Comparing Homer 's The Iliad And The Odyssey Essay

785 Words Sep 8th, 2016 4 Pages
Throughout the history of literature, there have been many different examples of the characteristics present in a heros. Such works of literature come from great ancient societies such as the Greeks and the Romans. “Ancient Greek society placed considerable emphasis on literature and, according to many, the whole Western literary tradition began there, with the epic poems of Homer.”(Mastin) Examples of these include Homer’s, The Iliad and The Odyssey, as well as Virgil’s The Aeneid. The heroes in these three great poems all have very different personalities which help define them as the characters they play in their respective roles in their respective stories. Homer’s heroes include two extremely different characters in Achilles and Odysseus. “Even though both men want their followers to succeed, one does so in cautions and sensible manner while the other is more bull headed and vengeful”(Pfaff). Although these two characters are monumentally different, they also share some similarities. A similarity that the two characters, Achilles and Odysseus share in Homer’s The Iliad and The Odyssey is the respect they are given as great leaders, however, differences between the two include the way they have earned their respect as leaders as well as the way in which they lead. Achilles and Odysseus share a characteristic in the two great epic poems, The Iliad and The Odyssey, first written down by Homer, by the amount of respect shown to them by their men. There is absolutely no…

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