The Epic Hero in Homer´s The Odyssey

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Epic Heroes are those that portray extraordinary traits, in which of displaying honor, integrity, sacrifice for the better, and loyalty. They are considered role models in a sense, thus providing the lessons, morals, and beliefs. Whether it is judging right from wrong, accomplishing the greater good, and many others teach lifelong messages that will continue to be passed down generation after generation. The Odyssey was written by a blind poet named Homer, who was also renowned author of The Iliad. Inside the story, the literary elements of this legend had brought these types of Heroes alive, like a perfected dream becoming into a reality. They are jam-packed throughout the story, bringing the story alive through various techniques. Two specific examples are sensory imagery, and characterization, both of which are exposed the most and play the most vivacious role in Book 12 of the Odyssey: The Sirens; Scylla and Charybdis. In this Book, Odysseus and his crew have returned from the Land of the Dead, of where that they have visited had received the prophecy told be Tiresias, the prince of Thebes, back to Circe’s island. There, Circe converses with Odysseus, explaining all the paths and obstacles that he and his crew must endure before leaving the island: the Sirens, Scylla, and Charybdis. When he and his crew set sail, they encountered the Sirens, whom that lures men with their singing, causing them to be attracted into a trance, and will never see their family again.…
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