The Character Of Odysseus An Anti-Hero

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Traditionally, a hero is the main character of a story and has noble qualities. In Homer’s Odyssey, the central character is the great Odysseus; however, Odysseus’s nobility is questionable on multiple accounts during the Odyssey. Odysseus almost fits the role of a character who is a strong leader, charismatic, and selfless, but under the microscope, he does not live up to hero status. Homer acknowledges Odysseus’s wit and wisdom through the accounts of other characters, but upon “meeting” him, he falls short of expectation. Odysseus acts only for the sake of his best interest, and that outweighs his achievements and abilities. Rather, Odysseus fits the profile of an anti-hero. An anti-hero illustrates characteristics that are completely…show more content…
Once Odysseus feels like he and his men have plundered the city enough, he orders his men to stop; however, his men carried on. This gave the Cicones time to call for backup, resulting in the loss of six men per ship. Had Odysseus been the great leader he is portrayed as being, his men would have listened. Men during this time were mindful and expected to be obedient to their leaders, but these men walk all over him. Because Odysseus allows this, he loses authority and respect. He shows no signs or words of remorse for the men he lost, he feels unguilted and justified because he called it quits, and brags about destroying a city. This episode in the Odyssey is the first encounter we hear from Odysseus and thus the beginning of his unfolding as the anti-hero. Continuing his journey home, Odysseus makes a stop at the land of the Cyclops where he meets Polyphemus, Poseidon’s son. While in this land, he assumes that the lands belong to lawless savages who are less than he is. This is an awfully conceded idea to believe, and a true hero would be humble enough to meet and understand the ways of the land. Just because the land is uncultivated does not mean anything. Odysseus stumbles upon Polyphemus’s lair. Polyphemus becomes insulted that Odysseus has expected a gift, and the cyclops, for his dinner, eats some of the crew members. The only reason for stopping on the island was to receive gifts, which are not a

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