A Hero vs An Average Person

925 WordsJun 16, 20184 Pages
What qualities does a hero have? Is it someone who inspires us, or someone who you simply admire? A hero to me is someone who is brave, a leader, intelligent, and strong. A hero has to be able to sacrifice himself for others. A hero is someone who doesn’t look down on others, but someone who encourages others to look up to them. Odysseus, man of many wiles, husband of Penelope, father of Telemachus, Son of Laertes and Anticlea has all the qualities of a hero, but also has some flaws. Odysseus seems to be more than the average person, therefore he is an average person with a mixture of good and bad qualities. Intelligence, and strength, are both great traits that describe Odysseus, and his weaknesses are his pride, sensuality, lack…show more content…
Odysseus did this for 48 hours straight. Overall, Odysseus’ strength is a major quality that shows heroism. Thirdly, Odysseus shows weakness through his pride, sensualness, leadership skills, and temptation. For instance, before Odysseus’ men remind him of home he stays with Circe for more than one year. This trait of sensualness shows that Odysseus can’t resist temptation. He spent a very long time cheating on his wife. This affects his journey adding on time towards getting back home to Ithaca. This is not an example of heroism, because a hero could resist that particular temptation. In addition, Odysseus shows weakness through his pride. For example the Cyclops scene. He stays in the cave longer than needed and gets more people killed than he would of if he just left. Another example of pride is shown after they left the cave he wanted to brag to Polyphemus about escaping. If Odysseus would have just left, Poseidon wouldn’t have been as mad. Another example that shows temptation is when they want to go and explore the Cyclops island because they wondered what was there. This just causes more problems than needed, also making it a longer trip back to Ithaca. For example, if you were to steal something from a store then decided to brag about it right outside the store for 10 minutes, and the police show up to arrest you , you could have easily left 10 minutes before, and not gotten arrested. Also, Odysseus’ leadership is not so great which is needed
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