There are also times when many men are afraid, but Odysseus shows he's in not letting anything get in his way and speaks up when nobody will: "We all felt pressure in our hearts, but I spoke up in reply." He was fearless enough to take risks. Odysseus said: "Friends, have we never been in danger before this? More fearsome, is it now, then when we faced Cyclops?" This quote shows that in time of danger, Odysseus is willing to put his life in jeopardy and not give up.
For the hero, the highest good is glory and the highest evil is shame. Beowulf, the son of Ecgtheow and Hygelac’s thane is introduced by Heaney as a valiant warrior. The reader immediately notices that Beowulf is well respected. The tone of the work suggests that even the narrator holds him in high esteem, “the man whose name was known for courage, the Geat Leader” (Heaney, 11) (the chapter is entitled “The Hero comes to Heorot”). Beowulf is introduced with grandeur.
Achilles: An Inspiring Hero? Achilles, the Greek hero of the Trojan War, was an inspiration to many people both past and present. While he was a hero in terms of his strength in battle, he also proves that he is heroic when it comes to morals. Achilles’ accomplishments as commander and conqueror in the Trojan War alone are enough to prove his heroics (That’s Greece, N.D.). Being born a demigod, he exemplifies the power and leadership of the gods before him (The History Channel, 2014).
One instance is when his f... ... middle of paper ... ...oic Code. The Heroic code is what defined a Homeric hero. Both Odysseus and Hector are Homeric heroes because they are both speakers of words and doers of deeds. They both harm their friends and help their enemies and stand strong and firm in battle. Also they are the bravest and best of all.
Homer is narrating tales of a society where men expect to fight and likely die in battle, where courage is demanded of all men, and where honor and glory are seen as steps toward achieving excellence. What makes the Iliad a masterpiece of Western civilization is not just the stirring story, but most of all Homer’s even-handed portrayal of the Homeric world, for the Trojans are never depicted as being less than the Greeks. The Greeks, even their greatest military heroes, are seen as flawed human beings. In conclusion, what Homer presents in the Iliad is a worldview rather than the local perspective of a distant war. In the end, Homer seems to be saying that all men may aspire to virtue.
In Webster’s Dictionary, a hero is defined as a person noted for courageous acts or nobility of purpose, especially if this individual has risked or sacrificed his life. In the Iliad and the Odyssey, the code which administers the conduct of the Homeric heroes is a straightforward idea. The aim of every hero is to achieve honor. Throughout the Iliad and the Odyssey, different characters take on the role of a hero. Honor is essential to the Homeric heroes, so much that life would be meaningless without it.
Heracles and Jason tasked with different labors and regarded differently both prove similar by both being extravagant heros and are unquestionably brave. Jason and Heracles coincided each other because they were both great heroes, displaying courage in any task or problem encountered. Jason is the son of King Aeson of Iolcus and became a hero because he went on a quest to retrieve the Golden Fleece to become the king of Iolcus rightfully. Jason proves, he is a hero by taking the
His heroism is evident as he captains a loyal crew and decisively leads his men through hazardous conditions. Similar instances of Odysseus's royal heroism appear throughout the Odyssey. Whether recounting his experiences in the Trojan War, or regaling an audience with tales of his current trials, Odysseus is portrayed as godlike among men.  Telemakhos, son to Odysseus and grandson to Laertes, provides a second example. This hero is commended throughout the Odyssey, just as his father is.
Odysseus knew his men would not resist the seductive sirens. Not only Odysseus sacrifices, he shows good leadership. Odysseus tried his best in Books 19-20 to keep his identity a secret from Penelope, his wife, because his goal was to conquer the suitors with the help of his son, Telemachus. He wanted to face Penelope when he dealt with all of his problems in his house. Odysseus wanted to show Penelope when he was ready and he was also testing Penelope’s faithfulness in a way.
Odysseus as a Heroic Individual Thesis: Odysseus was a true hero he showed this through his determination and courage. Odysseus, A True Hero? What is a hero? The dictionary defines a hero as being a mythological or legendary figure often of divine descent endowed with great strength or ability; an illustrious warrior; a man admired for his achievements and noble qualities; one that shows great courage. Odysseus was a true hero; he showed this through his determination and courage.