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Impacts Of Increasing Co2 Levels On Aquatic Organisms

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Ralph Emerson once said, “A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is brave five minutes longer.” Heroism is often linked to an extraordinary act of bravery during an extreme circumstance. A person running into a burning house to save a life is a common example of this conception of heroism. However, those who dedicate their life ensuring social justice are also defined as heroes. Craig and Marc Kielburger, the co-founder of Free the Children, are examples of long-term heroes. In A Lesson Before Dying, Jefferson, a young black man, is convicted of a murder he did not commit by a jury of twelve white men. During the months before he is electrocuted, Grant, an elementary school ...view middle of the document...

Thus, Grant is a hero because unlike those in his society, he stands by his morals rather than societal pressure . He understands that having a legal system that and promotes this racist ideology is unjust and highly brutal. On the other hand, Frankenstein lacks moral standards and chooses to accept and follow the unjust ideology that ugly and monstrous-looking-[redundant, choose one] people are evil-hearted. Like those in his society, Frankenstein also rejects the creature at first sight because of the monster’s hideous looks: “…breathless horror and disgust filled my heart. Unable to endure the aspect of the being I had created, I rushed out of the room and continued a long time traversing my bedchamber, unable to compose my mind to sleep” (Shelle, pg 49). Before the creature says his first word, Frankenstein has already formed a disgusting image of the creature’s personality in his mind.
A hero is more concerned with about the needs of others than those of him or herself. After months of consistently visiting and helping Jefferson, he denies all the transformation that he evidently causes: “‘I saw the transformation, Grant Wiggins,’ Paul said. ‘I didn’t do it.’ ‘Who, then?’ ‘Maybe he did it himself.’ ‘He never could have done that. I saw the transformation. I’m a witness to that.’ ‘Then maybe it was God,’ I said” (Gaines, pg 254). Like a true hero, Grant’s dedication to transforming Jefferson during the past several months is not driven by the possibility of becoming labeled as a hero or personal gain. After all, he denies his heroism, and does not receive any tangible compensation for his work. Instead, he is driven motivated [you already used "driven"] by the possibility of enriching the lives of others. Helping Jefferson is already a selfless act itself, for he sacrifices his time and desire to live in another community and dedicates himself towards a long-term effort of helping Jefferson. By denying himself as a hero, he reveals his true selfless nature. On the other hand, Frankenstein is selfish because he makes Henry come with him to England, where he fails to finish the second creature. “During my absence I should leave my friends unconscious of the existence of their enemy and unprotected from his attacks, exasperated as he might be by my departure” (Gaines, 157). He is fully aware that the creature is an imminent threat to Henry, but he thinks his desire for company is more important that protecting the life of his friend. Thus he not only refuses to help others, but intentionally puts others in danger for selfish reasons. Furthermore, Frankenstein`s failure to complete the second creature reinforces highlights his selfishness. He sacrifices much of his...

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