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    and brains. A hero who follows the Hero Myth Cycle by Joseph Campbell is indeed an epic hero, following the traits of their guidance through the story; Beowulf is an epic hero by following the myth cycle through his tale, as well as following his flaw, restitution, and resurrection. The hero faces his flaw of not needing his sword and shield, but only to battle with his fist and using his intelligence. When he defeats Grendel 's mother, the resurrection of Beowulf as men quarrel with his death and only his most loyal men stay and hope for his return. Of his loyal men, he picks Wiglaf as the heir to the throne before he passes away, the restitution of the hero. To Beowulf, loyal is royal, as many see him as helping the people,…

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    one can truly show strength by conquering the various challenges on their way to success. Homer’s, The Odyssey, is able to depict how persistence can lead to fulfillment. Homer’s purpose in the epic poem The Odyssey is to show society that though there are setbacks in life, one can overcome them with perseverance by employing katabasis by emphasize the various struggles Odysseus faces. Homer utilizes katabasis initially to display the strifes Odysseus had to tackle on his expedition, due to…

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    his wife, Penelope, took care of the family and preserved their household for such a long time. It showed how some women did not only do the usual housework at this time, but some, in fact, were expected to achieve just as much as the men. Along with Penelope’s achievements, Odysseus’ journey brought along many great values too. It showed the how far the will of a man can go as he journeyed for 10 years to get back home. The journey tested Odysseus, and he can out as a hero. The main value of…

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    warrior mindset allowed him to go into battle with the confidence and courage needed to become one of the greatest fighter of his era. He so heavily relies on his combat expertise in the beginning of the Iliad that he comes off as a one dimensional savage who holds little regard for anyone other than himself. Achilles also “holds within himself all the heroic virtues that are given singly to others” such as the agility of Oliean and the strength of Ajax [1]. He is essentially the epitome of a…

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    Between both epic poems by Homer; The Iliad and The Odyssey, the reader is able distinguish a variety of themes that set both stories apart. But there are also multiple instances where the themes of the poems overlap and actually build off of each other. This is where Homer is able to help the reader fully understand both stories by implementing themes through both poems and a multitude of characters and situations to help his message get across. One of the biggest similarities between both…

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    Human history has been shaped by the rise and fall of different leaders throughout the course of time. Both strength and cowardice, charisma and introversion, from these leaders has left an indelible mark on society, which begs the question, what constitutes a good leader? Throughout the ages, opinions on the value of different leaders have varied. While the Chinese philosopher, Lao Tzu, emphasized positive moral change, Niccolo Machiavelli prioritized notoriety in a leader. The value of a…

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    to do for the day. The alphabet started back in ancient Egypt by 2700 B.C.E. It was used for hieroglyphics of the Egyptian writing to represent a single consonant plus a vowel that was supplied by their native speaker. The alphabet eventually became a Latin alphabet and spread across Europe as the Romans expanded their empire. It survived past the fall of the Roman state in intellectual and religious works. With the alphabet came literature. Literature is written works, such as books. Some…

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    should connect the chapters in the book that I am currently reading. Something I found interesting was that nobody questioned whether it was actually Achilles fighting in chapter 15. Mason supports his argument because throughout the book, he shows different ways to think of the characters in the Iliad and Odyssey. One of the strengths of this book is the structure; it is very easy to read, follow, and it keeps the reader’s attention. The weaknesses are that in some chapters it is hard to…

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    To start, both Odysseus and Achilles are renowned epic heroes in Greek mythology. Odysseus even makes known his own fame as an epic hero by saying, “I am Odysseus, son of Laertes, known before all men for the study of crafty designs, and my fame goes up to the heavens.” Momi Awana points out that, “Greek heroes possessed superhuman abilities, yet their stories served as mythological reflections of human potential and human failure.” Both Achilles and Odysseus are immensely confident in their own…

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    Homer’s Illiad is an adventure nonfiction piece that was meant to convey the tremendous amount of causalities faced during the time of the war. While reading Homer’s Illiad this epic piece connected with life issue in many ways, and was a piece that was very diverse. Of course, with war comes death, but let not death be in vain. In today’s world soldiers have risk their lives’ and many have died due to the battle of the war. The war that changed this nation’s view is the war in Iraq, which was…

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