Odyssey Hero Essay

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  • The Odyssey: The Qualities Of A Hero

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    The term “Hero” generally is a person who is admired or idealized for their courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities. There are two types of qualities that a hero can have. Qualities that they earned and qualities that they owned, or were born with. Starting off with the qualities that make the hero a hero (qualities that they own) would include being “Kalos” which is Greek meaning “beautiful” or “noble” (as in nobility) and “Agathos”, also Greek, meaning “good” or noble” (as in honorable)

  • The Odyssey: Is Odysseus A Hero?

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    Is Odysseus a Hero? What makes someone a hero? Is it the adventures they go on, the traits they possess, or how popular they are? In The Odyssey, Odysseus embarks on one huge adventure to save his people, but barely gets back home. The struggles on this journey have proved whether Odysseus is in fact a hero, or just a fool who got lucky. Although literary scholars of The Odyssey have argued that he is not a hero, closer examination shows that he is a hero because he met the ultimate goal of defeating

  • The Odyssey As A Hero Journey

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    difficult tasks and place themselves in mortal danger in order to bring back, for themselves and their societies, both knowledge and treasure. Their stories follow “Hero Journey.” The Odyssey, as the epic story of the hero Odysseus, follows closely the complete cycle of a Hero Journey, both as a physical and as a psychological undertaking. The Hero Journey, used as a framework for both Odysseus’ physical and mental journeys, serves to bind the two together. Each of Odysseus’s physical difficulties can be

  • The Odyssey As A Great Hero

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    Throughout the Odyssey Odysseus’ plays the “godlike” hero which set the standards for values and traits of the Homeric Greek man. Using his cunning intellect and valiant heroism to finds his way home after many trials and tribulations. During his travel home Odysseus gains knowledge about other peoples culture and about different lands throughout Greece. He learns from his own suffering and the mistakes he had made. Odysseus started his journey as the King of Ithaca and the warrior of all warriors

  • Odysseus : The Hero Of The Odyssey

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    Throughout the Odyssey, Odysseus experiences many ups and downs throughout his journey home. He is throw into peril and there often seems to be no hope for his return home. While he remains victorious in the end, returning to his wife, son, and father, the poem itself is filled with many darker moments filled with doubt and sadness. Odysseus is the hero of the Odyssey, and in order to exist as a hero he must be relatable. His story cannot be one entirely of triumph, it must include a more human perspective

  • Telemachus: the True Hero of the Odyssey

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    In The Odyssey, the reader is easily able to distinguish that Odysseus is a hero in the story. He is a god-like figure. Odysseus’s wife, Penelope, is a hero and seen by many readers as such especially females. Both possess characteristics of heroes and they deserve to be considered such but that does not mean that they are the true hero of the story. Their son Telemachus is the true hero in The Odyssey. The reader should be able to identify with him the most and realize everything that has happened

  • How Is Athena A Hero In The Odyssey

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    The Odyssey is a fascinating epic poem consisting of twenty-four books all written by Homer. It is based on a Greek hero named Odysseus, who spends twenty years away from his family. Odysseus was in a battle against the Trojans in the Trojan War for the first ten years. Then, another ten years of painful obstacles was added due to his boastful attitude towards the gods and goddesses. When returning back to Ithaca, Odysseus encounters numerous of hardships with the help of the goddess, Athena. He

  • Odysseus in The Odyssey: Hero or Not? Essay

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    The majority of those who read The Odyssey consider the protagonist of the story, Odysseus, a hero. On many occasions, however, Odysseus makes decisions beneficial to himself alone. For example, when Odysseus and his men find themselves on Polyphemus's island, Odysseus's actions are self-centered and at the expense of his men. This can be said for most of Odysseus's actions in the story, as his main objective is to reach his home. Having his men by his side when he returns seems a trivial thing

  • Odysseus As A Hero In Homer's The Odyssey

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    In the epic poem “The Odyssey” Odyssey, Homer gives Odysseus characteristics of a hero, but breaks the idea of this stereotype by giving Odysseus relatable characteristics making him more relatable. In the first half of the epic poem The Odyssey, readers are introduced to Odysseus, whose heroic characteristics outweigh his few relatable characteristics due to the intense heroic portrayal created by Homer. Homer describes Odysseus as a man who is proficient in everything: a wanderer; plundering

  • The Characteristics Of A Hero In The Odyssey, By Homer

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    here are many characteristics that fall under a hero. Throughout The Odyssey, by Homer, Odysseus proves that he has some of these characteristics, by experiencing many challenges and difficulties on his journey back home. While going through these hard times, Odysseus gains values of a hero. Throughout The Odyssey, Odysseus displays many Greek values, which characterize him as a hero. Odysseus goes through experiences where justice prevails over hardship. For example, Odysseus loses many of his men