Noble Qualities In The Odyssey

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The definition of a hero is; “ A person, typically a man, who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements or noble qualities.” In The Odyssey, written by Homer, the main character Odysseus is portrayed as an epic hero. Throughout his hero's journey there are many events that help shape him and that mark him as a hero. After becoming the key figure in the victory against Troy Odysseus embarks on his journey back home after being away for ten years. He sailed into the sea believing that he would be home, on the shores of Ithaca soon without anticipating that it would take another ten years. During those year out of sea Odysseus overcomes life threatening situations and proves himself to be a hero. According to the definition of a hero provided in the beginning, a hero has “noble qualities”. One of the many things that makes Odysseus a hero is his loyalty and intelligence. Not only does he maintain loyalty to his wife and home, but also to his crew members. Despite all the difficulties that his crew…show more content…
By the end of The Odyssey, Odysseus can be considered a hero. Odysseus finally makes it home and regains his throne putting everything once again in its place. After defeating the odds and overcoming the obstacles put in his way, he was able to learn important lessons. He learned that while curiosity is a good trait to have it is important to know when to control it so that it does not lead to problems. One of the most important things was that he learned that hubris, while it makes him a hero, should not be displayed at all times. All the lessons learned Odysseus was able to put into effect when he returned to Ithaca. Instead of rushing in and showing of his known skills, Odysseus took the time and thought everything out. He fought of temptation and used his intelligence to get what was his back demonstrating that he is a

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