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Who Is More Heroic Achilles or Odysseus

Poems The Iliad and Odyssey were created in the 8th-the beginning of 7th century BC and reflect the world, the ideal of human behavior, its place in nature and society. The main characters of poems are leaders (kings), which stand out with their courage and strength. Homer pays tribute to them just because they are able to defend the interests of people and take a severe blow of the enemy.

The Iliad is filled with the number of outstanding soldiers: Diomedes, Ajax, Patroclus, but the main role in the poem is given to Achilles. He is the youngest hero of the poem, but he is the strongest warrior of the Greeks. He has such features as a sense of duty, courage, and virtue. These features are inherent to other heroes of the poem too, but Achilles with such a violent temperament has the desire to uphold justice. He is a true hero who values honor above all. Achilles feels his honor is trampled, when Agamemnon takes his captive from him. Therefore, neither the author of the poem nor the Greeks accuse him of treason, withdrawal of Achilles is seen as a defense of honor. Achilles has a sense of loyalty to his friends – Patroclus’s death forced him to return to the army. In new armor that was made by Hermes, Achilles is invincible. He pursues the Trojans, killing many of them, and taking twelve young men alive to bring them to the sacrifice of Patroclus. He fights Hector, getting a victory. Achilles attaches the body of Hector to the chariot and detours around Troy, but when Hector’s father comes to him asking not to mock the flesh of his son, a sense of justice wins. Achilles struck with grief of old father gives body of Hector for burial.

Odyssey is a poem, which tells of the return of Odysseus on native island Ithaca. From the point of view of the author of the poem, Odysseus’s heroism is that he stays true to his homeland, he is not afraid of anything to achieve his goal – to see at least the smoke of his native land.

The hero of the poem is brave warrior, but he often uses tricks to win. They help him overcome Polyphemus, Circe, and sirens.

But if slyness is a natural feature of Odysseus, he obtained courage, endurance, and perseverance, during his long and hard journey, which tempered his body and soul. Everyone Odysseus met over the years of the Trojan War, and during the long journey, was subordinated by his mind, prudence, courage and bravery. Even sorceress Circe whose potion did not harm Odysseus was impressed with his resistance. Even the goddess Athena finds his mind and foresight.

Both heroes, Achilles and Odysseus, are heroic. Achilles is the personification of courage and bravery. That is how the hero of the poem should be, which tells about the war. But in peacetime, these features aren’t enough. Wanderings of Odysseus represent a person’s long way in life. In Homer’s poems, the eternal wisdom of the people is the one that is described in the language understandable to all people of all times – the language of fairy tales. Therefore, all those who meet with the heroes of Homer, remember all those vivid images of courage and virtue of the human mind.

Poems The Iliad and Odyssey were created in the 8th-the beginning of 7th century BC and reflect the world, the ideal of human behavior, its place in nature and society. The main characters of poems are leaders (kings), which stand out with their courage and strength. Homer pays tribute to them just because they are able to defend the interests of people and take a severe blow of the enemy.

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