Odysseus: The Hero In Homer's The Odyssey

analytical Essay
368 words
368 words

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.

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how odysseus, in homer's the odyssey, had to go through many troubling situations in order to return to ithaca after the trojan war.
  • Analyzes how odysseus is vulnerable to appealing women and disloyal to his wife.
  • Analyzes how odysseus' affair with circe proved him disloyal, but others may think that he had a reasonable excuse to do so.
  • Analyzes how odysseus makes many decisions throughout the odyssey that had either a negative or positive effect to the plot.
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