Greek Hero Odysseus: The Kingly Man

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George F. Kennan, an American political scientist and historian, once said, “Heroism is endurance for one moment more” (BrainyQuote). That means that perseverance even in the darkest hour is what qualifies someone as a true hero. With that in mind, it is difficult to refute the fact that Odysseus is a hero by both modern standards and a hero in Greek mythology. This Greek war leader, who spent 20 years away from home taking on challenge after challenge, surely pressed on through every moment in which his heroism was tested. Everything he did was for his men, the soldiers that at times questioned his leadership, only to find out that he was correct all along. While he had moments in which his pride overshadowed him, that was simply his …show more content…
After all they had been through together, nothing could phase them. Odysseus was a necessary role model for his crew as he persevered on his own and likewise inspired them to do the same. As a loyal leader who always did what had to be done, Odysseus put his crew before himself. He would not desert his men for personal gain and always had them in his mind. In one instance, in “The Land of Circe”, Circe has turned half of the crew into pigs after Eurylochus led them there. Eurylochus did not give in to Circe’s temptations, and when he got back to Odysseus he said they should just leave in order to save themselves. Odysseus responds with, “Eurylochus, you can stay right here, in this very spot, eating and drinking by our hollow ship. But I will go. I don’t have any choice” (Homer 354-357). His response shows us that he is attached to his men and feels obligated to save them. His loyalty is proven yet again after Circe tries to tempt him as well. She offers him sustenance but he rejects saying, “O Circe, what man with any self-respect would start to eat and drink before he had released his shipmates and could see them face to face?” (Homer 498-502) Odysseus’ faithfulness to his crew shines here as he resists the treacherous Circe and will not do anything until the men are no longer pigs. Perhaps Odysseus’ loyalty comes into question a few times,

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