Odyssey Essay | Comparing "The Aeneid" to "The Odyssey"

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Comparing "The Aeneid" to "The Odyssey"

Summary: A comparison of the epics "The Odyssey" by Homer and "The Aeneid" by Virgil. The works are similar in that the heroes of the stories acheive their goals of making it to their homes.
The labelling of either The Aeneid or The Odyssey as the "better" story is very much a personal decision, resting largely on the individual reader's connection and association with the respective protagonists. Both Aeneas and Odysseus, with contrasting approaches, undertake truly unparalleled epic journeys; thus it is the job of Virgil and Homer to bring these adventures to a common human plane to enable their readers to identify with Aeneas and Odysseus and these two hero's adventures.

Although the tone of the Odyssey is more upbeat than the Aeneid as Odysseus contrives cunning plans to avenge the Suitor's dissipated behaviour, whereas the Aeneid carries a more sombre tale of Aeneas struggling along the path fate has already chosen for him, the content of the two epics follow a similar style (Virgil indeed endeavoured to emulate his poem on Homeric masterpieces): both include gods and...

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