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michellelafemina | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 13, 2012 at 7:32 AM via web

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Give an example of someone famous that is also brave and explain why.

Give an example of someone famous that is also brave and explain why.

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brettd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted March 13, 2012 at 6:40 AM (Answer #2)

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There are a number of examples to choose from, but the first off of the top of my head is Senator John McCain.  Besides being a national political figure, longtime Senator and candidate for the Presidency, John McCain also flew jet aircraft into combat during the Vietnam War, and survived years in a North Vietnamese prison camp, enduring horrible conditions and even torture.

While there are certainly other, more recent examples of soldiers who exemplified bravery, McCain is certainly famous and meets the criteria of bravery as well.

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john123987 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Honors

Posted March 13, 2012 at 7:16 AM (Answer #4)

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*cost of their own lives... *media, *addresses

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e-martin | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted March 13, 2012 at 7:52 AM (Answer #5)

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If the person does not have to be currently living, I would point to Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr.. Both were men who stood up to cultural tyranny, racial tyranny, and did so in the face of serious danger.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 13, 2012 at 8:00 AM (Answer #6)

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Wow that was a hell of a politically-biased answer...  If we are talking about someone who is living, dont pick a politician for crying out loud!! Pick the 4-5 men that entered the nuclear power station in Japan, after the earthquake,  to fix the nuclear-cooling system, at the risk of their own lives, in order to save their people... We may not all know their names, (even though I'm sure you can find them online) but the idea of being "famous" can be conceived in many ways... In my view, that is bravery... And "famous" doesnt, only refer to people who show up on the meida.  If this question adresses the past as well, pick the 300 spartans! :)

It's pretty hard to say that the people who entered the reactor are famous, isn't it.

And no matter what your political ideas are, McCain was clearly brave.  Can you imagine undergoing what he did?  Brett's not saying his politics make him brave.  He's saying that he was brave and is famous and you really can't deny that.

Another possible answer would be Pat Tillman.  He was brave enough and motivated enough to give up a pro football career to go into the military.  He was also morally brave enough to avoid being caricaturized by people who wanted to make him into a super-patriot figure.  He showed both physical and moral bravery.

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 13, 2012 at 9:15 AM (Answer #7)

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In spite of the smear campaign initiated by supporters of President George Bush against him during the 2004 Presidential race, Massachusetts Senator John Kerry was a bonafide Vietnam War hero who won the Silver Star and Bronze Star for heroism as well as three Purple Hearts for wounds received. Kerry showed personal courage (bordering on recklessness) when his Swift boat was ambushed in February 1969 on the Duong Kuo River. Kerry ordered his boat to attack the position, and it was eventually hit by a VC rocket. Kerry personally jumped from the boat and ran down the escaping enemy soldier who had fired the rocket. Kerry killed the man and returned with the rocket launcher.

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 13, 2012 at 10:14 AM (Answer #8)

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I think that if the person needs to be alive, I would suggest Barack Obama. He has been the target of death threats because of his skin color since he took office, but he makes public appearances and never seems afraid. Rather, he seems fairly down to earth such as when he stopped for Chinese food recently in San Francisco.
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wannam | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted March 14, 2012 at 1:41 AM (Answer #9)

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I actually just finished watching a new piece about a very brave famous person, George Clooney. He is working with the people of the Sudan who are being attacked by their own government. Clooney has visited the country repeatedly and uses his influence to try to draw attention to the suffering of these people. Their own government is attempting a genocide and attacking its own civilians. George Clooney has witnesses bombs and attacks first hand. He has risked his own life to enter the country and return with proof of the dangers and attrocities the people are experiencing. Few Hollywood actors take their time and resources to try to change the world and help others.
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john123987 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Honors

Posted March 14, 2012 at 4:03 AM (Answer #10)

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In reply to #6: Who deleted my post?

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