Margaret Atwood's The Odysseus As An Epic Hero

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“Heroes need monsters to establish their heroic credentials. You need something scary to overcome.” Written by Margaret Atwood a writer (BQ). The epic poem The Odyssey is about a man named Odysseus who is trying to get back to his homeland of Ithaca. Odysseus has been fighting in the Trojan war for ten years and runs into many Gods, Goddesses and some monsters who may help him, or endanger him. In Homer’s The Odyssey, Odysseus is an epic hero because he is on a quest, has superhuman intelligence, and performs brave deeds. Odysseus is an epic hero because he is on a quest. He is on a quest back to his homeland to Ithaca which he hasn’t seen in ten years and his quest turns into a long journey of twenty years. “What of my sailing, then, from Troy? What of those years of rough adventure, weathered under Zeus? ”(27-29). Calypso detained Odysseus for several years until Zeus sends Hermes to have Odysseus released and to return home to Ithaca. Odysseus then starts his quest back home to Ithaca. A true hero is on a quest for justice and to restore order back in the kingdom. Odysseus is an epic hero because he has superhuman intelligence. When Odysseus and his men are on the Cyclops island, Polyphemus traps them behind a huge bolder. “The Cyclops bellowed and the…show more content…
After Odysseus rams Polyphemus’s eye, Odysseus and his crew needed a way to escape. “I took the woolliest ram, the choicest of the flock, and hung myself under his kinky belly, pulled up tight, with fingers twisted deep in sheepskin ringlets for an iron grip” (340-345). By hiding in the rams Cyclops he was unable to feel the men because of the rams thick coats. Odysseus shows he performs brave deeds by coming up with a brave plan to get his men out of Polyphemus’s island. True heroes are brave because they face difficult situations and overcomes obstacles. Odysseus is a true hero because he faced an unfavorable situations and resolved it with
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