Epic Heroes : Odysseus And Harry Potter Essay

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Epic Heroes: Odysseus and Harry Potter
Heroes have always been presented in our lives and will always be there in the future. It is complicated to explain who is considered as a hero because every era has its own heroic characteristics. In the ancient Greece, heroes were either demigods or mortals who served gods and goddesses and performed great deeds for humanity (LaBarge). Today’s heroes are characters who “display courage and self-sacrifice in face of adversity and act for the greater good” (Gerald). The ancient epics are long narrative poems that represent the adventures of great heroes, whereas we refer to movies and novels today that share the characteristics of the epic. A great example of an ancient Greek epic hero is Odysseus, whereas Harry Potter fulfills the role of a modern hero. Despite the different time period they represent, Harry Potter is as much a hero as Odysseus by carrying heroic traits, and he also has an unusual epic journey with an ultimate goal.
Both Homer and J. K. Rowling were influenced by their time periods when they created their heroes that overcame supernatural forces. J. K Rowling brainstormed her ideas on the train heading home and used her surrounding friends to create characters to her books (Parra). All these are reflected in the Harry Potter series because many scenes take places on the train and most characters exist in the real-world England (Parra). Like J. K. Rowling, Homer was also inspired by his era and surrounding events.…

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