This shows Odysseus is a hero because Penelope was saved by him and now he has returned back home to her. Odysseus may have saved Penelope, and tried some of his men, Odysseus is not a hero because he only killed people for his benefits. In The Odyssey, Instead of Odysseus talking to the suitors to leave he killed them all. This shows Odysseus isn't a hero because he could have waited to see if the suitors would leave because Odysseus has returned. Also in The Odyssey, when his men were dying he tried to save but only for his benefits.
Brutus had been the final man to make the decision to kill Caesar out of the good of Rome. Although Brutus betrayed his bond with Caesar, he had stayed loyal to Rome and they showed loyalty back by doing their best to help him and by saying he had died a hero. Julius Caesar’s last words were, “Et Tu Brute”(Shakespeare 3.1) meaning in other words “you too Brutus” as he was shocked that his best friend had destroyed the meaning of trust and loyalty in a friendship. This is yet another example of, you can’t trust everyone you know, and learn how to trust your own
Homer, author of the ancient Greek epic poem The Odyssey, explains the story of Odysseus, king of Ithaca, and his journey back home after the fall of Troy. Odysseus is illustrated as a man with a very complex personality, to which he obtains the expected qualities of a hero; yet he also acts against the idea of heroism. Many people believe that Odysseus fits the standards and expectations of a hero, because he possesses the desired traits of one. While others would disagree and argue that Odysseus is not a hero due to his foolish and selfish actions. Although, there are two sides to every argument, it is much more reasonable and clear to view Odysseus as unheroic.
Owen is rather angry with the soldier for not thinking about his actions, there is a possibility that the poet is not completely blaming the soldier and knows that it isn’t all the soldiers fault as he wasn’t mature enough and joined the war just to look good in front of girls or it might be under pressure as he doesn’t want to look like a coward. This metaphorical phrase alerts the reader and expresses a certain amount of blame and self-acknowledgment the subject feels in the part he has played in losing his legs. This quote is in contrast with the quote, ‘a blood-smear down his leg’. These two contrasting quotes, showing the before and after of the physical changes the soldier has experienced, convey even more pity. In the second quote, the poet tells
Ultimately Odysseus can be a good leader but behind the scenes, he's not. He may of saved his men multiple times, but also got them killed them due to his neglect. He might be intelligent but really he tolerably manipulated his crew by saying things such as “don’t you want to go back to your home again?”. In closing, throughout the whole story, Odysseus progresses himself and designates many Greek
He saved peoples lives, and he took risks for other people and he also showed his soldiers respect. These arguments are invalid though, because in the end Odysseus was the only survivor left out of his entire crew. He saved peoples lives yes, but they would be killed sooner or later. He didn't even care enough about his troops even to trust them. He didn't tell them what was in the bag that Aeolus gave them.
Perhaps this is a reason why Jocasta tells Oedipus of the prophecy of her son murdering his father, leading Oedipus to also share his similar prophecy. Neither character feels the need to remark on the coincidence emphasizing how desperately they do not want to face the truth, contributing to their blindness. Oedipus’s eyes function just fine, however he is entirely blind to the awful fate the gods have placed on him, making it the main topic of blindness, as he was known for his keen insight. By choosing to avoid his destiny, his blindness is first shown making Tiresias his inverse “You, even though you see clearly, do
Well known heroes do not kill people with no sympathy or mercy. So is Odysseus really a hero? There is a lot of reasonings to both sides, he could be a hero because he was loyal to his homeland and men. He was also clever and dedicated to all his plans and ideas to conquer creatures and return home. On the other hand, he does not seem much like a hero because he was unloyal by having affairs on Penelope.
For instance, he left his men in the dark; not knowing the truth about the cattle of the sun god, and how they would die if they ate them. Odysseus told them, “” (Homer !#), not revealing the reason; which divulges his inordinate arrogance. Odysseus didn’t show leadership nor self-control here, so why is he considered a hero -some might argue, but it’s inaccurate to judge people from their mistakes. Odysseus was called arrogant, but his real face is heroic; saving his army and winning the war for them. Whoever judged from Odysseus from his errors, was only focusing on the inadequate side; this idea was falsified numerous times.
Modern literary scholars of The Odyssey have argued that Odysseus is a hero. Although closer perlustration shows that he is not a hero because he came back from war with no men, he’s selfish, a hypocrite, and he killed innocent people. The Odyssey tells the story of Odysseus and his journey to and from the Trojan War. And the story of his family and their life in Odysseus’s absence. Odysseus is selfish and hypocritical person, after twenty-years of being at war he expects to walk in like he has never left.