Epic Hero Essay

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EMolly Hackling, 7th Period
10/29/11
Epically Heroic
Epic Hero- (n.) a brave and noble character in an epic poem, admired for great achievements. Odysseus and Spiderman both fit this description. The characteristics they displayed in their daily lives make them deserving of this title. In the novel The Odyssey by Homer, the main character Odysseus must learn how to take special gifts given to him by a goddess and use them to keep him alive. By comparison, in the screenplay Spiderman by David Koepp, the main character Spiderman deals with the same problem. He must learn to use the powers given to him by fate and at the same time, save the world. Whenever the word Epic Hero is said, many times the characters, Odysseus and Spiderman follow. Those who want be recognized as an epic hero, must possess the specific attributes that make up these great men. While Odysseus and Spiderman differ in many categories, their level of bravery is truly matched. In The Odyssey, Odysseus’ bravery reaches new heights when he starts a controversy with the Cyclops, which is a primordial race of giants. The Cyclops that Odysseus gets face to face with is named Polyphemus. This demonstrates bravery because most humans don’t talk back to a creature that can finish you off with one finger. In the screenplay Spiderman, Spiderman exemplifies bravery when he fires off a thin strand that sticks to the surfaces of buildings, as a means of transportation. Many lose their breath at the sight of Spiderman flying from building to building using a piece of string that looks like the size of dental floss. Although, Odysseus and Spiderman would make a good team when it comes to bravery, they aren’t exactly two peas and a pod when considering their lack of intelligence. Odysseus has his moments when it comes to intellect, but Spiderman surpasses Odysseus since Spiderman managed the complexity of a double life. In the movie, Spiderman exemplified an act of intelligence by being able to keep his...
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