Odysseus: The Tragic Hero Of Homer's Odyssey

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Odysseus is a legendary Greek king of Ithaca and the hero of Homer's epic poem the Odyssey. Odysseus was one of the most influential Greek champions during the Trojan War. He was one of the most trusted counselors and advisors. He always liked the Achaean cause, especially when the king was in his doubts. When Agamemnon, to test the morale of the Achaeans, announced his intentions to depart Troy, Odysseus restored order to the Greek camp. Later on, after many of the heroes had left the battlefield due to injuries (including Odysseus and Agamemnon), Odysseus once again persuaded Agamemnon not to withdraw. Along with two other envoys, he was chosen in the failed embassy to try to persuade Achilles to return to combat. But then something terrible happened. When Achilles was killed in battle by the king Paris , it was Odysseus that had successfully got the warrior's body and armor in the thick of heavy fighting. During the funeral games for Achilles, Odysseus competed once again with Telamonian Ajax to claim the title. Theist said that the arms of Achilles would go to the bravest of the Greeks, but only these two warriors were brave enough to claim the title. Odysseus is an epic hero because he is strong.…show more content…
Odysseus was warned by Circe to stay away from Helios' island. However, his men's complaints and his curiosity and defiance got the better of him, and he allowed his men to land the ship there. Once on the sun god's island, Odysseus' men disobeyed him and ate the god's cattle. Zeus then throe a thunderbolt at their ship and it is only through Odysseus determination and strength that he survived. He was lucky that he lived because Zeus very rear shows no mercy. So he swam to an island using up all his strength where there he was rescued by the daughter of a king. Odysseus is an epic hero because he is also
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