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thereby, saving Amberle and the last hope for the Elves’ survival. Therefore, Wil becomes a protector and shows his great leadership in a time of danger. In The Time of the Hero, Alberto becomes a leader in a time of grief. After the Slave, Alberto’s friend, is murdered, Alberto, once a quiet but respected cadet, takes command and accuses the Jaguar, the mean, violent cadet who is feared by all, of being the killer. Alberto makes this dangerous accusation and is then jumped by the Jaguar, who is the best fighter of all the cadets and the leader of the secret society, The Circle. Instead of backing down, Alberto fights the Jaguar and earns respect for standing up to the violent boy, even though Jaguar eventually defeats Alberto. Alberto shows his true leadership by spreading

the rumor that Jaguar killed the Slave, instead of letting the weak boy’s murder pass on unsolved, and turns all of the cadets against the Jaguar, therefore, isolating him as he once isolated the Slave. Alberto has to bypass his fear of the Jaguar and the threats of the officers, who wish to let the murder pass as an accident, to become a leader. Alberto’s accusations eventually lead the officers to reenact the drill in which the Slave was fatally shot, in order to see if Jaguar actually killed the Slave. Once the Jaguar, who was seen as the leader of the cadets, is isolated, Alberto takes control and becomes their leader. Alberto took control of a dire situation and became a leader by standing up to the Jaguar, gaining the support of the other cadets, and in his attempt to

gain justice for the Slave, tries to find his murderer. Therefore, Alberto becomes a great leader to the cadets when the time is needed. In The Iliad, the main hero, Achilles, becomes a leader only when he is desperately needed. Achilles is insulted by the great warrior, Agamemnon, and refuses to fight in order to save the Trojans. Instead Achilles sits back and watches as ship after ship is destroyed. Achilles is begged and even offered a great treasure to fight, but still refuses, even for personal wealth. Achilles even sends his best friend, Patroclus, into war for him, allowing Patroclus to wear his armor. This is one attempt of Achilles to avoid fighting and results in Patroclus’ death. Eventually, after being consulted by a goddess and deciding to avenge Patroclus’

death, Achilles decides to fight because he knows the Greeks will be defeated without him. At this moment Achilles becomes a great leader. Knowing that he is the only warrior that can defeat Hector, he chases the warrior until Hector turns to fight and then slays Hector. Achilles ends up saving the Trojans from defeat in their greatest moment of need, when all hope was lost. Therefore, Achilles is yet another hero that waits until the moment of distress to show his leadership. Each character in these four novels seems to follow the same pattern of leadership. They become heroes only when they are absolutely needed and all hope is lost. Achilles waits until defeat seems inevitable to bring his power into the war, but once he does, he becomes a great leader. Another character who

follows this pattern is Alberto. Alberto had always been more of a follower than a leader until the death of his friend, the Slave. Alberto then takes control by refusing to stay quiet about the murder. He stands up to the violent “leader” of the cadets and accuses him of the murder. Alberto then becomes the cadet’s new “leader” after the rest of the cadets shun the Jaguar. Wil, one hero of The Elfstones of Shannara, is a leader is several ways. Not only is he the sole protector of Amberle, he also leads her though a strange country to complete her mission and save the Elves. He then overcomes the fear that is stopping his use of the elfstones, overcomes the obstacle, and wields the power of the magical stones. Henry V is also a hero who becomes a great leader in a time

of need. Henry guides his troops against all odds through a seemingly hopeless war to a great victory. All of these characters withheld their leadership ability until it was necessary and needed. Each character and novel, whether ancient or modern, follows the pattern that the hero becomes a leader in a time of distress.