When Odysseus yells out his real name to the Cyclops, as Odysseus and his crew of men were trying to escape the cave of the Cyclops “Cyclops-if any man on the face of the earth should ask you who blinded you, shamed you so,-say Odysseus raider of cities” (Homer, 21) Odysseus can be rather arrogant at times. Odysseus did not want the credit of stabbing a Cyclops in the eye go to “Nobody”. So, he told Polyphemus his real name. Odysseus wanted everyone to that it was he who took down the mighty Cyclops. However, like many other heroes, they are not perfect all the time.
Do you think Odysseus is a hero? If yes why do you think so? I think he was an epic hero because he did many things to help his people. He, would do a lot of things he would do to defend his people and he would of died trying to die for them to. He sometimes almost gave up but he kept on trying until he went back home.
They are many ways to define an a epic hero. An epic hero has characteristic like significant and glorified, is ethical and morally upright, has superior strength, intelligence, and or courage, is a strong and responsible leader and much more. These characteristics define two men who are Hector and Achilles. The two men are example of an epic hero. The better epic hero is hector because he had significant and glorified by the people.
It could be said that he is not a hero because after he defeats Polyphemus, he yells to him, “If I could take your life I would and take your time away, and hurl you down to hell! The god of earthquake could not heal you there!”(479-481). By saying this, he was challenging a god and belittling Poseidon's power, which does not aline with Greek values. Still, this does not make Odysseus less of a hero. What he said was wrong, but he was punished and he changed his ways.
After defeating the Cyclops and heading back out into the sea he stood on his ship mocking the Cyclops. When escaping the cave he chose the wooliest ram for himself which shows selfishness. He also leads his men into their own fates. Circe had warned Odysseus about Scylla to not try and fight her even when she already has six of his men, but he did not listen to her advice and tried to fight her and lost three more of his men. Once back to Ithaca there were many suitors insulting him, his wife, son, house, and the gods and begging for Penelope’s hand in marriage.
If Beowulf did not believe in repaying others, he would have never battled with Grendel and his mother to protect the people of Herot. If the Geats were never taught to repay their leader for his insight and knowledge, Wiglaf would not have ran to Beowulf’s side when all of the others fled in fear. Although personal indebtedness was usually paid through acts of valor, the Geats who abandoned Beowulf during the battle with the dragon found a way to repay him. The Geats rode to places far and wide “Telling their sorrow, telling stories/ Of their dead kind and his greatness, his glory/ Praising him for heroic deeded, for a life/ As noble as his name” (ll. 281-284).
He may have wanted to kill Claudius and had all of the evidence to do so but acting like he was crazy was not who he was. This led to his tragic flaw which was his indecisiveness to kill Claudius when he had the chance. If he did this and stayed true to himself and his immediate family, all of the death at the end wouldn’t have
As the war progressed, Hector went to try to appease Athena, have mercy on the wife and children, after his brother gave him wise advice – Athena denied (Hamilton 267). Hector was in the war slaying Greek enemies left and right and that evening the Trojans had made the Greeks back up near to the Greek ships (Hamilton 269). Achilles was begged to help his countrymen, "[They (Odysseus and two chieftains)] begged [Achilles] to have pity on his hard-pressed countrymen, they received an absolute refusal" (Hamilton
However, the plan failed because some of the crew members opened the bag, since they were curious because the inside of the bag was kept as a secret to them, which clearly demonstrates that Odysseus had supernatural conflict. As the results, Poseidon’s power, the storm winds blew Odysseus and the crew further away from their destination. The third time Odysseus shows that he had supernatural conflict is in the cyclops adventure, and it was caused by Odysseus and his crew, who tricked the cyclops many times. In the Odyssey, it states that Odysseus taunts at Polyphemus, and reveals his real name after Odysseus injured Polyphemus, and tricked him, which enraged him. After Polyphemus about Odysseus, he requested from his father, Poseidon, the god of sea, to curse Odysseus, and ask for revenge on Odysseus and his crew.
“A hero is an ordinary person who has found the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming difficulties”-Christopher Reeve. For that very reason, Odysseus is a hero. He is neither immortal nor god, but merely a mortal like everyone else. His determination to return home with his family once again is what motivated him to complete the treacherous journey. To be a hero like Odysseus is to be talented, brave, caring.