Odysseus As An Archetypal Hero

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To most people, a hero is a strong, brave person with an amazing costume. Heroes usually have super-powers and are constantly saving people. But it takes much more traits than this to be classified as an archetypal hero. Some characteristics of an archetypal hero are super-natural help, leaving on a journey in which the hero proves himself, a fatal flaw, and they are sometimes honored after death. In The Odyssey by Homer, Odysseus shows many traits of an archetypal hero. Odysseus faces many obstacles and life-threatening situations but he overcomes them all. Odysseus is an archetypal hero because he has super-natural help, a fatal flaw and he overcomes obstacles throughout his journey by proving himself in order to reach his goal, which is getting home to Ithaca and to take control over his kingdom. Odysseus is an archetypal hero because he receives super-natural help from the gods. Athena the goddess of war stood by Odysseus throughout his whole journey home from Troy. For example, when Odysseus finally arrived in Ithaca and was informed about the suitors invading his home, Athena agreed to support him through his plan of destroying them. "Grey eyes ablaze, the goddess urged him on 'surely I'll stand beside you, not when the day arrives for us to do our work."(13.448-450). This proves that Odysseus is an archetypal hero because he has the help of Athena, the goddess of war. This makes Odysseus a hero because one of the traits of an archetypal hero is receiving super-natural help. Athena was always by Odysseus' side , and with her help he was able to reach Ithaca. For instance, Athena lead Odysseus to Telemachus so they would be able to come up with a plan to get rid of the suitors. "... Athena's inspiration spurred me here, now, ... ... middle of paper ... ...ows archetypal traits. He received super-natural help from Athena the goddess of war in order to accomplish his goal of reaching Ithaca and taking control over his kingdom. He also demonstrates to have a fatal flaw which is his love for women which he proved when he slept with Circe and Calypso while being married to Penelope. Through all the obstacles Odysseus faced on his journey he proved himself by coming up with solutions to reach his goal and be reunited with his family and kingdom. Odysseus defines an archetypal hero and an odyssey because the traits are made after him and he is the main example of one, he defines an odyssey because all the obstacles and the experiences he had are what make an odyssey or a journey. This is important because all over the world in the past, present and future people are able to know what an Odyssey is because of Odysseus' story.

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