What Makes Odysseus An Epic Hero

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Odysseus:The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly Odysseus, he’s known as a war hero on his way back to his homeland, who ends up going on a ten year long journey due to unforeseen circumstances. On this journey, he encounters many monsters, many ladies, and we see his good side and his bad side. Due to the fact that he’s very noble and brave (and in an epic poem), that makes him an epic hero. He’s also a very famous archetype for The Hero. Odysseus has some good traits, some bad flaws, and has been in some ugly situations, but overall he is a true hero. Some of the traits that exemplify his heroism traits are his cleverness, determination, and his bravery. In several scenarios he saves his men from sticky situations, showing his bravery, his determination…show more content…
Well the definition of an epic hero is, “a brave and noble character in an epic poem, admired for great achievements or affected by grand events.”(Dictionary.com) If that doesn’t describe Odysseus, I don’t know what does. He risks his life in many circumstances, and he’s widely admired for being the one of the reasons the trojans won the war. He is also affected by lots of events throughout his adventures. For example they are almost home and his crew opens the bag of winds that sends them flying through the ocean.“Nevertheless we sailed on, night and day, for nine days, and on the tenth at last appeared the land of our fathers, and we could see people tending fires, we were very close to them. But then the sweet sleep came upon me, for I was worn out with always handling the sheet myself, and I could not give it to any other companion, so we could come home quicker to our own country; but my companions talked with each other and said that I was bringing silver and gold home with me, given me by great-hearted Aiolos, son of Hippotas; […] and the evil counsel of my companions prevailed, and they opened the bag and the winds all burst out. Suddenly the storm caught them away and swept them over the water weeping, away from their own country.”(10.28-36,…show more content…
“I am Leartes’ son, Odysseus”. (468) His adventure that sends him on his quest is when he gets cursed by Poseidon which, again, leads him on his 10 year journey back to Ithica.”Hope the voyage is a long one. May there be many summer mornings when with what pleasure, what joy, you some into the harbors seen for the first time; may you stop at Phoenician trading stations to buy fine things….Keep Ithica always in your mind. Arriving there is what you are destined for. But do not hurry the journey at all. Better if it lasts for years, so you are old by the time you reach the
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