“A others. In my accord, a hero

“A man doesn’t become a hero until he can see the root of his own downfall” (Aristotle). According to Aristotle, great deeds are not enough to tag a person as a hero in true means. He argues that heroism commences with the enlightenment of impuissances. It is immensely personal because it involves a fierce and fearless individual who is passionate to achieve a noble purpose, and is well aware of his strengths and weaknesses. And yes, their actions along their path of achievement does bring them fame, but that was not their original greed. After all, heroism isn’t a characteristic that is found on the moon; it is found on our planet Earth, in our quotidian lives. A true hero has heroism running through his veins 24/7. He doesn’t need harsh circumstances to play his role.  A heroic act could be as minute as standing up against a bully, or as astronomically immense as Gandhi ending British rule over India, by the means of non- violence. This quote from the article What Heroes Tell Us About Themselves ,”…some sort of strength of character (though it may be buried), some system of positive values, and a determination to, no matter what, protect those values … the superhero-more than even the ordinary fictional hero-has to represent the values of the society that produces him,”  represents that heroes don’t fight for themselves, nor for others. They fight for their beliefs, which happen to impact others. In my accord, a hero is a zealous individual, whose passion causes him to dream big, and whose perseverance holds the hand of that zeal in order to lead the hero toward the path of making their dreams come true. However, no matter how far the hero reaches in the path of catching his dreams, he always keeps his origins in his heart.Travelling back to the past, no one could have guessed that the girl who was labeled as “Brownie” in high school, would become miss world, and a global icon, out of her immense perseverance, just a few years later: Priyanka Chopra. Chopra was born in Jharkhand, India. Her parents were physicians in the military. She decided to go to high school in the United States, but soon enough regretted that decision. She was bullied extensively due to her ethnicity, and skin color. However, she never gave up. At age 18, the age when most of people are not even done with high school, Chopra represented India at the Miss World competition, and even emerged victorious. Today, at age 35, she has more movies under her belt than she has years on Earth. She is even India’s highest paid actress, and the first South Asian actor ever cast as the lead in a major network television series in the United States. Furthermore, she believes in giving back. She is the ambassador of pro- women organizations such as UNICEF and Girl Up. Not only throughout her movie career, but throughout her daily life Priyanka Chopra continues to play a major role in leading people towards the path of their success. She perseveres to conquer the unconquerable, to make women lift their veils, and stand up next to men, with their chins up, and to uplift the name of India.  Her zeal to achieve more than she ever thought she could is the force behind her perseverance and patriotism. Not only is she a global icon, Priyanka Chopra is worthy of hero status because she is patriotic for her country, and has an endlessly persevering nature which is driven by her zeal to break gender barriers. Priyanka Chopra is clinched to her roots as vigorously as the Banyan tree, and continues to keep India in her heart. When an interviewer was puzzled by her behaviour, which he didn’t consider that of a typical Indian, she cleared the confusion by explaining that most Americans have a false image of Indian people: “I was very sure I did not want to be the stereotype of what Indian people are seen as, which is Bollywood, and henna. That’s all great! It’s what we are, and I love it. I love saris; I love music; I love dancing; I love dancing, but that’s not all we are.” The word “stereotype” shows that she believes that Americans look at Indians as a lower class that have a culture that doesn’t match theirs at all. Chopra knew she was going to face challenges because of her ethnicity, and yet was ready to turn these challenges into opportunities to uplift her mother nation. She didn’t want to butter up Americans by doing what they presumed Indians do, but instead took a stand for each and every Indian in the world by showing that there is a lot more to Indians: they truly respect elders, by joining her hands to greet the president;  they believe in togetherness, by giving suggestions to her co-workers to strengthen them, and thus their bond; and that language difference, or the fact that the journey from U.S. to India is seven oceans apart, doesn’t stop them from being the best at their jobs, by traveling back and forth to Mumbai and New York to conquer the west, and even continue to dominate Bollywood.  Additionally, when she is not in India, she still praises Bollywood, and even defends it as superior than Hollywood: “‘Art should not be bound by barriers or language,’ she tells me. ‘The hindi film industry is a testament to that. We speak only hindi, but we premiere in Germany and Japan. Our films do phenomenally well there. We transcend the barriers of language and culture. We welcome you in. I think that’s what art should be, and I hope America reaches that place.'” Her open challenge to America proves that she believes Bollywood to be a more effective form of art than hollywood, which shows that she is attached to her country. The repetition of the word  “we” shows the close connection she feels with her country, and chooses it over the United States. She thanks the country that was the reason for her fame, by uplifting it. Chopra manifests that one can take Priyanka Chopra out of India, but one can’t take India out of Priyanka Chopra. Wherever, Chopra goes, she carries India with her in her heart, and continues to break myths along the way. When Chopra’s tireless perseverance fuses together with her illimitable zeal, she is able to prove to the world that she, or any women on Earth is no less than any man. She dared to be one of the first people to start an initiative for parity in Bollywood: “At a time when female-centric story lines were considered the ultimate swan songs in testosterone-riddled Bollywood, Chopra’s uninhibited performance as a small-town beauty with supermodel ambitions swivelled heads for its stark vulnerability, resulting in a national film award for best actress, and meatier subsequent roles.” The hyperbole, “testosterone- riddled” illustrates the male dominance. It describes the belief that women are a part of movies just to sing, dance, and support the men. When they endeavor to lead, it is considered a taboo. Which is clearly unfair, and thus she dedicated herself to smash this belief in Priyanka Chopra style. Chopra emboldens her audience, more importantly women, to dream bigger than ever: “There was never a plan. All I had to do was recognize opportunities and make sure I worked so hard that I squeezed every single drop out of these opportunities. This, ladies and gentlemen, is called drive; It’s called ambition. So, no matter where you are in life, you are never experienced enough to explore new opportunities. And there is nothing wrong in being ambitious. Ladies, listen to me.” Chopra’s words such as “squeezed” and “experienced enough”, illustrate her ardency, and proves that though destiny plays a sizably voluminous role in success, one doesn’t have to be lucky, in order to receive opportunities. Thus, through her perseverance, most Indian women believe that they can actually work to impact the world, and become self sufficient, instead of depending on their husband or father. She made them believe that once they break out of their cocoons, they will become beautiful butterflies that are capable of soaring high above in the sky. Priyanka Chopra sure walks of difficult paths, but those are what lead her to the beautiful destinations that her blood races to visually perceive.Priyanka Chopra uplifts India wherever she goes; her zeal is her motivation for persevering through obstacles. She ascertains to crush prejudiced mental pictures wherever she goes. Chopra think of herself as a living, walking ambassador of her country- India. Additionally, she shows the world the true power of women. Her achievements are greater than that of any man that began beside her. She holds the hand of millions of women and leads them out of their shells. Furthermore, she has the zeal to never stop achieving. No success is ever big enough for her to stop and party. Moreover, Chopra proves as an inspiration because she shares her experiences to make others’ journeys easier than hers: “I hope, through my experiences, I can present to you the tools to live your dreams and to not live your life by the glass ceiling defined by society.” She doesn’t want anyone in the world to be circumscribed. She inspires people to break every plan, and just take a leap of faith towards their beliefs. Furthermore, she inspires people by not being selfish: “‘… she’ll later call him again to give story suggestions to a character and subplot totally unrelated to hers'” (Paragraph 3). She inspires others to help- she is like a candle, who knows that her light would never lessen by giving light to others. Indeed, every failure she encountered, she didn’t let it define her, she didn’t let it ravage her, she let it strengthen her and wore it like a diamond necklace around her neck, with each diamond adjoint with invisible braces of determination. Now, that is what a true hero is.

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