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Compare and Contrast

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Compare and Contrast
Achilles and Odysseus
1. Achilles
An epic hero excells in skill, strength, and courage.

Achilles fought bravely in the war at Troy, and successfully defeated Hector after the Trojan commander killed his best friend.
1. Odysseus
An epic hero excells in skill, strength, and courage.

Odysseus won The Trojan War for the Greeks, showing how clever he can be.
2. Achilles
An epic hero succeeds in war and adevnture.

Achilles successfully defeated Hector, and captured twenty-three towns during the time of the Trojan war.
2. Odysseus
An epic hero succeeds in war and adventure.

Odysseus won the Trojan war, and after twenty years of fighting, running, and hiding, he finally reached his home in Ithica.
3. Achilles
An epic hero values honor and glory.

After Achilles killed Hector, he would let no one near the body. When Hector's father, King of Troy, came for his son, begging for funeral rights, the hero let the man take his son.
3. Odysseus
An epic hero values honor and glory.

Odysseus values honor and glory because he killed every suitor that had done his wife wrong by staying at their home, unwelcomed.
4. Achilles
An epic hero usually has a guide or helper.

Achilles had his dear friend Patroclus, his tutor, Pheonix, and Odysseus.
4. Odysseus
An epic hero usually has a guide or helper.

Odysseus had the aid of his crew, along with the guiding hand of Athena.
5. Achilles
An epic hero battles demons and monsters.

Achilles was a sort of monster within himself... his arrogance was a major fault, which lead him to his ultimate demise.
5. Odysseus
An epic hero usually battles demons and monsters.

Odysseus faught many monsters, not just using his braun. He tricked the cyclops, escaped the monster in the cave, and didn't fall into the jaws of charibdis.
6. Achilles
An epic hero is ruthless to enemies, but generous to followers.

Achilles brutally slayed Hector, dragging him behind his carriage to savage his body.
6. Odysseus
An epic hero is generous to followers, but ruthless to enemies.

Odysseus was always fair and kind to his men, but when they betrayed him by opening the bag of wind, he refused to acknowledhe any of them.
7. Achilles
An epic hero is one of action.

Although he was short-lived, Achilles was definately a man of action. Throughout his life, between capturing towns and playing a huge part in the Trojan War, Achilles has certainly accomplished this particular trait.
7. Odysseus
An epic hero is one of action!

The king of Ithaca also excells in this trait. Whether he was fighting monsters, battling the deadly waves of the sea, or warding off magic, the loner definately has a high success rate.
8. Achilles
An epic hero invites problems and accepts challenges.

Achilles invited many problems, and challenges didn't seem to scare him! The warrior killed many men, fighting until he died.
8. Odysseus
An epic hero invites problems and accepts challenges.

Odysseus denied Poseidon of his help, creating one of the biggest upsets in the tale. As for challenges go, I'm surprised Odysseus survived to get back home to Ithaca with as many challenges as he had.
9. Achilles
An epic hero takes unescessarry risks and makes rash decisions.

Achilles' story doesn't show him taking any big risks except for fighting every day in a huge ten year war.
9. Odysseus
An epic hero takes unnescessary risks and makes rash decisions.
Odysseus makes many rash decisions, throwing him and his men into risky situations until they all died. Just to get home, Odysseus basically had to give up all his men, and still didn't make it too far after that. The hero did eventually get home to Ithaca, but he did so all alone...
10. Achilles
An epic hero has to achieve his or her goal.

After Hector killed Petroclus, the hero was enraged and vowed that he would kill him. He did indeed murder Hector, and when he was finished, the body was unrecognizable.
10. Odysseus
An epic hero has to achieve his or her goal.

Now, for Odysseus, it was to win the war and get home. He did this, but with much difficulty and many lost men along the way...
11. Achilles
An epic hero gets tempted.

In the text, it really says nothing about Achilles being tempted by anyone or anything. Sure, he had his ladies, but they never convinced him to do something that he normally wouldn't.
11. Odysseus
An epic hero is tempted.

For Odysseus, this is very true. First, he goes to the witch and goddess Circe, spending five years with her. Then, there was Calypso, whom he stayed with for seven whole years... When he finally did get to go back to his wife, he had slept with two other women.
12. Achilles
An epic hero descends into darkness.

Achilles himself does not really fit into this certain description, as the text never says anything about him going into any type of darkness except for when he died.
12. Odysseus
An epic hero descends into darkness.

Odysseus fits the description when someone says "an epic hero descends into darkness." The king went down into the underworld to talk to the blind prophet, Tireseis. While he was there he saw many of the dead, including his mother, who had taken her life out of grief.
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