Agree or disagree with the following statement: Oedipus is more of a hero than Odysseus. You will also need to define "hero".

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Since the beginning of time, epic tales have passed on from generation to generation as a form of communication and entertainment. Even though each epic is different in plot, every epic has certain features in common. The prime example of their similarities is the hero of epic. A hero is someone who is wise, courageous, and strong, has perseverance, has charisma, and can adapt or conform in any given situation. The hero's behavior usually changes from beginning to end. Since the plot revolves around the hero, in most cases, they are made to seem God-like, or larger than life, in their capabilities or strength. The hero constantly has to conquer major obstacles to achieve their initial and final goal, indeed if they have one. Usually the hero is tremendously suspicious of other characters intentions. Also, the character usually demonstrates examples of hubris throughout the tale, which makes his journey more difficult.

In Homer's "The Odyssey" and Sophocles, "Oedipus the King", the epic heroes Odysseus and Oedipus' differences vary slightly, not so much where you can say one is more of a hero than the other. The statement Oedipus is more of a hero that Odysseus can neither be agreed with nor disagreed with.

Odysseus is unique among epic heroes in that his strength comes not from inhumane powers or exceptional physical ability, but mainly from his mind. Odysseus regularly uses cunning, guile and superiority of intellect to overcome obstacles. When Odysseus has the encounter with the Kyklops, he uses intellect, tactic, and all the features of a good leader. Upon making the mistake of getting trapped in the cave, he bides his time, and uses charisma to gain time. He adapts to the situation and ties his men to sheep so they can escape. He is persistent, in that...