What qualifies a person to be called a hero? Officially a hero is a person who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities. Most people think of a superhero, like Batman or Spiderman, or someone closer to them such as their mother or their life-saving doctor. Heroes tend to be the main character in a story. Beowulf and Odysseus are two famous epic heroes in the texts Beowulf and The Odyssey.
Odysseus has been one of the most frequently depicted characters in literature. He has both heroic traits and human weaknesses, which makes him an epic hero. He has defeated a Cyclops, and defeated suitors that were attracted to his wife. Odysseus portrays superhuman strengths in different ways throughout his journey, and exceptional courage. He is very strong and a great leader, and comes upon, but overcomes, many wild beasts.
In this compare and contrast essay we will focus on two literature-linked heroes from the Iliad, Achilles and Beowulf. Both are considered as true heroes in the eyes of many, having super natural strength and immense courage when facing evil shows how much of a larger than life heroic-figures they are. We can kickoff this essay by comparing our two literature linked heroes. both Beowulf and Achilles possess certain attributes that would condemn them as superhuman, both are somehow lead to their downfall by self-inflicted fatal flaws, which will be mentioned further into our essay. So, the main focal point for each character is their possession of a wide range of enviable masculine powers.
Many characteristics can be applied to Odysseus in the book the (Odyssey, Homer), but a few really stand out. In fact, Odysseus can be considered an epic hero in the Odyssey, as evidenced by his actions, his faults, and his loyalty. An epic hero is brave, adventurous, a leader, and loyal. Most epic hero’s have faults as well. These characteristics closely follow Odysseus’s own.
Odysseus portrays those three heroic traits throughout his voyage home to Ithaca, which is why he is a hero. Odysseus is highly dedicated to his reputation and ego for the whole of his rocky and treacherous journey. From going up against a cyclops that is five times the size of him, to placing wax upon his crewmates’ ears to mute the singing of the Sirens, Odysseus is brave when he faces his fears and intelligent when he creates lifesaving tools from ship materials. A modern hero can be someone who saves a life or even sacrifices his or her own for someone else. Odysseus can be compared to a modern hero because he risks his own life to protect his crewmates.
Asking for a gift from a Cyclops when we had just raided his cave is probably not the best idea. This thought of mine was proven correct when the cyclops said, ‘you must be a fool, stranger, or come from nowhere, telling me to fear the gods or avoid their wrath!’ I guess Odysseus is not getting that gift he was so curious about, and because we had decided to stay in this black hole that was in fact closing in on us quickly, a lot of blood will be shed. Many of our crewmembers claim that he is a fantastic leader, which he is, but he needs to learn how to not take things too far. The cyclops and him continue to argue and then more it went on, the more I started to feel like this is the end. As if the universe is reading my thoughts, the cyclops huge hands come reaching towards the group of us all pilled on top of each other and reach towards the two men directly on my left and right.
The two main qualities any archetypal hero must have is immeasurable strength and indomitable perseverance. Typically the most common Greek heroes are Heracles and Perseus. They were both sons of Zeus and immortalized their names through their strength. Heracles was the strongest of the Greek heroes and had the longest suffering, his name finally reaching Olympus after the Twelve Labors. Like Heracles, Perseus was a strong fighter and even beheaded Medusa to claim his fame.
In The Journey, the speaker, while trying to be free, is getting held back by the people around him, urging him to stay and help them. The speaker is also trying to get past the physical obstacles he encounters on his journey. The use of detail, dialogue, and setting can be seen clearly in these two passages. Therefore, the authors use detail, dialogue, and setting to convey that people embark upon quests to achieve specific goals, and they learn that they shouldn’t let obstacles interfere with their goals. In The Odyssey, Homer uses detail and dialogue to show that Odysseus, the quester, while trying to achieve his main goal to get back home, learns that he shouldn’t let obstacles interfere with him.
Odysseus seems to emerge victorious from perilous situations, and that is what makes him such a notable figure in Greek mythology. Odysseus shows his intelligence and craftiness when he is on the Land of the Cyclops and is faced against Polyphemus, the cyclops. It seems like an unfeasible task to escape Polyphemus’ cave, after all Odysseus is less than a fourth of the giant’s size. He then decides the best way to end up victorious is to outwit the giant. With this in mind, Odysseus gets
In life there are people and there are other people who are extraordinary. These people risk their lives, are courageous, and go the extra mile for someone or something. These people are heroes. In the story Beowulf, Beowulf is a hero. He is considered a hero because he fits under each of these qualities.
Why? He was planning something. He’s coming to get you”(Preston 273). While Lewis still looking for Summer, Clover gets really paranoid because Lewis won’t give up and will find her. He’s also getting paranoid because Lewis has asked him so many personal questions and that is making Clover feel very scared that Lewis knows.
What caught my attention the most was the way Q was persistent even if at times he wanted to give up on solving the problem he was always lead to trying to find Margo one way or another. Paper Towns did meet my expectations it was entertaining to read this book and think what would happen next. At first, I Wondered why the author didn’t write about Margo making the other decision, why pick the sad ending but then I realized, that it was a better ending the way he described it. I would recommend this book to others because in my point of view, I like how it has many plot twists throughout the story and it gets you thinking every time. I Would recommend this book to people who like to read about love stories as well as mysterious type of books.
In Lord of The Flies fear caused the boys to become scared of the unknown and changed the way they thought. Fear is a theme that is found throughout the entire book. In the beginning one of the first signs of fear among the boys is seen when a littlun brings up the idea of a beast on the island. Though the boys laugh it off, fear of the unknown is beginning to settle in as the author states, “Either the wandering breezes or perhaps the decline of the sun allowed a little coolness to lie under the trees. The boys felt it and stirred restlessly.”(36) Even though there is no evidence to support the idea of a beast, simply the fear of a beast or something unknown to them on the island causes them to become scared.
Odysseus is an epic hero because he was a great warrior, came from a noble birth and was capable of great strength and courage. Odysseus proved that he was a great warrior when he stood up to the goddess of witchcraft. Odysseus proved that he came from a noble birth when he was a prince of Ithaca and became the king. Odysseus proved that he was an epic hero because capable of deeds of great strength and courage when Odysseus and his executed his plan to escape the Cyclops. Odysseus explains that he has been tested by the gods multiple times and has overcome