In the end, Odysseus shows that he's a hero by being brave, fighting through the gods' curse, and never giving up on your goals just like the modern day hero, Bethany Hamilton. First of all, Odysseus proves to be a hero because he shows certain character traits such as being brave like Bethany Hamilton. He showed that he's brave when he and his men “bored that great eye socket” of Poseidon's son, Polyphemus (Homer, “The Cyclops” 337). Odysseus demonstrates his bravery by making a sharp stick and sticking it in the cyclops' eye, fully knowing that Polyphemus could have woken up any minute and easily have killed Odysseus and his men. By being brave, Odysseus was able to help his men get out of the cave, thus being a hero.
He also encounters the suitors, who are a group of men that try to marry Penelope, when he returns to reclaim his home. During these situations, Odysseus gains leadership and tactical skills from fighting in the war in Troy, which costs him 10 years of his life and another 10 years of sailing out on the sea from Poseidon 's curse. Odysseus is therefore a heroic and efficient leader because he plans his moves ahead of time and is vigilant at all times to ensure his safety. Yet, though Odysseus possesses these heroic leadership qualities, his arrogance sometimes leads to his downfall and inability to lead. While Odysseus is a little arrogant, he can also be a great leader because he is able to trust his second in command, Eurylochus, and give him more power while he is away.
In the Odyssey by Homer, one heroic trait that Odysseus shows his preeminence which articulates the Greek cultural value of leading your men to victory. For example, the theme is made apparent when Odysseus visualizes “Bow to stem, trying to put heart into them, standing over every oarsmen, gently” (782, book 12). This shows that Odysseus knows his men can overcome the fear of dying and can save themselves. This is important because Odysseus’ trait is guidance and he strongly portrays that. Another example is when Odysseus, and his men are yet again on the threshold of demise by a whirlpool Heavyweight named Charybdis.
Arête and Metis “Sing to me of the man, Muse, the man of twist and turns”, the first line of the epic, The Odyssey. A story about a man named Odysseus, who was indeed a man of twist and turns, and his adventures back home to Ithaca. Throughout his journey he showed many examples of excellence and wits, or what Greeks called, Arête and Metis. He battled giants Cyclops and raging sea monsters. He even fought a whole army of suitors, only with the help of his son and two loyal herds.
Who is the man who is willing to fight for ten years to return to his family stopping at nothing? Who is the man who never ceases in his fight to return home, no matter how difficult his decisions or how grueling his trials are. That man is Odysseus. The Odyssey is an epic poem in which a hero, Odysseus, embarks on a thrilling quest to return back to his home and family in Ithaca after succeeding in the Trojan War. In his several journeys, he faces several hardships that delay this goal.
I believe Odysseus is a hero because of what he did during his 20-year journey from home to Troy, then to home again. I say this because, during The Odyssey, Odysseus saves his men on several occasions and eventually saves his family from the suitors. As well his actions during the Trojan War turned the war in Greece’s favor. Moreover, he thinks of his men and getting them home. Notably because of Odysseus’s actions during struggles/fights, he can turn the struggle in his favor.
In order to get home (inf), he must travel to numerous islands and slay numerous beasts, but does this make him a hero? Many of his crew members died along the way, in fact, by the time he got home, he was the only man alive. Although he got distracted at times, Odysseus is a hero because he showed noble and courageous acts on his way back to Ithaca. Many have their own traits of a hero, but we can all mutually agree that a hero must be courageous, intelligent and show very noble acts. Odysseus exhibits all three of these heroic traits.
The Odyssey by Homer tells the story of Odysseus’ drawn-out, treacherous journey through the dark and unknown seas to Ithaca. After successfully defeating the Trojans in the Trojan War, Odysseus faces various obstacles, which test his worthiness in society. Odysseus is the iconic epic hero because he exemplifies all of the characteristics of that archetype. An epic hero is a figure in society that is idolized because of their admirable traits and ability to spark hope within the hopeless. The concept of epic heroism is incredibly significant because of its eternal life and its survival through ancient times to modern popular culture.
The better epic hero is hector because he had significant and glorified by the people. Also he was a strong and responsible leader. He led the army to fight the Greeks because he did want to disappoint his father and to have peace for his country. Hector risk his life for his country in the end his life ended in big tragically for the country of Troy because Achilles killed him. Achilles was a epic hero too but, Hector had more character than Achilles because even though he had the same characteristic as Hector.
Therefore, what makes Beowulf an epic hero? If a hero is someone who does a difficult task for those who can't Beowulf has already earned the title. The prince first sailed the great sea to an unknown land to purge them of an evil that tormented them for 12 years, an evil no man could face. He thrived. The prince proved himself again with the defeat of Grendel’s mom, asked once more to achieve what no other man could.