The Odyssesy by Homer

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Epic heroes are usually great leaders and accomplish great deeds and undertake journeys or quests that usually take place in a wide setting such as the world. The epic hero is a “larger than life person” who embodies the highest ideals of his culture and time period. Also, this type of heroes experience human emotions, yet is able to master and control these human traits to a greater degree than a typical human. All of these standard traits were set by Odysseus, the epic hero from the Odyssey, written by Homer. Odysseus embodies the characteristics of the Greeks at the time such as Curiosity, sharp intellect, cunningness all throughout the Odyssey to set the standard for epic heroes for future generations to come.
Out of all of Odysseus traits, his cunningness and ability to be an articulate speaker is one of the more prominent traits that shines throughout his journey. Through the odysseys’ many bumps and battles Odysseus demonstrates his cunningness and quick thinking at every page. When Odysseus says, “My name is Nohbody: mother, father, friends, everyone calls me Nohbody” (Homer 9.360-361). Odysseus shows his deceptiveness by naming himself Nohbody in future plans of escaping from Polyphemus. In this situation, Odysseus cunningness helps him to escape and get back on track to his journey back to Ithaca. The following demonstrates another example Odysseus’ persuasiveness: “ My quiet Penelope-how well I know- would seem a shade before your majesty, death and old age

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