Fictional heroes in literature are characters that embark on grueling, mind-altering journeys even though they receive no personal gain from these missions. Heroes overcome difficult challenges and resist temptations while also learning important life lessons and acquiring an enlightened perspective. The epic poem The Odyssey by Homer chronicles the great hero Odysseus’s return trip to Ithaka. His long and demanding voyage to his homeland leaves Odysseus a changed man. However, many argue whether Odysseus truly earns the title of “hero.” There is evidence for both sides of this argument. Because of his cleverness, his undying bravery and his ability to learn from past mistakes, Odysseus proves himself a hero.
In Homer’s The Odyssey, there are a lot of traits displayed that are considered important in ancient Greek culture. These are shown by many different characters, but mostly by Odysseus (he is, after all, the main character in the epic poem). Odysseus is the epitome of a Greek ruler: he has a lot of admirable traits. His only fault is his hubris, but that is overcome and taken care of. Throughout Homer’s The Odyssey, Odysseus displays wisdom combined with strong loyalty and inspiring leadership through the evident trust of his men and the ability to conquer any challenges that he may face along his journey back to Ithaka.
Homer’s The Odyssey, a magnificent story of lust, deceit, greed, and heroism, still fascinates scholars and casual readers alike today in the same way it fascinated its audience at the time it was written. The Odyssey, a journey of determination, patience, and virtue, tells the tail of Odysseus, the main character, on his voyage home to Ithaka after the end of the Trojan War. Odysseus goes through many unforeseen trials and tribulations, which exemplify his character. During these different happenings, Odysseus makes decisions that do not correspond to his character.
He has learned that a man is not as strong as he wants to be; a man is only as strong as the gods want him to be. Without the help of the gods Odysseus would not be the truly heroic leader he has become. He embodies all that is an epic hero, and upon his return home to his palace in Ithaka and his victory over the suitors Odysseus is definitely a larger than life hero.
From escaping the cyclops to getting lost at sea and coming home to seeing the non-expected, he still managed to survive his hell on earth. One of his most powerful moment that shows how really brave odyssey is, is when his men were turned into pigs by the goddess Circe. Eurylochus who managed to escape goes and tells Odysseus what Circe had done. Odysseus then tells Eurylochus that he will go and save them, but Eurylochus warned him that no one returns alive. Eurylochus also,“.... Begs him [Odysseus] to sail away from Circe’s island.” ( 10.46-48) Odysseus being the courageous man he is went “ Against this advice” and “... Rushes to save this men from the enchantress” ( 10.46-48). Within these line odysseus shows how honorable he is to his men. Knowing the risk, Odysseus still chooses to risk his life to save his men rather than just leaving them for dead. His bravery is why his men honor him. Through all the danger they went through, his men never left Odysseus’s side and Odysseus never left theirs, which is a very good example of what being honorable is. Odysseus reveals that bravery is a powerful characteristic of a hero, because people will honor you for your bravery. [Zehaa
Apathetically, he decides to not tell his men about all the blood-curdling terrors that lie ahead, thus revealing deception. He warns his men that the future adventure is none like the ones they have had; however, he fails to inform his men the full truth, “‘Surely what lies ahead of us now is worse than what we lived through’ …their arms and legs were waving high above me and my bronze spears were useless” (Rosenberg 95/96). Odysseus comes off as a loyal, relentless authority to those unaware of him not telling the full truth to his men. He could be describe as trustworthy; nevertheless, his decision to keep the menacing path ahead confidential is unjustifiable. Although Odysseus has made unreliable decisions, his good-will and desire to see his loved ones again overpowers them. He illustrates how he is devoted to returning home when he denies the gift of eternal life, “‘she would have made me immortal if I had chosen to remain with her. But my heart constantly longed for my homeland and Penelope’” (Rosenberg 97). He explains how much he yearns for his wife and homeland through the action of Choosing to go back to his homeland over becoming immortal and remaining with Calypso. Odysseus is noble and ingenious although he also tends to act before he thinks, consequently making him knowledgeable yet
From the initiation of the The Odyssey, Odysseus stands out as a character who personifies the traits of any stereotypical Homeric hero. A symbol of confidence, nobility, strength and courage among his people, Odysseus stands apart from other Homeric leaders in his exceptional ability to manipulate and deceive, making such cunning maneuvers and keen intellect his defining asset and ultimately his key to victory. While it is true that many of these traits serve as constants throughout the duration of Homer’s epic, significant alterations in Odysseus’ behavior are the keys to understanding and validating Odysseus as a man who has clearly changed over the course of his journey. Despite the qualities and constants he shares with other Homeric leaders, Odysseus stands apart from other characters as one who develops and changes upon his return to Ithaca. This change is most prominently demonstrated by Odysseus’ improvement in leadership upon his return to Ithaca, which is further reflected in his ability to subordinate his personal glory to achieve his goals, and ultimately trade his short-sighted and impulsive decision making for a more long-sighted and rational outlook.
Have you ever been away from home for a long period of time? The main character Odysseus from Homer’s The Odyssey has been away from his kingdom fighting in Troy and sailing from island to island for twenty years. While at sea, Odysseus deals with both alienating and enriching experiences as he is surrounded by monsters who want to eat him and his men, and women who want him to love them. Odysseus survives the troubling situations and finally realizes how much he misses the love of his wife who is caring loving, and patient. She gave birth to his son who he has not yet met, which makes him anxious to return to his kingdom. Sometimes being away from what you think are the little things can give you a better perspective of what is around you.
In Homer’s The Odyssey, the main character, Odysseus, is stranded at sea after the Trojan War. He must overcome many obstacles in order to reach his home, Ithaca. Throughout the book, we see the many admirable qualities that Odysseus possesses that makes him such an influential literary character: among them being cleverness and loyalty. However, every hero also has his weaknesses, and Odysseus’s main weakness is his pride. We can learn how to live our life from a hero’s good traits and bad traits
Odysseus is a hero because he acts courageously while facing the many challenges he encounters. Odysseus’s shows great bravery when he engages in physical challenges. Odysseus daringly fights against the suitors, while significantly outnumbered: “For I must tell you this is no affair / of ten or even twice ten men, but scores, throngs of them” (XVI, 291 – 293). Even though Odysseus is facing hundreds of men, his bravery keeps him confident that he can win the battle. Odysseus must use his physical strength when Poseidon punishes him with turbulent waves: “Odysseus’s knees grew slack, his heart / sickened, and he said within himself / Rag of man that I am, is this the end of me?” (V, 307 – 309). Odysseus is exhausted from the torrential sea, yet refuses to give up because of enormous courage and his unwillingness to surrender. Odysseus must also cope with emotional challenges throughout his journey. His emotions are tested when he ventures to the underworld, Hades, and must confront his greatest fear, death: “From every side they came and sought the pit / with rustling cries; and I grew sick with fear. / But presently I gave command to my officers” (XI, 45 -47). Although Odysseus is deeply fearful when he comes face to face with the dead, his mental f...
...out his country, trying to get back to it for years, never giving up, even though it may just be because people, such as his men and country look to him as a leader. As people look up to him, he feels like he can’t disappoint them. If Odysseus didn’t feel this sense of duty toward those of Ithica, he would have given up. He would not have made it home. His men would see him as weak. His great feats would cease to exist and there would be no king of Ithica. He overcomes all the challenges he faces with his pride, the feeling that he needs to do it. While Odysseus has his trials, he never gave in, staying loyal to that he loves; his men, his country and his family. These are traits that are held in very high esteem and everyone should look to gain. There is nothing more admirable than the devotion Odysseus has to his causes, and one can only hope to be as loyal as him.
Even though he was tempted to stray from his journey home, Odysseus always carried on with his return trip. At Circe’s house, Odysseus came close to staying with Circe, but after a year, he and his men left. Then, after being shipwrecked on Calypso’s Island, Odysseus refused to stay with Calypso, despite all of her offers to him. Calypso said, “‘Stay with me. Let me make you immortal.’”. However Odysseus refused and said, ”’...I want to get home and can think of nothing else.’” (page 50).
There are numerous heroes throughout “The Odyssey,” but none of them are as significant as Odysseus. “The Odyssey” is a narrative poem written by Homer (around 800 and 600 BCE) to show the numerous adventures and experiences Odysseus goes through. Throughout the Odyssey, Odysseus a prominent Greek epic hero is on a quest to return back to his home in Ithaca; to his wife Penelope, and his son Telemachus. Just like real life, not all heroes are picture-perfect; they all have imperfections. In this case, Odysseus is sometimes insolent, and discourteous; but he is still considered an epic hero because of the many heroic qualities he endures. Odysseus proves himself to be an outstanding hero in various ways such as showing loyalty, intelligence, bravery, strength, and courage which are all some of the most momentous qualities found in a hero. If a true hero can prove they are a true hero, makes them a true hero.
The epic poem The Odyssey, written by Homer, centers around the main protagonist Odysseus and his long journey back home. Odysseus, the king of Ithaca, returns home after defeating the Trojans in a ten year war. On his way back, he angers Poseidon, god of the sea, by blinding his son, Polyphemus the Cyclops. Due to Odysseus’ actions, Poseidon refuses to let Odysseus reach home, and Odysseus and his crew are forced to go through a series of obstacles throughout the epic. Through this adversity, Odysseus must show his heroic attributions in order to survive. Homer portrays Odysseus as a hero by giving him characteristics such as: craftiness, loyalty, and bravery.
Odysseus is one of the very many prominent characters in Homer’s Epic poems, The Illiad, and The Odyssey. Odysseus has been famed one of the more relatable characters from Homer’s writing, as well as one of the Greatest Greek Mythology Heroes. Homer’s Epic poems highlight many periods of shame and honor for Odysseus. The character analysis of Odysseus through the poem’s timeline shows vast developments and heroic features appear to take form in him. The Illiad portrayed Odysseus as more of a secondary figure behind Agamemnon and Achilles. In contrast, The Odyssey portrayed Odysseus as a hero in the form of an average human.