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The stereotypical hero strong bold courageous smart attractive - the perfect role model Taking a closer look however would reveal that this archetype does not always fulfill this idea of a perfect man There are various types of heroes each with his own qualities and characteristics The mythic hero and tragic hero are two primary examples Although both have the word hero in their titles epic tales such as Oedipus Rex The Epic of Gilgamesh and The Odyssey reveal that the destinies of the heroes can affect and distinguish a hero by something binding them all together fate The fate of the mythic hero involves a goal the completion of which will give the hero success and glory In the Gilgamesh The father of the gods had decreed the destiny of Gilgamesh 17 The gods had given Gilgamesh kingship such was his destiny the power to bind and to loose to be the darkness and the light of mankind and unexampled supremacy over the people 17 Thus Gilgameshs destiny of greatness was immediately established by the gods Gilgamesh stated I have not established my name stamped on bricks as my destiny decreed therefore I will go to the country where the cedar is felled I will set up my name in the place where no mans name is written yet I will raise a monument to the gods 18 The mythic hero was determined to fulfill his fate and make a name for himself Gilgamesh then journeyed to the forest defeated the ferocious giant Humbaba conquered the bull of heaven and went on to search for everlasting life As Gilgameshs quest progressed the hero was getting closer and closer to attaining his destiny and making his name Gilgameshs destiny was ultimately fulfilled None will leave a monument for generations to come to compare to Gilgameshs Men will say Who has ever ruled with might and power like him 41 In The Odyssey Odysseus was determined
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