Critical Lens Essay

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The quote “The real hero is always a hero by mistake” by Umberto Eco can be described in two different works of literature, the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee and the play Twelve Angry Men by Reginald Rose. This quote means that people who become heroes by mistake at first don’t want to be heroes. Both of these stories have characters in them who become heroes completely by mistake. In To Kill a Mockingbird the character who becomes a hero by mistake is Arthur “Boo” Radley and the character in the play Twelve Angry Men who is the hero is juror #8. Both of these characters are characterized as being heroes but never really wanted to be.
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Boo Radley doesn’t want and need the attention from the situation due to it being unneeded. Atticus says that Boo Radley would be killed by all the attention from the town. But Boo was still seen as a hero even though he didn’t want to be. He was just in the right place at the right time and saved two innocent children’s lives. The quote by Umberto Eco describes Boo Radley because he became a hero without wanting to be one.
In the play Twelve Angry Men by Reginald Rose, juror #8 becomes a hero without wanting to be. Twelve Angry Men is a play that involves a juror of twelve men faced with the decision of a man’s life in court. The men in the juror either don’t want to be there, are racist or could honestly care less about the man on trial. This whole play can characterize how people are selfish and only care about themselves. The men from the gecko want to vote the man guilty so they can leave besides one man, juror #8. Juror #8 does not want to vote in a unanimous decision because he feels something is different about the trial. This causes two things to happen. The men begin to argue and then they start to notice what juror #8...

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