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Heroism The Wars Essay

1709 words - 7 pages

A. Attention getter
1. Traditional or dictionary definition for basis for your personal definition.
2. Contradictory image to what would be my image to illustrate that definition.
B. Thesis: State how you define the term, using points.
As can be seen throughout the novel, Robert displays various heroic qualities such as courage, nobility, and leadership. These qualities are exemplified during his drowning experience at the dikes, when saving the lives of his comrades at the craters, when shooting Captain Leather to save the horses in the fire, and when refusing to receive euthanasia from Marian Turner.
II. Body
A. Background information:
2. about the term or connection to the term.

B. Point one
1. The first part of definition of the term.
2. Dike (p.77 to 79) Robert Ross shows his perseverance, when he tries to save himself from drowning in the dikes. He fights against Mother Nature, and thinks strategically by pushing himself and not giving up. He was fearful of drowning, mentally motivated himself to get out and avoid dying, and soon eventually breaks free. This shows how strong Robert is when motivated by the will to survive. Although he was fearful, he overcame it and saved himself, since some would just give up. Before entering the war, it was seen that he would run away from his problems (Rowena’s death), but now as he realizes that there is no point of return, he finds a new sense of drive. He shows his willpower, by maintaining an independent, and strong, logical mind when faced with fear, and learns to fight so that was doesn’t get the best of him. “I don’t want to drown, he thought. Please don’t drown. He pushed himself up with his head hanging down,” (Findley 79).

- himself in danger for the better of Levitt and Poole and showed himself as a loyal, heroic leader.
- see he is commander, doesn’t panic and controls the convoy.
- quick thinking (witted) - tells Poole to use bugle.
- Robert got off of his horse and struck out onto the fog alone, and commanded Levitt and Poole to stay back until he found the break in the dike.
- he dangerously put himself at risk; doing what others won’t - never give up on any difficult situations.

C. Point two
1. The second part of the definition of the term.
2. Craters (p. 123 - 125) - Highlighted his position as commander when ordering them what to do (Get out handkerchiefs and urinate on them). Displays anger and frustration at others unable to do so, due to fear.
The concept he learned in chemistry class makes him a hero, as it saved his comrades from being fatally injured by the chlorine gas.
commands everyone to jump into the crater filled with water and corpses, Soldiers fight for the gas mask and Robert pulls his gun on them, At gun point, Robert orders the soldiers to take out their handkerchiefs, He sacrifices his mask for the man with the two broken legs, Robert mandates the men to urinate on their cloths; he helps one man do so, Robert tells the soldiers to bury their faces in the cloths...

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