Odysseus and Oedipus Reflection #3
The Odyssey and Oedipus the King are two examples of epic poems in Greek literature. The main characters in both epic poems confront many obstacles in their destiny and overcome them with great effort. They both face their destiny with hardships and courage. The Odyssey was written by Greek poet, Homer. In The Odyssey, Odysseus fought a war against the city of Troy and was victorious. He was then held captive by the nymph Calypso for twenty years. During the time he was in war, his wife and son remained in Ithaca, waiting for his return. As time passes where Odysseus is held captive by Calypso, his son, Telemachus, has grown into a young man and was constantly battling suitors from destroying and wasting his father’s wealth while looking to marry Penelope, Odysseus’ wife. Oedipus the King was written by Greek Poet, Sophocles. In Oedipus the King, a wild plague was killing a big population of the city-state of Thebes. This was a big conflict for Oedipus because the people in Thebes all turned to him for help. Oedipus was a wise and brilliant king, his cleverness could lead him to solve the most challenging puzzles, the only puzzle that he could not solve and the clearest of them all was his own puzzle, the prophecy. Oedipus helped the city by solving the riddle of the Sphinx and thus taking control as king. The main characters in both epic poems were very similar. King Oedipus and Odysseus were both wise and clever and handled their destinies with great honor, bravery and courage. They were also both well-respected leaders of their cities. They both showed responsibilities, like when Odysseus went to fight in the Trojan was and when King Oedipus took action in solving the city’s plague by sending Creon, his brother-in-law, to the Oracle of Apollo to seek answers. Both characters were saviors because Odysseus helped to win the war against the city of Troy while Oedipus solved the riddle of the Sphinx and was crowned king....
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