We’ve all had are moments when we wanted to be a hero, to wear a cape, and help others who felt they needed a helping hand. Being a hero can be so much more than saving someone from a life or death situation. In the ancient Greece modern time, a hero was a woman who was well-known and would obtain a status after a death of a lover. To the Greeks, the urgency of heroes was a mythical thing because it molded the future “heroes” (Kreyche p. 82). This dates to today’s heroes. Every mythical and non-mythical story has its heroes, especially the ones kids have created in books and movies. The definition of heroes has progressively changed throughout the years. Today, our heroes consist of a person having “great courage, especially for a noble purpose” (“heroism”). Throughout the years, heroism has been created to show one’s grateful purpose, their effects of being a hero, and what it took to keep the status of a “hero”.
What is a hero? The definition of a hero can be different for every person. To some people, a hero could be brave, fights for their country and shows their moral values. Heroes are often associated with people who are selfless and try to work for the common good. In Homer’s epic The Odyssey, Odysseus must return home to Ithaca after fighting in the Trojan War and being away for twenty years. Although he achieves nostos (homecoming), his selfish and violent actions in his journey reveals how he cannot be considered as a hero in modern times because he used his men as “chess pieces” to help himself return home to Ithaca.
Herodotus As Herodotus develops his History he diverges from the main aspect of his narrative many times throughout the text. Many wonder why Herodotus diverges from the main point by introducing minor characters who do not seem relevant to the central theme. Some consider this method of narrative confusing and pointless but I believe that Herodotus has a purpose for including these minor figures and that these characters help express Herodotus ideology towards proper moral and political systems. These minor figures are developed and manipulated by Herodotus in order to express his ideas and he is able to accomplish this because these characters are flexible in the sense that the readers (and listeners) do not have a predisposition when introduced to these characters.
His tenacity and courageous self surprisingly is recognized at the beginning of his journey when he is finally powerful enough to lift the rock and retrieve the sandals and sword his father had left for him and headed towards Athens, but instead of taking the easy way, chose the route with adventure and danger. From this someone can tell that Theseus is an adventurous, risk taking person with a strong quality of bravery. He not only has to travel for a longer time, but has to face many tough competitors along the way. After defeating the man-eating bull and others, one can tell that Theseus is not only brave, but is very strong and still has the strength to keep going on even after the all frightening monstrous opponents and the ones that still have yet to come. Others would get traumatized by such a task and never again try to carry out the same type of assignment, but Theseus was different and instead took what he gained from the experience and turned it into something he can use in the future which increased his bravery and the vision his mindset is
Throughout The Odyssey, Odysseus shows us a vast amount of bravery and courage; the primary thing a hero needs. In book 9, when Odysseus battled Polyphemus (the Cyclops) to try and save the lives of all the crew members held captive in the cave, he was demonstrating bravery the entire time because, the true meaning of bravery is when you have the ability to challenge fear, or danger which is exactly what he did in this situation. Even though Odysseus was afraid to confront the Cyclops, he did it anyway in order to get him and his crew members out of the Cyclops cave alive; despite the 2 men the Cyclops ate. Another way Odysseus demonstrates courage and bravery was when he didn’t give us on his crew even when things got rough for example, when he faced Scylla knowing he would lose se...
He lets his action prove how loyal and trustworthy he really is. He is also the first person to grant Oedipus and his daughter’s citizenship of Colonus. When Creon kidnapped Antigone and Ismene, he went to retrieve them from Thebes because he gave Oedipus his word. Theseus doesn’t mind challenges.
A true hero is someone who stands up for an idea that has admirable intentions. In the book “Beowulf,” men were considered heroes based on the way they followed the warrior’s code. The warrior’s code included duty, honor, and chivalry. At the beginning of the book, Beowulf seems to have the characteristics of a warrior, but as the story develops Beowulf starts having a different perspective on what a true warrior is.
There are often a number of characteristics that can be used to describe characters through out literature. The classic mythological hero may be described as having the tragic Greek heroic personality. The tragic Greek heroic personality contains characteristics such as excellence (arête), pride (hubris), blind recklessness (ate), and disastrous retribution (nemesis). Though most mythological heroes contain these qualities, Sophocles developed his own heroic personality. The sophoclean tragic hero is “one whose rigid and courageous loyalty to particular principles invites a disastrous fate” (Antigone Pg.14). Creon acting a classical tragic as well as Antigone, a sophoclean tragic heroes, both personify their personalities through their actions.
To the greek, a hero may be defined as, somebody who does something dangerous to help somebody else. To the Urban Dictionary a hero is “a person or character who, in the face of danger and adversity or from a position of weakness, displays courage, bravery or self-sacrifice.” Two people, Perseus and Theseus, (who also happen to be two of the most known heroes to to the greeks) fit these descriptions perfectly. Perseus and Theseus acquire the traits needed of an amazing hero. The characteristics which they portrayed are, intelligence, courage, and help from the gods. They use these characteristic similarly and differently throughout their life and these next few paragraphs.