Are Heroes Always Tragic Characters?

F. Scott Fitzgerald believed heroes were tragic characters, no doubt a belief that was the expression of a post-World War I mentality: 


I don't agree. 

I can think of many heroes that do not lend themselves to a tragic interpretation of their lives. Or heroins. Think of Florence Nightingale, the 'Lady with the Lamp' because she made rounds of the wounded at night, during the Crimean War:



Or Mother Teresa of Calcutta, here with the poor: 


Both inspirational lives! And I'm sure there are many more...How about you, can you think of uplifting heroes that would never fit into a tragedy?

Thanks to Amanda Patterson for sharing this literary quote on Facebook.
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