A Hero Essay : Odysseus As A Hero

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What makes a hero a hero? A hero is by definition “someone who is typically identified with good qualities, and with whom the reader is expected to sympathize.” Does Odysseus fit the title of heroism? Debi Mazar an American actress once said, “A hero is somebody who is selfless, who is generous in spirit, who just tries to give back as much as possible and help people. A hero to me is someone who saves people and who really deeply cares.” Odysseus fits those qualities of a hero. Odysseus is a character in the book The Odyssey created by Homer he is meant to represent heroism, but does he really contain the qualities of heroism? The qualities he contains are foolishness, arrogance, and hatefulness. In other words, Odysseus is very foolish throughout the book. Homer, book 10. p.916 says, “...while Odysseus is sleeping the men open the bag, thinking it contains gold, and silver. The bad wind thus escapes and blow the ships back to Aeolus’ island. The King refused to help them again, believing not that their voyage has been cursed by the gods.” Consequently, Odysseus was foolish by not telling his crew about the winds and being selfish being stealth about the winds knowing the curse that could be set on their ships. Homer, book 9.Lines 125-132 he creates another example of Odysseus’ foolishness. “My men came pressing round me, pleading: ‘Why not Take these cheeses, get them stowed, come back, throw open all the pens, and make a run for it? We’ll drive the kids and lambs

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