The Hero

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Over the last couple hundred years the once evident line existing between good and evil has become blurred, arguably even completely switched around 180 degrees. Some critics and politicians such as Bob Dole argue that the messages embedded with in literature and all forms of entertainment should be clear and should "'uplift and inspire' rather than degrade their audience" (Popular Culture Is More Moral). Stories that uplift and involve valid moral characters do not always accurately depict life. How can one be truly moral in today's society, a society where two plus two no longer equals four? Society admires sports stars that commit crimes and politicians who lie, cheat and steal. In life there is no defined good and bad and many authors use this idea of relativism, that "conceptions of truth and moral values are not absolute but are relative" (Relativism), to intrigue and/or unsettle their audiences while adding legitimacy to their works.