Write a personal, persuasive essay that answers the following question: “What is a hero?” Your paper should explain what YOU think a hero is and support YOUR claims about what a hero is. This essay should NOT ONLY be dedicated to providing a detailed explanation of your general position BUT ALSO should relate this general position to the ideas of one of the major philosophers studied over the course of the semester (Socrates, Boethius, Frankl or King). There are eight REQUIRED parts of this short personal essay. Each part must be included and must be labelled with its matching number. Failure to include ALL of these required parts and label them will result in the substantial loss of credit on this assignment. Students will not be penalized for minor grammar errors but will lose points if grammar errors cause the student’s position to be unclear.1) Thesis Statement (one sentence): You must include a one sentence thesis statement that explains in general terms what you believe a hero is. 2) Conceptual Explanation of Your Thesis Statement (approximately 300 words): You must include multiple sentences which explain what your thesis statement both MEANS and DOES NOT MEAN. While discussing your thesis statement, you should explain how YOU understand ONE of the following virtues of a hero: wisdom, courage or justice. Do not copy an online resource! Instead, develop your own ideas and clarify your own position.3) Specific Example Which Illustrates Your Thesis (approximately 200 words): You must include a multiple sentence explanation of a specific situation which you believe helps to reveal what a hero is. Make sure to include the who, what, where, when, and why in your explanation. You are likely to do well on this part if you write about a situation that you are extremely familiar with (you were there or have studied what happened extensively). Your specific example may be personal, historical or imaginary, but it must be discussed in great detail. Your specific example may NOT discuss the experiences of one of the philosophers that we studied this semester (Socrates, Boethius, Frankl or King)4) Defense of Your Specific Example (approximately 200 words): You must include multiple sentences explaining WHY your specific example helps to reveal what you believe a hero to be. Your answer should refer to specific details from your conceptual explanation of your thesis statement (2) and your specific example which illustrates your thesis (3). You should offer REASONS why the person discussed in your specific example meets your definition of a hero in the situation that you discuss.5) Explanation of how ONE Philosopher Understands Heroism (approximately 300 words): You must include multiples sentences to explain how ONE of the philosophers that we studied this semester (Socrates, Boethius, Frankl or King) understands heroism. This general explanation of a philosopher’s idea of heroism should also include a discussion of what the philosopher has to say about the virtue of a hero that you chose (wisdom,
2courage or justice). Your answer should make at least three references to the assigned readings (either quotations or paraphrases) and these MUST include page numbers. For example: (Frankl 107).6) Analysis of Two Quotations from the Philosopher’s Work (approximately 350 words): You must select two brief quotations (approximately 1-2 sentences each) from the assigned reading of the philosopher that you chose and explain what they mean in great detail. The quotations that you pick should address either the philosopher’s conceptual understanding of heroism or a situation in which the philosopher lived out his own conception of heroism. Your analysis of each quotation should discuss the context of the quotation, explain key ideas discussed in the quotation, uncover the philosopher’s meaning in the quotation, and reflect upon how what is said in the quotation reveals the how the philosopher understands what a hero is. Your two quotations MUST include page numbers. For example: (King 291).7) Agreement and/ or Disagreement with the Philosopher’s Conception of Heroism(approximately 350 words): You must explain whether or not you agree with the ideas about heroism of the philosopher that you selected. If you agree, you should explain how you agree with the philosopher, the extent of this agreement, and the REASONS why you agree. If you disagree, you should explain how you disagree, the extent of this disagreement, and the REASONS why you disagree. It is acceptable to partially agree and partially disagree with the philosopher that you selected. Your answer should refer to specific details from your conceptual explanation of your thesis statement (2), your account of the philosopher’s conceptual account of heroism (5), and your analysis of the two quotations from the philosopher’s work (6).8) Your View of Heroism during the COVID-19 Crisis (approximately 250 words): Conclude your paper by making some personal reflections about how your ideas of heroism are applicable in the current COVID-19 crisis. You should discuss how your conception of a what a hero is might be applied to your own personal situation. You may also want to discuss how your conception of what a hero is might be applied to other people. It is acceptable to include a discussion of how the idea of heroism of the philosopher that you selected applies to the COVID-19 crisis, though this is not required.ACADEMIC HONESTY:If a student includes a quotation or an idea that comes from anywhere besides the student’s own mind, it must be cited to a source. All references to the assigned texts, whether in the form of quotations or paraphrases should include the philosopher’s last name and the relevant page number quoted or paraphrased. If any WORDS or IDEAS in this paper come from outside sources (Internet, books, articles, etc.), they must be cited. The failure to GIVE CREDIT to the true author of one’s words and ideas is plagiarism and will result in a zero for this assignment (F) and other penalties.

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