The Epic Hero Odysseus The Odyssey is an epic poem written by Homer about a hero named Odysseus and his long journey. Odysseus, the king of Ithaca goes to fight in war and does no return home for twenty years. Along the way, he faces many struggles and battles and has to use his heroic qualities and the help of gods to find his way home. A hero is a leader who is a strong and wise fighter, someone who impacts other people lives, and never gives up, and Odysseus does all these things. Although Odysseus may not always be the best role model he is still an epic hero. To be a hero you have to be cunning and sharp. Odysseus shows this trait multiple times, one of them being during his encounter with the Cyclops and he says, “my name is Nohbdy: mother, father, and friends, everyone calls me Nohbdy.” (pg. 991) Odysseus tricks the Cyclops here, and it helps him escape the island. Even though he is ignorant by yelling at the Cyclops, it’s outweighed by his crafty getaway. He then can move forward with his journey because of his creative idea. Odysseus always seems to know what to do, even in the worst of situations. He also shows he’s cunning when he returns to Ithaca and says, “let no one hear Odysseus is about.” (pg. 1027) Odysseus is a wise man and he is sharp. He already has a plan on how he will kill the suitors and reunite with his wife Penelope. Another heroic trait that Odysseus portrays is his strength and skill. During Penelope’s challenge he grabs the bow and arrow ready to shoot through the axes with much skill and “the bow clean as a whistle through every socket ring and grazed not one.” (pg. 1035) The suitors were complaining how impossible this was, but Odysseus did it on the first try. Odysseus comes off cocky at times, butt its true that the other men couldn’t even manage to string the bow while Odysseus showed them up with his perfect shot. Not only is Odysseus so skillful that he can execute nearly impossible tasks, he is also a very strong man. His significant strength is shown where “nowhere I had to stand, no way of climbing, the root and bole being far below, and far above my head the branches and their leaves, massed, overshadowing Charybdis pool.” (pg. 1029) Against the intense power of the storm Odysseus still holds on and stays alive. Odysseus makes fault by not trusting the gods sometimes, and
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…
Odyssey, a war hero by the name of Odysseus attempts to return to his wife and son in Ithaca. Littered throughout the poem are short anecdotes told by humans, bards, and gods. From the suicide of Ajax to the revenge of Orestes, these recounts serve to enrich The Odyssey’s already fantastical and mythical tone. Interestingly, several of these tales share a common theme: the unfaithfulness of a woman, and the subsequent vengeful response of her husband. When Odysseus visits the Phaecians in Scheria,…
odyssey takes place ten years after the fall of troy. The story is about the main character Odysseus. Odysseus exhibits both negative and positive attributes through out the story; some may even consider Odysseus as a hero.
Odysseus is the ruler of Ithaca and still has not returned since the war. Suitors have tried to take over the kingdom and Odysseus’s wife Penelope while Odysseus has been away. Odysseus wants to get back to Ithaca but Calypso who is in love with him has trapped him on the island…
Odyssey by Homer and translated by Robert Fitzgerald, Odysseus is on a quest to return home and reclaim his kingdom. Completing his goal reflects upon his attributes of enduring misfortune and following directions, maintaining rationality, contemplating before acting, and being in a military mindset. Despite various external factors that potentially affect Odysseus' quest, his character contributes the most to his success.
Although Odysseus receives guidance from the gods, obeying instructions…
Odysseus/Ali Essay Overview
These are two possible outlines for the essay about the Odyssey. Here they are. You may deviate from these outlines; however, you must get approval first.
Outline 1 (Passage Analysis)
1 - Introduction - Heroes then and now with quoted Odyssey passage
2 - Summary/Character Analysis of Odysseus based on passage
3 - How does this tie to heroics?
4 - How does it relate to today (specifically Ali)
5 - Conclusion
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The Heroic Quest Newsletter
The Odyssey opens in the country of Greece nine years after the Trojan War ended. Because of Odysseus' absence, several suitors want to marry his wife, Queen Penelope. However, she believes that her husband will return, so she does not want to marry. Odysseus' son, Telemachus, also believes that his father is still out there alive. Meanwhile, Odysseus is trapped on Calypso’s island without any transportation, and without…
of the poem centers the hero Odysseus. In his journey home Odysseus takes over ten years before he reach Ithaca after the fall of troy. One thing I think every interesting in the epic is the way Odysseus was descripted. First, Odysseus is depicted as an intelligent person he even willing to do whatever it takes to survive. For instance, I read on the internet that Odysseus even lead his army to kill Trojan at night which is not very glorious. . Furthermore, Odysseus is very persuasive in either…
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Odyssueus the Man
Odysseus yearns for his Ithaca. The great hero of the Trojan war knew he wanted to see his land, feel his soil.Odysseus though being a thinking man he was still but a man that was emotionally and physically torn due to the missing of his beloved kingdom, his son he has never set eyes upon, and the lack of embracing the true love his wife.
Telemachus, His son causes great disappointment. Without a father, his son strives to grow and mature…
Recognizing a Hero
How is the long suffering Odysseus and the clown fish Nemo alike? They are both considered archetypal heroes. All archetypal heroes have certain characteristics. The great Odysseus and the fish Nemo are both considered archetypal heroes because they experience an unusual birth, leave family to live with others and have atonement with their father. In the begging of The Odyssey, the royal son of Laertes Odysseus goes to fight at the Trojan War, at the end of the poem he finally…