What´s a Hero?

1636 Words7 Pages
Heroes have always played a part in humanity, they can be found in literature, painting and other forms of art. But what determines a hero? of course there is a dictionary definition, each individual has their own icon so the answer must be subjective to each person. A hero is someone that is admired because of the characteristics they possess, or their actions. The definition that I recognize is, somebody who is a leader that is skilled and loyal..
A hero is a great leader, that is skilled, clever, ruthless, just and loyal. People that commit crimes (e.g. thieves and murderers) can be forgiven and become heroes, if they have these certain attributes.
Some important qualities that a hero may have are, leadership, skill and cleverness. An example of leadership is, “...I drove them all three wailing, to the ships…” (Odyssey, line 211). In this quote Odysseus stops his men from becoming addicted to the lotus flower. He shows that he is able to control his men and support them.. An instance where Odysseus shows cleverness is, “...to get him intoxicated Odysseus fed the Cyclops nectar of ambrosia ...” (Odyssey, line 354). Here he tricks the Cyclops to drink more so that he cannot attack them again, so they can escape his cave. He uses cleverness to save his men’s lives and continue the journey. Odysseus shows skill in this example, “Now flashed arrow from twanging bow, clean through every socket ring…” (Odyssey, line 1109). Odysseus enters the challenge to win his wife back against the suitors. He does this with his bow skills and accuracy.
Other components of being a hero are loyalty, ruthlessness and justice. An example of loyalty is, “... there Lord Odysseus reappeared and his son was thunderstruck…” (Odyssey, line 997). Her...

... middle of paper ...

...rs wheeled, as terrible has falcons…”(1294). Odysseus, Telemachus and Eumaeus attack and kill the suitors for invading their castle. The slaughter of the suitors shows ruthlessness and justice, they come into Odysseus’ home and tried to take his wife and took his food.
Heroes are people that are great commanders, devoted, cunning, skilled, merciless and ethical. They are found in many different mythology and (e.g. Sigurd and Odysseus) cultures and they still exist today in real life,..I drove them all three wailing, to the ships…” (Odyssey, line 211). In this quote Odysseus stops his men from becoming addicted to the lotus flower. He shows that he is able to control his men and support them.. An instance where Odysseus shows cleverness is, “...to get him intoxicated Odysseus fed the Cyclops nectar of ambrosia ...” (Odyssey, line 354). Here or literature.

More about What´s a Hero?

Open Document