How has the epic hero changed over time in regard to his goal?
Compare the epic hero as he developed from the Classical world of Odysseus to the Medieval world of Dante's Inferno. What is the hero’s goal? What aids does he have on his journey? What obstacles stand in the way of achieving his/her goal? How does the hero exemplify the values of his/her society?
The Homeric hero, as in Homer's Odyssey, is one who reaches his goals, who achieves what he sets out to achieve. Notwithstanding, the journey is a long, trecherous, and difficult one, nontheless one that the hero conquers to end triumphant. By the time of Dante's Inferno, the epic hero had changed so that he is no longer victorious in attaining a goal but does escape horrible circumstances with his life. Milton changes this even further.