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The Odyssey As Compared to Modern Day Braveheart In ancient times many stories were written to show religious significance or the common beliefs of the time period These early stories can be related to modern day films The video of The Odyssey had a religious theme and focused on the idea of fate On the other hand the movie Braveheart shows that man must fight to gain his freedom Although The Odyssey and Braveheart have contrasting views the lives of the main characters share similar aspects The messages that are conveyed by the two stories are different but both stress a common belief of the day The message of The Odyssey is that man is nothing without the gods When Odysseus was trying to get home he came across several gods and goddesses who presented obstacles that prevented him from successfully reaching his destination Finally when Odysseus met his last challenge the god of the ocean brought to his attention the impact that gods and goddesses have on all mortals lives Without understanding this concept he would never make it home to his wife and son On the contrary Bravehearts main idea was that man must fight to gain his freedom in order to have a fulfilling life William Wallace set an example for his men by refusing to fall under the intolerable laws the neighboring superpower imposed upon them He would rather die in an attempt to live under his own will than be forced to live a life without freedom Both works sent a message out to the people of their nation The audiences for both movies The Odyssey and Braveheart were dissimilar because they were set in different time periods and locations The Odyssey had an audience of the Greek nation and emphasized a religious standpoint During this time period a lot of significance was placed upon fate and the influence of the gods In contrast Braveheart was set in a
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