English 1 period 4
20th March 2013
When people think of a hero they think if Spiderman, Superman or Batman. A person can just be a hero by being brave, courages, and intelligent. And in the epic poem The Odyssey a man named odysseus shows that he can be a modern day hero.
In the fifth book Odysseus gets captured by the goddes calypso, although he's being held captive, he was being treated more fairly, so he would be anticipated to stay on the island. "Son of laertres, versatile Odysseus, after these years with me, you still desire your home?" (Homer 1109, lines 69-71.) Odysseus denied to stay, and he is determined to return to his home without anything stopping him. When Odysseus denied to stay, Calypso tries more to convince him. "You should stay here and guard this house, and be immortal." (Homer 1109, lines 74-75). This shows he is extremely committed to getting back to his wife and son and this is one reason he is a modern day hero.
Another example of his heroism is when he saved his men when they ate the locus flower and fell into the lotus eaters trap."I drove them, all three wailing to the ships, tied them down under their rowing benches, and called the rest:"all hands aboard; come, clear the beach and no one taste the lotus, or you lose your hope of home." (Homer 1112)
The final example of his heroism is when he saved his men that were turned to animals by drink the wine of the evil witch Circe. Once Odysseus found this