It’s popular–even heroic–to be true to yourself and to encourage others to do the same. And you’re a pawn or an oppressive bigot if you do the opposite. But can’t you be just as bad on the other end for someone who really wants to change their conflicted nature? The radical individualist then becomes the criminal.
I was told that The Iron Giant was built and pitched in the question, “What if a gun had a soul?” When the giant discovers that he actually was designed to be a weapon of mass destruction, he wills to overcome his purpose–his “true self.”
What makes this self-denying act heroic?