Analysis of the “Heroic Return” of Aeneas and Odysseus


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Analysis of the “Heroic Return” of Aeneas and Odysseus
This literary analysis will compare and contrast the “heroic return” of Odysseus in Homer’s The Odyssey and of Aeneas’s founding of Rome in The Aeneid by Virgil. The theme of the return to a home is founded in Homer’s heroic presentation of Odysseus after the Trojan War, yet Virgil provides a contrasting heroic motivation in which Aeneas will return home so that he can found Rome. While both heroes are returning home after circumstances delay their return, they are both heroic in that they defy insurmountable odds to achieve this goal. By evaluating Book II of The Aeneid, Virgil provides some similar and differing aspects of the “Heroic Return” found in Homer’s The Odyssey.
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.....e primary contrasting heroism found in Aeneas is that his heroism defines his desire to found the city of Rome as a civilized empire. Odysseus’ motivation for retuning home are not as grand seeing he has just returned from the Epic Trojan War, but he exhibits a similar fortitude and courageous determination to overcome obstacles mere mortals could not survive. By understanding Aeneas and Odysseus as larger than life heroes of the ancient past, the poetic characterizations of the heroic return provide similar and differing depictions of the epic journey as defined by Virgil and Homer in these timeless classical writings.
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Virgil. The Aeneid. New York: Wildside Press LLC, 2008.