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Nelson Mandela

Modern Hero Project

Nikki Sanford

on 31 May 2011

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Hero Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela Born on July 18, 1918 in Transkei, South Africa, Nelson will never be forgotten. His father was Chief Henry Mandela of the of the Tembu Tribe. Nelson took many steps in becoming a hero...... First, he studied at the University College of Fort Hare and the University of Witwatersrand. He qualified in law in 1942. Next, he joined the African National Congress in 1943. This group was against the ruling from the National Party's apartheid policies after 1948. He also joined the African National Congress Youth League in 1944. In 1962, Nelson was arrested and on June 12, 1964 along with seven others and were setenced to life imprisonment. Although they gave him the option to be freed, he refused to comprimise his political position to obtain his freedom. Shortly after he joined, he was elected president of the ANC in 1960. He proceed to spend a total of 27 and a half years in prision. When he was released on Februaray 11, 1990, Mandela immediatley went back to work. In 1993, Nelson was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. The apartheid ended on April 27, 1944 thanks to efforts of Mr. Mandela. On May 10, 1944 Nelson Mandela was inaugurated President of a now democratic South Africa. As president, Nelson made three major programs:
The Nelson Mandela Foundation
The Nelson Mandela Children's Fund
The Mandela-Rhodes Foundation
All these programs helped to better the lives of the South Africian people. However, Nelson played a major role in many programs to accomplish this success. A few major organizations he lead were:
Resistance to Western Areas Removals
Introduction of Bantu Education Nelson was a keynote speaker in the Treson Trial in 1961. In 1962, Nelson left the country under a differnt name and trveled to Ethiopia. There, he adressed the Conference of the Plan African Freedom Movement of East and Central Africa. Nelson had enough confidence in himself to go against the government and stand up for what the thought was right. Most people would back down the minute somebody challenged them. He also went above and beyond in everything he did. He joined and lead multiple organizations that were agaisnt the government and even after he was released from jail, he continued his work. He would not stop and pushed through even when things got tough. These are the unique qualities that I believe belong in every hero. There are many of the same qualties in a Homeric Hero as in a Modern Day Hero. They both go above and beyond the "call of duty". They both do what is right even if it went against what was easy or what people say. Odyssues was starving and yet he did not kill Helios' animals even though his men wanted him to (unfortunatlry the men did end up going against Odysseus). He also went to the gods and godesses that he was told to go to and did what they asked of him. Nelson also showed this trait when knew that what he believed in was right and was willing to stand up against the governtment to show that. He also went to jail and did not give in. He stuck with his beliefs throughout and even after he was in jail. Odyssues and Nelson both do more than what is ever asked for. They both were also leaders. Nelson lead many organizations and became president. Odysseus lead an entire ship full of men. Both of these men were looked up to and depended on. Many followed and trusted their lead. When things got difficult, they both kept pushing through. Nelson was thrown in jail and Odysseus encountered many monsters that were tring to eat him, but they both managed to keep pushing through and lead their unsure, scared people. The difference between Homeric Heroes and Modern Day Heros are the steps that they take in becoming a hero. Odysseus was admired for his strength in battle, leading a ship through a dangerous journey by devising smart plans to get the men out of more trouble, being brave when the Cyclops, Scylla and other monsters were around, and being the only one from his ship to return home to Ithaca. While Nelson was awed for his intelligence, his perserverance in staying with his belifs throughout jail, leading protests, and being an enormaus influence of the change in government for South Africa. I think that a Modern Day Hero is more relevant today to modern man because they deal with issues that people deal with today such as governemnt control. They don't encounter journeys like Odysseus. They may be put into danger, but they don't come across the same kinds of problems amd tasks to overcom eas Odyssseus today like Scylla for example. A war over a woman for her beauty would most likely not happen today. The only intance where I think that Homeric Heroes take place in today's world would be in movies and superheros such as Spiderman. Wht makes a modern hero stand out is that they are brave, kind, intelligent, giving, perservering, and they go above and beyond what is expected. And this is why Nelson Mandela is my definition of a.......
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