Odysseus: The Hero Of Homer's Odyssey

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People who are considered heroes are usually those who display attributes that a particular society values. Although Odysseus is considered the hero of the Odyssey, many with a more contemporary worldview question why he is the hero after examining his blatantly obvious flaws. One of Odysseus’s major flaws is his double standard for chasteness. While Odysseus travels back to his family in Ithaca, he has relations with many women; yet, he expects his wife to remain completely dedicated to him despite the fact he failed to act in a similar fashion and was missing for ten years. Greco-Roman worldview would have seen his promiscuity as a sign of his manliness where a contemporary worldview portrays it as sexism. Another shortcoming for Odysseus