Odysseus believes that his words are final and his actions are always right and just, but he often lets his ego take over his rational thinking, causing harm to his crew and tampering with the gods’s plans. His team could have returned home safely for it is the wish of Athena and the other heavenly gods who sit next to her in Mount Olympus, but Odysseus takes it to himself to anger and blind Polyphemus, the monstrous son of Poseidon, loved by his father but hated by the people, thus sabotaging their entire plan. After being blinded by the heroine, Polyphemus throws giant pieces of rocks at Odysseus's ship, almost destroying them all at once. But instead of retreating for safety, Odysseus continues to taunt Polyphemus and “[calls] out to the cyclopes again, with [his] men hanging all over [him] begging him not to”(Book 9, 491-492). His sense of pride and arrogance makes him neglect the pleas of his men even in these dire situations.
Odysseus had lots of pride in himself and his crew. Although Odysseus got him and his crew out of the cyclops's cave, he could not hold his pride in as he told the cyclops his name. "Cyclops- if any man on the face of the Earth should ask you who blinded, shamed you so- say Odysseus, raider of cities, he gouged out your eye, Laertes' son who makes his home in Ithaca!" (9.558-562). If he had not done this, life would be much easier for him, because Poseidon would not have had a reason to go after him.
“Quietly, Telemachus goes home and again bears the mockery of the suitors.” (Epic Visit to Nestor, page 727). He did not prove to be courageous to stand in public and make his complaints, until Athena came along and gave Telemachus a needed nudge to store enough confidence within him. Furthermore, before Atehna’s presence by his side, a weakness Telemachus held was that he allowed the suitors to mock and mistreat him, however, though Telemachus holds many inescapable and severe imperfections, he is a man of much strength as well. He is loyal, honest, brave, and devoted. Telemachus, through his actions and doings, proved to be beyond determined and devoted to hold on to his father’s belongings and kingdom and to save his mother from marrying one of the arrogant suitors with harmfully egocentric intentions.
This juxtaposition to Gawain's serious tone can also been seen when he explains his wrong doing to the king arthur and the court (lines 2505-2512). Again he serious tone can be seen in the word choose, “scar,” “damages,” “misdeed,” “dishonesty,” ext, yet the court just laughs at him (lines 2513-2514). They even jest at him ignoring the moral of his tale (lines 2511-2512) and begin where belts like his (lines 2515-2521) Everyone around his forgives hims easily because, as discussed earlier humans will inevitably make mistakes. This vast difference between Gawain’s reactions and his fellow knights and kings reactions to his offence relieve that Gawain is being too hard on
Whoever judged from Odysseus from his errors, was only focusing on the inadequate side; this idea was falsified numerous times. In fact, many quotes have been written about judging people from their mistakes, one of many being “To judge a man by his weakest deed is like judging the power of the ocean by one wave” (Elvis Presley); in the end, Odysseus is a hero, not a god. To conclude, Odysseus was considered a hero because of his qualities and actions; focusing on a specific point changes our view of a person. The king of Ithaca was a hero, mainly because of self-control and leadership. With both of those qualities in his arsenal, he led his army in the trials bestowed upon him.
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.
Not the Hero We Deserve, But the Hero We Need A hero is often characterized as someone who is admired or idealized for their noble qualities and achievements. Heroes have been found throughout history as many warriors, powerful leaders, and role models. Many share the same qualities. A good example of these qualities were present in the late Martin Luther King Jr, a courageous and intelligent man who led blacks in a surge for rights throughout the middle of the 20th century. Another example, a Greek demigod, king, and warrior by the name of Odysseus possessed a highly intellectual mind, allowing him to lead his men out of difficult situations.
God’s and Goddesses vs. Humans In times of difficulty who we choose to blame says a lot about our own disposition--whether we choose to blame ourselves for our own actions, or we choose to blame a higher force for putting us in difficult situations. In the classic tale “The Odyssey” by ancient Greek poet, Homer we see a lot of similar situations to this when the main character, Odysseus, is put in various difficult circumstances because of the Gods. After the Trojan war ends, it takes Odysseus 10 years to get back to his home partly because the Gods put up numerous obstacles in order to make his journey home prolonged and gruesome. Although the Gods were partly at fault for his journey being long and difficult they never controlled Odysseus, therefore what happened to Odysseus was ultimately because of his own actions.
In “The Odyssey” written by Homer, Odysseus has fought big creatures that you have never thought you would ever hear about, but the only real thing he cares about, is his wife, Penelope. Even after twenty years, Odysseus has never forgotten about Penelope. Odysseus may have made poor decisions, yet he was always loyal, trustworthy, and strong-hearted when it came to his wife Penelope. Odysseus made several wrong decisions in his travels after the Trojan War. Odysseus was loyal to a certain point, but if a Goddess asked you to do something you should act on it or something bad could potentially happen to you or a loved one.
They both were seeking for something that was greater than themselves, something that would help them but both wanted something different. Beowulf looked for the best interest in his people and went to other nations to aid them in defeat of monsters or other terrors harming them. He was looking for fame and glory and did so by helping others and although this seems selfless in the end it was all to benefit himself. While beowulf helped others in his search for fame gilgamesh was only concerned with himself. In his journey gilgamesh grows bored with his life and decided to go and fight the monster humbaba, who was sent by the gods to watch over the cedar forests.