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. For example, one can consider himself a hero if that person decides to have the courage to go on a journey home. In this book, Homer chose the traits that he admired for the character Odysseus. He made Odysseus courageous, arrogant, overconfident, smart and brave. …show more content…
For example, on his ten-year journey home, Odysseus and his men reach the land Aeaea, the home of the witch-goddess Circe. Odysseus’ men go and explore Circe’s halls but unfortunately she curses them by turning them into pigs. Meanwhile, Odysseus goes to rescue his men from Circe. In order to do so, Hermes gives Odysseus this plant to eat called moly that the gods have named. This plant allows Odysseus to be protected from Circe’s curse so he wouldn’t be turned into a pig. Odysseus eats the plant and argues with Circe forcing her to change his men back to their human form. Circe realizes what she has done and decides that she will change them back if Odysseus sleeps with her. Odysseus replies by saying, “How dare you tell me to treat you with any warmth? You who turned my men to swine in your own house and now you hold me here as well – teeming with treachery you lure me to your room to mount your bed” (Book 10). Odysseus agrees to sleep with Circe because it was the only way that Odysseus could save his men. In return, Odysseus makes Circe promise to never use magic against him again. This example makes Odysseus heroic because after his men were turned into pigs, Odysseus convinced Circe to turn his men back into their human form. This shows that Odysseus is intelligent and cares for his …show more content…
Odysseus realizes that the suitors wooed his wife when he was still living and ravished his serving women. This was disrespectful to Odysseus so he wanted to develop a punishment for the suitor’s behavior. Odysseus decides to dress as a beggar and goes to his palace to determine if his servants and the suitors are good people. Odysseus starts by asking the suitors for some food but they become very reluctant. Then, the suitors try to bend the famous bow of Odysseus. Penelope mentions to the suitors that the one who is able to bend it will be her next husband. However; all the suitors struggle to bend the famous bow. The beggar, Odysseus then asks the suitors if he is able to try bend the bow and the suitors treat him all badly by calling him a “filthy drifter.” However; with Odyseeus’ great strength, he bends the bow and therefore, he reveals his identity. The suitors were astonished by the attributes of the beggar, Odysseus and so he decides to kill all the suitors. This makes Odysseus heroic because even though the suitors did not recognize him, he wanted to see if the suitors were loyal to a beggar. The suitors ended up treating him badly by taking over his home, ravishing his serving women and wooing his wife so he decided that none of the suitors were worthy to continue
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As the Webster Dictionary says a hero is a person admired for great deeds, courage or fine qualities. Odysseus was a hero modeling all three of those examples. The King showed many qualities of a hero when Odysseus volunteered to fight in the battle of Troy, when Odysseus helps the men escape the cyclops, and when Odysseus keeps all emotions together after watching some of the sailors get eaten by the monster Scylla. Odysseus shows qualities of a hero when the king of Ithaca offers to go fight in the battle of Troy. Odysseus fights for Ithaca in the battle of Troy voluntarily.
As Homer wrote, “ So these now fell upon the suitors in the hall, turning, turning to strike and strike again, while torn men moaned at death, and blood ran smoking over the whole floor. ”(Homer 1095). This quote shows that Odysseus is very angry at the suitors for taking over Ithaca and for taking his wife away. Odysseus’s actions towards the suitors depicts him as a violent man. Odysseus selfishness can also rob him of being heroic; as Homer writes “ Odysseus does not tell his men of Circes last prophecy - That he will be the only survivor of their long journey.”(Homer 1066).
What qualities make someone a hero? Do they need to be brave? Or is cleverness more important? The Odyssey, written by Homer in 800 BCE, is an epic poem. In the Odyssey, Odysseus wants to return home to Ithaca however he faces several challenges and is blown off course.
When the word hero is spoken, many may immediately think of a character like Superman. Superman can fly and has extreme strength, allowing him to help his city. What truly makes Superman a hero is how he puts these skills to use with his outstanding personality qualities. Odysseus, from the Odyssey, also has overlapping traits of a hero. He is not gifted with supernatural capabilities but still put in an effort to help his men and community.
Odysseus’ lack of control over his crew demonstrates how he puts his own possessions in greater priority than the well-being and comfort of those that he works with, not an action that a hero would take. Finally, Odysseus does not hesitate to engage in a fight when ired. While disguised as a beggar, he quickly quarrels with the actual town beggar, later escalating to a real brawl. Odysseus states: “Old man though I am, I just might haul off and bust you in the mouth.”
This shows that he’s heroic because he goes out of his way just to save three of his crew members. This makes it clear that Odysseus, although a little flawed, is a hero, because he goes out of his way just to save his crew and gets nothing in return. So the debate on whether Odysseus is a hero or not is very debatable. Even though it's a very debatable topic your can say that he is Smart, he’s trying to get home to save his wife from the unwanted suitors, and that he is as loyal as can be to his crew and will do almost anything to save them.
In “The Odyssey'' by Homer, an epic poem, the main character Odysseus travels with his men trying to return home. But, they run into many inconveniences. Throughout this journey, Odysseus shows bravery, loyalty, and intelligence. Which causes him to be considered an epic hero. One of Odysseus’s many heroic qualities is bravery.
The mighty Odysseus has proved himself as a hero in The Odyssey in multiple occasions. First, to be a hero I believe that bravery and cleverness are needed to perform a heroic act. There is no need for a certain superpower or strength in my opinion to become a hero. Odysseus has shown there characteristic in his twenty year Odyssey as he searches for his way back to Ithaca. First, Odysseus’ bravery, he shows his bravery by confronting massive and terrifying creature that endangered Odysseus and his men 's’ lives.
Odysseus faces the suitors as a beggar to figure out what he will face when he finally takes his revenge out on those who infringe his household. At one point Odysseus as a beggar, found himself in a argument with one of the suitors. The suitors tossed a wooden chair at Odysseus, which strikes him in the upper body. Odysseus manifest great wisdom by shaking his head. Odysseus was just buying time to carefully plan a final revenge on all the suitors.
For the first time in twenty years they spend a blissful night in their special bed. I believe Odysseus treated women, including his wife with respect and compassion. The fact that his wife is such a strong woman is a testimony to
Odysseus portrays those three heroic traits throughout his voyage home to Ithaca, which is why he is a hero. Odysseus is highly dedicated to his reputation and ego for the whole of his rocky and treacherous journey. From going up against a cyclops that is five times the size of him, to placing wax upon his crewmates’ ears to mute the singing of the Sirens, Odysseus is brave when he faces his fears and intelligent when he creates lifesaving tools from ship materials. A modern hero can be someone who saves a life or even sacrifices his or her own for someone else. Odysseus can be compared to a modern hero because he risks his own life to protect his crewmates.
A hero is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements or noble qualities. In the movie, Odysseus shows that he is a hero by showing off his bravery and courage to defeat several monsters. He showed courage when he faced the Cyclops, when he met Lotus Eaters, and when he went back to Ithaca to see his wife. Odysseus and his men went to the cave to show the Cyclops that they are better than him. The Cyclops got angry when he got back to his cave since Odysseus and his men were eating the Cyclops’ food.
It is true that Odysseus is a hero because he is smart, helpful, and he perseveres, but he does it for his own personal gain. To begin, Odysseus is smart. According to the text, “I tied my men under their bellies and grabbed hold of the largest ram of all” (Homer 28). One may think that Odysseus is a hero because
Odysseus is perceived as the most cunning of men due to the many tales about him in the Trojan wars. This image of cunning continues to show at times during his early challenges; in these challenges Odysseus gradually proceeds to display his shortcomings. Once a trial becomes personal towards him, he neglects his cunning and becomes a spineless revenge seeker. It is clear that while dealing with the Cyclops Odysseus holds his cunning nature intact as well as beginning to shed light on his tragic flaw. While his men were being caged by the Cyclops, Odysseus re-introduces his cunning nature with the strategic plan he devised in order to free his men.