Would You Be A Hero?

There are many kinds of heroes. It is difficult to predict how an individual might react in a situation where risking one’s life may save another’s.

Randy is very curious about Ponyboy’s display of heroism when he saved the children from the burning church. He doesn’t believe he would have done the same thing.

“I read about you in the paper,” Randy said finally. ‘How come?”

“I don’t know. Maybe I felt like playing hero.”

“I wouldn’t have. I would have let those kids burn to death.”

“You might not have. You might have done the same thing.”

“Randy pulled out a cigarette and pressed in the car lighter. “I don’t know. I don’t know anything anymore. I would never have believed a greaser could pull something like that.”

” ‘Greaser’ didn’t have anything to do with it. My buddy over there wouldn’t have done it. Maybe you would have done the same thing, maybe a friend of yours wouldn’t have. It’s the individual.” (Hinton, 115)

Please answer the following questions:

What does Ponyboy mean when he says, “it’s the individual?”

What is your definition of a hero? By your definition, are you heroic? Whom do you consider to be a hero and why? Have you done anything that you would consider a heroic deed? Explain fully. As always, I am looking for responses that show depth and clarity of thought. After Wednesday, you may post any blog prompts of your own in regards to this discussion, and you may certainly reply to Annie’s now.