Seven Great Historical Heroes

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Throughout history, epic heroes have been born in many ways. Through real life, through stories etc. They come from all sorts of different cultures. They come in many different shapes and sizes. Each one is different in almost every way. Except for being heroes. There are seven heroes that my English class has learned about, that are crucial to epic story history. Each one brings his own spice to the table, or maybe even a round table. The seven heroes that can be compared in history are Achilles, Odysseus, Aeneas, Socrates, Gilgamesh, Beowulf, and Arthur: and they can be because they are seven of the most important people in human history. To start off, the first epic hero of history that is important is the great Greek, Achilles. Achilles is important for many reasons. First of all, he is considered to be the first real epic hero. The story really comes to life in the Iliad. Where he battles the Trojans, and his own Greeks. He was his own warrior; he didn’t want anybody taking control of him. Achilles was strong in body and not so much in mind. He was the greatest warrior of his time, and possibly ever. “He has all the marks of a great warrior, and indeed proves the mightiest man in the Achaean army, but his deep-seated character flaws constantly impede his ability to act with nobility and integrity.” (Whitman) In the end of Iliad, this is what kills him. He acts with his body and doesn’t think he can be destroyed. But he does get destroyed. Next, the second hero was actually really good friends with Achilles, and fought alongside him, this is Odysseus. If you didn’t know, Odysseus was also a great warrior; he fought with courage and strength. He wasn’t afraid to fight any man, he should have though. Odysseus was also the ma... ... middle of paper ... ...N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Nov. 2013. . Krause, Chris. "The Noblest Hero." THe Faith of a Heratic. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Nov. 2013. . Lawler, Peter Augustine. "Our Hero Socrates." The Clarion Review. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Nov. 2013. . Mitchell, Stephen. "Gilgamesh and Enkidu vs. the Standards of Modern Heroes." abneydp. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Nov. 2013. . Snede, Jason. "King Arthur." Wyoming PBS. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Nov. 2013. . Whitman, Arthur. "Analysis of Major Characters." Spark Notes. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Nov. 2013. .

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