"the essence of heroism is to do so that others may live". What do you guys think about that quote? Also can any of you guess (or do you actually know) where that quote is from?
Anyways, I think the quote has a point, but does the hero really have to die. Maybe it doesn't only mean physical death, but maybe dying to oneself (kind of like the parable about the grain of wheat falling to the ground). After all in many stories the hero doesn't really die, but in some ways he dies to his old self: for instance Frodo survives, but he no longer feels at home in his home (he says something to the effect of "I have saved the Shire, but not for myself. Sometimes it must be this way, sometimes in order to save something one must give it up"), Spider-man isn't killed in the movies, but he makes the decision in the second Raimi film to continue being Spider-man even though he thinks that means sacrificing any chance of a relationship with Mary Jane (to quote Aunt May: "sometimes to do what's right we have to be steady, even if that means given up the things we want most, even our dreams").