The Greek Hero: Odysseus As A Greek Hero

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Melody Beattie once said “Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” This is what Odysseus had to learn after he did not thank the gods for the Trojan war victory due to his pride. According to Aristotle, a greek philosopher, “the Greek hero was born of royalty. The Greek hero was braver, taller, handsomer, stronger, than all else. He was liked universally. Songs of praise were sung about him. He won every duel. He was feared by his opponents and acclaimed by his folk, …but was characterized by “Hamartia:, or the inherent “fatal” flaw, this finally brought about his downfall, resulting in pathetic tragic end/death.” Odysseus should be considered a greek hero because he was nobel with the fatal flaw (pride), achieved extreme feats, and fought for his own honor.
First, Odysseus should be considered a greek hero because he was nobel with the fatal flaw which was having too much pride. While critics say he acted cowardly when trying to get out of the Trojan war, he ended up going and being the brains behind ending the Trojan war. To begin with, Odysseus’ pride showed when he taunted Polyphemus (almost blind Cyclops) after he escaped from his island saying, “‘Poor fool! Poor blinded, drunken, gluttonous fool -- if anyone else asks you, it is not Nobody, but Ulysses who has done this to you’” (Bernard Evslin 26). After that the cyclops heard Odysseus shout, he was able to throw a boulder that damaged the boat and
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