In the Odyssey by Homer and the movie, Apollo 13, Odysseus and James (Jim) Lovell face difficulties that they need to overcome and have many accomplishments they need to celebrate. Odysseus and Jim face challenges they overcome. One of Odysseus’s great challenges is escaping trouble. He finds ways to always escape them but finds it hard sometimes so he must be creative. One example would be at the Cyclops's cave he knows he can not move the big stone door so he escapes with his men when the Cyclops opens the door to let the rams out after poking out the Cyclops’s eye.
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.
Restraining his anger, Odysseus “stood up to it, steady as a rock” (463-4). Evidently, this psychological torment requires great strength to resist, however, the king disregards this as he is “fighting a battle for the sake of his own possessions” (471). When the honor of his family and household are in question, the king tolerates acts of disrespect because he knows that “pausing was essential” (Shapiro) in order to comprehend the distant consequences of impulsive
Such as, Odysseus tests his willpower when escaping from the Cyclops. He could’ve just given up and not tried at all to escape, but he was determined to think of a way to move the slab of rock “for we could never move his ponderous doorway slab aside” (903). As well as escaping the Cyclops, Odysseus proves his persistence when he listens to Circe’s warning. He is persistent to escape Charybdis and Scylla. “How, if possible, can I pass Charybdis or fight of Scylla when she raids my crew?” (930).
Before each battle, Beowulf meets major obstacles. When traveling the seas to fight Grendel he reports that there were several sea creatures. When Beowulf arrives, he meets his shadow; an evil figure who mirrors those things the hero most fears or dislikes about himself. Beowulf’s shadow is Unferth. Unferth was intoxicated and tried to accuse Beowulf of not being as magnificent as he claimed.
The Odyssey is an age old classic read around the world. In the Odyssey, Homer tells the story of the wayward Odysseus. The story follows the protagonist as he makes his way back home, dealing with man-eating Cyclopes, a vengeful god, and a possessive nymph. During the story, the reader sees many sides of Odysseus as he dealt with his tribulations, such the cunning and witful side, but also the pompous and indulgent side. To begin with, Odysseus is trapped on an island with the nymph, Calypso.
The Cyclops could have woke up at any time, but still yet Odysseus had put his life in danger. Odysseus and his men had became trapped in Polyphemus cave. Odysseus had told the giant that his name is “nobody”. Though Polyphemus tried to eat his men, Odysseus still found a way to get out of their safely. Secondly, Odysseus was a hero because he was a clever man, who had brilliant ideas.
An epic hero is someone who is characterized commonly on their nobility and bravery. However ,there are more attributes epic heros can posses. For example Odysseus, the protagonist in Homer's retelling of “The Odyssey”, shows many forms of excessive arrogance and pomposity. After conquering Troy, Odysseus and his men set off on their way home. Odysseus is tempted by the land of the Lotus-Eaters he desires all that he can benefit by raiding their home.
Odysseus, in The Odyssey by Homer, and I both demonstrate self-restraint. One time Odysseus shows self-discipline is when he’s in the cyclops’ cave and stabbed his eye. The cyclops “squatted in the breach with arms thrown wide for any silly man or beast that bolted” (907). Odysseus restrains himself from running the first time he sees a way out. Instead he stays back and plans for a better way out.
He shows his intelligence by telling the Cyclops a fake name that would benefit Odysseus and show how stupid the Cyclops was. He also showed intelligence by dressing up as a beggar and thinking ahead of the situation. He is a leader by leading his men to freedom from the Cyclops's cave and not letting the rest of his crew be tempted by the Lotus Eaters. Odysseus shows his acts of heroism and sacrifices to see his wife, son and rule