Odysseus : A Hero As A Hero

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Lost at sea for ten years, one man has to become a hero as he fights to get him and his men back home. In the Odyssey, an epic poem by Homer, Odysseus, the main character, was the king of Ithaca. He was forced to fight in Troy for ten years, and was roaming around on a ship for another ten. He had to leave his wife, Penelope, and young son, Telemachus, behind. During his quest home, he is often misdirected, or held back by a problem. When he gets home though, more trouble awaits. Throughout the epic poem, Odysseus proves he was a hero, leader, and worthy of a good title.
In the Odyssey, Odysseus was faced with multiple obstacles in which he had to use his bravery to fight through them. In one part, he had to go to the Land of the Dead to hear a blind prophet, Teiresias. He tells Odysseus what is to come, and what he heard was not in his favor. “ But if you raid the beeves, I see destruction for ship and crew… shall you come home, to find your own house filled with trouble: insolent men eating your livestock as they court your lady. Aye, you shall make the men atone in blood!” (539-545). This was the prophecy given to Odysseus, telling him know his journey is far from over. “Her legs- and there are twelve- are like great tentacles, unjointed, and upon serpent necks, are borne six heads like nightmares of ferocity, with triple serrated rows of fangs and deep gullets of black death.” (589-594). This was one of the monsters he had to use his bravery, and good fighting skills

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