Essay about The Heroism of Odysseus

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The idea of a true hero is varied from person to person, because each viewpoint has a different idea of the personality that makes one a hero. There have been many fiction and non-fiction heroes that show different character traits, which influence people’s definitions of a hero. However, each person’s unique thought about a hero still focuses about one central idea: a hero must prove himself in order to earn his heroic status. This is the cornerstone of all the opinions about heroes because heroes have to show their heroism in order to become who they are in the end. At the beginning they are inexperienced, ordinary people who go on their adventures, and face their fears and weaknesses, but they develop greatly throughout these journeys.…show more content…
Since his talents helped him before, he is 100% assured that they will come to his aid again. Another time he shows confidence in his abilities is during the arrow challenge that Penelope made in order to choose a suitor. During that time Odysseus the beggar offers to attempt the challenge: “But let me…me” (Book XXI, 318-321). By taking a chance with this arrow challenge Odysseus illustrates that his confidence in his skill and precision with the bow was still good enough to accomplish the challenge. Even though he completed this challenge at the prime of his years; Odysseus is still confident that his abilities will allow him to prevail. However, Odysseus does not only show confidence in himself, but also in the gods because he believes that their power and will for him will always be beneficial. For instance, when he returns to Kirke’s island, Kirke tells him about the encounter with Skylla and Kharybdis, and which path he should choose. Even though each choice had a loss involved with it Odysseus decides to obey, because he believed that the gods and goddesses knew what was best for his well-being. In truth, he actually shows this confidence, before arriving at Skylla Mountain: “You at the…us” (Book XII, 283-287). By following Kirke’s advice to sail towards

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