Why Odysseus Is A Hero

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Zoe January 7, 2012 Why Odysseus Is A Hero “A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of over whelming obstacles” Christopher Reeve According to The Odyssey by Homer, hero’s are depicted as people who are loyal, compassionate, and smart. Odysseus had all these traits, and showed it multiple times through out his journey. Odysseus is a hero because he is loyal, compassionate, and cunning. Odysseus is a loyal man in more than one way. On his nine year journey home Odysseus and his men came across a nymph called Circe. Circe and Odysseus start to argue because Circe turns his men into pigs. Circe will not change them back unless Odysseus sleeps with her, in their…show more content…
But Zeus ruined it all­ gods will no doubt.” (9.82­86) This quote shows Odysseus being cunning because he was disguised as a beggar trying to explain to the suitor that one day you could be at the top while pushing people to the bottom and the next day unexpectedly be at the bottom with the same people. Odysseus wanted to teach the suitor a lesson that everyone is equal, and to not judge people. All of the traits of loyalty, compassion, and being cunning a hero should have, Odysseus has those traits. A hero needs to be loyal so they will always stick to what they say they will do. A hero needs compassion so they have empathy for the person their saving or for the situation they are in. A hero needs to be smart to put a well rounded plan together. Despite Odysseus’s set backs because of his hubris, he is a

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