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Heroes are a product of a society's perception of someone to be praised and

adored. The definition of a hero is dependent on that society's beliefs, laws and taboos.

There are heroes for all ages, and for both men and women. Heroes have had changing

roles since man wrote his story, and all have been the embodiment of each society, each

civilization's ideals. The 1990's child sick with visions of hoop dreams, is largely affected

by basketball superstar, Michael Jordan. He inspires the young depraved ghetto child to

rise up against his unfortunate circumstances. Nevertheless their many noteworthy

qualities, all heroes possess faults because they are human and all humans possess failings,

because heroes begin to fold and make mistakes as they are suddenly thrust into the awe

inspired limelight, and because their pedestals are broken and disgarded as the public

craves to see the dirt underneath the man.

Failings in heroes are only natural, they are human and all humans possess faults.

All human beings are born and die with character traits, which can be, at the most basic

level, perceived as being helpful or as being harmful, depending on the character's

viewpoint. People are regularly regarded as having traits ranging from the most trivial as

being a perfectionist, to the most weighty, such as being a coward. These traits form the

basis of human personality and define the individual's personal nature. Montreal teen

gangs beat, rape and steal all the while embracing courage, bravery and wisdom as they

remarkably shun cowardice and stupidity. Ideal heroes are perceived differently in

different periods of history. In Chaucer's Prologue of the Canterbury Tales a worthy man

is described. He is a chivalrous knight who prided himself on his own personal truth,

honor, freedom, and courtesy. Chaucer's view of a hero is one who is without fault, truly

the epitome of goodness.

Heroes are under severe stress and live a life of duress and begin to commit errors

as the level of pressure begins to catapult. Heroes are continuously placed under pressure

by all who surround them, convinced that the object of their attention can not fail under

any circumstances. They grow self-centered and absolute followers of themselves and

except the same undeserved treatment from others. As Beowulf often takes pride in his

work, proclaiming that he slew Grendel, that he rescued the damsel in distress, without the

help needed, or offered from any persons. It is this need to see their idols, their heroes

unmasked that leaves the public to destroy their own heroes.

Public figures, heroes and idols are living a life of bitter pain as the masses greedily

pleasure their body and mind while tearing them down off their rightful pedestals. All

heroes and idols from across the globe have to contend with it, from the Dali Lama to

Pricess Di. In Chaucer's world, with the post of clergyman comes the unimaginable

pressure to do good deeds and to never become corrupted. This is quite difficult as best

as Chaucer describes the corruption of the priesthood. It was wrong then and it is wrong

now. It is extremely comparable to our present-day corruption in the state as power

hungry materialistic politicians perform deals under the table for their own selfish

individual goals.

Heroes become more and more the personal perception of an individual. In

Chaucer's Prologue, the knight is the common definition of a hero, but he is not the only

one. Every individual in our known world has a different definition of a hero, and it is

only through that personal realization that a true personal hero may emerge. Young

children mature in a world where they are placed in front of the idiot box and begin to

view the world from a perverted and very different perspective to the generation before

them, rendering them to view people with perverted ideals. They have different methods

of reasoning that lead to the changing roles of heroes within the human race. The masses,

the majority, are perversions of individual flaws and exponentially multiply the hateful,

perverted sentiments that all humanity possesses in varying degrees. Heroes and idols are

thrown on the marble floor, smashed and broken like pieces of a jade buddah.