Epic Heros Strengths And Weaknesses

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The Iliad, Odyssey, and Epic of Gilgamesh all demonstrate the transformational process of their respective epic heroes in terms of their strengths and weaknesses. Epic heroes such as Achilles, Odysseus, and Gilgamesh all possessed superior qualities that separate them from other individuals. Although their incredible abilities may support the societal perception of strong leadership, their weaknesses cause these characters to hold virtues that may go against the cultural expectations of what a strong leader should be. Furthermore, they all shared similar experiences in terms of undergoing a difficult situation and changing their approach in an effort for redemption. This paper will be examining the virtues of these epic heroes and the relationship between their heroism experiences as well as how that connects to the cultural expectations of what strong leadership is all about.
In the Iliad, Achilles embodies strong qualities of leadership such as perfection, beautiful, over skilled as a warrior, and god-like features such as strength. Throughout the Iliad, Homer does an extraordinary job in portraying Achilles’ faults as an epic hero, however emphasizing the traits of pride and honor as justification for those faults. After giving up his “prize” of Briseis at the request of Agamemnon in this public disgrace, Achilles makes the decision to withdraw all this troops from battle and thus refuses to fight for the Achaians. This, however, causes the Achaians to greatly suffer
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