Achieved Greatness

Topics: Superhero, Odyssey, Hero Pages: 3 (1085 words) Published: April 13, 2013
Achieved Greatness
In the well-known epic poem, the Odyssey, Homer tells the great story of Odysseus and his crew on their long journey home from the Trojan War. This drawn out voyage was crammed with battles and hardships which were only to be escaped in the end by the one man that proved himself as an epic hero, through his knowledge, wit, and bravery. This man was Odysseus, though his heroic acts are made extremely clear in this epic some people still question his heroism by forgetting that this man is merely human. Though it is true that his journey was interfered by the Gods many times, being human was the best Odysseus could do.

The word hero is thrown around a lot, in modern times it is often interpreted to mean the possession super-human ability, such as Peter Parker who is more commonly referred to as “Spiderman.” Peter Parker was looked at as nothing special or even as less than average before he was bitten by a radioactive spider and transformed to this day’s idea of a “hero.” By the time people started acknowledging him as great he was no longer human. Another example is Superman, a story that consists of a boy who was never human to begin with that possesses special powers because he was born on the planet Krypton before it was destroyed. Even lacking humanity Superman still has his flaws, one being his weakness to Kryptonite. On top of that at the end of the day Clark Kent as well as Peter Parker can take off his disguise and not be judged or even noticed, this is not the case for Odysseus. It is not meant to be said that Spiderman and Superman should not be considered heroic, because it is the choice that they made to use their powers for good and not evil that gave them the title hero, but as it is explained in the quote, “Some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them,” not all greatness is earned. Superman was born great because of where he is from, and Spiderman had greatness thrust upon him when he got...
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