Differences and Similarities in The Odyssey and Inferno When going through the stories The Odyssey

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Differences and Similarities in The Odyssey and Inferno When going through the stories The Odyssey by Homer and Inferno by Dante, you get the feeling of how diverse, yet similar the two stories are. When reading The Odyssey, you find Ulysses trying to get home to his love, Penelope. He has been gone for twenty years, and through those years, he has struggled with good and evil, just like Dante in Inferno. Ulysses finds himself time after time fighting off gods and their children. Dante, struggling with good and evil, works his way through the nine levels of hell. He is struggling to find where his faithfulness lies. He also is trying to find his way to his love, Beatrice. When reading The Odyssey and Inferno, we find many…show more content…
Dante tells us to “look carefully; you’ll see such things/as would deprive my speech of all belief” (Alighieri, 1992, Canto XIII 13.20-13.21). Dante shows his heroism by testing his own strengths. Ulysses’ characteristics differ from Dante’s because Ulysses has many great accomplishments whereas Dante does not. One other difference in these stories is the portrayal of religion. Religion in The Odyssey is portrayed as polytheism. Polytheism is the belief in many different gods. An example would be during Ulysses’ journey, the goddess Minerva helps him, while Neptune continues to challenge Ulysses constantly; “Bear in mind, however, that Neptune is still furious with Ulysses for having blinded an eye of Polyphemus king of the Cyclopes” (Stevenson, 2009, Book I, Para. 6). Religion in Inferno portrays a Christianity approach, or the belief in one god. Though they have different characteristics and portrayals of religion, there are some similarities within their stories. One similarity that we find in both The Odyssey and Inferno, is the fact that both Ulysses and Dante travel to hell. Ulysses travels to the underworld, Erebus. Ulysses seeks out his mother for news regarding his love, Penelope: 'Your wife still remains in your house, but she is in great distress of mind and spends her whole time in tears both night and day. No one as yet has got possession of your fine property, and Telemachus

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