Another characteristic all heroes have is having overcome complications in order to accomplish their final mission. Odysseus faces many obstacles throughout his journey and with his bravery and intelligence he overcomes all of them in order to complete his mission, this makes Odysseus hero. Odysseus had to come up with many complex solutions to a lot of different problems in order to survive his trip home and reunite with his family. For example, during the War Odysseus thought of the idea of the Trojan horse which helped the Greek’s win the war. "Finally, they decided to resort to a trick thought of by Odysseus..." (Trojan War section 6) This shows how Odysseus proves himself by being able to make solutions to obstacles in order to overcome obstacles in very rough situations.
They killed the guards and signals were sent for the rest of the Greeks troops. The Trojans were awakened by the surprise, and the Greek defeated them and won the war (Homer, book 4). While trying to return home, Odysseus and his ships stopped in Cyclopes island to get more provision. While trapping the sheep into the cave they encounter Polyphemus, who trapped the men and Odysseus in his cave with a large boulder. Polyphemus refused to give
Despite the fact that Odysseus can be arrogant, he is also incredibly clever and resourceful. Odysseus brashness when facing with Polyphemus leads to dire consequences. After escaping Polyphemus’ cave, Odysseus and his men make their way silently back to their ship, taking with them the savages cattle. As they pull out from the shore, Odysseus,
made his meal of the men.” Odysseus who became enraged by this stabs the Cyclops in the eye. “Just so that eyeball hissed around the spike.” Odysseus shows rash behavior because of the Cyclops killing of his men. The conflict is resolved when Odysseus and his crew are able to escape the Cyclops. The result of the resolution was that no more of his men would be killed by the Cyclops. Odysseus ran into conflict but wisdom and cunning helped him resolve them.
He proves that he is a great leader and isn’t easily affected by conflict. He says, “[I] shouted out to him in my rage, ‘Cyclops, if anyone asks you who it was that put your eye out and spoiled your beauty, say it was the valiant warrior Odysseus…’” (96-98). As he and the remainder of his crew are leaving the island, he yells back to Polyphemus to make sure the Cyclops knows exactly who he is. Odysseus additionally shows he can easily trick others. He says, “...three times did I fill the bowl for him, and three times did he drain it… then, I saw the wine had got to his head” (12-13).
After Odysseus rams Polyphemus’s eye, Odysseus and his crew needed a way to escape. “I took the woolliest ram, the choicest of the flock, and hung myself under his kinky belly, pulled up tight, with fingers twisted deep in sheepskin ringlets for an iron grip” (340-345). By hiding in the rams Cyclops he was unable to feel the men because of the rams thick coats. Odysseus shows he performs brave deeds by coming up with a brave plan to get his men out of Polyphemus’s island. True heroes are brave because they face difficult situations and overcomes obstacles.
He also encounters the suitors, who are a group of men that try to marry Penelope, when he returns to reclaim his home. During these situations, Odysseus gains leadership and tactical skills from fighting in the war in Troy, which costs him 10 years of his life and another 10 years of sailing out on the sea from Poseidon 's curse. Odysseus is therefore a heroic and efficient leader because he plans his moves ahead of time and is vigilant at all times to ensure his safety. Yet, though Odysseus possesses these heroic leadership qualities, his arrogance sometimes leads to his downfall and inability to lead. While Odysseus is a little arrogant, he can also be a great leader because he is able to trust his second in command, Eurylochus, and give him more power while he is away.
He demonstrates emotional strength in Calypso’s island by keeping his goal focused on returning home, he later shows his physical strength when he strings the bow and by defeating all the suitors, and finally shows both physical and emotional strength when he stops his violent approach to subsiding the revolt to a peaceful approach. Since Odysseus is able to demonstrate physical and emotional strength, qualities of an epic hero, throughout his call, challenge, and his return it is clear that Odysseus is an epic
Prometheus ended up loving humanity that when Zeus took away fire, he actually got it back for them. Sadly, Prometheus was punished by Zeus for this act. He was chained to a rock, where an eagle would come and eat his liver every time it grew back. He would not be freed unless a god was willing to die for him, or someone kills the eagle and unchains him. Prometheus saw that as hope and continued to wait until the day came of his release.”Eventually, Chiron the Centaur agreed to die from him and Heracles killed the eagle and unbound him” (“Mythology: Prometheus”).
Odysseus and his men, after long searching and observation of the Cyclopes, observed that the brute creatures lived in large caves carved into rocky mountains and lived a long distance from each other. Odysseus and his men, making a somewhat poor decision, sneak into the Cyclops’s cave. After gazing upon the wonderful meat and items inside the cave, one of Odysseus’s men suggests that they steal all of the Cyclops’s stuff and take it with them to their ship. However, Odysseus disapproves of this, considering that it was best for them to wait until the Cyclops comes back to the cave to see if he was a friend or a foe, since he was tending his sheep outside. Later that night, Cyclops came back to the cave, and while Odysseus and his men were hiding, the Cyclops saw them with the light of the
An act of violence that stood out to me would be in Book 9 with Cyclops Polyphemus. In this scene Odysseus and his men find the Cyclops’ home but he isn’t there. Once he returns he finds Odysseus and his men hiding. To keep the men locked in he placing a boulder over the opening of the cave. Odysseus tries to reason with him but he grabs two of Odysseus’ men and eats them.
Odysseus, the main character, is a great example of a leader, even if the word would not have been around at the time to describe him. On one venture, Odysseus and his crew ended up trapped in a cyclops’ cave. Formerly having eaten several of Odysseus’s men, the Cyclops planned on finishing the rest of them, and saving Odysseus for last. The remaining crew plan on impaling the Cyclops’ eye, and beforehand had sharpened a tree to a point, where Odysseus narrates, “Now, by the gods, I drove my big hand spike deep in the embers, charring it again, and cheered my men on with battle talk to keep their courage up: no quitting now. ...