Hachiko and Argos are two dogs who are known for their unwavering loyalty. Argos is a fictional dog in Homer’s epic “The Odyssey”, while Hachico is a real Japanese dog. Their stories have many parallels as well as differences. Their lessons are the same but the end of their tales are different. They both die in their stories but how they die in the end is different as well.
The way Argos and Hachiko’s stories are the same is that their stories are used to represent loyalty. They both wait many years for their masters to return from leaving. Hachiko waits for nine years for his master to return from his job as a professor in the agriculture department at the University of Tokyo. In the American movie depicting Hachiko’s life and death titled Hachi: A Dog’s Tale, the professor is an American named Parker Wilson. The only thing that was not changed during the retelling of Hachi’s life in the movie was the breed of dog which is called an Akita. Argos waits for twenty years for his master Odysseus to return from his voyage to Troy. Some artistic depictions of Argos and Odysseus differ between what is said in “The Odyssey.” I have seen one image on http://www.mlahanas.de/, which is a depiction of Argos sitting at Odysseus’ feet. Here is an excerpt from Homer’s “The Odyssey”: “When [Argos] knew he heard Odysseus’ voice nearby, he did his best to wag his tail [ . . .] having no strength to move nearer to his master” (320). This passages makes the image of Argos sitting at Odysseus’ feet not a valid reference to the story of Odysseus and Argos.
There are some differences between Hachiko’s and Argos’ stories. One difference is that Hachiko is a real dog and the story about him is true. Argos, however, is a fictional dog in Homer’s epic “The Odyssey”. Another difference is Hachiko’s fame. Hachico is famous because “The people of Japan were so impressed by Hachiko's loyalty that they decided to [place] a statue in his honor [. . .] Money was raised and an artist named Teru Ando was hired” (Lesléa 91). Because the people of Japan commissioned a statue for Hachiko, it proves that they were inspired by his show of loyalty. Sadly “the statue was recycled for the war effort during World War II.” (Dango 41). However, no one had forgotten about Hachiko because “in 1948 The Society for Recreating the Hachiko Statue commissioned Takeshi Ando, [son of Teru Ando] to make a second statue [of Hachiko]” (41). This statue of Hachiko still stands near a train station named Hachiko-guchi, meaning “The Hatchiko Entrance/Exit and is one of Shibuya Station’s five exits.” (41) I do not find Argos to be as famous and revered as Hachiko because Argos does not have a statue dedicated in his name. The only artwork I have seen of Argos was depictions of him with Odysseus. Because of this I find that Odysseus is more famous than his loyal dog, Argos.
Argos and Hachiko both have similar deaths because they both died after waiting a long time for their masters to return. Hachiko waited...