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Where are the Heroes As we read Homers epic tale of war death and enthralling characters we find great warriors each on a different pathway Looking closer at three of these characters Akhilleus Agamemnon and Hektor we find that each of these warriors displays many heroic qualities and deeds yet none ever achieves becoming a true hero What does it mean to achieve the status of a true hero Many books and papers have been written on this subject but for the purpose of my argument let me condense it For Akhilleus Agamemnon or Hektor to become a true hero they must have completed the Quest Cycle The basic aspects of the Hero Quest Cycle are first the separation or departure In this part of the cycle the hero must leave the comforts of home or the known world and begin on their journey into the unknown world Then comes the initiation phase where our hero must face trials and overcome great challenges Finally the hero quest is completed in the return cycle In this completion stage the hero has his ultimate boon and return usually a triumphant return In evaluating Agamemnon we find an impressive warlord as Akhilleus states first in rank of all the Akhaians Pp 27 ll 105 Agamemnon has left his known world on a quest of honor to fight for his brother Menelaus who has had his wife and treasures stolen by a guest In coming to a place of trials Agamemnon hastily shows us that he is in serious lack of hero qualities Agamemnon has taken a girl as a war prize when her father a priest of the God Apollo comes humbly seeking to pay a fair ransom for her return Agamemnon is harsh and unyielding Even after his fellow comrades try compelling him to take the fathers fair offer Agamemnon refuses showing his vain selfish non-hero traits In doing so Agamemnon angers the God Apollo
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