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People who are heroes go beyond what is expected of them, risking life and limb to benefit others (Marlantes). The first way Findley shatters the conventional myths of what it is to be a hero is by presenting Ross as going against military rules and being selfless. Robert demonstrates his selflessness countless of times throughout the novel. Rodwell acknowledges Robert’s close connection with animals when he draws Robert in his sketchbook as “the only human form” developing that human nature is not much different from animal nature. For example, Robert disobeys Captain Leather’s orders by saying that he is “going to break ranks and save these animals” (183). He stands up for what he believes is right and told himself to “just keep going” (184) and free the horses from war. Robert has hope in every situation he encounters by making a brave choice and stands up for what he believes is right. Either human or animal, Robert will sacrifice himself in saving them. In addition, Robert sacrifices his mask for “the man with the broken legs” (124) and saves them by telling them to urinate on their cloths. Still, Robert sacrifices himself for others where sometimes “his mind would do things on its own” (38) which strengthens his development of becoming a hero. Finally, Robert shows bravery through sacrificing his life for the advantage of others. Robert once again sacrifices himself  by saying “with great clarity: ‘The dog. The dog’ (192) while there are flames all around him including his clothes. Robert is willing to do almost anything to save animal and human lives, ultimately showing his true bravery in becoming a hero. Robert may have done things that are against the military’s rules, but behind his actions he is still a hero in other people’s eyes. Robert never fails to sacrifice himself ahead of others thus making him a hero by continuously showing strength, selflessness, and doing “the thing that no one else would even dare to think of doing” (12).