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A Comparison of Oedipus and Odysseus

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Similarities Between Oedipus and Odyssues

      Since the beginning of time epic tales have been passed on from generation to generation as a form of entertainment.  Even though each epic is different in its plot, every epic has certain features in common.  The prime example of their similarities is their main character, the hero of the epic.   The hero's behavior changes from the beginning to the end of the tale.  Since the plot revolves around the epic hero, in most cases, they are made to seem God-like, or larger then life, in their capabilities and strengths.  The hero constantly has to conquer major obstacles to achieve their initial and final goal.  Usually the hero is tremendously suspicious of other characters intensions.   Also, this character usually demonstrates examples of hubris throughout the tale, which ultimately makes his journey more difficult.  The epic heroes differences vary but in the epic tale, The Odyssey written by Homer, and the Greek drama, Oedipus The King written by Sophocles, the differences is what makes Oedipus fail and Odysseus succeed.  In b...

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...these traits, Odysseus would have never returned home to Ithaca, and Oedipus would have never found out that he was the murderer of King Laius.

Works Cited

Aeschylus.  Agamemnon. Trans:  Moses Hadas.  New York:  Bantam Books, 1965.

Hionides, Harry.  Ancient Greek Literature. "Notebook".  1993

Homer.  The Odyssey.  Trans: E.V. Rieu.   New York:  Penguin Books, 1991.

Sophocles.  Oedipus the King.  Trans: Moses Hadas.  New York:  Bantam Books, 1965.

Weller, Philip.  Macbeth Navigator.  "Macbeth: Scene Summary Index".  2000

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