Throughout time, heroes have always been honored. Heroes have not always been thought of the same way. To people of ancient civilization, heroes were highly regarded, and a model of what the perfect citizen should strive to be. Today, heroes act more as icons, and are not what people feel they should model themselves after. The changes in the values of a hero are definitely negative.
Ancient civilization valued many heroes. Mythological heroes gave up their lives to die young in war and in turn they would be remembered forever. All heroes have some of the same characteristics. Heroes are not fools, nor are they invincible, heroes are often called upon to make a journey or follow a goal or quest, the hero is usually a founder due to the result of the quest for new city, life, values, etc., and heroes often give their lives which results in a change to the lives of others.
A hero is always a good person, and that is why the society strived to be like them. They were a good example to follow. Essentially, they were the model that everyone used to set as what should be expected of people.
Today, in America, there isn't any hero or hero-like thing that has any of the characteristics or purposes of an ancient mythological hero. The closest things that resemble those heroes are famous people, like musicians or actors/actresses that people idol. One such idol is Britany Spears. She is one of many female pop musicians, however she is mainly referred to when it comes to being a role model for other girls. Many teenage girls try to dress and wear make-up the way Britany Spears does, but many adults feel that teens should not model themselves after her. There aren't any...