"Epic Similes In The Odyssey" Essays and Research Papers

  • Epic Similes In The Odyssey

    Epic An epic or heroic poem is: A long narrative poem; On a serious subject; Written in a grand or elevated style; Centered on a larger-than-life hero. Epics also tend to have the following characteristics: An opening in medias res; An invocation to the Muse; A concern with the fate of a nation or people; A correspondingly large scale, often ranging around the world (and in Milton's case, beyond the earth and into heaven); The intervention of supernatural figures, who are interested...

    Aeneid, Beowulf, Epic poetry 758  Words | 3  Pages

  • The Odyssey and the Epic of Gilgamesh

    The Odyssey and The Epic of Gilgamesh (Similarities and Differences) Both The Odyssey and the Epic of Gilgamesh are two incredible stories written long ago everyone knows this but what a lot of people don't is that these two epics share many of the same concepts. Such as the nostro (the Greek term for homecoming), xenis (guest/host relationship), oikos (household), and aganoriss (recognition). In both epics these themes are illustrated. In The Odyssey the theme of nostro is very prevalent...

    Epic of Gilgamesh, Epic poetry, Homer 848  Words | 3  Pages

  • Epic Hero Analysis (Odyssey)

    Honors English 9 Epic Hero Analysis What does it take to be an epic hero? To be an epic hero you are required to have five specific qualities. These consist of being human-like, being a confident and courageous solider, nobility, and being in a poem containing supernatural beings that has setting is vast in scope. In the poem the Odyssey, the main character fits the criteria. Odysseus is an epic hero. An important trait to being an epic hero is that the character is involved in a poem complicated...

    Character, Charybdis, Greek mythology 812  Words | 3  Pages

  • Satanic Simile and Milton’s Redefinition of the Epic

    Satanic Simile and Milton’s Redefinition of the Epic The epic similes in John Milton’s Paradise Lost serve a greater purpose than that of decorative speech, in that they find a niche in the sector of functional language where they are used to impart understanding of Milton’s greater theodicy. He precisely echoes the poetic text of epic writers such as Homer and Virgil, but with the identified intention of creating a work that superseded those traditional epic poems. Milton sought, as an author...

    Epic poetry, Greek mythology, Hero 1744  Words | 5  Pages

  • Comparison of the Epic of Gilgamesh and the Odyssey

    privilege (Charles Kuralt.)" The Epic of Gilgamesh and The Odyssey tell the stories of two men recognizing what means the most to them in life. They journey through their quests transforming into different people from whence they first began. In the end, they realize they just want to be loved and be with the ones who understand them most. When comparing the epics, it becomes apparent that Homer had to have been influenced by The Epic of Gilgamesh before creating The Odyssey because of similarities with...

    Athena, Enkidu, Epic of Gilgamesh 851  Words | 3  Pages

  • Odyssey Quiz (Study Guide)

    The Odyssey Quiz: 1 MATCHING- Write the word from the word bank in the given space below that best matches the description. Epithet Allusion Archetype Epic Epic Hero Epic Theme 1. _________ - Long narrative poem. 2. _________ - Reference to a famous person or event. 3. _________ - Larger than life character who goes on a great journey. 4. _________ - Brief description of a character. 5. _________ - Reflects on a universal concern. 6. _________ - Character or situation known throughout...

    Cyclops, Epic poetry, Homer 440  Words | 3  Pages

  • Epic Hero - the Odyssey

    An epic hero is a figure of great, larger-than-life stature where his most remarkable traits are those valued by his culture. The Odyssey by Homer, tells a fascinating story of king Odysseus, who takes a twenty year journey in order to return to his home of Ithaca after his great victory in the Trojan War. After many years of life risking danger, is Odysseus really considered an epic hero? What makes a true epic hero? Odysseus’ pride, intelligence, and courage are the exact traits found in an epic...

    Achilles, Cyclops, Greek mythology 965  Words | 3  Pages

  • Quiz: Odyssey Background

    Great Greek Minds Quiz on Homer’s Odyssey and Greece (45 pts)   1.     (10 pts) What would our lives be like if no one had the ability to read or write? Without the ability to read and write, our lives would be very boring. By having a written language, we are able to understand things better and communicate more effectively. We wouldn't be able to send letters or write books. We would use mostly oral tradition for our history and entertainment. Oral tradition is important but it is only...

    Achilles, Epic poetry, Greek mythology 917  Words | 6  Pages

  • Epic Poetry

    Definition: An epic is a long narrative poem presenting characters of high position in a series of adventures which form an organic whole through their relation to a central figure of heroic proportions and through their development of episodes important to the history of a nation or a race. Classifications of epic poetry: There are a number of ways in which literary scholars have attempted to classify the various types of poems that claim to be "epics". The following two systems are offered...

    Epic of Gilgamesh, Epic poetry, Fiction 1256  Words | 4  Pages

  • Beowulf as Epic

    What makes an epic? Is Beowulf an epic?    What is an epic poem, and how does it differ from other kinds of poetry or storytelling? How have epic poems traditionally been transmitted from generation to generation? How do tellers remember these long and complicated stories? According to Robert Harris’s Glossary of Literary Terms, he defines an epic as the following: Epic. An extended narrative poem recounting actions, travels, adventures, and heroic episodes and written in a high style (with...

    Aeneid, Epic poetry, Fiction 823  Words | 4  Pages

  • The Odyssey

    The Odyssey Odysseus was always considered to be a great man and a great hero. He was known for his brain as well as his muscle. He was an epic hero of a narrative poem about the deeds of gods or heroes. He possesses qualities superior to those of most men, yet remains recognizably human. These heroes have a tragic flaw. This is what makes them a hero instead of a god. Gods are perfect. Odysseus is the hero in The Odyssey, an epic attributed to Homer. His tragic flaw is hubris, occasional...

    Achilles, Charybdis, Cyclops 776  Words | 3  Pages

  • The Odyssey

      1Rossi    Juliann Rossi  02/24/2014  Dr. Motard Noar   The Odyssey and Domineering Females   In ​ The Odyssey , particularly during the ending of the epic, Homer challenges the  archetype of male dominance by essentially making Odysseus powerless, and instead, while it is  often disguised, gives the female characters all the power and control.  This is seen most  obviously with Athena who saves Odysseus’ life countless times, and also with Penelope who  controls not only her husband but also several suitors...

    Athena, Circe, Odysseus 1866  Words | 7  Pages

  • The Odyssey

    The Odyssey, one of the most well known epic stories Introduces Odysseus, the King of Ithaca. This story demonstrates Odysseus’s physical and intellectual strength. Striving to return home after 20 years of his treacherous journey, he uses strength, skill, and superior ability to overcome his troubles. Although he faced numerous obstacles and fought many battles, he made it appoint to get home to his kingdom through his physical ability, intellectual insight, and overcoming his epic flaw. In...

    Achilles, Cyclops, Homer 997  Words | 3  Pages

  • The Odyssey

    values and qualities of them. As in this, Homer, the author of The Odyssey, portrays many Greek values that make up a righteous man or as, Homer’s character Odysseus, an epic hero. The Odyssey is the story of King Odysseus' return from the Trojan War to his kingdom of Ithaca. Stories, like The Odyssey, are told with the intent of delivering a message that was important to their culture. Through characters and situations, The Odyssey promotes and emphasizes many important ancient Greek values such...

    Ancient Greek, Greek language, Greeks 1124  Words | 3  Pages

  • The Odyssey: Homer and His Narrative Structure

    The Odyssey- Homer and his narrative structure The structure of the Odyssey renders Homer’s epic an interesting perspective of the tale he tells. One of the first things that may strike many readers about the Odyssey, especially in contrast to the Old Testament or even much of the Iliad, is that we are clearly in the presence of a very clever story teller who is manipulating certain conventions of literature in remarkable ways. The story can be split easily into three threads. The first...

    Achilles, Epic poetry, Homer 1110  Words | 4  Pages

  • Odyssey Epic

     An epic is a long, narrative poem in an elevated style that celebrates heroic achievement and treats themes of historical, national, religious, or legendary significance. To be qualified as an epic, the piece must contain these twelve stages: the ordinary world, the call to adventure, refusal of the call, meeting with the mentor, crossing the threshold, tests, allies and enemies, approach, the ordeal, the reward, the road back, the resurrection and the return with the elixir. Numerous stages were...

    Achilles, Debut albums, Homer 468  Words | 2  Pages

  • The Odyssey, an Epic

    One Tough Trooper Homer's Odyssey has been shared for thousands of years, and its chief characteristics continue to shape epic storytelling. For example, its influence on films as old as Lawrence of Arabia and as recent as Oh, Brother, Where Art Tho? is obvious. Both feature heroic main characters who are tested by formidable challenges during their travels, as is Odysseus in Homer's enduring saga. In fact, the Odyssey is a template for the epic as defined by M. H. Abrams who suggests that the...

    Achilles, Epic poetry, Homer 566  Words | 2  Pages

  • The Odyssey

    Odysseus’s Odyssey Home “He saw the townlands and learned the minds of many distant men, and weathered many bitter nights and days in his deep heart at sea, while he fought only to save his life, to bring his shipmates home” (McDougal p. 1104). Odysseus, King of Ithica, was determined to get home with all of his men unscathed after the Trojan War; however, the voyage did not go as anticipated. Whilst on his journey home to Ithica, Odysseus and his men found themselves facing an island of Cannibals...

    Athena, Circe, Odysseus 932  Words | 3  Pages

  • The Odyssey

    The Odyssey In Homer’s epic, The Odyssey, each culture treats strangers and guests with distinct differences from every other culture. One of the most hospitable cultures was that of the ancient Greeks, exemplified in Homer's The Odyssey by both gracious hosts and guests. In Greece and The Odyssey, not only was good hospitality etiquette expected, but the added pressure that if they didn’t treat their guests with respect the gods would punish them further compelled excellent manners. The Odyssey...

    Cyclops, Homer, Odysseus 1234  Words | 4  Pages

  • The Odyssey

    Rasie Turner Ms. Neff English 1030 22 September 2010 The Odyssey Greek gods and goddesses are very important in the Greek culture. There are a few Greek gods and goddesses that play very important roles in The Odyssey. They are Athena, Zeus, Poseidon, and Circe, and Calypso. The relationship between the mortals and the gods are very interesting. Everything that happens in this poem, dealing with the mortals, is related to one of the gods. Without the gods, Greek culture and literature would...

    Athena, Greek mythology, Hermes 1147  Words | 3  Pages

  • Odyssey Essay

    Brianna “Life’s Journey through the Odyssey” Homer's The Odyssey can be truly considered as one of the best epic poems of all time. Odysseus' journey in returning home becomes a test to prove himself. Only on the testing grounds of life can one discover integrity, loyalty and perseverance. Homer's craft is so profound that theme's found in the poem still pertains to man today. Odysseus' character, his morals, and his views are still admired by people today. A man's actions speak for his...

    Achilles, Epic poetry, Homer 898  Words | 3  Pages

  • Epic Works - comparison of The Odyssey, The Divine Comedy, and Paradise Lost.

    comparison/contrast of the epic hero in two different works Needed a better title got all but 2 points... February 21, 1997 Epic Works Epics by definition are long narrative poems, that are grand in both theme and style (Webster 417). They usually involve actions of great glory and are typically centered around historical or legendary events of universal significance. Most epics deal with the deeds of a single individual, however, it is not uncommon to have more than one main character. Epics embody several...

    Adam and Eve, Epic poetry, Garden of Eden 1091  Words | 4  Pages

  • "The Epic of Gilgamesh" and Homer's "Odyssey". For both texts, comparison of the the cultural value,"heroism".

    In this essay I am going to deal with the two epic texts called: "The Epic of Gilgamesh" and Homer's "Odyssey". For both texts, I will discuss the cultural value of "heroism" In order to make a good analysis of both texts we have to know what "Epic" means. Webster's defines it as "a long poetic composition, usually centered upon a hero, in which a series of great achievements or events is narrated in elevated style" (Webster's Universal College Dictionary, New York: Gramercy Books, 1997). In each...

    Achilles, Athena, Epic of Gilgamesh 905  Words | 3  Pages

  • The Use of Epic Conventions in the Odyssey

    mind. Also, using different ways to describe a character makes it easy to relate the character to the reader’s own life. In The Odyssey by Homer, translated by Robert Fagles, Homer uses an immense amount of epic conventions to illustrate an epic hero. Homer’s use of epic conventions help enrich characters and events that take place throughout the epic. Homer uses epic epithets, which helps makes a character or object more relatable. The same character is often given several different epithets....

    Apollo, Epic poetry, Epithets in Homer 742  Words | 2  Pages

  • The Odyssey

    The Odyssey Book Ten: The Grace of the Witch (916-925) 1. Who lives on the island of Aeolus? ___________________________________________ 2. What gifts does Aeolus give Odysseus? _______________________________________ 3. What do Odysseus’ men do that curses their voyage even more? ___________________ _______________________________________________________________________ 4. What happens in the land of the Laestrygones? _________________________________ ...

    Circe, Epic poetry, Greek mythology 1145  Words | 10  Pages

  • Epic Conventions in the Epic Odyssey

    EPIC CONVENTIONS IN THE EPIC ODYSSEY 1. Have an INVOCATION “Tell me, O muse, of that ingenious hero who travelled far and wide” . The Odyssey recounts the adventures of the Greek hero Odysseus during his ten-year voyage home after the Trojan War. Homer begins with a one-paragraph invocation requesting the Muses to inspire him in the telling of his tale. Such an invocation was a convention in classical literature, notably in epics, from the time of Homer onward. In the invocation...

    Greek mythology, Homer, Iliad 2203  Words | 8  Pages

  • The Aeneid and The Odyssey

    Midterm The Aeneid and The Odyssey The Odyssey by Homer and The Aeneid by Virgl are two epics that share many similarities. One similarity for certain is the issue on death. Everyone that dies goes to Hades good or bad and depending on the type of person you were, that will be the basis of determining ones’ everlasting punishment. In the Odyssey the Protagonist being Odysseus believes the after life is an unfilled life without any form...

    Aeneas, Aeneid, Greek mythology 988  Words | 3  Pages

  • The Odyssey

    The Greeks define nobility as a person who would go and fight for their country, a person who has values of bravery, intelligence, strength and keen judgment. He must also be a person who the gods respect. In Homer’s epic poem, The Odyssey, Odysseus is portrayed as noble according to mythology legend. The American Heritage dictionary defines noble as a man often of divine ancestry, a man who is endowed with great courage and strength who is celebrated for his bold exploits and favored by the gods...

    Blood donation, Circe, Martin Luther King, Jr. 1674  Words | 4  Pages

  • The Odyssey

    The Odyssey has captured minds for over 2700 years, and the story of Odysseus shows his determination to fight and conquer obstacles with and without the help of the Gods. The story dates back before 1000B.c. (The Modern Library, 1950, p.VI) His creative and cunning tactics throughout the story show his determination to reach his homeland of Ithaca. After conquering the Trojan War, Odysseus was told by Poseidon “man is nothing without the gods”. Poseidon felt Odysseus was not thankful for Poseidon’s...

    Achilles, Greek mythology, Homer 1309  Words | 3  Pages

  • The Odyssey

    The Odyssey portrays a romantic marriage between a man and a woman that is unlike any other. Homer portrays Odysseus and Penelope as lovers from afar with each longing for the other without knowing where they might be. The two of them are well suited to each other which is evident by the tremendous Odysseys that each undertake in the book. The couple has and unconditionally love that is physically and emotionally deeply rooted in many ways. Penelope first displays her roots of love with actions...

    Cunning folk, Husband, Love 1236  Words | 3  Pages

  • Epics

    Giselle Valle Honors English 10 Milestone Assignment When reading all three of these epics, there was two hero’s that really stood out to me. Those two heros would be Beowulf and Hector of Troy. Hector was the obvious true hero of the Iliad, he defended Troy to literally the moment he died. Hector was killed by the stabbing of a vengeful and angry Achilles, something he knew was coming but didn’t back out. Beowulf, as dedicated warrior, at a young age he falls and dies in the hands of a vengeful...

    Achilles, Ajax, Greek mythology 1390  Words | 4  Pages

  • Hospitality in the Odyssey

    Homer’s Odyssey can teach us about culture in ancient Greece through Odysseus’ voyage home. In the epic poem hospitality, or “xenia,” is expressed as a reoccurring theme. Throughout the epic poem, there are different examples of hosts and guests. Firstly, the poem presents bad hosts such as Calypso and Laistrygones. Calypso is considered a bad host because she held Odysseus prisoner in her home for several years. In Book Five, Athena said to Zeus, “Now he’s left to pine on an island, racked with...

    Aeneid, Epic poetry, Greek mythology 1019  Words | 3  Pages

  • The Odyssey Analysis

    Thanh Huynh Mr.Harris Period 2A 21 November 2013 Essay #5 In the epic, The Odyssey, by Homer, there are many themes introduced in the first several books including manhood and loyalty. The first several books show us these themes through the hero entering the journey and realizing morals and ideas throughout the introduction.By doing this,themes and main points are revealed and are easier to identify for the rest of the story, and the characters, plot, and actions introduced in the...

    Athena, Character, Epic poetry 1005  Words | 3  Pages

  • The Odyssey

    The Odyssey What is the nature of free will? Are gods or humans responsible for what happens? The Odyssey is a poem which is about a man named Odysseus (also known as Ulysses in Roman myths) who is on his way back to Ithaca where his home is with his wife Penelope and his son Telemachus but is said to be dead. Telemachus goes on hunt for Odysseus because he believes his father is still alive. On Odysseus’ way back to Ithaca he goes through many challenges such as defeating the Cyclops, Sirens...

    Athena, Greek mythology, Iliad 1681  Words | 4  Pages

  • Homer begins the Odyssey with the Telemacheia to add drama, colour and epic significance to the story

    Homer begins the Odyssey with the Telemacheia to add drama, colour and epic significance to the story. The first four books establish the desperate situation in Ithaca and at the same time we witness Telemachus’ coming of age. Homer also uses retardation of Odysseus’ character to build anticipation. Many other elements of the Telemacheia are important to the plot including the different themes, foreshadowing of vital events yet to transpire, the fact that the book begins in Medias Res and the introduction...

    Achilles, Homer, Iliad 1898  Words | 5  Pages

  • Women in the Odyssey

    Women in The Odyssey After following an epic that revolved so completely around men, The Odyssey has quite a lot of female roles. True, the ancient Greeks had a better androgynous balance than other civilizations, and this is reflected very clearly in The Odyssey. Femininity has not only a bigger role in this epic, but it seems as though it is honored with its own unique power. This is shown in characters like Circe and Athena, but also subtextually in the many female weavers throughout the...

    Athena, Circe, Greek mythology 1002  Words | 3  Pages

  • The Odyssey

    Homer's poem The Odyssey depicts the tendency of people to ignore the consequences of their actions. Odysseus punished Penelope's suitors without thinking of consequences that he would have to endure. He did not acknowledge the consequences because that would prevent him from doing what he wants to do. Odysseus wanted to kill the suitors; they ate away at his fortune. Finding consequences for murdering the suitors would force Odysseus to realize what he is about to do is not a good idea. Odysseus...

    Circe, Greek mythology, Homer 1040  Words | 3  Pages

  • Women of Odyssey

    corpses."(Book X, Line 297) However, these traits and Odysseus' ability are constantly challenged by the temptation of women. In the Odyssey, myriad examples of such temptation reflect the importance of gender and the role of women. Odysseus' numerous interactions with women make this influence clear. A prime example of the importance of the roles of women in the Odyssey is their roles as seductresses. When Odysseus' crew arrives on Circe's island, they are attracted to Circe's house because of the...

    Achilles, Gender, Gender role 1355  Words | 4  Pages

  • Homer & the Odyssey

    traditionally assigned to the author of the Iliad and the Odyssey, the two major epics of Greek antiquity. Nothing is known of Homer as an individual, and in fact it is a matter of controversy whether a single person can be said to have written both the Iliad and the Odyssey. Linguistic and historical evidence, however, suggests that the poems were composed in the Greek settlements on the west coast of Asia Minor sometime in the 8th century BC. Both epics are written in an elaborate style, using language...

    Achilles, Epic Cycle, Greek mythology 971  Words | 3  Pages

  • odyssey

    The Odyssey set 5 XV through XVIII Name: Book XV 1. What is the parting gift Helen gives Telémakhos? She gives to Telemakhos, but especially for his future bride, a woven gown knitted by her own hands. 2. What is the sign Meneláos struggles to read? An eagle killing a white goose is the sign that Zeus sends but turns to be hard to read for Menelaos. 3. How was the swineherd taken from his family as a child? He was taken as the most precious good that the Sidonian servant could have...

    Circe, Greek mythology, Homer 820  Words | 3  Pages

  • The Metaphor of the Dawn in the Odyssey

    The Metaphor of the Dawn in the Odyssey Throughout Odysseus' journey, the metaphor of the dawn can be interpreted in relation to his journey to maturity and fulfillment in character and accomplishment. The progression of Odysseus' development of strength and character parallels the development of day, from dawn to dusk. Also, the writer's progressive changes in the descriptions for the Dawn are symbolic of Odysseus' rising maturity level as the story unfolds. The epithet, "rosy-fingered dawn" marks...

    Achilles, Cephalus, Ithaca 953  Words | 3  Pages

  • Epic Poetry: the Foundation of Literature

    Epic poetry stands alone as the most influential writing of all time (“Short History of English Literature”). No other authors created such exemplary masterpieces which provide cultural perspectives. Society worldwide has been molded significantly through the ages by the epic poets like Homer and Dante, inspiring stories of heroes, gods, and epic wars which have instilled strong morals throughout mankind. Without the sonorous writings, many successors to the epic authors would not have produced their...

    Epic of Gilgamesh, Epic poetry, Greek mythology 2444  Words | 7  Pages

  • Epic Hero or Not

    Odysseus: Epic Hero? The question has been raised as to whether or not Odysseus, the hero of Homers the Odyssey, is an epic hero. An epic Hero portrays many classic properties, including being very strong and courageous. Odysseus is an epic hero, because he portrays many of these and other traits, such as having a goal that is foremost in his mind, and having descended into the underworld. An epic hero is almost overwhelmed with difficulty, often beyond that which a normal man could withstand...

    Athena, Goddess, Greek mythology 1332  Words | 4  Pages

  • Women in the Odyssey

    literature of various time periods, however there are texts in which contrary to the patriarchal society models, women are given substantial importance within the plot. Homer`s The Odyssey, Heart of Darnkness by Joseph Conrad and Aeschylus`s Oresteia each demonstrate or conceal female importance in a given society. The Odyssey was written in a time when men played the dominant role. In ancient Greece, women occupied a subservant position. Women were valued, but vastly for their sex appeal, beauty or...

    Homer, Iliad, Ithaca 1662  Words | 5  Pages

  • The Odyssey Epic Hero

    usually a fictional character created by a comic book company or a children's book. Did you know that Odysseus, the main character of Homer's Odyssey is the original epic hero? In fact, most of these characters are ultimately based on Odysseus. The definition of an epic hero has been pondered practically since the dawn of time. According to Aristotle, a true epic hero must show certain qualities in their actions. These qualities include modesty and willingness to receive help, dedication and loyalty...

    Achilles, Athena, Greek mythology 573  Words | 2  Pages

  • Epic Heroes are Admirable in The Odyssey

    Epic Heroes are admirable, even though their actions bring pain and suffering without intent. In Homers epic poem The Odyssey, Odysseus displays many admirable qualities, many of which bring much sorrow to the ones he loves. Odysseus portrays the image of a hard-fighting warrior. His charisma portrays him as a god-like figure among men and a king amongst the people of Ithaca. During Odysseus’ journey his persistency allows him to conquer many obstacles in his path. Unfortunately Odysseus is too...

    Cyclops, Homer, Ithaca 549  Words | 2  Pages

  • the portrayal of women in the Odyssey

    WOMEN IN THE ODYSSEY Although women in ancient Greece are often portrayed as meek and weak, this is not the case in Homer’s epic; The Odyssey. Instead, women in the Odyssey are often described as either cunning, intelligent, sexually alluring, or powerful, dangerous and fatal. Some of the most typical female characters are Athena, Circes and Penelope, where Athena is a powerful goddess and a skilled warrior, Circes is a cunning witch who tricked Odysseus’ men into drinking her potion and turning...

    Athena, Femme fatale, Homer 897  Words | 3  Pages

  • Odyssey vs. Finding Nemo

    Epics Over the Years The Odyssey, a historical epic, was the first written of its kind. Since then, many stories’ plots have focused on the characteristics that made it an epic, such as Finding Nemo. Although the Odyssey was written many years ago, Finding Nemo’s qualities are along the same lines. Both stories contain characters on a journey in search of something of significance. Monsters threaten the quest home, helpers assist the heroes on their journeys, the heroes are glorified in...

    Achilles, Epic poetry, Finding Nemo 850  Words | 3  Pages

  • "The Odyssey" by Homer an epic hero

    Odysseus as an Epic Hero In the book The Odyssey by Homer, the main character, Odysseus, is depicted as being similar an epic hero. There is a question, though, as to whether or not he actually was an epic hero. I believe that, while he did have a major difference, he had more similarities than differences to the characteristics of an epic hero and therefore was one. An epic hero is someone who is strong, intelligent and bold. First of all, an epic hero must have physical strength. Strength enables...

    Cyclops, Difference, English-language films 467  Words | 2  Pages

  • The Odyssey

    The Odyssey Reading Comprehension Questions Part 1 Part 1 1) Where is Odysseus located at the poem’s beginning? 2) What is a muse? And why is Homer asking the muse to, “sing in me?” 3) Who is lord Helios? 4) What did Odysseus’ men do to lord Helios? 5) Who is Odysseus’ father? 6) Where is Odysseus from? (What city is his home?) 7) Who is Calypso? Who is Circe of Aeaea? 8) What did Circe do to Odysseus? 9) Who were the Cicones and what does it sound like...

    Circe, Greek mythology, Odysseus 2141  Words | 6  Pages

  • Greek Epics

    Greek Epics There are some challenges in each history period, and authors will create some heroes in their epics that reflect values of the culture at the time. By studying the hero’s actions and his motivations, it tells the society conditions and the civilization of that history period. Homer; the authors of The Iliad and The Odyssey; and Vergil; the authors of The Aeneid are two of the greatest writers in ancient western civilization. There are heroes in these three literatures to reflect...

    Achilles, Aeneas, Homer 859  Words | 3  Pages

  • Odysseus as an Epic Hero

    Odysseus as an Epic Hero In an epic poem, epic heroes exist. An epic hero, an important figure from a history or legend, has to relate to society. By having similar traits as humans, people will look up to the hero. In the epic poem, Beowulf, the epic hero, “Beowulf”, has the ability to die. Since he has this trait, he relates to the civilization and they look up to him. The “Odyssey”, another epic poem, has a hero also. Odysseus, the hero in the “Odyssey,” fits a model of an epic hero because...

    Aeneid, Cyclops, Epic poetry 860  Words | 3  Pages

  • Epic of Gilgamesh and Hero

    "hero" People have been attempting to define the word "hero" for as long has man has existed on this planet. To define a hero one must first appreciate that there are many different types of hero's. For example, a hero could be an epic hero such as King Gilgamesh, in The Epic of Gilgamesh, or a hero may a simple individual that serves his/her country or even a school teacher that devotes his/her life to the development of the youth. Hero's come and hero's go. Some hero's even lose "hero status" over...

    Achilles, Epic of Gilgamesh, Epic poetry 1640  Words | 5  Pages

  • Odysseus as a Hero in Homer's Odyssey

    The Odyssey and Paradise Lost are two very different pieces of literary art. The Odyssey tells a story of a king’s epic journey to return home from war, while Paradise Lost is about Satan’s revenge on God for being kicked out of heaven. One factor that the two stories have in common, not only with each other but also with almost every story ever written, is the development of a hero. In epic literature there are qualifications each hero must go through...

    Adam and Eve, Epic poetry, Hero 901  Words | 3  Pages

  • Kleos in The Odyssey by Homer

    KLEOS IN THE ODYSSEY Heroic glory occupies a very crucial place in the Indo-European epic tradition, because the Greek society is a shame culture, in which being honoured is one of the primary purposes of people's lives. Hence, the concept of kleos formed an essential part of the bardic tradition which helped the people to maintain the heroic stature of the mythical heroes from generation to generation. This is why, it has got an important place in the Greek epics also. In The Odyssey by Homer...

    Achilles, Epic Cycle, Homer 953  Words | 3  Pages

  • Oedipus and the Odyssey: Similarities and Differences

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