Theseus Hero

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A hero is one who portrays noble characteristics, willing to face obstacles and has the ability to handle both physical and mental strengths. It is difficult to play the role of a hero. Heroes take on a difficult role in the myths “Theseus” and “The Adventures of Odysseus” by Edith Hamilton. Heroes must be determined, as they cannot give up in the middle of the journey. They need to be courageous, as they have to overcome hazardous obstacles through their expedition. Also, heroes must have the abilities to make judgements and face consequences if they make a bad decision. It is difficult to be a hero because one must be determined, brave, and have the ability to make judgements. WHY? Firstly, it is challenging to be a hero, as one must have…show more content…
In the myth Theseus, Theseus needs to make a wise decision towards the end of the journey- whether he should believe his admiring wife’s note or his beloved son’s words. Theseus chooses to believe his wife’s words over his son’s, as he says ‘“Go. You are banished from the land”’ (Hamilton “Theseus” 215). Theseus makes a poor judgement as he chooses his wife’s note over his son, as it is actually his son who is telling the truth. Due to his poor decision, he must accept the death of his son. To play the role of a hero is difficult, as they need to make appropriate judgements using their instincts. The option they pick, can severally change their lives, like how Theseus’ life changes due to the loss of his son. In everyday life, one must be able to pick right from wrong. One must prepare to suffer consequences, if they make a poor judgement. However, Odysseus portrays the difficulties of being a hero, as he also needs to make decisions throughout his journey. Odysseus and the crew on his ship make a poor judgement as “… they saw a land, but they had better have stayed on the stormy sea for it was he country of the Laestrygons, a people of gigantic size and cannibals too” (Hamilton “The Adventures of Odysseus” 295) During this deadly situation of their expedition, the hero chooses to arrive at the land, without realizing the possible dangers of the judgement.…show more content…
Heroes need to be strong-minded, as they cannot give up their mission. Heroes must be valor, as they need to take risks or face hazardous obstacles at any time throughout the journey. Hero must have the capabilities to make judgements and face consequences. Everyone has unique traits and skills, thus, not everyone will find being a hero is an easy task to
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