Odysseus An Epic Hero Analysis

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“ I think a hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure spite of overwhelming obstacles” Christopher Reeve. Heroes usually have super powers and are constantly saving people. But it takes much more traits than this to be classified as an epic hero. Some characteristics of an epic hero are supernatural help, leaving on a journey in which proves himself, and they are sometimes honored after death. In The Odyssey by Homer, Odysseus shows many traits of an epic hero. Odysseus faces many obstacle and life threatening situations but he overcome them all. Odysseus is an epic hero because he has supernatural help and he overcomes obstacle throughout his journey by proving himself in order to reach his goal, which is getting home to Ithaca and to take control over his kingdom. Odysseus is an epic hero because he is capable of deeds of great strength and courage. Odysseus shows he is brave/courageous when fights the monstrous Polyphemus and stabbed him in the eye with a giant olive tree. He proves he is …show more content…

Odysseus travel over Aiaia (Aeaea): The island home of one Circe, everyone’s favorite sorceress. Ithaca: Home of Odysseus, we all know how Odysseus made it home there by the longest route ever. The Underworld, the land of the dead. Odysseus travels here to speak with Teiresias, the dead, blind prophet. From Troy in Asia Minor across the islands of the Mediterranean Sea (near Italy) and back to Ithaca, Greece. Much of the action in the Odyssey takes place on the sea, where Odysseus must battle against the storms of the sea god, Poseidon, but the last third of the story is set in the town and countryside of Ithaca. Odysseus journey was all about him and his men traveling and trying to get back home. You cannot be an epic hero if you stay in your village your whole life. The more countries or areas traveled to, the

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