Compare and contrast the two poems, The Odyssey and Dante’s Inferno exploring the theme of good versus evil.

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Both of these poems present a differing mode of heroism, so their approaches to the conflict between good and evil are different as well.

In The Odyssey, Odysseus is an active heroic figure. He can battle evil forces, such as the cyclops, on his own using his own cleverness. He is not equal to the gods, but he can still triumph in the end, getting through the challenges put before him.

In The Inferno, the hero, Dante, is much more helpless. Anytime he is endangered, his guide Virgil is there to help him, at one...

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