Gilgamesh As A Hero Analysis

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A hero is an individual who is admired for his or hers brave acts or for their fine individual qualities. The Odyssey and The Epic of Gilgamesh’s main protagonists are heroes. However, one of the main characters falls short from being a true hero, making him unworthy of the title.
The Epic of Gilgamesh begins with a long exaltation about Gilgamesh—the epic’s main protagonist—¬hero attributes. The author uses direct exposition describe Gilgamesh, as a hero and a godlike character. He does this to set the story and to avoid misinterpretations or doubts about Gilgamesh champion standing when he writes: hero status is well established at the beginning when the The writer establishes from the start the protagonist’s godlike mighty and power when
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Gilgamesh was a severe ruler who took advantage of the people of Uruk. Because of his oppression, particularly the issue about him mating with women before they could marry their husbands, the people pleaded the gods to intervene to better their situation under their king. Individuals’ outlooks of those who they admire are what determine if someone is a hero or not. Gilgamesh as a hero can be disputed because most of his actions, although brave and worthy of recognition, only fed his ego, desires, and power. That is not to say that Gilgamesh did not go through the traditional hero’s journey cycle thus becoming a hero, but to those oppressed by him he was nothing but a severe …show more content…
Odysseus worst moment and departure from expected hero behavior was his lack of mercifulness and act of vengeance when he retaliated against the Suitors and when he ordered the killing all the female servants who disrespected his home. This occurred at the climax of the story, the moment where he was suppose to complete the hero’s journey cycle. Perhaps Homer did it on purpose to remind us of how he began the story, with the word (man). After all, that is who Odysseus was, a man with hero attributes.
Odysseus heroism can be found in many places throughout hi journey. He was respected and admired; he truly was a hero for those who followed him. A good example of his courage example is when his journey took him to Hades. Although he wept and felt deep distress, he was able not only to accomplish the task, but to also motivate his men to follow him to the realm of the dead. Another example where Odysseus showed great leadership, cleverness, and heroism was during the multiple battles at Troy, especially during the construct of the Trojan horse, which allowed them to get access to the city and win against the Trojans. Finally, the most relevant example is when after he had hit rock bottom and had lost it all, to include his confidence he was able to get it together and defeat the suitors. This is important because is what bring to a close the conflict in the story. Odysseus

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