Odysseus in the Epic Poem by Homer

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Epic poems typically contain characters classified as heroic and strong. Odysseus is the main character in this epic poem. He is king Ithaca with a wife and a born son. Odysseus left his home to join in the Trojan War, but his crew was disloyal to gods causing his voyage to be longer than he bargained for. There three traits that Odysseus possesses, and they are the main things that bring him home. While Odysseus is both heroic and strong, he is also brave, responsible, and faithful
Bravery shines through Odysseus and there are several accounts where he proves how much is within him. One case would be when he visited the land of the dead. Odysseus had to travel to a place where spirits go before they pass on to the underworld. Odysseus continued to go through with the ritual even though he was terrified of the spirits. Another time that he shows his courage is when he crossed paths with a Cyclops, which is a giant man with one eye who possesses an abundant amount of strength. When the men were trapped by the Cyclops, Odysseus continued to smart off to it by saying, "But you are mad, unbearable, a bloody monster! After this will any other traveler come to see you?" He knew the Cyclops could have crushed him any second. The fact that he still continued to sail across the sea knowing Poseidon was out to get him was very courageous. When he finally arrived home to Ithaca, he and his son, Telemachus, had to fight a houseful of suitors.He still fought them without mercy, although he was outnumbered. While there are several more accounts when Odysseus proved to be courageous, he also shows a great deal of responsibility.
Heroes must be responsible in order for anything to get done. A can't decide that when he or she hear...

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...If it weren't for him, they would still fight much longer. After the men were past the walls, they started the battle. While fighting the Trojans, they started to retreat, but Odysseus yelled at them to keep fighting. Odysseus had faith in success, and they won because of him. No matter how many islands Odysseus had to travel to, he always had faith in Ithaca being the last one.
Every hero should show bravery, faith, and responsibility. Homer wonderfully exploits these within Odysseus throughout the epic. Odysseus was never influenced b his crew and tried to set good examples for them to follow. Although none of the crew, but Odysseus, made it home, he still shows these traits at his house with his son. If Odysseus ever lost any of those along the journey, he would never have made it back to Ithaca. Homer shows that people must keep going no matter what happens.
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