The Epic Of The Odyssey Essay

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As we sift through the pages of Sunjata, we understand him to be a humble mediocre man who knows it 's his right to be king, but who has to deal with adversity in order to get there. However, compared to Odysseus in The Odyssey, who is strong, but untrusting, we will soon see that Sunjata is not only a man but a hero. In both texts we see each man adored by many and even compared to Gods like Odysseus in The Odyssey. However, when we break down the words of each epic we are faced to confront the truths of what a hero really is. This claim explains why The Odyssey expresses a false sense of heroism whereas Sunjata gives the audience and example of a real hero.
However, before the reader can examine the epics, we must first understand what an epic is. Epics are long poem, typically one derived from ancient oral tradition, narrating the deeds and adventures of heroic or legendary figures or the history of a nation. Typically epics involve supernatural powers, Gods, and an interesting journey of a hero bringing back knowledge and honor to his village or province. Furthermore, we as readers are able to identify both The Odyssey and Sunjata as epics.
To be convinced of my claim, the first thing a reader needs to know is what the definition of a hero is. The modern definition of a hero stems from the idea of a person who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements or noble qualities. If we use this definition both epics contain Hero’s. However this definition
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