Odysseus, A Real Hero

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Odysseus, King of Ithaca How do you define a hero? In the adventures of The Odyssey, an epic poem written by Homer, Odysseus, a Greek war hero goes through a series of adventures and tests to return to his homeland of Ithaca. In his journey, Odysseus must prove that he is an able leader. Throughout the epic poem the Odyssey, Odysseus portrays this example of an able leader as, he is very intellectual and quick-minded, and he is very brave and courageous. Odysseus is very intelligent and quick-minded in many dangerous situations. For example, when he was sailing back from Troy he mentions to his men while plundering Ismarus, “Back, and quickly! Out to sea again!" (Homer 993). In the situation while plundering this stronghold, he warns his men not to be greedy and that the fight is not over till it is over. This displays how wise Odysseus is and that he has a smart mind. Additionally, Odysseus shows some quick thinking in the encounter with the Cyclops as, "My name is Nohbdy: mother, father, and friends, everyone calls me Nohbdy" (999). Even Odysseus is upset, he can still remain calm and vigilant. While he was in Polyphemus’s cave, he is quick enough to confuse and trick the Cyclops so that when he screams out that Nohbdy had ruined and attacked him, none of the other Cyclops’s will come to his aid. Finally, in some situations Odysseus was having hard times to control his men yet he continually maintained his determination to get his crew and himself back to Ithaca. This

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