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If there is any possibility that a comparison could be made with the famous journeys of Odysseus and Aeneas it must be known that Aeneas is actually a hero in search of his own soul while Odysseus is a hero trying to find his old life and in a sense his old soul The Aeneid is very much of a spiritual quest which makes it unique in ancient literature and in contrast with the Odyssey Only Virgil admits to the possibility that a character can change grow and develop In the storys earlier stages the character of Aeneas is obviously unsure of himself always seeking instructions from his father or from the gods before committing himself to any course of action In the underworld he sees a perspective of the future history of Rome down to the time of Augustus and that vision gives him the self-confidence to act on his own initiative Comparatively Odysseus is driven though his journey beginning with apparent self-confidence and continuing with a vengeful vigor While reviewing the myths fantastic journey I wondered if Aeneas was great because his fate made him great or was he great because he had the courage and determination to live up to the role fate handed him There is a side to Aeneas I noticed that is not very impressive even when I could almost understand why he feels the way he does He is sad tired always waiting for his father or the gods to tell him what to do But Aeneas always fulfills his duty to his family to his country and to the gods even when he is depressed He is never selfish He always puts his responsibility to others first In that way his actions throughout his journey to the underworld were somewhat different that Odysseus In Aeneas case he too was as great of a survivor as Odysseus In fact he at least matches him in the
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