Odysseus As A Hero In The Odyssey, By Homer

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Could a person usually recognized as a hero actually have another side? In the epic poem The Odyssey written by Homer the main character named Odysseus departed from his home in Ithaca to fight in the Trojan War. After which he has to make his way back home on a mythical journey through many places. Many readers for his bravery, courageousness, and his quick mindedness praise Odysseus but he goes to some extremes to achieve his need to return home. Physically Odysseus is a fit man who is gifted in battle. Although he is not the strongest man alive and needs the help from the gods he is still athletic. His men look up to him and listen to almost all of his plans. But he does forget about his crew and just think for himself sometimes. …show more content…

He uses his intelligence to make the right decision and he does it quickly. Odysseus displays wit and great speech skills in this one conversation with the Cyclops, “My name is Nohbody: mother, father, and friends, everyone calls me Nohbody.” This ended up paying off for after he drove the spike into the Cyclops’s eye the Cyclops called for help to no avail for he said that Nohbody had harmed him and the other Cyclopes understood that Nobody had harmed him, “Nohbody, Nohbody’s tricked me, Nohbody’s ruined me!”(Pt 1, L 320). The other Cyclopes responded, “Ah well, if nobody has played you foul there in your lonely bed, we are no use in pain given by great Zeus.”(Pt 1, L 323-324). This shows that Odysseus tries to make the right decisions for the future. He does sometimes that he is this naturally smart on his own sometimes and doesn’t give the gods any credit. This is what ended up turning Poseidon against him. However Odysseus does learn from his mistakes and gives Athena credit when he is battling the suitors, showing that he can learn from his previous blunders. Odysseus is a mortal man that is perfectly depicted as a realistic hero. Not everyone can make the right decision every time, which just gives his character some depth. Eventually everyone will mess up and they will just have to learn from it and move on. This is how Odysseus is triumphal in the

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