Odysseus is a Hero
There are countless ways to describe a hero. A hero is someone who fights for what they believe in. They fight with their men and are determined to come back home. In the Odyssey, Odysseus is a hero because he is a leader, very determined, and is extremely skillful.
Odysseus was a leader in various ways. He led his men through the Trojan War and many difficult challenges that faced them. Sometimes he didn't want so many men walking in on something unexpected, so he only took a few and made the rest stay at the ship. For example, "Old shipmates, friends, the rest of you stand by; I'll make the crossing in my own ship, with my own company, and find out what the mainland natives are-for they may be wild savages, in lawless,…show more content…
Antinous also threatened Odysseus son. Odysseus thought getting the leader out of the way, when he didn't expect it would make it easier. By Odysseus killing all the men trying out to take his place, then by Athena helping him, proved he's very determined enough to have a god help him.
Odysseus is very skillful. For him to survive traveling for twenty years through all that he had experienced is tough. There are many different ways to portray Odysseus as skillful. For example, “But the man skilled in all ways of contending, satisfied by the great bow’s look and heft, like a musician, like a harper…”(21. 197-199). Homer used this way to describe Odysseus because it’s true. Odysseus is a man that is skilled in many ways. Homer is describing Odysseus like that since he did it so smoothly and so naturally it looks “like a musician” because when a musician plays its natural and they play smoothly. Since Odysseus is so skillful he can do what most men can’t do. He can build beds that only gods can move and hit targets that most men can’t. For example, “So much for that. Your clean-cut game is over. Now watch me hit a target that no man has hit before…” (22. 236-237). Odysseus says this because the suitors were going to take his place. This is what Odysseus is angry about this. He was gone for years and when he comes back to his homeland he finds all the suitors trying out to take his place. For someone being so