Odysseus and the Twenty-Year Battle The Odyssey is an epic poem written by Homer. It is a about a classic, mythological hero named Odysseus, that is forced to fight in the ten-year Trojan War. He must leave behind his wife, Penelope, his son, Telemachus, and his kingdom in Ithaca. After fighting in the ten-year battle, the reader learns that there is another ten years of struggle just to return back home.
The Odyssey Essay Odysseus’ roles pertain to him as a military leader, father, and husband in a biblical perspective. His role as a military leader shows throughout the story. Odysseus was a man who, even though had faults, knew he had to be smart, cunning, and brave to become a leader. Odysseus left his son when he was a little, so he could show his leadership skills. But what does that show of him as a father?
In The Odyssey by Homer, the main character is portrayed to be a hero. To be heroic means to have courage and bravery. Also, it means that you're intelligent, you are a strategic, and you do what is right. In all, Odysseus exhibits many heroic qualities. Odysseus, the main character in The Odyssey, shows many of the heroic qualities.
Bravery, cleverness, and determination are three traits a good leader has. In Homer’s epic “The Odyssey,” Odysseus, the hero in the story, is trying to return home to Ithaca after his victory in Troy. On their way back home, Odysseus and his men hurt the cyclops, Polyphemus, and angered his father, Poseidon. With a god angry at them, Odysseus and his men had to overcome many obstacles. These obstacles led them to strange islands that had goddesses and dangerous creatures.
Odysseus is a leader that portrays both non-heroic and heroic traits throughout the story. These traits reflect his way of thinking and what actions he takes. These traits fluctuate from bravery to overconfidence. Nonetheless, the traits all contribute to the hero and as a result, they contribute to the story. As a hero, there are many admirable stereotypical character traits Odysseus possesses.
Odysseus and I have both shown leadership. In the Odyssey he was explaining to his men to tie him to the mast so he would not succumb to the sound of the sirens. Odysseus showed leadership by knowing he had to be available to lead his men, not under the spell of the Siren. Odysseus states “The lovely voices in ardor appealing over the water made me crave to listen, and I tried to say untie me!’ to the crew, jerking my brows; but the bent steady to the oars” (933).
In the Odyssey “the Sirens” by Homer, Odysseus demonstrates his leadership skills and by devising a plan to hear the Sirens song without being tricked to stay on the island because he wants to keep himself and his men safe. Odysseus says to his men, “Dear friends, more than one man or two, should know those things Circe foresaw for us and shared with me, so let me tell her forecast”(975). Instead of withholding the information from his men, Odysseus tells them their fate. This shows Odysseus, as a leader, decided to tell his men what was going on at this time because he felt he trusted his men to follow the plan and help him. At other times in the story, Odysseus withholds information from his men as another tactic to essentially help them
A leader always has strength, but it is what the leader does with the strength that makes him or her great. In the epic poem, The Odyssey, by Homer, Odysseus leads his men home after the Trojan War and during his journey, many conflicts occur. Odysseus is a good leader because he is motivated and has strong communication skills that help him to control his men, but also convince the crew to keep going so they may reach home. Odysseus’ motivation to return home is evident throughout many circumstances. Odysseus explains to Calypso one of the reasons why he must return home: “Yet, it is true, each day I long for home, long for the sight of home”
In the epic The Odyssey, the epic hero Odysseus shows many hero like traits, in my opinion the most important trait would be loyalty. Odysseus, the hero of The Odyssey, first shows the trait loyalty on the Land of the Lotus Eaters. Odysseus sends three of his best men to check out this island, but bad luck has them and they run into Lotus Eaters who are addicted to the Lotus Plant. The next they know is the three men become addicted also.
This epic simile compares Odysseus, who is the tenor, to a grief-stricken woman, who is the vehicle. The simile describes the manner in which Odysseus wept as the bard sang the story of the Trojan horse. The simile reveals an emotional connection that Odysseus holds deep in his heart to his fallen comrades during the Trojan War. As he remembers the successes of the Trojan horse, thoughts of his war-stricken friends cross his mind as well. Odysseus always honored his fallen companions, with a particular instance being when Odysseus saluted each killed comrade before setting sail from Troy after the Cicones’ counterattack (Homer 213).