H for Heroes – #atozchallenge

Theseus and the Minotaur

Photo courtesy of the Walters Art Museum

The world is full of heroes.

In the Bible, there’s Samson, Gideon, King David, and many more. In ancient mythology, there’s Odysseus, Beowulf, and King Arthur.  In more modern times, there’s Aragorn, Gandalf, Batman, the X-Men.  There are real-life heroes in our world today, too.  Mother Theresa was one, but we also each have our own personal heroes in our lives.

So what is hero? According to Webster’s 1828 dictionary, a hero is:

A man of distinguished valor, intrepidity or enterprise in danger, as a hero in arms.

A hero, in my mind, is a person that is willing to sacrifice anything for the code of honor they uphold – even their very life.

Every story has a hero, even if that hero isn’t the main character.  In my Gyti stories, the main characters are the heroes.  In Undoing, the hero is Sachi.  In Weeping Willow, the hero is the Puka.

Each one of those heroes is different, and they have different goals to accomplish, but each one is in the same in that they are defenders of good, and protectors of the weak.  Heroes can also be martyrs (especially in the case of Sachi), but it’s not always required.

Who are your heroes?  If you don’t write, who has inspired you?  If you write, tell me about the heroes you’ve found in your stories as well.