Norman Mailer once said “For what does it mean to be a hero? It requires you to be prepared to deal with forces larger than yourself.” In order to truly be called a hero you have to be able withstand powers or forces stronger than yourself. This quote by Norman Mailer is true and two great works of literature help also to prove it Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare and The Odyssey by Homer. Helping to show that both of these works of literature help prove this quote the literary elements of both works of literature will be shown. Literary elements used are going to be ones such as setting, characterization, and conflict. “For what does it mean to be a hero? It requires you to be prepared to deal with forces larger than yourself.”
In order to be truly called a hero you have to be able to withstand powers or forces stronger than yourself. In the play The Odyssey one character that stands out among all of the others is Odysseus. Odysseys could be one of the many few actually named a hero. There are numerous amounts of settings in the play The Odyssey by Homer. Each setting shows in its own specific way how Odysseus could be named a hero. For example one of the most complicated places Odysseus was is the ocean. Throughout the entire play Odysseus was being swept around the ocean facing storms thrown at him by the God of the Sea Poseidon. Odysseus still sailed his ship and got home alive conquering the overwhelming powers of Poseidon. Another setting in which Odysseus had to pass by was Scylla and Charybdis. Scylla is a six-headed monster that eats men off ships as they sail by. Charybdis is an enormous whirlpool that sucks in almost anything. Odysseus gets by not one but both of these safely. Scylla and Charybdis were clearly forces larger than Odysseus but in some way he found a way through them. Also in the play Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare a character also could be named as a hero. This character is no one other than Julius Caesar. Caesar had to...
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