The Odysseus: An Epic Hero

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Odysseus, from the epic poem, The Odyssey by Homer has been called many bad names, but overall he was a great man. He was what you would call an: epic hero. Odysseus was an epic hero because he was courageous and cunning. Odysseus was a very courageous man. In Book 10, of the Odyssey, Odysseus runs to save his men from Circe’s spell. To protect himself from the spell, Hermes gives him a magical plant called Moly. In the text, it states, “Odysseus rushes to save his men from the enchantress” (Homer 387). This shows how courageous Odysseus was. He cared so much about his men, he was willing to die along the way to save them. He didn’t care how powerful Circe was. He had no fear, nor regret of going back for his men. Based on his actions, no …show more content…

He also was very cunning and liked to play games with the enemy. In Book 9 Odysseus wanted to mess with the Cyclops, and see how powerful he was. Odysseus’s men just told him not to mess with Cyclops but instead, steal some of his things, and leave. Odysseus objected and wanted more action to occur. Stated in the story, “ sound that was! Yet I refused. I wished to see the caveman, what he had to offer no pretty sight, it turned out, for my friends” (Homer 376). Odysseus let his trait of arrogance take over, and almost risked the lives of all of his men, including himself. But after everything, he still saved the majority of the men and got them out. This shows how sly Odysseus was. He had a plan from the beginning and may have failed a little, but int he ends got what he wanted and succeeded. Some people disagree with my claim and believe Odysseus wasn’t a hero because of some actions he caused the death of his men. However, this is incorrect because Odysseus did his best to keep his men safe. He cared for them so much he could have gotten himself killed. Also, there were some things Odysseus’s men could have avoided because Odysseus warned them, but they didn’t listen. In the text of Book 12, it states, “Driven by hunger, they ignore Odysseus’ warning not to eat on Helio’s cattle.” (Homer 398) This shows how Odysseus’ told his men about the cattle, but they still refused to

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