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Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

by Rick Riordan

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Is Percy considered a hero in "Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief"?

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Percy definitely exhibits many heroic character traits throughout The Lightning Thief, but his willingness to risk himself to help others makes him stand out as a definite hero.  In the very beginning of the novel, Percy's mother is 'taken' to the Underworld when Percy fights the minotaur.  At first, Percy believes that she has died, but when he learns that she may yet live, he vows to save her.  Despite many difficulties and trials, Percy works determinedly to rescue his mother--at great personal cost and risk to himself.  He willingly enters the Underworld knowing that he may very well have to sacrifice his own life to save hers; then when Hades offers him a deal to save his mother but would endanger many others, Percy declines, deciding to put others' needs before his own personal agenda. That kind of selfless act is incredibly heroic. 

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