The Iliad And The Odyssey

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Throughout The Iliad and The Odyssey, both Achilles and Odysseus go through intense acts of heroism, internal and external hardships, and fluctuations in confidence. During the epic, The Odyssey, the main character, Odysseus, has to endure many hardships which show. He has to show tremendous amounts of heroism and confidence just to keep his crew and himself alive. He has to rival and face many gods that despise him along with many humans. This theme can also be reflected from Homer’s The Iliad, where the main character, Achilles, is pitted against many of his own hardships, acts of heroism, and excursion of confidence. He may not have faced as many external conflicts as Odysseus, but he goes through a long internal evolution. Nearing the…show more content…
I will not ask you to stay. I have others to honor me and, and highest of all, Zeus, lord of the consul.”(Richards, 37) This statement from Agamemnon sets a belittling blow to Achilles mentally, but Agamemnon even compliments him of his physical strength “Strong you may be, godlike, Achilles[...]”(Richards, 36) In The Iliad and The Odyssey, Achilles faces many internal conflicts but some seem to be bounced back with a small compliment, while Odysseus goes through many external hardships that constantly repeat.
Heroism is presented many times in The Odyssey by Odysseus to accomplish a mission, but in The Iliad, Achilles begins to show heroism out of rage. Nearing the middle of The Odyssey, Odysseus and his crew are encaged by Polyphemus, Poseidon 's son, a Cyclops. Odysseus expresses his intelligence by conjuring a plan to escape Polyphemus which started with giving him wine,”‘Here, Cyclops, try this wine—to top off the banquet of human flesh you’ve bolted down!” This act got the Cyclops drunk, and Polyphemus asked for Odysseus’ name which Odysseus lied and said his name is “Nobody.””And tell me your name now, quickly, so I can hand my guest a gift to warm his heart.[...](Book 9, 147) “Nobody—that’s my name. Nobody—so my mother and father call me, all my friends.”(Book 9, 148) This move is proving that Odysseus is adaptable to his environment making it easier for him to save his crew. He then makes a

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