Odysseus: A True Modern Hero

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In Homer’s, The Odyssey, I believe that Odysseus is a true modern hero. During his long and perilous journey home Odysseus shows many heroic qualities that help save his men from many dangerous situations. He first shows his Valiant behavior during the war in Troy, he cares about his crew and survives the war. He also deeply cares about the welfare of his men on their return trip to Ithaka. Odysseus is a hero because he is a courageous leader, a quick thinker and a modest man.

Odysseus is a courageous leader because he saves his crew in combat many times. One way Odysseus shows he is a courageous leader is by proving his worth in combat. Odysseus is obviously a good fighter because he survived the Trojan War, if he had not have been a good combatant he would have most defiantly perished. He shows his courage when he defeats Polyphemos, a giant, in an epic battle. Odysseus also shows he is a courageous leader by showing his care about his crew’s well-being. He stands up against Kirke when she turns his men into swine, he risked his own life and safety to in returning to free them . A quote that shows this is "Oh, Kirke, how could any man in his right mind ever endure to taste of the food and drink that are set before him, until with his eyes he saw his companions set free? So then, if you are sincerely telling me to eat and drink, set them free, so my eyes can again behold my eager companions.” He also shows his concern about his men when he travels all the way back to Kirke’s island just to bury Elpenor because he was in pain in the Underworld. He again proves his might as a strong combatant and leader when he defeats all of the suitors and regains his wives hand in marriage. Odysseus is a truly great leader who repeatedly demo...

... middle of paper ... He also stays faithful to his son, who has never seen him before. He returns home and sees him for the first time. He also helps him kill the suitors, who have treated him like he was nobody for the twenty years he was gone. Odysseus is a faithful man, not only to the gods but also to his family.

Odysseus is a hero because he is a courageous leader, a quick thinker and a modest man. Odysseus shows many forms of courage throughout the epic, weather he is saving a fellow crew member or regaining his crown over Ithaka. Although he might have started out his journey as a selfish man he changes into a just and fair man who not only cares about himself but also the lives of his fellow crew. he also learns to trust the gods and let them rule his life. Odysseus is a true hero whose action save lives and help him return home.
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