The Book called the Odyssey is centered around the hero Odysseus. The part about this story that makes it hard to talk about is the debate around whether Odysseus is a hero or not. Many Literary scholars of The Odyssey by Homer have argued that Odysseus is not a hero, closer examination shows that he clearly was a hero because he led them to victory in the Trojan War, he turned his men back into actual men, and he even went to the underworld where few to none have escaped freely. The reason this is debated a lot is because of the choices he made during the war and the journey back home. To understand why he was a hero the story must be known.
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.
Odysseus: Hero or Not? A hero can be defined as a person who has special achievements, abilities, or personal qualities and is a respectable and well-followed leader. The Odyssey chronicles the poem’s epic hero, Odysseus, on his journey home to Ithaca with his men. En route, he encounters many obstacles and challenges but is able to overcome them using his own military knowledge and with help from the gods. Some may argue that Odysseus is not a hero because of the assistance he receives from the godsBecause of the assistance he receives from the gods, some may argue that Odysseus is not truly a hero.
Homer is remembered by many due to his epic poems he wrote that include The Iliad, but the one most remembered by people today is The Odyssey. An epic poem about a great hero named Odysseus coming home after a deadly journey that claimed many lives, but is Odysseus really the critically acclaimed hero Homer depicts him to be? The actions of Odysseus in the poem can be seen as heroic or valiant, but this argument crumbles under scrutiny when the actions of Odysseus are examined under a fine eye. Flaws in that argument include Odysseus failing to trust his men, exposing his men to unnecessary risks, and prolonging the nightmarish adventure he put his men through. These points are painfully obvious throughout the Odyssey and they show what poor
Odysseus, a man who was known for his adventures, but do we really understand the attributes needed for an epic hero? The King of Ithaca had a very concealed past where it is hardly ever noted that his men were mistreated by their captain and all of Odysseus’ mistakes affected those around him. Odysseus, on several occasions did his men wrong and along his journeys, he became very willful and big headed. In The Odyssey by Homer, Odysseus has several misfortunes such as losing all of his men and being stranded and not returning home for 20 years, but evidently all of these problems were caused by the mens lack of trust in Odysseus and Odysseus being too stubborn and full of pride. The crew had a very important job in the quests that Odysseus
Like Heracles, Perseus was a strong fighter and even beheaded Medusa to claim his fame. There are many Greek heroes to fit this archetypal pattern. Although Achilles and Hector were enemies, both are deserving to fit the hero archetype. Neither were Zeus's sons nor were they born from any of the Gods, however these warriors were gifted with enormous energy
When he was given a choice between long, uneventful, but happy life and forthcoming, but glorious death on the battlefield, he chose the latter, preferring eternal fame to family life. The theme of kleos can be explained by the hero cult, which was widely popular during Classical times. Heroes were a major component of Greek religion and of equal importance as gods, but their attraction consisted in the fact that they were local and therefore more exclusive than the gods. They were important to the Greeks as they were closer to humans than gods, and helped define the limits of human aspirations, acting as symbols for all of the qualities humans wished to possess and dreams they wished to realise. Depiction of a hero in the Iliad differs from Troy.
His mental state was in the correct place, but his physical state was not as strong as Hercules. It is constantly mentioned how unintelligent Hercules is. Hercules was powered by emotion, whilst Theseus was inspired by possible self-accomplishment. Theseus’s father was a king, but Hercules’s father was Zeus. Theseus was killed by Aphrodite and Hercules committed suicide.
Odysseus seems to emerge victorious from perilous situations, and that is what makes him such a notable figure in Greek mythology. Odysseus shows his intelligence and craftiness when he is on the Land of the Cyclops and is faced against Polyphemus, the cyclops. It seems like an unfeasible task to escape Polyphemus’ cave, after all Odysseus is less than a fourth of the giant’s size. He then decides the best way to end up victorious is to outwit the giant. With this in mind, Odysseus gets
Elliot Kim Mrs. Ballard English 9H 30 October 2015 High Impact Odysseus is strong, handsome, smart, and a hero, but throughout the story, he falls into many temptations, is irresponsible, and kills ruthlessly. All these affect Odysseus’s heroic stature, or his reputation as a hero. Some may say that Odysseus’s positive attributes, such as his strength, and his negative attributes, like his tendency to fall into temptations, make up his heroic stature. However, Odysseus’s heroic stature is mainly dependent on the gods. Countless times in The Odyssey by Homer, the fate of Odysseus depends on the gods.
Alexander v.s. Alexis, Power Hungry or Ill Witted Alexander the great, undefeated, but when put into question does he hold up against competition. Alexander the Great was a superior military leader, conquering almost al l of the Eastern continent and was undefeated the whole time.Alexis tsipras just recently resigned from office after what is said to be one of the worst terms in Greece 's history. Alexander the Great is a superior leader based on the fact that he gave the people great rich lives during his rule. Alexander the Great was a great military leader along with his life and legacy.
Also, although he was actually considered as a perfect leader, a commander, a general, and a king, “in Egypt, he had been proclaimed the son of Zeus.” It is a good question that is why he felt like that. Why did he feel himself some sort of a god? Maybe, it is because of his achievements. But, there are some great leaders and commanders in history that they had many achievements, but most of them did not feel themselves as a god or a demi-god. Therefore, Alexander’s feeling about acting like a god or a demi-god may be considered as a psychological disorder.
Although it has been said by some critics that ‘a work that does not provide the pleasure of significant closure has terminated with an artist fault,’ this part of the quote definitely does not apply. The Road by Cormac McCarthy is 287 pages of torment, heartache and anguish for not only the main characters but for the readers as well; but it doesn’t stop them both from moving on. As the book progresses, it seemed to only be getting worse for the father and son which was immensely disappointing at the time because happy endings are usually heavily relied upon in order to feel like the book is pleasant; even though it is proven in other works that, that is not always the case. The ending seemed to appropriately conclude the work since it wasn’t