Status And Heroism : The Tolkien 's ' The Hobbit ' Essay

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Status and Heroism In his classic fantasy tale, The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien writes, “I am looking for someone to share in an adventure that I am arranging, and it 's very difficult to find anyone. 'I should think so — in these parts! We are plain quiet folk and have no use for adventures.’” Homer’s Odyssey, chapters eight and nine, and Vyasa’s The Mahabharata, In the Beginning and The Ring & the Well, are primary forms of epic poems telling the grand tales of Ulysses and Drona, respectfully. Both authors tell of divine deities of the culture, glory of war, justice, and power. Two historically revered epic poems, the Odyssey and The Mahabharata, espouse very similar yet also very different values of status and heroism that provide insight into their respective societies. The Odyssey is an epic Greek tale that depicts many principles that society at the time valued. The main character in books 9 and 10 is the brave, yet arrogant Odysseus, or Ulysses, of Ithaca. He takes part in a harrowing voyage that sends him all across the vast blue ocean and encounters with many diverse creatures and people. In the Land of the Cyclops, the values of glory and family name are prevalent. After a narrowing escape from the Cyclops cave, Odysseus and his men have the chance to flee the island; however, Odysseus decides to lash out at the Cyclops. He exclaims, “Cyclops, if anyone asks you who it was that put your eye out and spoiled your beauty, say it was the valiant warrior, Ulysses, son of…

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