COURAGE IN HISTORY
1. the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc., without fear; bravery.
2. Obsolete . the heart as the source of emotion.
One man that, I believe, embodies courage is the unknown man who stood up to the tanks in Tiananmen Square. The strength and courage that he showed that day has become almost legendary; he was and is an inspiration to anyone who has been oppressed and walked over by those in power over them. This unknown man shows that even with no weapons and military training, you can stand up for yourself and, perhaps, make a difference.
As the column of tanks drove down Chang’an Avenue to quell the Tiananmen Square protests, a single unarmed man in a white shirt carrying shopping bags blocked their path and continually thwarted their attempts to maneuver around him by stepping in their way. At one point, the man even climbed up onto the tank and spoke to the soldiers inside, reportedly asking them, "Why are you here? You have caused nothing but misery." Eventually onlookers pulled the student back into the crowd, where he disappeared. Yet despite his anonymous, brief appearance, the media coverage of his nonviolent act resounded throughout the global community. Stuart Franklin’s famous photo of the stand-off went on to become one the most recognizable images of that time period and TIME listed the Unknown Rebel as one of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century. Rumors still abound about the protester’s identity and whereabouts. Most believe he was executed shortly after the rebellion and others claim that he lives in hiding in mainland China or Taiwan. For a single man to stand up against an army with no weapons and still escape unscathed is inspirational and courageous.
In an attempt to revise this paper, I would like to add a personal opinion or belief: those who have the strength of moral character to stand up for what they believe in regardless of...