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Kira Cunningham Essay

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The Archetypal Hero: Odysseus vs. Percy Jackson:
When you hear the word hero do you ever think of what makes them heroes? Most people say that saving people makes a hero, but not necessarily an archetypal hero. Percy Jackson (The Lighting Thief) and Odysseus (Odyssey) are alike in more ways than one: They had supernatural help, Making adenomas with their father, and their special weapon. Archetypal Heroes have been around for years coming into the picture before Jesus was born. The classic archetypal hero journey is called monomyth. The call to adventure, master of two worlds, and etc. all make up the archetypal hero. The common traits are: being born in unusual cirminstances, having ...view middle of the document...

“If Your Son has the Lighting Bolt I will send him to the depths of Tarturaus (Zeus)…If you touch my son you will have the war of your life (Poseidon). This line from the movie is saying that Percy must prove that he didn’t take the bolt in order to stop a horrible war from happening between the GODs. “The three GODs: Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades chopped their father up in little pieces and sent him to tarturaus and have been rivals ever since threaten war because of their children and jealousy.” (Chiron) Showing once again that the GODs are very quick to blame each other children for things that he GODS are forbidden to do.
Odysseus like many other heroes we learn about all has supernatural helps. Odysseus had the most common supernatural help hat we learn about in Greek mythology: nymphs, GODs, and etc. “…Hermes Tells Calypso that she must give up Odysseus forever…” (653)The

Messenger god Hermes help Odysseus escape the island of Calypso in order to get back home and not be trapped with Calypso forever. “Listen with care to this now, and a god will arm your mind. Square in your ship’s path are Sirens, crying beauty to bewitch men coasting by;…”(678) The Enchantress Circe warns Odysseus that the Sirens are in his path , and that he needs to prepare by squaring away his ship and preparing his men.
Throughout his quest to prove his innocence Percy Jackson had a lot of help from different supernatural creatures and things“… I can’t let you do this alone … and if I can’t stop you I must accompany you as your best friend and protector. (Grover, the Satyr) Grover is presented to be the protector of Percy through-out his journey making sure him safe and if his not fight alongside of him. “Release him or I’ll tear you to pieces …They have found now we have to get him to safety.” (Chiron the centaur trainer...

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