It is a big challenge that he faces, but his heroic qualities allow him to defeat these obstacles and return home. In Homer’s The Odyssey, the qualities that make Odysseus a hero and allow him to defeat his challenges are is quick intellect in tough situations and his act to show courage. Throughout the events of this epic, Odysseus shows courage through many acts of bravery. A
This is shown in “The Odyssey” odysseus was warned by Circe, the witch, that he had two options while sailing to Thrinika. His first option was to pass by Scylla which is a six headed monster that he knew would eat six of his men. His other decision was to pass near charybdis which is a large whirlpool that sucks ships into it and everyone could possibly die. “Better to mourn six men than lose them all, and the ship, too” (Odysseus 917). This shows Odysseus “knowing the way” he had to decide which way was better for the men.
Odysseus’s Traits Throughout the Odyssey, the main character Odysseus goes on an epic adventure with his focus being to get home to his wife Penelope, and his son Telemachus. He faces many obstacles dealing with characters such as the Cyclopes, Poseidon, Aeolus, Athena, Helios, Calypso, Zeus, Hermes, Scylla, and Circe. Odysseus’s men are some of the most valuable people to him throughout the Odyssey. He always puts himself in front of danger for them to protect them even though they all died from an unexpected turn of events soon before he returns home. When Odysseus comes home he greets his twenty year old son and straightens things out on his homeland, Ithaca.
Hero: “a man admired for his achievements and noble qualities” (Merriam-Webster) Evident in many classic stories, the hero is always the character that makes the justifiable choice. Their role as the hero is never questioned. The hero always prevails, and in the end, the hero accomplishes the journey with greater wisdom, knowledge, and reestablished views of the world that compensates for the horrors they encounter along the journey. In this story, however, the main character cannot be justified as the hero; he can only aspire to be one. Throughout the epic poem, The Odyssey, Homer vividly illustrates how often times, a person who has gained a certain title will struggle under the pressure of maintaining the continuous justification of the role.
In order to get away from the cyclops, he offers him "some wine"(Fitzgerald 123). Though it is a good idea to get the cyclops drunk to escape, many men had already died at the hands of the cyclops. Odysseus could have had a better plan before many men died. Later on, dressed as a beggar, Odysseus gets offended by Antinous and starts “making cruel plans in his heart” (Fagles 59-60). Instead of confronting Antinous, Odysseus
Was Odysseus a hero? The answer is yes. Odysseus from The Odyssey by Homer is a hero because even though he is arrogant and prideful, he is loyal to his family and men, and he is clever. Odysseus is definitely arrogant and prideful, which conflicts the general definition of a hero. For instance, when Odysseus was trapped in Polyphemus’ cave, he devised a plan to get him and his men out safely.
He imprisons Odysseus and his men then begins eating them one by one, “Their brains spattered out / And oozed into the dirt. He tore them limb from limb / To make his supper, gulping them down” (9.282-284). To escape from Polyphemus, Odysseus intoxicates him with wine, causing him to collapse. While Polyphemus is unconscious, Odysseus grabs a stake,
Odysseus and twelve of his men encountered the giant cyclops, Polyphemus, on the island of Sicily. Odysseus and his men got trapped in the cave and Polyphemus started killing Odysseus’ men by eating them alive. Odysseus offers Polyphemus some of the best wine and gets Polyphemus drunk. When Polyphemus passes out, Odysseus sharpens a huge stake and thrusts it into Polyphemus’ only eye. The cyclops then goes to the huge rock slab by the door and removes it to call for his brothers.
In particular, when Odysseus gazes upon the monstrous mouth of the Scylla, Odysseus thinks, “My men all blanched against that yawning mouth in fear of being devoured,” (12.188). Odysseus sees his men in fear of being devoured, so he rallies them and raises their morale. In doing so the men go into meeting the Scylla with better and happier thoughts. In addition, when Harry is the bishop in the larger scale of wizard’s chess, his life is constantly in danger because Harry just wants to protect Hogwarts from someone misusing the sorcerer's stone. When Ron is down from a knight’s move, Harry rationalizes the fact that if he and Hermione were to help him, Ron’s effort would be for naught.