Odysseus: A Hero Or Hero?

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Third reason, when they met the Cyclop who lived in the cave, the Cyclop “caught two in his hands like squirming puppies to beat their brains out, splattering the floor” (Homer 275-280), Odysseus knew about them, but still decided to bring his crew mates into the cave. Which proves that he is not a hero because letting people in danger is not what a hero would do. Then later when he got the Cyclop drunk, he stabbed the Cyclop and escaped to his ship, but got cocky and revealed his real name, “tell him Odysseus, raider of cities took your eyes” (Homer 500), which provoked the Cyclop to put a curse on them, “let him lose all companions, and return under strange sail to bitter days at home” (Homer 535). A hero would never provoke

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