Journey Of The Epic Hero In Homer's The Odyssey

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Zhinous Ahmadi Mr. Chad Faries World Literature I March 6, 2015 The Journey of the Epic Hero Myths tell us beyond the story of a physical place or peoples. They are the hearts of cultures. This is same in Homer’s The Odyssey one of the most famous epic heroes in ancient Greek mythology, or The Epic of Gilgamesh from early Mesopotamia. These epics are from different cultural backgrounds and eras, but both represent culture, history and beliefs of the people who made them. At the beginning of the story of Gilgamesh, the king of Uruk in Babylonia, was a very self-center and had almost no compassion for the people of Uruk. Because the gods had created Gilgamesh as two thirds divine and one third human, it can be said he had a bad impact on those around him, failed to be a leader, and angered the Gods. It leads to the creation of Enkidu from clay and saliva by Aruru. Odysseus was the ruler of the island kingdom of Ithaca. He was one of the most talented Greek leaders of the Trojan War. He is respected from the beginning of this epic until the very end. He is portrayed as a person…show more content…
Gilgamesh recognizes the fact that man has a limited lifetime on earth. He started his journey to find Utnapishtim only to discover the secret of eternal life, however it came out to be an internal journey to help him become a selfless king. On the other hand, during the ten years, Odysseus succeeds in dealing with many hardships against mythical monsters, gods and men to complete his journey home. His journey starts on the island where he has everything but happiness. Even though the story was set in ancient Greek times, it can actually represents the difficulties that we face today. The lessons that were taught are timeless; He has always had dream of returning home to be with his wife and son whom he loves dearly and all loses and mistakes help him to grow spiritually

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