Donna Kay March 13th 2015 Gaunce Hour 7 Honors English Traits of Odysseus Most people think of a hero as someone who is a strong, and brave human being. Heroes usually have super-powers that help them to to achieve their mission. Some things that heroes do is get help from other sources, or leave on a journey where they have to prove themselves to be worthy of honor and praise. Odysseus faces many drawbacks and complicating situations but he rises over them all to reach his final goal of returning home to his family and son in Ithaca.
Hector is a man of peace, he is the holder of Troy, the perfect husband, son, father. In the other hand Achilles was rageful and self absorbed even so that his decisions end up hurting people, sometimes even to death. Both of them being the greatest warriors and heroes of the two parties make them foils of each other. Even so their personality is not the most important difference between them. Hector is a good man and has always praised the gods and its respected by them.
Throughout the history of human existence, scholars have wondered what characteristics found in ancient literature exemplified in their corresponding ancient societies and how these classical works influenced said cultures. One way to answer these questions is to look at famous literary works and the epic heroes that comprise them. Characteristics of epic heroes such as those found in Beowulf, Gilgamesh, the Iliad, and the Odyssey often reflected traits that were seen as favorable within the societies in which they were written, which, in turn, led to these archetypal heroes greatly impacting surrounding societies. When comparing and contrasting epic heroes such as Beowulf, Gilgamesh, Hector, Achilles, and Odysseus it becomes evident that
The epic heroes put themselves in harm’s way to ensure the safety of society, receive guidance and assistance from paranormal sources, and are mysteriously “reborn”. Odysseus and Harry are willing to sacrifice themselves, even if the obstacles ahead are extremely arduous, because their main priority is to protect the weak. Even though the two epic heroes are very risky, they almost always have the support of a supernatural force. When things go horribly wrong, Odysseus and Harry are always able to make it right by doing the impossible. Although Odysseus and Harry are epic heroes of different historical times,their core traits are nearly identical because the concept of epic heroism has survived throughout all these years.
The Two Sides Eurylochus The epic poem, The Odyssey, written by Homer (Fagles translation) has many different archetypes within the story that causes both the story and the journey to move on to the nest destination. In the same time causes the hero, Odysseus, to continue his journey either by some better or worse situations. In the aforementioned poem there is a character called Eurylochus. He is one of Odysseus’ crew, and he represents more than one archetype within the story.
Also, Harry Potter was prepared to sacrifice himself in order to save the Wizarding World saying, “I open at the close” (Deathly Hallows, Rowling 698). Harry Potter was willing to give up his precious life so that other wizards would be able to live a happy, full life. Comparing Odysseus, who only sought revenge so that he might, “lay plans to kill our enemies” (Homer 1082). The only one Odysseus was fighting for was his family, which is somewhat selfless but mostly selfish as he could have fought harder for his men, instead of condemning them. On top of that all, Harry Potter had many loved ones dear to him die, yet he still persevered on and Voldemort uses it as an insult saying, “...
He is not the same person he was when he first appeared. Even though the journey ended with his death, he returned with the Elixir benefiting his Ordinary World. Recognizing the wisdom through the quest he undertook, he accepted personal sacrifice and bloodshed for the greater social good, the country’s peace. The last stage of his journey is not merely a Return but a kind of Resurrection: die to be reborn. Along the way of the Hero’s Journey, Nameless never tried to be heroic, however, he ended up with becoming a source of inspiration to the King who granted him a magnificent funeral to show his respect to a hero in the end of the
Oedipus thought he was on top and had it all. His downfall overpowered him. Greatness and disaster explains the life of Oedipus in the quote. Oedipus wanted to live the rest of his life not seeing the pain and the true person he really is. The life of Oedipus is very similar to how most people live their lives today.
Pride is formed through personal constant experience of success and accomplishments, but to much pride leads to poor decision making which if not controlled ultimately leads to your demise. In the play “Oedipus the King” Sophocles gives Oedipus a dreadful dynasty predicted by the oracle. Despite Laius’s preparation to kill his son, Oedipus, before his fate was sealed, he survived and later becomes the king of the same city his father ruled over. Over his ruling of the city of Thebes Oedipus gets multiple chances to stop searching for the ugly truth because a man of his stature can not quit the search for the truth. Therefore, Oedipus’ hamartia of pride guides him on the path to meet his everlasting fate.
He matches Aristotle’s definition of a tragic hero because of his fatal flaw. His tragic flaw was attempting to faithfully continue serving the "true" Emperor Marcos Aurelius, not considering the possible consequences he might have to face in order to return Rome to a Republic for the people. Captain John H. Miller was the captain of the American Army. He, like Maximus, does not give up very easily. Even though his mission is to save one man and risk many of his men, he presents a full effort to complete this mission no matter how senseless he believed it was.
What is a hero? Ask a child and he or she may say a superhero like Superman or Batman. But we all know that heroes are not just those people who defeat the bad guy and save the day. Spanning through millennia, there have been many differences in the meaning of a hero.
My hero doesn’t fight monsters in terrible conditions, and rarely with her bare hands. However this hero doesn’t have to travel across an ocean to fight monsters. My grandmother has been there for me and my family when we was in need for aid. Beowulf is a mighty character, as well as my grandmother. Where both show some similar traits.
A hero is defined as a person, typically a man, who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities. When looking at the epic poem The Odyssey, written by Homer, Odysseus ,the protagonist in the poem shows outstanding achievements, courage and bravery . Odysseus travels through the 12 steps of heroism physically but still has self involved motives and does things for the glory of himself. Odysseus has embodied the definition of heroism through his actions and courage but not through his rationale.
On of Beowulf’s other attributes were the bravery that he displayed. In Grendel, only recollections of Beowulf's missions are seen. Resulting in the reader not being able to actually read about beowulf’s mission, leading to not giving the reader a actual idea of how strongly he would be able to destroy his opponents. On the other hand, Beowulf's ego is demonstrated well in his poem named after himself, and the very detailed description made by the author when describing the horrific battle between beowulf and grendels mother. He is made out to be this strong brave man who can not be harmed in order to boost his appearance and ego.