The Odyssey is often cited as an epitome of the hero’s journey and the monomyth. The hero of the story, Odysseus is on a 10 year battle homeward from the Trojan War to see his wife and son again. With the help divine intervention, Odysseus is able to return home and save his wife from the evil suitors who have continuously tried to win her. One could easily argued that Odysseus is an exemplar of the hero, but there is another story: Odysseus is the opposite of a hero and is not worthy to be called such. He is the villain where the gods are the hero.
He got sent away from his family battling Troy. He then battled there for 10 years. It was a hard battle then Odysseus finally succeeded and won the war between the two rivaling cities. Back at home, on Ithaca. He left a newborn son named Tellemicus, and a wife named Penelope.
Homer wrote a major, ancient epic poem called The Odyssey. In The Odyssey, Ulysses has been gone for 10 years since defeating Troy, and he is desperately trying to get home to his beloved wife, Penelope, son, Telemachus, and kingdom in Ithaca. While Ulysses goes through many tribulations throughout his journey, his wife stays loyal to him turning down many tyrants seeking her hand in marriage. Many characters throughout the story of Ulysses long journey home stand out as heroes in their own way, but the true hero in this epic was Ulysses. Ulysses has many admirable traits that can be seen throughout the entire story.
He has then been on a mission, to return home to Ithaca. Odysseus shows why he is an epic hero through his courage and wisdom during his redemptive journey back to Ithaca in books: 9,10, and 12. The courage and wisdom of Odysseus help him to prolong his life and survive throughout his whole journey back to his homelands. For example, Odysseus gouges the Cyclops eye while the giant is asleep, even though the Cyclopes has murdered multiple of his men moments before. Odysseus displays his courage when he states,”So we seized our stake with its fiery tip and bored it round and round in the giant's eye” (B9 L.433-34).
In every hero 's journey, their ordinary selves become extraordinary after suffering from countless defeats and hardship through their expedition. In the epic poem, The Odyssey, Homer describes a mediocre man and his crew who goes through a 10-year prolonged trip along with many disadvantages. During the Trojan War, a warrior, Odysseus, also known as the king of Ithaca, was called upon to fight which lasted 10 brutal years. To win the war, Odysseus needed a perfect scheme, it was to construct a wooden trojan horse that occupied with soldiers as an offering to the other side. During that night, Odysseus and his soldiers came out of the wooden horse and attacked the city while everyone was asleep which enraged the gods.
Variants of this monomyth relate to all the heroes which makes no exception for Odysseus and Moana. Odysseus, hero in the Odyssey, is a misplaced soldier trying to find his way back to Ithaca where his wife and son await. The author, Homer, narrates Odysseus as a hero doing anything and everything to get home years after the Trojan War came to an end. While Moana is a sheltered teenager who has never been allowed to go past the reef. But when her island is hit with disease, going past the reef is one of the many obstacles she must face to return the heart of Te Fiti to restore her island.
In “The Odyssey”, Odysseus is a strong warrior, physically strong and intelligent. A great epic hero who is the King of Ithaca, and was part of the Trojan War. The story begins when the Trojan War is over and he travels back to his home to get back to his wife Penelope and son Telemachus. As he finds his way home from the Trojan War, Odysseus journey to Ithaca is prolonged through a major character flaw in which he cannot control. Through his journey back home, Odysseus makes poor decisions by falling into temptation, and thus people around him suffer from the consequences.
Ruled by emotions, our overpowering heart makes us human. For Odysseus, he was ruled by the emotion of arrogance on his journey home after his Trojan War victory. Arrogance is a matter of the mind; the mind deceives humans into thinking that they are greater than the bigger picture of life. By believing himself above the gods, Odysseus spends ten years to reach his wife Penelope and son Telemachus, all while encountering characters of challenge and temptation. In Odysseus’ story, the secondary characters symbolize the traits of human experience, such as greed, lust, love, and hope that will serve to teach Odysseus of his humanity.
Miraculously, Phil and Louie are able to survive life on the raft and make it to land. However, they end up over enemy lines. The Japanese then capture them and imprison them, where they are tortured endlessly for years until the war ends. Louie suffers severe posttraumatic stress disorder and battles with alcoholism. It’s not until Louie goes to a sermon and rediscovers god that he is saved and is free from the war memories in his mind, finally redeeming himself.
For years, people have viewed Odysseus as a lousy hero with many faults and mistakes. His flaws include his arrogance, his treatment to his crew, and his lack of faith to the gods and his family. While initially reading the Odyssey, these reasons are obvious, but once reading the whole epic I was able to see through his flaws which actually led him home. Although Odysseus tripped on many occasions, he stood up and protected his men, escaped many monsters and immortals, and made wise and clever decisions. Odysseus went through a long, rough adventure and survived the entire voyage while managing to keep his family intact.