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Compare and contrast Virgil's Aeneid to Homer's The Odyssey in regard to the story of the return from the Trojan War.

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The tones of the two works could not be more different. The Odyssey takes place in the wake of Greek victory and is told from the perspective of Greek characters. Odysseus has tasted victory, but now he must take the perilous return journey in order to reunite with his wife and son. While he faces hardship and temptation, the tone of the poem is hardly a dour one.

In contrast, the heroes of The Aeneid are the Trojans, who lost not only the war but their whole world. Aeneas is lucky to be alive and must now soldier on for the sake of his people who now need a new home to call their own. The tone, while not bleak, is often sadder than The Odyssey, with Aeneas facing tragic love and familial loss. His heroic duty to protect his people is often a burden and one he must shoulder alone. If Odysseus is admirable for his cleverness, then Aeneas is admirable for his responsible nature.

Being epics, both works follow a heroic character on a journey. The heroes in each succeed in their respective quests...

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