Not only does he commit countless heroic acts in situations of high pressure where he could die, he also never loses faith. He continues to believe in Ithaca and dreams of his queen and never loses sight of his goal despite the years and many distractions. Odysseus takes risks, an example of this is in book IX, when he enters the Cyclopes cave not knowing what’s inside. He does many things throughout the epic that seem to lack judgement, but later show he always had it under control. Another quality that supports Odysseus being a hero is that he is blessed by a god, meaning they notice something great or godlike in him.
Telemachus, through his actions and doings, proved to be beyond determined and devoted to hold on to his father’s belongings and kingdom and to save his mother from marrying one of the arrogant suitors with harmfully egocentric intentions. When Telemachus arrives to Nestor, in search of answers, he abruptly became timid and hesitant toward going to the king Nestor himself and questioning him, which proving Telemachus’ weak personality and lack of confidence. “Telemachus hung back in disembarking…. ‘Not the least shyness now…’ ” (Epic The Visit to Nestor, page 727). As one can see, Telemachus, a brave and honest young man, with his father as an idol to look up to, matures over time and becomes more confident with the help of Athena.
A hero is a person who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities. There might be a lot of people admired, but there's not a lot that are idealized. To be idealized, you must be a person that has more characteristics than the one given in the definition. An example of all these characteristics is a man named Odysseus from The Odyssey, an epic poem by Homer. Odysseus is a perfect hero and has all of the characteristics it takes to be one.
Poseidon, god of the sea constantly throws obstacles at Odysseus because Odysseus blinded his son, Polyphemus. Athena, on the other hand, tries to help him make his journey back to Ithaca. Odysseus, showcases two important characteristics of a hero in The Odyssey: grand events affecting him, and bravery. First, one characteristic that Odysseus shows throughout the story includes bravery. Odysseus shows bravery in many points throughout the poem.
Odysseus is an epic hero in The Odyssey, by Homer, in which the reader follows Odysseus in his epic hero’s journey. In the Odyssey, Odysseus like all heroes, just wants to see what’s the next adventure, what’s the next mission. However, in doing so, he gets himself in many dangerous situations and to get out of them he must use trickery. While Odysseus is known for his intelligence, trickery, impressive strength and power, but these trait are just his use of deception and disguise.
“Though not even there would he be free of trials,”(21: 78) for his native land is not how he remembers it. As we encounter life’s challenges and complexities, we search for a hero to inspire us “in words and actions both”(2: 305), similar to the “Great Odysseus, who excels all men in
In “The Odyssey”, Odysseus is a strong warrior, physically strong and intelligent. A great epic hero who is the King of Ithaca, and was part of the Trojan War. The story begins when the Trojan War is over and he travels back to his home to get back to his wife Penelope and son Telemachus. As he finds his way home from the Trojan War, Odysseus journey to Ithaca is prolonged through a major character flaw in which he cannot control. Through his journey back home, Odysseus makes poor decisions by falling into temptation, and thus people around him suffer from the consequences.
Epic poetry, known for its grand descriptions of glorious accomplishments, revolves around an honorable protagonist. As the hero faces adversity in his journey, he triumphs in fleeting moments of bravery. He often exhibits his physical strength to overcome his hardships, manifesting a story with a violent nature. In Homer’s The Odyssey, King Odysseus of Ithaca struggles to return to his loving wife and son after having fought in the Trojan War. Stranded at sea with his crew, he relies on his wits and instincts to survive.
In Beowulf’s Ordinary World, some challenges turn into great tests, like when Beowulf wants to be a hero he is rejected. A challenge Beowulf faces is prejudice based on appearance, To leave everything behind to go into a place where one 's fate is unknown is a struggle illustrated “weak and sickly youth, ...[who no-one except King Hygelac] had time for” (82). It is difficult, to do one 's best when facing speculation and Beowulf must work hard to even get people’s “time for him”. This reality is tough because it takes the strength of character to overcome challenges. The author introduces Beowulf by saying “ King Hygelac had a nephew…..Beowulf” (18).
A hero to me, for the longest time, is someone who did something epic. Something that changed the world, something that impacted our lives in a positive way. Never did I once stop to think about the smaller things that made someone a hero or the virtues that these heroes had in mind that mad them what they were, until I read Homer’s The Odyssey. I started to give more thought on how commitment, sacrifice and loyalty all came into play to make Odysseus the great leader that he was portrayed as, at the same time I questioned if these values, when placed in the “wrong hands” would make one into a bad and morally corrupt person. Before reading The Odyssey, I had not given much thought to what I though it meant to be a hero.