We will highlight the concept of “heroism” and how it brings about a change in the lives of the people who are related to the tale directly or indirectly. Many messages are conveyed in the tales ranging from sacrifice, bravery, hedonism, power, ruthlessness and discipline to name a few.
The Odyssey is written by Homer while Gilgamesh is written by Shin-Eqi-Unninni which is a debatable issue because it is believed that the Epic of Gilgamesh was written in 2500 BC and was present in severe form. Both the characters possess traits such as friendliness, valor and eventually heroism. Odysseus had a hereditary right to the throne and ruled Ithaca which was complimented by his impartiality, ruthlessness and diplomatic skills. On the other hand Gilgamesh was the king of Uruk in Babylonia who is physically sturdy and strong having supernatural powers a...
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Odysseus, on the other hand through Athena’s divine assistance, along with Telemachus, and a couple of herdsmen, manages to kill all of the suitors. The katabasis followed by an anabasis is generally referred to amongst many others as a trip to the supernatural underworld. Katabasis is also adverted to a journey through this world to another plane in this incident the trip to the underworld.
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