If any of your words or ideas are derived from outside sources, you must cite these sources in order to avoid even the appearance of plagiarism. Use MLA format. Critical essays can be written in the first or third person. 1.CompareContrast the epic hero (Odysseus, Aeneas, or Dante the pilgrim) with the tragic hero (Oedipus or Medea). Among the many factors you could examine are the following: their significancerole in their own cultures; their relationship with the gods; their trajectory of relative success or failure; their moralsocial stature; the degree to which they are sympathetic. Or you may develop your own points of evaluation. You may choose one epic and one tragic character to analyze.