Odysseus As A Hero

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In modern society, heroes don’t need to be physically strong or slay monsters, we see heroes as one forms a change in society. A prime example is Malala, an activist for females’ education who risked her life to support her thoughts about the world. The characteristics needed to become a hero has interchanged from ancient society to modern society. Throughout his ten- year journey home, Odysseus has demonstrated many characteristics which can determine whether he can be considered as a hero. In the epic poem, The Odyssey, written by Homer, Odysseus is equipped with quick- thinking, intellect, and loyalty which defines himself as a hero admired by ancient Greek society. Although Odysseus failed to keep his men alive, Odysseus is an epic hero because Odysseus displayed intellect and quick-thinking, and he also displayed loyalty throughout the journey. In the episode, “Cyclops”, Odysseus’ use of intellect and quick- thinking leads to himself and his men to survive for another day. An example of Odysseus’ intellect is written on page 379- 380 where he presents his name to Polyphemus, “Cyclops, you ask my honorable name? Remember the gift you promised me, and I shall tell you. My name is Nohbdy; mother father and friends, everyone calls me Nohbdy.” (Lines 274-275, Homer) Odysseus’ action he performed best defines the intellect he possesses because he found a way to avoid the other Cyclops in the island. If he didn 't name himself, “Nohbdy”, then as Polyphemus cried for help,
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