In Homer’s The Odyssey, Odysseus, the “hero”, had to go through many troubling situations in order to return to Ithaca after the Trojan war . That fact that he made it through encounters with captivating temptresses and dangerous creatures does show that he has courage and bravery. This shows that he has the characteristics of a hero, but does that mean he is a hero? Although he is portrayed as one in the epic, the ways he handles each problem says otherwise. Whenever Odysseus met a new female character in the epic, they usually fell in love with him (Homer 674). At this point in time, Odysseus can make one of two choices: deny their love, or give in. Whichever choice he makes has a big impact on his character and what kind of person he is.