In Homer’s book, The Odyssey, the question has been raised as to whether or not Odysseus is considered a hero. In today’s society, a hero is someone who is brave and courageous. Heroes also typically give their life a purpose whether it is sacrificing their life to help others or doing something kind for someone. However, it does take more than these traits to consider oneself a hero. A hero is someone who is willing to ask for help and someone who is intelligent, brave and loyal.
Odysseus is considered a hero because of his bravery. An example is when he tricked the Cyclops by telling him his name was nobody and then hiding his men as sheep so that Polyphemus would let them out of his cave. Another example is how he kept his men together by earning their loyalty even when Scylla and circe tried to hurt them. Lasty he is brave when he tricks the suitors by stringing his bow. He has given himself the weapon to defeat the suitors and taken them by surprise.
There have been heroes in stories ever since the beginning of time. We tell the tale of great people who suffer and persevere through challenges. But there is a hero different to other ones: the cunning Greek hero Odysseus. Unlike other heroes, he relies on his wits to overcome the challenges rather than strength. Choices that Odysseus makes is what sets him apart from other heroes.
In the epic The Odyssey, the epic hero Odysseus shows many hero like traits, in my opinion the most important trait would be loyalty. Odysseus, the hero of The Odyssey, first shows the trait loyalty on the Land of the Lotus Eaters. Odysseus sends three of his best men to check out this island, but bad luck has them and they run into Lotus Eaters who are addicted to the Lotus Plant. The next they know is the three men become addicted also.
I consider Odysseus a true hero because he kills the Cyclopes, fights the suitors, and saves his friends from the suitors. Also because he stops the Cyclopes, Odysseus and the Cyclopes come face to face and battle to allow his men sprint straight forward, lifted it, and rammed a stick, deep in the crater of the Cyclopes eye. This shows that Odysseus is brave, and has no fears. This is important because he kills the Cyclopes and saves the rest of his men from being eaten. After he kills the Cyclopes he leaves heading towards Ithaca.
Most people look up to Superman or Batman as superheros but do they qualify as modern day heros? According to Mike Dilbeck in the article “What Really Is a Hero, Anyway?” A hero is someone who voluntarily engages in activity to benefit others without looking for recognition. While on the other hand, the super heroes people look up to are the opposite of what a real hero is. A superhero is just a person with superhuman powers who uses them to fight off negative people.
The reader can already see Odysseus being considered a hero in his culture when Telemachus tells his different hosts who his father is and the hosts reply with great pride and admiration for Odysseus. Similarly, Menelaus displays Odysseus’ heroism when he tells Telemachus the tale of how Odysseus helped the Achaeans win the battle of Troy. Throughout these stories of Odysseus’ accomplishments, the listener can identify how strong Odysseus would have to be to fulfill these achievements. Thus, for being strong, winning a battle, and providing epic stories of his triumphs, Odysseus has proven himself to be a hero within his culture. Another element in this culture that correlates someone with being a hero is their connection with the gods.
Everyone has their favorite super hero, whether it be Superman, Batman, or even Ironman. These heros helped anyone they saw in need, even if it put themselves in danger. People describe them as brave, daring, and trustworthy. This is not how I would describe Odysseus from the book The Odyssey by Homer, everyone always thought of Odysseus as the “hero” of the story, but he was quite the opposite. He does not deserve the credit for his getting home from the war at all.
Odysseus is an archetype hero. All of these are examples of when Odysseus was a hero and saved his men. All throughout the story of The Odyssey, people have dissed Odysseus for some of his decisions that he made. In the end, he still gets back to his wife and son in Ithaca. "A cruel turn, this.
Odysseus is a typical example of a hero. He is able to pull off miraculous things to save himself and his crew seemingly without fail. The story of his journey is well known, and a great tale of his adventures. In the two parts we have read so far, we see what he is willing to do for his crew, and his intelligence and quick thinking in difficult situations. The first challenge that waits them is the island of Cyclopes.
Odysseus defies the suitors and wins his wife and kingdom back. Despite Odysseus' overconfident nature, Odysseus proves he is a hero by showing bravery and intelligence. When it comes to being a hero, being brave is one of the most
The concept of hero has been interpreted in many ways throughout the ages. Hero have gone from knights slaying dragons and rescuing the princess, to heroes who save the world with their supernatural-like powers, to a modern day hero who is someone who has noble qualities and is regarded as a role model. In the epic, The Odyssey, by Robert Fagles, the heroic Odysseus is a well known in Greek mythology. However, although Odysseus is the most respected, honorable hero of Greek mythology he is not a modern hero. A modern day hero is someone who puts their life on the line to save the lives of other innocent people.