Donna Kay March 13th 2015 Gaunce Hour 7 Honors English Traits of Odysseus Most people think of a hero as someone who is a strong, and brave human being. Heroes usually have super-powers that help them to to achieve their mission. Some things that heroes do is get help from other sources, or leave on a journey where they have to prove themselves to be worthy of honor and praise. Odysseus faces many drawbacks and complicating situations but he rises over them all to reach his final goal of returning home to his family and son in Ithaca. Odysseus is a hero because he had help from Athena, a fatal flaw in his character, and he also overcame complications throughout his journey and ended up proving himself to be valiant.
Throughout The Odyssey there is a constant thread of learning and growing as the books progress. This development does not come easy, however, as emphasized through the long, dramatic tale and recounting done by Odysseus. But despite the struggle, Odysseus does indeed become a better man in numerous ways. By persevering throughout a multitude of heroic and tragic tasks from which few others could survive, Odysseus, ultimately finds a way to thrive. Odysseus is most definitely a hero—this is clear from the beginning of the epic—but he truly earns this title well after the Trojan War ends and his long, misguided travels begin.
In Virgil’s The Aeneid, Aeneas is cast into the main role as the leader of what’s left of the Trojan people. Many people in his position are presented as heroes like Odysseus and Hercules, accomplishing and doing great deeds, but can Aeneas be considered a hero? Taking into consideration the parts of the Aeneid, book six and book twelve, can give some insight and examples into why Aeneas may just be an indirect hero and a pawn used by the gods. When first reading book four I saw Aeneas in a negative light. They way he left Dido, breaking her heart, to go to Italy after they had been married (in Dido’s eyes) just seemed cruel and uncalled for.
Is Odysseus a hero? Being a hero originally means “a brave person who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities.”. Odysseus was well known for being a hero. He has the qualities of being a hero in some situations but also has flaws which make him seem less of a hero at times. Being loyal, clever, and dedicated are examples of being a heroic person.
Joseph Campbell, the discoverer of the hero 's journey, explicates how all the adventures and stories of heroes’, within every culture, follow the same idea and similar stages. The hero’s journey follows the basis of the hero setting out for departure, encountering a crisis, most commonly resulting in a victory, and returning home changed or transformed, having to adapt to their new perception of the world. The Odyssey, written by Homer, follows the journey of Odysseus on his effort to return home. Odysseus begins his adventure by setting off to Troy to engage, with the Greeks, in the Trojan War, and when the war is won, he faces difficulty making his way back home to Ithaca and his family. Similarly, T’Challa, hero of Wakanda, also so known as black panther, experiences challenges with defending his throne and nation from an outsider
Who needs a hero? Throughout human existence, societies have always looked upon heroes and champions as a gleam of hope in times of desperation. “Like a champion, like a warrior he will stir up his zeal; with a shout he will raise the battle cry and will triumph over his enemies.” In the Odyssey by Homer the main character Odysseus displays many of the great qualities that define a hero and thus forevermore he has been remembered, honored, and reverend by multitudes as an epic hero. Odysseus’s courageous leadership in time of war, his volatile journey home, his strengths and his flaws, have made him immortal for generations to come. What defines an epic hero?
The Ancient Greeks are very known in the current days due to various reasons however the main ones were their discovery about the world and their beliefs. There are numerous ideas that fit into this category, one being the term hero; throughout the Odyssey written by Homer, Odysseus faces a series of events in which his actions and reactions to them reveal who he is. In other words, the first thought that comes to one 's mind when they reflect on these actions of the great Odysseus is the word “hero”. The reason to this is because of the various traits such as bravery, selflessness or caring, and intelligent or cunning . Inclusively, he revealed throughout the book which fits the description of a hero both in Ancient Greece and in our current days.
For instance when he saved them from the Lotus Eaters or when he went to get them from Circe. He could have left and kept going straight for home but he instead went back to save them, this leading into another quality of Odysseus. Bravery. Throughout his venture he has stayed courageous, getting past the Cyclopes, Circe, and sirens. Now, he does have a multitude of great qualities but, despite all of the good that he has done, Odysseus still has flaws.
In Greek society, there are many valued characteristics of the hero Odysseus which are still valued today. These traits may not be as important in today’s modern world, but there is no doubt that Odysseus is an epic hero. In Homer’s The Odyssey, Odysseus proves that he is an epic hero through divine intervention in the Call, where he blinds Polyphemus in the Challenges, and the Atonement, where he goes through a transformation. Odysseus reveals the help of the gods as he plots with Telemachus against the suitors who are plaguing his home to take back what is rightfully his in the Call. Odysseus says “...and Athena’s inspiration spurred me here, now, so we could plan the slaughter of our foes.
The Odyssey is a classic tale of the hero, although some heroes are not what they are depicted to be. In the first four chapters of The Odyssey, by Homer, we are introduced to Telemachus, these books appropriately introduce us to Homer's work as well as lead us into the rest of the book. We have a mental image of Odysseus as a brave warrior and a noble husband, he is described as the ideal person. The view of the readers towards Odysseus is a positive one, we hope that he will return home to his wife and son, unfortunately, when we finally meet him he comes off as arrogant and cocky. These books introduce us to Homer's work as we see with the introduction, as he introduces us to Telemachus rather than his father, Odysseus, who is the main character.
Athena conjured up a storm in the Aegean sea. She was furious about Ajax’s blasphemy, which occurred at the sack of Troy. -The storm destroyed Agamemnon’s fleet that Ajax was sailing. Ajax bragged that he escaped unharmed. Poseidon was not pleased with his arrogance so he struck Ajax w. his trident and killed him.
The Trojan War is one of the most important historical events that occurred in Greek Mythology . The film Troy is based on Homers ' account of the Trojan War in the Iliad. The film begins with a peace agreement between Sparta and Troy. This agreement is nonexistent when Paris and Helen, the wife of Menelaus flee to Troy together. Menelaus, King of Sparta, declares war on Troy owing to the fact that Paris fled to Troy with his wife, Helen, along with Agamemnon, his brother the King go Mycenae, who wants to bring down the Trojans under his command.
Instead of running away in fear, Odysseus thought about him and his men’s live, strengthening his mental and physical ability in order to face Polyphemus, the cyclops that can easily break him in two. Odysseus’ bravery in defeating Polyphemus has attributed to him having the portrayal of a hero, for he was able to save not only himself, but his men that have survived alongside