This moment of reunion and redemption of a family is why self-preservation and motivation are so key to life. A person has not grown until they have experienced loss, and when life balances once again, it is held in the palm of a changed man. The Odyssey is one of the greatest examples in the literature of a hero’s journey. A hero must endure test against their flaws, discover the heart of their journey, and finally, after all their suffering, they must redeem what they left behind.
The Odyssey is about a man named Odysseus, who goes through many obstacles to reach his home, Ithaca. I think that Odysseus has human flaws, such as his pride and his curiosity, but those flaws are overridden by the fact that he is clever, wise, brave, and overall, a strong leader. All of these qualities are shown in quotes throughout Books 9, 10, 11, 12, 16, and 17. Odysseus is shown to be clever primarily in Book 9.
There is a thin line between right and wrong and depending on which side of the line you tread across will determine if you are admirable or illaudable. Throughout “The Odyssey” Odysseus displays many negative characteristics that almost push him to the other side of the line, but for every negative characteristic there are two or more positive characteristics. In this epic poem, Homer uses many positive characteristics to further Odysseus’ character as an admiral hero. One reason Odysseus is an admirable hero is because he has astonishing strategy skills that always guarantee his men’s victory in battle. Because of this many, “Men hold me / formidable for guile in peace and war,” (Homer 19).
One example of this is in the quote,”Odysseus defies immortality twice in his journey; he embraces his mortality and that is what gives him the strength to withstand all the difficulties he faces. In addition, he is unbelievably clever and witty. We find out through the Odyssey that Odysseus was the man that saved the Greeks in the Trojan War and helped them win this terrible war. ”(Hero) In the quote it is
With this in mind, john proctor was not a loyal man towards his family. It was not right for proctor to turn on his wife Elizabeth just for the little bit of lust he was wanting at the moment. Despite his past Proctor did well in the end and admitted to his mistakes. ' ' And there 's your first marvel that I can. ' '
Odysseus is very self-conscious about the way people perceive him. He wants people near and far to know his name and he wants the fame and recognition he believes he deserves. Along the way home Odysseus performs daring feats and lets his ego get in the way of his mind, and makes bold decisions which gets dozens of his men slaughtered. Odysseus and Everett are exceedingly similar. They both are leaders who put their personal aspirations ahead of the men who are serving right alongside them.
War brings out the best in Homer’s heroes, as they tap previously unknown reserves of strength, courage, and loyalty. But war also can bring out the worst in men. The theme of honor and masculinity is very strong that it overshadows the barbarity and unavoidable death or war. If they don’t battle it is considered an insult to masculinity. Achilles is driven by pride, anger and grief which leads him to go to war.
The archetypes of the Hero and Hero’s Journey are repeated across many works of literature which involve the development and maturation of a previously immature character. In Homer’s The Odyssey, the characterization of Odysseus fits the hero archetype. Like a typical hero, he faces many tests and challenges on his journey, but unlike a typical hero his greatest challenge is not to defeat a monster but to reunite with his wife. He is cunning and a good strategist, making him similar to but also very different from Bilbo Baggins, from J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit.
Beowulf’s Mistake in a Nutshell Beowulf is a story of a hero’s adventure in protecting the and eventually ruling over the land of the Danes. Throughout the story, he fights many battles, and surprises everyone, even against the odds he makes a way to come out on top. Yet, in his journey, he makes a great mistake. Beowulf allows his pride to get the best of him, and what really matters. Which is why ultimately he is already doomed, even from the beginning.
These abilities are important as a warrior because both his men and the hero reflect and are influenced by them. Some of the abilities are excellence in war, courage, leadership and fighting qualities. These qualities are seen through the heroic characters Hector and Achilles. When Achilles is not present with his men, the Greeks are well defeated by the Trojans with no motivation or support. Achilles is also described by his men as a power figure when the poem says “These were his words,/ and all Achaeans gave a roar of joy/ to hear the Prince abjure his rage.”
He proves his intelligence and strength. He remains positive and calm no matter the circumstance. His flaw is that he is too good-hearted, which in the end, gets him killed. Both Maximus Meridius and Captain John H. Miller have the qualities of a tragic hero, which are: a high position, a fatal flaw, and a downfall caused by their flaw. It is clear that Miller is a superior example of a tragic hero because he displays a larger amount of humanly traits such as fear and his situation is tragic because if he was still alive, his life could have been better, he could have been around the love of his life, unlike
Beowulf was stunningly brave, courageous and put his abilities in the service of others. However, he was too conceited and obsessed about his reputation. Macbeth was a brave warrior, but his Achilles heel, his ambition, turned him into a tyrant. Macduff loved his country and did his best to save it from a tyrant, but at the same time didn’t exercise good judgment in safeguarding his family. Rather than judging people and their actions purely in black and white terms, we should recognize that human beings are complex creatures and have lots of shades of gray.
In Homer’s the Odyssey, Odysseus’ hubris is his pride. Odysseus is a self-made, self-assured man that prides himself on his tactical victories and conquests. Odysseus is the genius behind the Trojan Horse, the cunning man that outsmarted Polyphemus, the Suitors, and Circe. Odysseus is truly a man who can do it all. Odysseus ultimately wants his fate to be in his own hands.
Although Odysseus proved to have guile on the Island of the Cyclops, he made crucial mistakes. Odysseus’ first mistake was taking his men into the Cyclops cave. This brought upon a dreadful chain of events, for even Odysseus knew. In fact he said “I knew some towering brute would be upon us soon-- all outward power, a wild man, ignorant of Civility” (Homer 8). This quote states how Odysseus had already predicted that the presentence of him and his men would come down on them; but his selfishness made the lives of his men expendable.