Comparison Between Odysseus And Achilles Essay

1333 Words Sep 8th, 2014 6 Pages
There are two kinds of people in this world, those who load a gun and those who dig. – The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. There are two types of heroes, according to Homer, Odysseus and Achilles. Odysseus, the hero that seems to have it all, that has to loose himself to find himself. And there is Achilles, the hero that everyone loves to hate, the one with the chip on his shoulder. Both are alike in many ways, and both are complete opposites in many ways. Odysseus and Achilles are alike by: their rage toward others, they are both favored by Athena, and both are sexually frustrated and they are unalike by: their war tactics, their endings, and they are praised for different reasons. First, Odysseus and Achilles are alike because they both have a rage that rivals the Gods themselves. In The Iliad Achilles learns of his best friends demise due to Hectors sword and because of this he goes mad with anger. He kills anyone in his path and when he finds Hector he stalks him down and stops at nothing to get his revenge. The beginning lines foreshadow that rage as well, “Rage—Goddess, sing the rage of Peleus’ son Achilles, murderous, doomed, that cost the Achaeans countless losses, hurling down to the House of Death so many sturdy souls, great fighters’ souls, but made their bodies carrion, feasts for the dogs and birds, and the will of Zeus was moving toward its end.” In The Odyssey Odysseus gets very angry when he sees what the “suitors” have done to his home and his wife. So he…

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