Character Analysis Of Odysseus: A True Hero

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A hero is a person who is admired or idealized for courage, bravery, a strong warrior, a great leader, or their cunning to save the lives others. In the epic poem The Odyssey, written across generations and spoken by Homer, Odysseus is the king of the island Ithaca. He is struggling through a ten-year journey home after the Trojan War. Odysseus must battle, magical creatures and stand against the fury of the gods. Odysseus must either let his fate fall in the hands of death or prove himself to be a true hero. By persevering and not quitting, Odysseus eventually proves himself to be a true hero, by showing bravery, leadership, and intelligence. A true hero exults bravery and courageousness. Sometimes just by the way he or she stands, it can…show more content…
To be “cunning” is showing skill in achieving one’s ends by deceit or evasion. Odysseus’ intelligence and his sly personality is what really kept him alive throughout the trip back home to Ithaca. Odysseus uses his brain and intelligence. “Nobody-that’s my name.” (Homer, 18) Odysseus and his crew stab Polyphemus in the eye you can see how cunning Odysseus really is. “‘What, Polyphemus, what in the world’s the trouble? Surely no one is trying to kill you now by fraud or force!’ ‘Nobody, friends’ Polyphemus bellowed from his cave-‘Nobody’s killing me now by fraud and not by force!’ ‘If you’re alone; his friends boomed back at once, . . .” The Cyclops asks what is Odysseus replies with “Nobody”. When Odysseus stabs Polyphemus in the eye, Polyphemus begins to shriek and yell. This alerts all of Polyphemus’ friends. They ask him why is he screaming. Polyphemus yells, “Nobody” is killing him. So, his friends assume no one is hurting and they leave. Odysseus uses his brain to get out of a situation that gotten him killed. Odysseus uses his intelligence again in a very useful way. (Homer, page 51) “Then Odysseus tore off his rags, and sprang on to the broad pavement with his bow and his quiver full of arrows. He aimed a deadly arrow at Antinous, and stuck him in the throat and the point went clean through his neck, . . .” When he finally arrives to Ithaca, Odysseus is still disguised by the goddess,…show more content…
When Odysseus yells out his real name to the Cyclops, as Odysseus and his crew of men were trying to escape the cave of the Cyclops “Cyclops-if any man on the face of the earth should ask you who blinded you, shamed you so,-say Odysseus raider of cities” (Homer, 21) Odysseus can be rather arrogant at times. Odysseus did not want the credit of stabbing a Cyclops in the eye go to “Nobody”. So, he told Polyphemus his real name. Odysseus wanted everyone to that it was he who took down the mighty Cyclops. However, like many other heroes, they are not perfect all the time. We all know that Odysseus has a few personality issues and problems with pride. Everyone has made a mistake before or done something they’re not necessarily proud

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