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.
• I’ve learned in this unit, three universal characteristics of a hero. One characteristic is some type of special powers not necessarily things like super strength or Flying but hospitality and friendliness or the will to help others could be considered special powers or something even greater to save the day. Also, hero's lineage is often noble or linked to the gods meaning their family history is a heroic one. Lastly Hero's tending to be adventurous and strong they and often times are born this way. 2.
Not every hero needs to be perfect. In fact no one is perfect, but that is what makes us human, and that is what Odysseus was. He was not some all mighty perfect leader with inhuman abilities, he was just some normal human who became a hero through his actions. He became known as one of the most famous heroes among men and the gods, and we can do that too with our actions just like
Nick meets Gatsby he has a very high expectation for him. Though as soon as he meets him, he recognizes his flaws. The flaws let down Nick, because he thought Gatsby was going to be perfect. Nick’s unbiased description reveals the true colors of Gatsby's personality. The Great Gatsby is a fictional story with fictional characters.
Furthermore it is not simply the actions that dictate whether or not a man is truly a hero. For example there was also the fact the Beowulf only wanted one thing, “But Beowulf longed only for fame” (485-486) and “So fame comes to men who mean to win it and care about nothing else” (490-492). Heros do not lust after fame, yet Beowulf does. He didn 't care about protecting his people, that isn 't why he did any of what he did. He did it for fame and it 's stared at plainly in the story.
What makes a person a hero? What defines a person as an outcast? The novel Beowulf is filled with both action packed heros and vengeful outcast. The definition of a hero is a person admired for bravery, great achievements, or good qualities (citation). An outcast is the exact opposite; it is a person who is not accepted or has no place in society nor a particular group (citation).The heros in Beowulf fight to the death for their people and have great pride in their beliefs.
Many believe that “that heroism comes naturally to some, and others can learn altruism using methods such as compassion” (Banham 312). Most heroes are commonly described as handsome and strong, almost as if they look like a God; and because of that, some are even treated as if they are royalty. Unfortunately, some heroes abuse their fame and are overtaken with self-pride or hubris. Even though both protagonists in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and Beowulf vary in personality, both characters are defined as heroes based on their heroic deeds. In the story Beowulf, the hero is described as a leader who risks his life for the good of his people and kingdom, someone who shows bravery, strength, and exemplifies a great amount of generosity and love for his people.
Beowulf and Odysseus are two famous epic heroes in the texts Beowulf and The Odyssey. They both go through the “Hero’s Journey,” and display many characteristics of a hero. Beowulf, however, better fits the qualities of an epic hero due to his unselfish personality, his fearlessness, and his nobility. One reason Beowulf is the better epic hero is because his intentions and motives were selfless. He always fought to save the people, not for glory or treasures.
Before this time, all heroes were perfected people, but Lord Byron created a flawed hero. Someone who isn’t the perfect person, who can be wrong while still being right. It took heroes from being an unattainable thing to being something that a person can strive to be. Without the Byronic hero, our literature would not be the same, there would be no in depth characterization, because all the good guys must be perfectly good while all the bad guys must be perfectly bad. There would be only one note characters and one note stories.
“What makes Superman a hero is not that he has power, but that he has the wisdom and the maturity to use the power wisely...”(Christopher Reeve). What makes a hero? Is it having super strength or being able to turn to stone? The definition of a hero follows as, “A person,(typically a man), who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements or noble qualities”. Heros also must be kind hearted.