mythology final paper 2

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Oskar Plinski Mythology R.Preston 5 May 2011 Paper # 2 Heroism Heroes, in a way, whether fictional or historical, reflect our supremacies. They become our persona, expressions of our collective inner self in the mythological world. When you start comparing heroes from multiple cultures, I started to recognize similar concepts. Most cultures establish a culture hero whose purpose brings discipline, guidance, and direction to their people. Odysseus, is a king, and considered important to those around him. He is a well-liked ruler, and respected by those around him. In The Odyssey, Odysseus and his men are put in very dangerous situations, and there are many deadly experiences. When they are trapped with the Cyclops, or with the flesh-eating monsters, or falling down waterfalls to their doom, or going to the underworld and slowly having the life sucked from their fragile mortal bodies, they are constantly being put into danger. Odysseus is described to have gone through all of that and yet he remains a strong willed man who falls in love. He has the characteristics of a strong built, handsome and wise hero to rule. Odysseus shows bravery and courage, this point is shown when he went to the Hades. Hades was feared by many. By his persuasiveness and cleverness Odysseus could get Nausicaa to assist him, and his devotion to his wife makes him so honorable He showed sensitivity when he met his mother and when he heard the song of the Trojan War. However, Odysseus qualities of impulsiveness, arrogance, and curiosity are not considered heroic today. He struggle with these points. Odysseus went to Cyclops cave because he was curious but didn’t think what may happen next. When Odysseus was able to escape from Cyclops cave, he yelled to Cyclops identifying himself because of his pride. That made Cyclops
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so angry that he prayed to his father Poseidon to destroy Odysseus. The result of that is Odysseus companions all died before Odysseus could return home. Even though there may be key characteristics of a king, his actions are always being held responsible and Odysseus had great trouble with it. In the tale of King Arthur , he can certainly be classified as a hero. He fits almost every aspect of the hero cycle. He has an unusual birth , periods of initiation, countless obstacles that he faces, and he dies and ascends to a greater plane in the end.
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