Not to mention, Moses was terrified of public speaking and, had not been back to Egypt since he fled after killing a guard who had been beating an Israelite. Moses’ bravery and trust in God is evident in the plagues that God causes to work through him. For example: when he had to throw his staff on the ground so that it would become a snake and when he had to part the Red
Eater of guests under your roof! Zeus and the gods have paid you!’” (668, 473-480) In this passage, Odysseus has defeated Polyphemus and is now sailing away. However, Odysseus’s ego and cockiness catches up to him as he taunts the cyclops with words of retribution for his fallen comrades. This, however, gets his group in trouble as Polyphemus hears his banter, and uses the direction that it came from to hurl a mountain top at them, all but beaching their ship. This, to any man with self-control, would be the point at which he turned his butt around and got out of there asap.
One part in the Iliad and the Odyssey, Odysseus finds himself with a cyclops. He goes with all his men but they all run away or get scared. The cyclops also had him as his slave. Odysseus used his smart thinking and used boiling tar and poured it onto his face. The cyclops was left blind and he ran off.
This proves the protagonists wit because, in the story, the Cyclops barred Ulysses and his men in a cave with a giant boulder, therefore, had the men killed him, they would have never left the cave. Eventually, the men escaped the cave by tying themselves to the underside of the Cyclops's sheep. Despite his immense intellect, Ulysses falls short on occasion. After escaping the cave, the men made their way back to the ship. Feeling emboldened by his wonderful scheme, Ulysses began to taunt the giant.
Was Odysseus a hero? The definition of hero - “a person who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities.” In Homer's Odyssey Odysseus was a major part in the victory of the Trojan war, he was the one who came up with the idea of the Trojan Horse which should make him a hero only for that. All Odysseus wanted to do was to get home but some obstacles were placed in front of him preventing him from getting home, yes it was bad decisions that led these obstacles to be put there but everyone makes mistakes. But instead of falling to these obstacles he persevered and got home to his Mom, wife and son. When Odysseus gets home he is placed with another set of challenges but he still overcomes them.
For example, he defeats a gigantic, angry, human-eating cyclops without its neighboring brothers noticing. He did this thanks to his great strength, leadership skills, and cunning. He tricks the cyclops into becoming drunk and while he sleeps, he blinds him. He had also previously told the cyclops (Polyphemus) that his name was “Nobody” so that when Polyphemus was in pain from being stabbed in the eye he would yell, “Nobody is hurting me”. This shows Odysseus’ great cunning and leadership skills.
Hercules is very similar to Beowulf, an epic hero. They both share certain qualities, including some that make them desirable to each one's culture. Beowulf is valuable to the Anglo-Saxon people, and Hercules to the Greek people. Although Hercules was originally a foolish boy who made mistakes, he grew into a fabulous hero who is there to save the day. Hercules is a Beowulf-style hero because he has qualities of an epic hero, and is treasured by a group of people.
In The Odyssey by Homer, Odysseus shows many traits of an epic hero. Odysseus faces many obstacle and life threatening situations but he overcome them all. Odysseus is an epic hero because he has supernatural help and he overcomes obstacle throughout his journey by proving himself in order to reach his goal, which is getting home to Ithaca and to take control over his kingdom. Odysseus is an epic hero because he is capable of deeds of great strength and courage. Odysseus shows he is brave/courageous when fights the monstrous Polyphemus and stabbed him in the eye with a giant olive tree.
“A hero is someone who given his life to something bigger than oneself.” (Campbell) Beowulf is the Anglo Saxons. Beowulf most courageous warrior ever. He goes on quest and journeys and chose his path of being a hero and to kill monsters who ever tries to hurt Beowulf people. He keep his promises what the people ask him to do he will do it and serve his people. Beowulf is an epic hero because he is significant and glorified, risk deaths and he is ethical.
In “The Odyssey” Odysseus is full of hubris, but he is brave, strategic, shrewd, cunning, sentimental, and the main character of the epic poem. He is shrewd, brave, strategic, and cunning when he stabs the cyclops in the eye to escape it and also when he had to escape from the various other creatures. He is sentimental when he sees his son for the first time in 20 years. He is full of hubris when he thought that he was the reason why the Greeks won the Trojan War and because of his hubris, he is now cursed by Poseidon. In the film "O Brother Where Art Thou?” Ulysses is also brave, strategic, sentimental, cunning, shrewd, and the main character of the film, but he is not full of hubris like Odysseus is.