Heroism in Literature Comparison Essay by cee-cee

Heroism in Literature
An examination of the concept of a hero in "Beowulf", Homer's "The Iliad", "Gilgamesh", Homer's "The Odyssey" and "Tale of the Heike".
# 107813 | 1,866 words | 11 sources | MLA | 2008 | US
Published on Sep 14, 2008 in Literature (Greek and Roman) , Literature (World) , English (Comparison)

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The paper examines five works of ancient literature, "Beowulf",
Homer's "The Iliad", "Gilgamesh", Homer's "The Odyssey" and "Tale of the Heike" in order to determine the meaning of the hero concept as advocated by their authors. The paper relates that Beowulf, Achilles and Odysseus battle against physical monsters, while the Samurai fights a symbolically spiritual battle, although spirituality does play a vitally important role in the lives of all heroes. The paper also shows how society determines the main qualities of the heroes as they manifest themselves in the particular literature of a specific time and a specific region.

The Iliad
The Odyssey
Tale of the Heike

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Grummere, Frances B. (Trans.) Beowulf. The Harvard Classics, Vol. 49. 1993. http://www.alcyone.com/max/lit/beowulf/index.html
  • Homer. The Odyssey. Trans. By Samuel Butler. http://classics.mit.edu/Homer/odyssey.html
  • Homer. The Iliad. Trans. By Samuel Butler. http://classics.mit.edu/Homer/iliad.html
  • McCullough, Helen Craig (trans.) The Tale of the Heike. Stanford, California: Stanford University Pres, 1988. http://www.glopac.org/Jparc/Atsumori/Heiketxt.htm
  • Mesopotanian Texts Archive. The Epic of Gilgamesh, 2007. http://www.ancienttexts.org/library/mesopotamian/gilgamesh/

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