Odysseus is a man of many great characteristics, but also has some faults that he learns from throughout the book. Odysseus was told to be a brave and smart warrior in the Trojan War. He has a strategic mindset, a determination to return home, and the ability to be a convincing speaker. These characteristics help him succeed in his mission even through all the trouble he went through. One of Odysseus’ most important characteristics is his strategic mindset.
Well known heroes do not kill people with no sympathy or mercy. So is Odysseus really a hero? There is a lot of reasonings to both sides, he could be a hero because he was loyal to his homeland and men. He was also clever and dedicated to all his plans and ideas to conquer creatures and return home. On the other hand, he does not seem much like a hero because he was unloyal by having affairs on Penelope.
Though it is fiction, readers can comprehend Anglo-Saxon thoughts and their concepts of heroism, life and death. Anglo-Saxon culture valued strength, honor, courage, loyalty, and fearlessness. Beowulf was a hero because he was strong, loyal, brave, honorable, and fearless. He wanted to be remembered beyond the years of his life. These values in heroes has not disappeared like its culture.
These qualities in Odysseus not only help himself but his men survive through the chaos of the journey called “The Odyssey”. During part of the poem, the epic hero displays actions that prove his courage and cleverness to be legitimate. For instance, “Now, by the gods, I drove my big hand spike deep in the embers, charring it again, and cheered my men along with battle talk to keep their courage up: no quitting
Conversely, however, when Odysseus and his crew attempt to make their way home after visiting Aeolus, Odysseus’ belief in the supremacy of his own abilities gets him into trouble. Odysseus neglects to inform his crew what the bag he received from Aeolus holds, arousing their suspicion. Furthering his folly, Odysseus explains that he was “Exhausted from minding the sail the whole time / By myself. I wouldn’t let any of my crew / Spell me, because I wanted to make good time” (10.37-40). The lack of trust between Odysseus and his crew stems from Odysseus’ overconfidence in his own mental faculties and the subsequent lack of effective communication between Odysseus and those he captains.
But I ignored their counsel, though that course would have avoided many griefs for us” (Homer 176) . Odysseus's leadership skills improve through the challenges he faces in the book, especially after the Cyclops incident. He thought it would be a good idea to wait so he could finally face and see the cyclops instead of to escape while they could, like his men wanted to. Due to Odysseus's curiosity his men weren't able to escape when they had the chance to and had to suffer being held hostage because of Odysseus's poor leadership skills. Another way Odysseus showed horrible leadership in the beginning was when he put himself before his crewman stating, “I asked my comrades to cast lots to see which men would dare to lift that stake with me and grind it into the Cyclops’ eye when sweet sleep overtook him” (Homer 179).
“The man of twists and turns believes that he has escaped all of his woes! As simple as that; the great Odysseus seems to have overcome all obstacles blocking him from returning to his lavish life. Well not so fast, mortal!” shrieked the immortal Poseidon, outraged after witnessing Odysseus and his son emerge victorious from the bloody battle against the suitors. Swiftly, Poseidon descended to the rocky isle of Ithaca, taking the form of his son; Polyphemus, the son that the prideful King Odysseus blinded so cleverly. “Well, we will see if the king’s wit can save him from the wrath of a GOD!” thought Poseidon.
Beowulf is described as: “Dripped with his enemies blood”. Iron Man has a lot of courage because he defends his country without any obligations. Iron Man said: “I still love my country, Nick and I fight for it… in my own way” (Iron Man). He fights with his intelligence, not his muscles. They are considered as heroes because they are so courageous.
Their negative trait goes against the definition of what a hero is. Gilgamesh and Bata are definitely heroes because they displayed an amount of courage and bravery to succeed in what they want, even if there were changes to it. They both were selfless and willing to risk their lives in the hands of others. That’s what true heroes
That sums it up for why i believe that America 's third president, Thomas Jefferson was the strongest. He was one of the smartest men alive, he impacted our society for the better, and was a caring and selfless man when it came to making citizens happy. I can honestly say that we have not and never will have a stronger president than the one who 's services lasted 50 years. Thomas Jefferson is America 's
Not all the kings ' subjects have unwavering faith in Beowulf. One man, Unferth, attempts to ridicule him and instill doubt about his capabilities in the minds of the people. Unferth tries to twist Beowulf’s past to embarrass him, claiming that the man who lost a mere swimming match against the warrior, Breca, could never hope to defeat Grendel. Interestingly enough, Unferth’s attack on Beowulf’s past stems from his insecurities in his own past. Beowulf however, remains unphased, and after learning of Unferth’s father (Ecglaf) he retaliates.
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
Santiago feels, “guilt and angst over having ‘gone out too far’ only to lose everything” (Cools and Stephens 89). Santiago only sees things as a success or failure, so when he returns with just a skeleton, he does not see himself as a hero worthy of Manolin’s admiration. He accomplishes the goal which he sets out to do by catching and killing the biggest fish he has ever seen, but because he can not control the elements around him, he sees it as a failure. Audience members outside of the storyline can separate the adventure into the goals remembering that making our, “vision finer does not mean making it less heroic”(Cools and Stephens 89). If Santiago were to consider and fine tune the experience into what he is specifically determined to accomplish, he would see that his actions were nothing but heroic and marvelous.