[Odysseus] drove them, all three wailing, to the ships, tied them down under their rowing benches…(page 373 Lines 47-49).” This shows his intelligence by only sending in three men. However, Odysseus being clever only helps them in only one situation, and by the end of book 12, a majority of his men end up dying. What Odysseus did in one situation should not depend on whether he is a hero, but rather should be based on what the outcome
In all great ancient stories and histories alike, the qualities that comprise an epic hero are acknowledged vastly. The attributes that a hero possesses are known across cultures from Mesopotamian heroes such as Gilgamesh and Enkidu to the Mediterranean heroes of Greece. These qualities are what make people believe in miracle-like feats, cause an audience to stare up in awe, and make children cheer with joy, “I wanna be like him!” So, dear producers of The Amazing Race: The Epic Journey, what makes an epic hero? The answer, I think, is simple. Surely when you close your eyes, a person, maybe two pop up in your head when you think the word ‘hero’.
Second, the hero is brave, warrior, ready to give his life in order to gain immortal glory and continues to live in the memory of his descents (Stevanovic 7). Classical literature is widely acknowledged as having prominent heroes who appear in ancient epic poetries. Achilles in Homer’s The Iliad is one of the best example of warrior hero “seeking the status of a hero embraced a life that was ongoing contest
Have you ever wondered what makes a hero? In the Odyssey, a hero is loyal to his country, family, and his/her gods. Odysseus portrays these qualities in many ways during his “epic journey” back home. During his journey, he and his men come upon a mysterious island. Odysseus sent out a few men to explore the area, but they never came back.
One hero that would be considered an epic hero would be Odysseus; you might not know who he is, well he's a character that comes out in the Iliad and the Odyssey. Odysseus is an epic hero because he cares about his family, he is intelligent and he shows courage and because he shows determination. There was one obstacle where they fell into a cyclone and were stuck there Odysseus managed to get through it. Odysseus would be an example of a epic hero because he cares about his family. Odysseus took a trip out with his men and he met Calypso.
The concept of hero has been interpreted in many ways throughout the ages. Hero have gone from knights slaying dragons and rescuing the princess, to heroes who save the world with their supernatural-like powers, to a modern day hero who is someone who has noble qualities and is regarded as a role model. In the epic, The Odyssey, by Robert Fagles, the heroic Odysseus is a well known in Greek mythology. However, although Odysseus is the most respected, honorable hero of Greek mythology he is not a modern hero. A modern day hero is someone who puts their life on the line to save the lives of other innocent people.
“A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.” Joseph Campbell. Odysseus has many good qualities. He has some less admirable characteristics. Some of his characteristics cause him harm. Odysseus’s qualities help define him as an epic hero.
“ I think a hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure spite of overwhelming obstacles” Christopher Reeve. Heroes usually have super powers and are constantly saving people. But it takes much more traits than this to be classified as an epic hero. Some characteristics of an epic hero are supernatural help, leaving on a journey in which proves himself, and they are sometimes honored after death. In The Odyssey by Homer, Odysseus shows many traits of an epic hero.
Odysseus’s traits help him achieve his goal of returning to his home. Odysseus and his men have a lot of willpower to continue traveling after some dangerous and life risking experiences with cannibals, lotus-eaters, cyclops and many more creatures that could of killed Odysseus and his whole crew. Odysseus's confidence and epic hero traits only increase as the story goes on, his confidence in his men increase as he starts noticing how strong and powerful his men can be, and also shows confidence in
In the ancient times of The Odyssey, one way major way to be considered a hero was to kill a mass amount of people to show power and strength, such as when Odysseus killed the suitors. Today that kind of thing is frowned upon and certainly not considered heroic, heros of today are based upon saving people, not murdering them. Today’s heroes are people who have“ courageous soul who is no less afraid of death but more focused on saving lives than taking them..”. (Tapson, acculturated.com) Furthermore, heros today are not limited because of race, gender, religion, or anything else, unlike how it was in past where only white men were able to be heros. Lastly, a hero today can do one small good deed and be considered a hero, meanwhile, in the past the hero must have done huge wide-scale things in order to be