Heroism isn’t all about saving the day. Culture values and myths are similar because they have the same concept. Ancient Greece is more fighting dragons while American Culture is more risking your life to save others. The meaning of heroism is someone who is willing to save someone above their self. Heroism is seen a lot in American Culture by helping others and in mythology by saving the day. Heroism is seen in the books the Odyssey and Mythology in me.
In the Odyssey Odysseus is going to save his men from Circe: “Take this herb with you when you go to Circe, and it will protect you from her deadly tricks…that’s how you will get your comrades freed and yourself well loved”.
This is heroism because Odysseus went to Circe and saved his men even though he could’ve died. He took a chance to save his men. Metis saves Rhea’s children from Cronus in the Mythology in me, “Metis tricked Cronus into swallowing a tasty drugged drink, which gave him excruciating stomach pains…he spewed up his four children”.
Rhea wanted to save her children so Metis gave him a drink to make him sick. Cronus didn’t want one of his children to take over his place, as the prophecy stated, so he ate his children. Odysseus and Metis show heroism in the Odyssey and Mythology in me.
American Culture shows heroism by what people do. One example is firefighters. Firefighters save people who are stuck in houses that are on fire.
A fireman saves two children in a house fire, “You don’t think about yourself, you think about the kids”. This demonstrates the value of heroism because he risked his life to save a family. Another example is a person in the military named Kyle Carpenter. Kyle saved his friend: “In the heat of a battle, a live grenade landed near one of his comrades. Without giving it a second thought Kyle threw himself on the grenade, absorbing the explosion”. This shows heroism because he saved his friends life. It caused him severe damage but his actions saved both of them.
Heroism is seen in American culture by firefighters and regular people/people in the military. Protecting others in american culture and saving the day in ancient greek are seen as heroism. Heroism was important in greek culture because This value is relevant in American culture because it helps improve the world and help other people. Heroism is a very inspiring value and encourages other people to help others.