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  • Homeric Writings
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    Homer and His Writings "A hero is one who is born illegitimately, out of the fear of the prophecy of his future greatness, is abandoned by his father, is save by animals or others and raised by a lowly couple, fights wars, returns home triumphant, defeats his persecutors, frees his mother, becomes king, founds a city, and dies young (In Quest of the Hero vii)". Homer took this theory to heart in his writing the Odyssey. Homer was constantly using each one of these components and many of them can...
  • Prize Of Honor
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    The Iliad Outline &explain the qualities of a "Homeric Hero". Who best fits the bill? Why? The Homeric hero strives to be the best among his peers. His goal is to achieve the greatest glory in order to earn the highest honor from his peers, his commander, and finally from his warrior society. He strives for excellence in particular areas of human behavior, such behaviors are strength, skill, and determination. These are necessary on the both the athletic and battlefields, it is known as the idea...
  • Contrasting Heroism Between Hektor And Achilleus
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    Every civilization throughout history has had its heroes, those who represent the values of their society to the highest degree. In today's society, we think of heroes as super-humans who run faster than a speeding train and leap over buildings in a single bound. In ancient Greece, heroes were people who demonstrated great feats of strength and tremendous courage in battle. Greek heroes possessed wealth, power, and courage which earned them respect and honor in the community. In the Iliad, Homer...
  • Contrast In Paris Character
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    Paris: Magnificent Hero or Spoiled Child? Homer uses tone, imagery, epithets, and similes to describe Paris' character. Outwardly, Paris is a brave person, but inwardly, he is full of doubts and fears. He is like a stallion that has been pampered too much, a child who is allowed to get everything he wants. Because of his attitude, he starts the Trojan War and brings on the fall of Troy. Paris is portrayed in this passage as being a walking contradiction. He appears to be a hero, but is one of th...
  • Hektor's Affection For His Son
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    The hero of an epic poem repeatedly endures many trials that can prove his ability to be worthy of the title hero. In the passage 6.440-481 in The Iliad of Homer, Hektor's heroism is tested, especially when he faces the choice of returning to battle or staying with his family. When analyzing what drives Hektor to return to the battlefield and what makes him a hero, it is obvious that the "Greek educational ideal" known as aret greatly influences him (Western Civilization: A Brief History, Perry,...
  • Leopold Bloom And Willy Loman
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    Leopold Bloom: Antihero While imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, Homer would have probably been none too amused by James Joyce's classic 1922 novel, Ulysses. Mockingly modeled after Homer's epic poem, Odyssey, it is the 24-hour ' odyssey' of aspiring young writer Stephen Dedalus and an aging advertising huckster, Leopold Bloom, who are unknowingly in search of each other, just as father and son were in the poem. Leopold Bloom continues to both fascinate and infuriate readers with h...

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