Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Revised Hero Comparison of Odysseus

      Most modern heroes have very similar qualities or characteristics to each other; They are smart, strong, handsome, and rich among other things. Overall, they posses their society's perfect traits. The ideal traits of the Greeks can be seen easily in the character Odysseus. Odysseus is smart, and always debates with himself of what decision is best for the situation. He is strong because he has long endured pain, sorrow, and sadness. He is also very rich, because he sacked the city of Troy, even before he wen to war, he already held a lot of money. Lastly, he is handsome because even the Goddess Calypso wishes to marry him. Odysseus however has flaws too. Since Odysseus is very smart and strong, he becomes cocky. When he becomes cocky, he causes his own demise. All of these traits can also be seen in many recent heroes, like the Avengers.
      In The Avengers, the main heroes are the Hulk, Ironman, Captain America, and Thor. All four of these heroes have some, if not all, of the traits listed above. The Hulk is strong, smart, when he is not angry, and handsome. The Hulk however, is not rich. In fact, he runs away for most of his life, going to poorer countries, like India and South America. Ironman has all four traits listed, and as well as Thor. Captain America is smart, strong, and handsome. However, like the Hulk, he is not rich. These traits relate to society because most people wish to have these traits and so this is reflected into the heroes. Though these traits have stayed the same over many years, heroes are beginning to change. Now, heroes have superpowers or use technology to fight crime. The Greeks did not believe in fighting crimes but instead focused on adventures and how the Gods played important roles. Recent heroes fight crime with technology(Batman) or with superpowers and the reader cheers them on. In the Greek society, the reader, or in this case the listener, would cheer on the hero as the hero faces many trials and enemies.
      As one can see, overtime, the main traits of heroes and movies have changed. In this case, the traits might have changed due to the fact that in The Avengers, there are multiple heroes. In The Batman series, Bruce Wayne has all of these traits but that is because he is the only hero whereas in The Avengers, there are four heroes. The paths that heroes undergo have changed as well. In ancient history, heroes went through many strange adventures. Modern heroes go through adventures, but not the same way. Modern heroes usually have to fight the villain that has escaped from jail, like Batman fighting the Joker. The adventure is the hero fighting evil, losing at first, learning something new about themselves after they lost the battle, and then having a major battle which decides the fate of the hero and the villain.
      It is evident that the journeys heroes now and in the past take are quite similar. Th only difference is that the evil, the final battle, and the mind changing experience for the hero, are now much larger, and therefore much easier to identify them. Odysseues is fighting evil all the time, surving from the God's wrath and constantly at war to not give up and to keep fighting to see his family. In conclusion the traits and events that occur in the hero and their journey have become more emphasized.

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