Reading "The Gunfighter" as Homeric Epic.

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    • Abstract:
      This paper examines the progress of the warrior's glory and his homecoming through a comparison of Henry King's "The Gunfighter" (1950) and Homer's eighth century BCE "Iliad" and "Odyssey." It explores the themes of the hero's cunning, the destination, homecoming, and reunion in the "Odyssey" and his being condemned to glory, his self-recognition, and the roles of irony and fate in the "Iliad." This is a tale about the gunfighter as warrior, the hero who desires honor, receives it through gifts, and ends in achieving glory through those gifts. It is a tale of discovery through self-recognition that ends in the repudiation of that glory so dearly won. It is a tale of the hero's realization as he turns homeward from the wars and inward, away from the externals that glory represents, to discover that his humanity lies in the importance to him of family. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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    • Author Affiliations:
      1West Chester University
    • ISSN:
      0093-3139
    • Accession Number:
      10.1353/lit.2007.0019
    • Accession Number:
      24909746
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    • ABNT:
      MYRSIADES, K. Reading “The Gunfighter” as Homeric Epic. College Literature, [s. l.], v. 34, n. 2, p. 279–300, 2007. DOI 10.1353/lit.2007.0019. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=asn&AN=24909746. Acesso em: 3 dez. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Myrsiades K. Reading “The Gunfighter” as Homeric Epic. College Literature. 2007;34(2):279-300. doi:10.1353/lit.2007.0019
    • APA:
      Myrsiades, K. (2007). Reading “The Gunfighter” as Homeric Epic. College Literature, 34(2), 279–300. https://doi.org/10.1353/lit.2007.0019
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Myrsiades, Kostas. 2007. “Reading ‘The Gunfighter’ as Homeric Epic.” College Literature 34 (2): 279–300. doi:10.1353/lit.2007.0019.
    • Harvard:
      Myrsiades, K. (2007) ‘Reading “The Gunfighter” as Homeric Epic’, College Literature, 34(2), pp. 279–300. doi: 10.1353/lit.2007.0019.
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Myrsiades, K 2007, ‘Reading “The Gunfighter” as Homeric Epic’, College Literature, vol. 34, no. 2, pp. 279–300, viewed 3 December 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Myrsiades, Kostas. “Reading ‘The Gunfighter’ as Homeric Epic.” College Literature, vol. 34, no. 2, Spring 2007, pp. 279–300. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1353/lit.2007.0019.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Myrsiades, Kostas. “Reading ‘The Gunfighter’ as Homeric Epic.” College Literature 34, no. 2 (Spring 2007): 279–300. doi:10.1353/lit.2007.0019.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Myrsiades K. Reading “The Gunfighter” as Homeric Epic. College Literature [Internet]. 2007 Spring [cited 2020 Dec 3];34(2):279–300. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=asn&AN=24909746