He used it to outsmart many of the characters, which is most likely why he made it home after the many obstacles he faced. At the Cyclops Island when Odysseus and the 12 chosen men talk to The Cyclops, they can tell he is no good. When the Cyclops asks where their ship is, Odysseus tells him it has been wrecked so the Cyclops doesn’t try to wreck it himself or take his men. Odysseus tells Cyclops, “My ship? / Poseidon Lord, who sets the earth a-tremble, / broke it up on the rocks at your land’s end” (9.
“A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to preserve and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.”- Christopher Reeve. This quote relates to the hero, Odysseus because he does many heroic actions in the epic that classifies him to be heroic. The Odyssey is a about a man named Odysseus, who has to face many challenges in order to return to his home, Ithaca. He must go to many different places, and he must fight many different beasts. It is a big challenge that he faces, but his heroic qualities allow him to defeat these obstacles and return home.
He battles and outsmarts a host of fiends including Polyphemus, the sirens, Scylla and Charybdis (twice), and even the underworld itself. He needs to escape the captivity of Calypso to make it home to his family. He must reassure his men to keep their morals high and get them to press on with him. Homer details this theme with Odysseus preparing his men for yet another trial, “Friends, we’re hardly strangers at meeting danger- and this danger is no worse than what we faced when cyclopes penned us up in his vaulted cave with
Risk-taking is a trait of many successful people. Unnecessary risk-taking can lead to the endangerment others around you, which can lead to recklessness. Odysseus shows this weakness during his confrontation with the Sirens. Odysseus and his men were warned that they must have ear wax in and he must be tied up or they would hear the deadly song. Although there was no consequence of Odysseus hearing the Sirens song he imposed the risk to his crew.
“Once, when the temperature was very high, he pulled his bow out and threatened to shoot at the sun.” ( “ Greekmythology.com” 1). But, besides him having anger issues and being emotionally unstable hercules was one of the best known heroes in greek mythology. He also didn’t live a easy life. He faced many challenges in trials and many dangerous tasks. But, they were all worth it because after completing these tasks he was promised a wonderful life living among the gods.
Lastly Odysseus is not only courageous but intelligent. He is intelligent because when they had to go through Sirens Island he told his men to put wax on their ears so they don't hear the sirens. Another example of odysseus being intelligent is when he was on Calypso’s island he didn't tell her how much he missed his wife to not get her jealous which could stop her from helping him. another example of Odysseus being smart is when he got polyphemus drunk with wine and poked his eye to get out of the
Even though Odysseus is a hero he has many strengths. Odysseus went on a voyage with his comrades and in the middle of his travels he encounters the sirens. He is horribly worried about the sirens, so he kindly and calmly lets his crew know about the sirens. As they ease closer to the sirens they are slowly finishing up with gooping beeswax in their ears. After the beeswax is finished his crew hog tied him up so that Odysseus will be able to witness the song of the sirens.
Some characteristics that contribute to being a hero include doing tasks that benefit others and being fearless, but the greatest characteristic is making decisions without the help of others. Again, Odysseus falls short of what he is expected to do. Throughout his entire journey, Odysseus did not make one decision without the help of a god and frankly, Odysseus would not be alive without the gods telling him what to do. “Then Skylla made her strike, whisking six of my best men from the ship.” Watching six of his best men get eaten by a six-headed monster could not have been easy for Odysseus because those men were the people that had kept him alive thus far. A true hero would sacrifice himself instead or at least try to come up with an alternate plan that did not involve fatalities.
Beowulf was invincible in his strength. He battles terrifying monster and risks his life. He showcases his heroic stoicism through his super-human physical strength. Grendel was a horrendous monster that was the incarnation of maleficence. Beowulf’s men had tried to use their weapons to fight, but Grendel “ blunted every mortal man 's blade” (Line 485).
In the second episode, another part that shows loyalty is when they are on the ship and the sirens come along. He tells his men to fill their ears with beeswax and honey so they will not be enchanted by their music/song. He was risking himself for his men so he could save his men instead of