Yes, what *is* a hero?
Posted by Katt on May 14, 1998 at 21:50:06:
In response to But he does have some hardship...., written by Lynn on May 14, 1998 at 13:11:58
I agree that he is a hero, albeit a different kind from Brandon. But doesn't his disinheritance give him some kind of hardship?
Edward suffers for doing the right thing, and isn't that an ingredient for being a hero?! :-)
I think it really does boil down the definition of "hero." Personally, I agree that Edward belongs in this category...simply because he's a "good" person (here we go with the random quotation marks...). However, if you're definition of hero is being dashing and daring and brave, perhaps Edward doesn't fit the bill--he's a bit subdued to be a swashbuckler. Edward could just as easily have dumped both Lucy and Elinor and married Miss Morton like his mother and sister wanted him to, but he stuck by his word and his promise, and then, when he was free, followed his heart. This contrasts directly with Willoughby's behavior...he was free the entire time, but instead of following his heart, was selfish enough to follow his pocket book. So, I would have to say that the chief function Edward plays in the novel is to be the opposite of the "dastardly" Willoughby...and in the movie, he serves to bumble about and look adorably weenie. :)
- Mea Culpa: Edward is a Hero Tamee 12:45:39 5/15/98 (1)
- Very well put! :-) (NFM) Angela 19:10:08 5/15/98 (0)
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