The public only focuses on the bad things he do and not really the good stuff he does. Like, saving his crew from sea monsters. Besides society’s opinions on Odysseus, I believe that Odysseus is an alright leader to me. The acts he makes are not always the most intelligent, but we know he is trying to do the right thing for himself and also for his team. If you were in the shoes of Odysseus during the time period of when he was there, what would you do to lead a group.
In the end because of his bravery and loyalty he got back to his wife and stuck all the way through the tough times. Odysseus is a hero. ¨Old shipmates,friends, the rest of you stand by; Iĺl make the crossing in my own ship, with my own company, and find out what the mainland natives are - for they may be wild savages, and lawless, or hospitable and god fearing men¨ ( 1113 lines 70-75). This shows Odysseus being a hero because he was in charge around there, people trusted him and wanted him to lead. He could have just sat on his butt and had his men lead and find out what was going on but he didn't.
Odysseus did not tell the full truth to his men, he slept with the goddesses and he was impatient. If Odysseus would’ve told the truth and done what the gods told him to do, he would’ve gotten to Ithaca faster. Based on the story and the facts, Odysseus was prideful, unloyal and irresponsible, therefore, I deem that Odysseus is not an archetype hero. Odysseus was prideful. He thought that he could beat anyone who came up on his path.
After his men and him escapes unnecessarily losing two men in the process, Odysseus taunts Polyphemus which leads to him saying “ Hear me Poseidon, sustainer of the earth, god of sable locks. If I am yours indeed and you claim me as your son, grant that Odysseus, sacker of cities and son of Laertes, may never reach his home in Ithaca”(Homer 124) . This quote shows that one of Odysseus’s many flaws is that he allows his pride to take control of his actions and doesn’t clearly consider the consequences. Another instance of Odysseus’s foolish pride is when he crossing the threshold Circe advises Odysseus to
Modern literary scholars of The Odyssey have argued that Odysseus is a hero. Although closer perlustration shows that he is not a hero because he came back from war with no men, he’s selfish, a hypocrite, and he killed innocent people. The Odyssey tells the story of Odysseus and his journey to and from the Trojan War. And the story of his family and their life in Odysseus’s absence. Odysseus is selfish and hypocritical person, after twenty-years of being at war he expects to walk in like he has never left.
Odysseus has such a big ego that he could not stand people making fun of him, he had to waste more time and play the games with them. Throughout the book, Odysseus could not just worry about himself, he has to worry about his crew as well, and in some cases he has to save them. When Odysseus and his crew docked on the island where Polyphemus lived,
Odysseus went on a long journey to get back home to his wife and son. He was the leader for the Trojans and led them into battle he even led some into victory. Odysseus had a Son back home and a Wife back home his wife was starting to loose hope, but his son wasn’t. Odysseus and his family finally got all back together and never left each other’s side. **** Odysseus had a great life before the gods made him go to war.
After a ten year war in Troy, Odysseus and his crew members travel back to Ithaca occupying about ten more years of their life. During these times, Odysseus obeys the greek values, love for home and family, role and importance of Faith, and cleverness. Along with these greek values, Odysseus is seen as a hero. To begin with, Odysseus is a hero because he looks up to the greek value, love for home and family. During the hard times in the sea, Odysseus always thinks about his family.
Odysseus went through many obstacles to come home. A husband needs to know that his wife is safe, and when she wasn’t, Odysseus fought for her safety. Jesus would do the same for us when we call out for help. Ultimately, Odysseus is great leader with mistakes in life, he left his son when he was small, and a husband should lookout for your
Odysseus was very prideful in the beginning, as he had to credit himself for blinding Polyphemus. However, Odysseus’s character is developed on his difficult journey home. Heatherington says “Odysseus must deal not only with arrogant suitors and bad servants, but also with his own anger, pride, and sorrow” (Heatherington 227). This quote shows how Odysseus must deal with internal and external problems throughout his quest and on Ithaca. His transformation in character is visible when he lets himself be embarrassed in his own home as a beggar.