Odysseus is an epic hero because of his physical strength, his mental sharpness, and his cunning ability to always get out alive. Odysseus was one of the strongest and most talented individuals to ever walk on Ithaca. He faced some of his challenges by using brute strength. However, some of his challenges he faces with great skill and agility. “But the man skilled in all ways of contending,/
Beowulf and Odysseus are two famous epic heroes in the texts Beowulf and The Odyssey. They both go through the “Hero’s Journey,” and display many characteristics of a hero. Beowulf, however, better fits the qualities of an epic hero due to his unselfish personality, his fearlessness, and his nobility. One reason Beowulf is the better epic hero is because his intentions and motives were selfless. He always fought to save the people, not for glory or treasures.
Many people think he is not a hero because of his mistakes, but those are mistakes and making mistakes does not make anyone less of a hero. Odysseus is more than a hero. He is a very humane hero who makes mistakes just like anyone else, but in the end was still a hero. This is shown by Odysseus’ leadership when he won the Trojan War, when he saved his men from staying animals forever, and going to the underworld to face his fears and stay brave. Not every hero needs to be perfect.
The friendships that we develop throughout our lives strongly influence us, contributing in important ways to the type of people we become. Indeed, a friend can bring out a person’s best or their worst; sometimes the same friend can do both. Strong friendships are centrally important to the main characters of two of literature’s most celebrated epic poems. In The Epic of Gilgamesh, the title character has Enkidu; in The Iliad, Achilles has Patroclus. At the center of these epics are two heroic men who share several similarities, including superhuman strength and other god-like qualities.
In the epic The Iliad, Achilles is the epic hero and point of the story. Beowulf and Achilles were both courageous warriors and epic heroes that grew tremendously in different cultural backgrounds. Both men were mighty and honorable warriors of their generation and country. “That shepherd of evil, guardian of crime/ Knew at once that nowhere on earth/ Had met a man whose
Both objects and engines of the action, emblems of a society and models of life, heroes have undeniable importance in the epic and the study of their features itself is seen as a key to the understanding if the work. In Greek mythology, a hero is a male, a brave character, who made remarkable achievements and has exercised over people and events great influence. He rose above the mortals by the war with bravery, or performing feats with courage. After his death, a special veneration or worship, were returned to him to commemorate his memory. The world of the epic is a world of men, hence the woman is almost absent: Helen certainly shows the Trojans in love, Epic exalts masculine values of loyalty and courage in battle.
Elliot Kim Mrs. Ballard English 9H 30 October 2015 High Impact Odysseus is strong, handsome, smart, and a hero, but throughout the story, he falls into many temptations, is irresponsible, and kills ruthlessly. All these affect Odysseus’s heroic stature, or his reputation as a hero. Some may say that Odysseus’s positive attributes, such as his strength, and his negative attributes, like his tendency to fall into temptations, make up his heroic stature. However, Odysseus’s heroic stature is mainly dependent on the gods. Countless times in The Odyssey by Homer, the fate of Odysseus depends on the gods.
In the epic poem The Odyssey by Homer the main character, Odysseus, is an epic hero because he absolutely upholds all of the qualities of an epic hero. Some of the qualities may include courage, nobility, strength, confidence, and determination. Odysseus is always ready for an adventure, he is not scared of anything in his way, and he will stop at nothing to get what and where he wants. His curiosity has taken him on wild journeys, and many issues but he is always able to escape the dangers he encounters. In Book 9 Odysseus and his men came across the Island of the Cyclops, they were in trouble because the Cyclops wanted to eat them.
His arrogance leads to him and his crew having to face more difficult challenges and an elongated journey home. Odysseus and his crew had successfully evaded Polyphemus. Instead of quietly leaving the island, Odysseus’ arrogant nature caused him to stop to insult the Cyclops. “‘ O Cyclops! Would you feast on my companions?