of your way so that you can be the hero, but is to direct others in the right direction. Doing things for others and rarely stopping to think about yourself, going above and beyond. As a kid, I saw the Disney characters in movies and thought of their great feats as something I would like to achieve someday. Then I realized as I grew up that I would always love the movies, but those weren’t the kind of heroic acts I hoped to do in my life. Heroism is leading and guiding the way, even in danger. It’s doing what’s right, even when no one is looking at you, or patting you on the back.
However, Santiago, though he endured much over his story, I didn’t see him as a hero. He wasn’t holding on to that fish for hours and hours for someone else’s benefit, it was for his. Nor was he...

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