Christopher Reeve, actor, best known for his role as Superman once said, “ A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.” The Odyssey, written by Homer is an epic poem following a Greek hero named Odysseus on his adventure home after winning the Trojan War. The poem spans over 10 years. The war took 10 so Odysseus has not seen his wife or son for 20 years. Odysseus shows many qualities of being an epic hero throughout the story. He was born a noble birth, he battles supernatural foes, and has superhuman capabilities. Odysseus has the quality of a noble birth. When Odysseus is talking to the king of Phaecia he tells him, “ I am Laertes son, Odysseus. Men hold me formidable for guile for in peace and war.” Odysseus’ father was the king of Ithaca, so when he passed away it is Odysseus’ job to take over as king. If Odysseus was not born then the Greeks probably would have lost the Trojan War too because it was his idea for the wooden horse. Along with being born a noble birth, …show more content…
After Odysseus has thrown the flaming spear in to Polyphemus’ eye, the other cyclops living there hear Polyphemus screaming and they ask what is wrong, Polyphemus screams, “ Nohbdy, Nohbdy’s tricked me, Nohbdy’s ruined me!” The other cyclops of course think that nothing happens and they go on with their day. Odysseus throws the spear so he can blind Polyphemus and hopefully get away. If Odysseus had not told him that his name was “Nohbdy” then the other cyclops living there would have been ready to kill Odysseus, but because he is smart, he thinks of this right away. But, because Odysseus is so arrogant, he ends up telling Polyphemus his real name, so Polyphemus prays to his father, Poseidon, Odysseus becomes cursed because of his actions. Along with battling supernatural enemies, Odysseus shows he has superhuman
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There are many types of hero, fictional, historical, and modern day. Odysseus was a historical hero, who saved his home of Ithaca. He had so many heroic traits, such as, bravery, courage, caring, loyalty, determination, and so much more. Fictional, modern day and other historical heroes have many of these traits as well. Therefore, the word hero has not changed.
Odysseus is the main character of The Odyssey which is an epic by Homer. Odysseus can be portrayed as not heroic, but you could say he is an epic hero and he does possess all the qualities to be one. On Odysseus’ time away from home he travels over a vast setting and he is also a great warrior. Odysseus travels far and wide: “West from Ilium brought me to Ismarus(40,983)...
In conclusion Odysseus is a hero because he is intelligent, resilient, and humble. He uses his wit and intelligence to save his men in more way than one. His resilient attitude has helped him overcome the direst circumstances. His humility and how he attained it show just how much change and good he can do.
Odysseus, a hero in Greek mythology, was known for his intelligence, loyalty, and quick-witted thinking. Traits such as these were strengths of his but were progressively developed and added to throughout his expedition. However, with his strengths came weaknesses. For example, Odysseus contained negative traits such as arrogance and pride. Just as every champion takes part in a journey to resolve the problems that arise in life and become a better person in general, Odysseus went through a series of challenges that tested his endurance, therefore changing him.
Odysseus was an effective leader in battle, an amazing fighter, and he was the person who helped defeat Troy by using the wooden horse. Although everyone thought this was a heroic action by Odysseus to obtain victory, the gods were not so happy with him, especially Zeus. The gods punished Odysseus by making his journey back home difficult for him and his men. Even though Odysseus was being challenged by gods, he had traits that were of an epic hero. Also, throughout his journey he had friends and companions to help him travel back to Ithaca safely and obtain his kingdom once again.
He was the king of Ithaca (Staiger), so it can be inferred that he had a good reputation. His wife was Penelope, and they had a son, Telemachus (Staiger). Odysseus dreams of going home, and is forlorn when he is trapped on Calypso’s island (Homer 717-718). He fears losing Penelope, which is shown when he kills all of her suitors and weeps with joy when they are finally reunited (Homer 778, 779, 783, 784). Odysseus fits the Trickster archetype; he maneuvers situations cleverly and is a strategist, which are his strengths.
Odysseus was a very smart man because he created a plan that would destroy the city of troy so the Trojan war could end. he encountered many different things on his way back home to Ithaca. Where he left his wife for more than 10 years. Odysseus ruled Ithaca so it was very important for him to go back home with his people. Odysseus had courage, strength was wise,wonderful leader/commander but also had desire to end war and go back to his people.
The Heroic Traits of Odysseus The epic poem written by Homer, The Odyssey, is about Odysseus who is a well soldier and commander in the Trojan War. The war lasted for ten years. Odysseus is ready to go home to his wife, Penelope and son, Telemachus, but many obstacles come his way. Odysseus exemplifies being a hero through the acts of leadership, being strategic, and being intelligent on his journey home to Ithaca.
The Odyssey by Homer is a book that involves the Journey of Odysseus and his men and the Obstacles they come across. The Odyssey portrays many themes including vengeance, hospitality, courage, bravery and more. Odysseus experiences some good and bad during his journey. He comes across people who help him, but also comes across creatures who hold him back. Odysseus is an Epic hero because of his quick thinking skills, bravery, and confidence for himself and his men.
In The Odyssey an epic poem by Homer, Odysseus, a hero from Ithaca, is trapped on his way home from Athens and Troy. His son, Telemachus, goes on a journey looking for his lost father. Both son and father want to reclaim their house from the suitors who wish to marry Penelope, Odysseus’ wife. Genghis Khan, Choi Yuna, my brother, An Thai, and Odysseus have traits like strength, thoughtfulness, and attractiveness. People need heroes with these traits because they need role models and someone to guide them through life.
A hero is someone who is revered for his or her exceptional achievements and bravery. Anyone who puts themselves before others not for recognition or an award, but because it is the right thing to do, is a true hero. In "The Odyssey," written by Homer is an epic poem about a man named Odysseus and his crewmates competing against the power of the gods to return to their homeland, Ithaca. Throughout his journey, he loses almost all of his men, but Odysseus finally arrives home, concluding his prolonged twenty-year voyage. Odysseus must battle the suitors that have taken his wife Penelope, and may soon kill his son Telemachus.
On Island #3 in Homer’s The Odyssey, the epic hero trait that Odysseus displays is being clever. Odysseus and 12 of his men go into a cave on Kyklopes Island. The cave is owned by Polyphemus, the kyklopes. Odysseus and his men are trapped in the cave and Odysseus comes up with a very clever idea.
Odysseus was a man of great stature and strength; however, Odysseus was not only physically strong, but mentally strong as well (Olson). We can see Odysseus’ mental strength, or cunning, and bravery when he is in the den of Polyphemus and devises the plan to save him and his crew by calling himself nobody and stabbing out the cyclops’ eye. He also recognizes that he
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. When Odysseus is away from Circe’s island, Odysseus has a change of heart and suddenly wants to go back to Circe’s island to retrieve his crew.
Odysseus, father of Telemachus, obtains most of the qualities that are similar to his son, and has his own set of qualities that define him. Odysseus is strong, devoted, and a warrior. In Odysseus’ journey back home, he undergoes the punishment set for him by the gods. He and his crew encounter the sirens, the lotus eaters, the cyclops, and are stranded on an island with a beautiful goddess, Circe, but only thinks about getting home. Odysseus proves himself of being loyal and devoted to his wife as when he is trapped on the island with the astonishing goddess that he only thinks about getting home.