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Odysseus Vs. Thor
Transcript of Odysseus Vs. Thor
Odysseus is the king of the Greek island IthacHomer. The Odyssey. Trans. Robert Fitzgerald. New York: Vintage Classics, 1990. Print.a. Husband of queen Penelope, and father of Prince Telemachus. Heroic Characteristics Odysseus has defining traits of a hero because he displays personal traits such as
Desire for glory
Even with all of these traits Odysseus is most known for his keen intellect. often times his quick thinking gets him out many tough situations.
However, Odysseus's desire for glory at the beginning of the story is usually what get him in to trouble in the first place. Along with his desire for glory Odysseus's main goal after the war was to return home to Ithaca. Undergoing trials set by the gods and other characters Odysseus prevails learning many lessons about himself, returning home, and regaining his status as king of Ithaca Because of Thor's arrogance, Odin strips his son of his godly power and exiles him to Earth as a mortal, along with his hammer Mjolnir, now protected by an enchantment that allows only the worthy to wield it. Loki sends the Destroyer, to hunt down and kill Thor. Thor offers himself to the destroyer in place of his the people around him. Thor's sacrifice proves him worthy to wield Mjolnir. The hammer returns to him, restoring his powers and enabling him to defeat the Destroyer. The Asgardian God of Thunder. Thor is the mightiest warrior of Asgard and one of the most powerful being on Earth. Conclusion Thor has defining traits of a hero because of personal traits such as
values trust and honesty
desire for glory
war god/good with battle strategy
Even though Thor has the traits of a hero he does have traits that count against him from time to time.
fear of disappointing, himself/others
these traits have often blinded Thor, and have even made Thor vulnerable in some situations. Story Similarities Teaches a lesson to the hero
Overall a journey home
Both heroes are favored by the gods
Both start with heroes that are already prominent.
Odysseus and Thor are both helped by gods along their journey.
Both Heroes achieve their end goal of going home and having their status returned to them at the end of their struggles. Trait Similarities Both Odysseus and Thor express personal traits such as
Direct in their approach
Battle worn intelligence
Desire for glory Story Differences Odysseus:
King returning home
Journey was ten years long
Leader of soldiers
Isn't just about Odysseus
About regaining status
Only revolves around Thor Trait Differences Odysseus:
Known for Cunning
Cares about the well being of his men
fear of disappointing himself and others The Odyssey and the story of Thor presented in the movie have both similarities and differences. However, both main characters depict different versions of heroism. The Odyssey shows a more humble and idealistic hero story. where as, Thor the movie shows a more egocentric hero story.
Each story helps to explain what kinds of traits define a hero's power and weaknesses.
The struggles that Odysseus and Thor go through help aid in personal growth and definition of their heroism. Sources Homer. The Odyssey. Trans. Robert Fitzgerald. New York: Vintage Classics, 1990. Print.
Thor, The God of Thunder. Movie 2011