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In Websters Dictionary a hero is defined as a person noted for courageous acts or nobility of purpose especially if this individual has risked or sacrificed his life It can also be used in reference to a mythological or legendary figure often of divine ancestry who is favored by the gods endowed with great courage and strength and celebrated for his bold exploits War or dangerous adventure is the heros normal occupation In my opinion Odysseus is much more heroic than Achilles Throughout both the Iliad and the Odyssey Odysseus showed more cunning and acts of bravery than Achilles Both men did make an attempt to avoid fighting in the Trojan War however neither succeeded After Odysseus was tricked into serving the Greeks he was sent to recruit Achilles Disguised as a peddler he approached Achilles who was dressed as a woman hiding among the maidens and displayed trinkets and fine weapons While the girls flocked around the trinkets Achilles fingered the swords and daggers After Odysseus discovered him he persuaded Achilles into coming to the Greek camp and joining their army This shows that Odysseus was smarter and cleverer than Achilles Odysseus also showed cunning when he came up with the plot to defeat Troy using the Trojan Horse Odysseus fought bravely throughout the entire Trojan War whereas Achilles spent quite awhile in his tent pouting after Agamemnon kidnapped his prize maiden Chryseis He also lets his best friend Patroclus go into battle alone to die by Hectors spear It takes a great loss like this for Achilles to get up and fight again Even then he was not fighting out of bravery but purely out of anger with the desire of revenge Then after Achilles had killed Hector he fastened Hectors feet to his chariot and drug his body around the walls of Troy This act was disturbing and definitely not that of a hero Even after the Trojan War
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