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It is no longer possible for a society to regard any living man or woman as a hero in the modern age.

Because the reputation of anyone who is subjected to media scrutiny will eventually be diminished. It is really hard for the celebrity to keep a nice image to the public.

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  • May 3 2012: This is a GRE issue, isn't it? I think firstly we have to define the word "hero". Just like the requirement of analyzing a figure in history, only in the particular circumstance could the man or woman be evaluated. In this case, therefore, during the very period of establishing the Republic of China, Mao was definitely a hero for Chinese because he emancipated them from poor and exploited; however, in his later life, especially in the Cultural Revolution, while he was idolized as the "hero", actually he was pulled down from the heroic throne.
    There are always heroic stories, and the protagonists of which are heroes. Nevertheless, these heroes are also ordinary human like all of us, and they would also make mistakes of even be evil in other circumstance.

    Sorry I might neglect the problem about media, but that's something I think about hero.

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