Simba challenges him and knocks him off his high horse humbling him just in time for his death. In these cases as well as others, the villain is humbled by his defeat by the hero as is the case with Odysseus vs the gods. Although Odysseus is considered a hero by most, he is cruel, controlled by his temper, and more similar to a villain than a hero. Odysseus goes through not a hero’s journey, but a villain’s journey. He returns humbled to his home which has been broken while he was away.
Achilles is a very emotional fighter, and often times allow his emotions to persuade him to make decisions. For example, Achilles was not willing to fight the Greeks. Because of this Patroclus went to battle in Achilles armor, and was defeated. This flooded Achilles with many emotions, as his best friend had just died because, in Achilles eyes, he had not been there for him. He was devastated, but even more angry, so he sought to avenge his friend and honor his name.
So, he seeks revenge. After Odysseus reveals himself and they start fighting, Telemachus kills a suitor just to save his father. Odysseus loves his family and would fight till the death to save them. In “The Odyssey” written by Homer, it shows how much Odysseus cares about Penelope just to risk his life to be with her. In my essay you learned how I think Odysseus is loyal, trustworthy, strong-hearted, and a hero.
Inigo repeatedly repeats to himself, “Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya and you killed my father. Prepare to die.” The phrase summarizes Inigo’s thirst for vengeance with Count Rugen. As a child, Inigo respected his father as a person who had created the most wonderful sword for the six-fingered Count Rugen. Out of nowhere, the Count came with the sword to Domingo complaining about the swords condition and refused to pay the entire amount. Due to anger, Count Rugen killed Domingo and devastated Inigo’s life.
For all those who were before the bravest in battle are lying up among the ships with arrow or spear wounds” (XVI 22), and then pleading with Achilleus to let him go into battle. Patroklos is willing to die, as long as it is for and beside his friends. Whereas, Achilleus has the wrong intentions for fighting in battle. In his fury, his emotions take action, primitively speaking, “ Now I shall go, to overtake that killer of a dear life, Hektor.” (XVIII 114). Having anger in general and furthermore acting upon his anger makes him less heroic.
Beowulf is shown to be a threatening beast that will take down anyone. When Grendel wins the fight, he does something that is dishonoring to Beowulf. A quote explains what Beowulf did, “Hanging high from the rafters where Beowulf had hung it, was the monster’s arm, claw and shoulder and all” (Beowulf 356-358). This is a wonderful example of how nobody respects Beowulf so much that Grendel hung his arm up for everyone to look upon. On the other hand, many people respect the boundless warrior Achilles.
During the last battle, Beowulf takes the victory however he is wounded and dies. The following quote: “This monster himself, our mighty king, fight this battle alone and unaided.” shows how other men portray Beowulf. The result of heroism in both Beowulf and Antigone result in death. Each of these stories shows the reason for a God or multiple God’s. Although the readers primarily focus on the bravery portrayed in each of these texts the readers do not focus on the evil.
However, for Achilles if he got shot with an arrow, he will die since that is his weak spot. Beowulf isn’t invincible to anything. He lives on the edge of death. he lied about killing Grendel’s mother. Both Achilles and Beowulf are different from each other and the better hero is Achilles because he’s not a liar as Beowulf that lied about killing monster and he takes his words granted.
When Achilles was killed in battle by the king Paris , it was Odysseus that had successfully got the warrior's body and armor in the thick of heavy fighting. During the funeral games for Achilles, Odysseus competed once again with Telamonian Ajax to claim the title. Theist said that the arms of Achilles would go to the bravest of the Greeks, but only these two warriors were brave enough to claim the title. Odysseus is an epic hero because he is strong.
In “The Odyssey” Odysseus is full of hubris, but he is brave, strategic, shrewd, cunning, sentimental, and the main character of the epic poem. He is shrewd, brave, strategic, and cunning when he stabs the cyclops in the eye to escape it and also when he had to escape from the various other creatures. He is sentimental when he sees his son for the first time in 20 years. He is full of hubris when he thought that he was the reason why the Greeks won the Trojan War and because of his hubris, he is now cursed by Poseidon. In the film "O Brother Where Art Thou?” Ulysses is also brave, strategic, sentimental, cunning, shrewd, and the main character of the film, but he is not full of hubris like Odysseus is.
Beowulf battles monsters like Grendel who triumph his size and devour men who nobly fought in battle. The odds seem unlikely for a regular man; however, Beowulf is not like most men. Another trait of Beowulf includes his loyalty to his friends and family. Beowulf leaves his country to travel to an unknown land to defeat a monster who could kill him. He has the loyalty to this country which he has not even stepped foot on it.