The majority of those who read The Odyssey consider the protagonist of the story, Odysseus, a hero. On many occasions, however, Odysseus makes decisions beneficial to himself alone. For example, when Odysseus and his men find themselves on Polyphemus's island, Odysseus's actions are self-centered and at the expense of his men. This can be said for most of Odysseus's actions in the story, as his main objective is to reach his home. Having his men by his side when he returns seems a trivial thing to him. Odysseus could be considered a hero, but many of his actions say otherwise. Due to the many unfaithful and self-centered decisions he makes in the story, Odysseus is not a hero. Emphasizing on Odysseus's time on Polyphemus's island, many of his actions are cowardly and put his men in more danger than he. For one, Odysseus watches and cheers as his men stab Polyphemus in the eye. This shows Odysseus believes his men are tools helping him to reach home, rather than companions. Also, during the men's escape from the cave, Odysseus escapes under the largest sheep of the flock....
The epic heroic journey of Odysseus was a story written in Greek. The story is a great example of the epic journey tale. Manny story's are based off of the epic of Odysseus. The hero Odysseus may be worthy for a hero for the Greeks by the extraordinary travels and the odds that he was up against. There is two different opinions if Odysseus was really a hero or not.
Odysseus is a hero because he used his cunning personality to save his men when they cannot save themselves. In The Odyssey, Odysseus said to Circe “Circe, if you want me to eat and drink, you must free my man and bring them to me that I may see them with my own eyes.”. This quote shows that Odysseus is a true hero because he is forcing a goddess to free his men so that she can get him to eat. Also in The Odyssey, Odysseus had also taken on the brave task of rushing Circe after she had tried to poison him in book X. This example shows that Odysseus is a hero because he had the courage to save his men by going against the goddess. It also shows that he was not afraid of the harm that he could face going against Circe as Odysseus did.
When most people think of a hero, they think of a tall, handsome, and intelligent being that could do nothing wrong. But in real life, and in The Odyssey, not all heroes are like that. Odysseus is disrespectful and very rude sometimes. Odysseus should not be considered as a hero at all because of the very poor decisions he had made.
Odysseus demonstrates many heroic qualities throughout the Odyssey. In the section titled ‘The Cyclops’ Odysseus demonstrated focus and courage. He showed courage by facing the monster and he showed focus by not giving up when the fight got hard. Today, Bruce Jenner seems to share the heroic quality of courage because he had the courage to do a gender transition, becoming Caitlyn Jenner. Although some of the media may not approve or accept this action he had the courage to follow what he thought was right for him, becoming a girl, even though he knew some people would not approve. She put herself out there as did Odysseus when facing the Cyclops.
In the Odyssey, Odysseus goes through many hardships on his journey home. Starting with the monsters he defeats, to the gods that slow him down. Odysseus is a true hero, from everything that he has done, or tried to do. I for one think he is a hero, and here is why. He looks out for his men, and saves them countless times. He saved them when they were trapped with the Cyclops and there was no way out because of the big stone in front of the door. But, Odysseus had a clever idea, since they couldn't kill him or they would be trapped. He told that they were going to make a spear and shove it into the Cyclops eye, and that's what they did. Also, when they did not have very much food, Odysseus and a few of his men would go hunt for their food.
A hero is someone who would sacrifice himself for others, someone who is selfless and caring. Odysseus from Homer’s, “The Odyssey” does not have these traits. Throughout the book, Odysseus displays many negative character traits that show he is not someone to be admired or treated like a hero. He is too proud, he does not listen, and he constantly puts his needs before that of his men.
Heroes are eminent and cherished by the general public; they use their abilities to help others. Odysseus encounters many different obstacles throughout his journey. Polyphemus is Poseidon’s son, and a one eyed giant called a cyclops. Circe is the goddess of magic and witchcraft. The Sirens are half-women and half-bird creatures that lure sailors with their song. The lotus flower is a flower that makes the consumer forget all purpose and just want more lotus. In Homer’s, “The Odyssey,” Odysseus is a character portrayed as a hero through his bravery, wisdom, and loyalty.
Today, soldiers are also seen as heroes even though they have done the same as Odysseus. However, while that is a valid point, Odysseus did it to seek revenge and it was the ultimate ending to his journey. In fact, many cannot see The Odyssey ending any other way than Odysseus’ grand victory. The positive aspects of him greatly outweigh the one negative, especially because he only killed the suitors to protect his family. Though heroism is subjective, Odysseus is a very clear candidate for it. He is clearly comparable to a modern hero and would be considered one
In conclusion, Despite what some literary scholars believe, Odysseus is in fact a hero. He blinded the cyclops, travelled to the underworld, and reversed a curse on his men. He never wavered from his course, that course being Ithaka, and making sure his men get there alive. Today, every soldier overseas is considered a hero because they are risking their lives for our safety. Odysseus risked his life over and over for others, thus making him a
Heroes put others before themselves, they do heroic actions for the right reasons. Typically, Greek heroes are usually considered to be kings or great warriors. The qualities Greeks look for in a hero would inhabit in being brave, strong, powerful, and smart. In Homer's Epic Poem, The Odyssey, Odysseus, Raider of Cities, was known as the greatest hero in Greece. Although Odysseus was strong, brave, and highly respected; he isn’t the ideal modern day hero. To be a hero in modern society, we look for a majority of the same values that the Ancient Greeks do, but not all of them. Today, to be heroes you don't have to be a president or be in a hierarchy. While Odysseus was a brave king and leader, some of his traits weren't as heroic as others. Odysseus came off sometimes as arrogant, unfaithful, secretive and short-tempered. After reading the book, and getting to know about Odysseus, he should not be considered a hero.
Odysseus portrays himself as anything but a hero throughout Homer’s The Odyssey. Odysseus goes through his life believing he is the best. He has no regard for anyone’s feelings but his own, and he believes nothing and no one can harm him, not even the gods. Odysseus feels he is always the leader and no one can tell him otherwise. Odysseus should not be considered a hero because he portrays himself as a selfish man that failed his crew, and is controlled by his hubris.
The main character of the Odyssey, Odysseus the King of Ithaca is given a complex personality to an extent where it is hard to identify whether he is a true hero or not. True heroism is only achieved when a person achieves certain qualities that portray heroism. Odysseus is not a hero based on the standards of merciful, selfless, and gentle because of his actions of sacrificing his men, killing the suitors and being ruthless throughout the Odyssey. Along with many others qualities these three are helpful and necessary in a hero. A hero must be willing to do service for others and put the needs of others safety and protection before his own. Odysseus does not even come close to matching these qualities because he is a person, who only serves of himself, and he sacrifices his allies to achieve his goals and often he takes action ruthlessly.
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.
Odysseus: a hero in every way. He is a real man, skilled in the sports, handy with a sword and spear, and a master of war strategy. Most of the challenges and adventures in his return voyage from Troy show us this even if we had no idea of his great heroic stature and accomplishments in the Trojan war. I found in my reading of the Odyssey that most of the trials the gods place upon him are readily faced with heroic means. These challenges are not