What Defines a Hero? Throughout history many different definitions of heroes have been present. Whether you look at how our culture defines a hero, how the epic poem, “The Odyssey,” defines a hero, how the Bible defines a hero, or how you define a hero. The word hero may mean something to one person but for another person it may mean something else.
Being fit to become king comes with being a great warrior, but you must also act as a hero. In Asgard, Thor is known as someone powerful and brave, always ready for a fight and always ready to defend his people. He is supposed to become the new king of Asgard, the only problem with that is that he is arrogant and acts poorly because of his anger. He thinks he knows best but to him, violence is usually the answer. In most of the lands, Beowulf is known as a courageous warrior who can conquer any enemy, he is suited to be a king just like Thor.
Odysseus is an epic hero in The Odyssey, by Homer, in which the reader follows Odysseus in his epic hero’s journey. In the Odyssey, Odysseus like all heroes, just wants to see what’s the next adventure, what’s the next mission. However, in doing so, he gets himself in many dangerous situations and to get out of them he must use trickery. While Odysseus is known for his intelligence, trickery, impressive strength and power, but these trait are just his use of deception and disguise.
Was Odysseus a hero? The definition of hero - “a person who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities.” In Homer's Odyssey Odysseus was a major part in the victory of the Trojan war, he was the one who came up with the idea of the Trojan Horse which should make him a hero only for that. All Odysseus wanted to do was to get home but some obstacles were placed in front of him preventing him from getting home, yes it was bad decisions that led these obstacles to be put there but everyone makes mistakes. But instead of falling to these obstacles he persevered and got home to his Mom, wife and son.
Despite the date of its composition, The Odyssey, an epic poem by Homer, relates not only to lives of ancient Greeks but to those of the 21st century. Archetypes found in The Odyssey provide a sense of reality when applied to the relationships in our daily lives, whether it be our heroes, like Odysseus, or our mentors, like Athena; these characters are not as fictional as they seem. The archetypal hero, Odysseus in The Odyssey, is passionate about fighting for justice in a world that lacks it. Odysseus uses his courage and resilience to “Let peace and wealth come cresting through the land”(437-438: 483) he calls home.
A hero to me, for the longest time, is someone who did something epic. Something that changed the world, something that impacted our lives in a positive way. Never did I once stop to think about the smaller things that made someone a hero or the virtues that these heroes had in mind that mad them what they were, until I read Homer’s The Odyssey. I started to give more thought on how commitment, sacrifice and loyalty all came into play to make Odysseus the great leader that he was portrayed as, at the same time I questioned if these values, when placed in the “wrong hands” would make one into a bad and morally corrupt person.
Through the ages, grandiose tales of monsters and heroes have been told and retold either by oral tradition or written for future generations to learn from those who have come before them. To the Greek culture, these stories represent what it means to be a man, a patriarch, and the hero that can accomplish anything with a little help from the gods. In both, the Odyssey and Medea, the heroes have accomplished extraordinary feats that sets them on a path to a better future, not just for them, but for their children as well. In Homer’s Odyssey, Odysseus has taken a long journey to come home to his Greek wife, in contrast, in Euripides’ Medea, Jason takes a journey with his Colchian wife to settle in a new home in Greece. In the end, Odysseus is able to accomplish great feats of bravery and enjoy the remainder of his life, but Jason fails at his attempt to forge a life beyond his great feats of bravery.
While most Ancient Greek societies clearly saw Odysseus as a hero, many modern audiences would reject his hero status. In most Ancient Greek societies, Odysseus fits the profile of a Greek hero, for he is equipped with great strength, courage, and is favored by many gods. Odysseus used his great skills and his
Abnormalities are always present in the mind of mankind; no man is complete perfection. This idea presents itself multiple times in Homer’s The Odyssey through the actions of the main character, Odysseus. There are multiple manners that Odysseus presents his attributes of a hero on his journey home as shown in Homer’s The Odyssey; each attribute is slightly different from others for each hero has his own flaws and is not always perfect.
History is full of heros but, what makes these people heros. Is it their bravery on the battlefield, the honor they give to their family, or their intelligence. Much of this is true in the time of ancient Greece. Although Grecian heroes give the gods some credit for their gifts they are often concerned about bringing the glory and honor upon themselves or their family; however, Biblical hero's want to bring honor and glory to God. Odysseus is a hero to the Greeks but not from a Biblical standpoint because of his arrogance toward his intelligence, perseverance, and courage.
The Greek God’s of the Iliad fight with each other and argue like humans, and most often we cannot be sure that they truly have the human’s best interest in their hearts. In fact, humans very often come across as more noble than the Gods. For example, Prince Hector is the hero to the Trojan army. An example of this would be when Lycaon’s son, Pandarus states in book five that “he marched the Trojans hard to lovely town of Troy, to please Prince Hector.”
he hero’s journey was essential for Odysseus. Throughout the beginning of the story Odysseus had one major flaw, it was his arrogance. Odysseus’ pretentiousness consequently brought more misfortune to him and his crew. Odysseus went through all the parts of the hero’s journey, for example towards the end of the story Odysseus realized that he was not as powerful as he thought. Once odysseus realizes this he starts to worship the gods more.
Heroes have always been an influential concept of humanity regardless of culture, religion, and age. The Odyssey, by Homer, is an epic poem that follows the journey of Odysseus as he attempts to get back home to Ithaca, where his son, Telemachus, and wife, Penelope, are waiting for him in a palace beset with suitors. In The Odyssey, Odysseus utilises his intelligence and wit in order to come back home from the Trojan War. BTS’s Min Yoongi, or Agust D, is a rapper who persistently and relentlessly worked hard in order to achieve his dream of becoming a musician.
Marina Gorbenko HRS 119-Classical Mythology M. Pinkerton 16 May 2016 Bonus Reading Response: Homer’s Odyssey In Homer’s Odyssey, the hero, Odysseus, is introduced as a classic hero. However, through his odyssey, the audience finds Odysseus to be much more than an everyday hero. While other heroes relied on their strength and ability in battle, Odysseus, while also having the skill of all of the other warriors, relies heavily on his cunning when faced with obstacles.