Heroism and its Characteristics

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In 5 pages this paper examines how the characteristics of heroism are defined in such literary works as A Simple Heart by Gustave Flaubert, Candide by Voltaire, Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes, The Death of Ivan Ilych by Leo Tolstoy, Oedipus the King by Sophocles, and 'Inferno' by Dante Alighieri. Seven sources are cited in the bibliography.