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Why Is Odysseus A Hero Essay

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The main character of the Odyssey, Odysseus the King of Ithaca is given a complex personality to an extent where it is hard to identify whether he is a true hero or not. True heroism is only achieved when a person achieves certain qualities that portray heroism. Odysseus is not a hero based on the standards of merciful, selfless, and gentle because of his actions of sacrificing his men, killing the suitors and being ruthless throughout the Odyssey. Along with many others qualities these three are helpful and necessary in a hero. A hero must be willing to do service for others and put the needs of others safety and protection before his own. Odysseus does not even come close to matching these qualities because he is a person, who only…show more content…

/ In blood and dust/ he saw that crowd all fallen, many and man slain.”(Homer 1040-1042). As stated by the quotation, Odysseus mercilessly murders all the Suitors as revenge, even though they begged to him for mercy. He killed them showing no hesitation despite the fact that they said they understood why he was angry and also said that they would make it up to him by giving back all the wine and meat they consumed and by sending gold and bronze decorated oxen as gifts to warm Odysseus’ heart. His no mercy attitude and lack of kindness reveals that he is not a hero and he lacks the nobility that a true warrior and hero must possess. By killing all the Suitors without showing mercy, Odysseus proved to be an anti-hero, a bad role model, and him proved this again by being selfish and thinking that he is the most important one.
Odysseus’s is not a hero also because he is not selfless and his selfish behavior and self-centered beliefs shows that he does not have the necessary qualities of a hero. Throughout the story Odysseus does not take actions when his men are being killed or eaten so that he can live, like he did in the giant’s cave, when Scylla attacked and when Zeus struck them with a lightning bolt and the evidence that proves Odysseus takes these actions to protect himself reads, “why not/ take these cheeses, get them stowed, come back, / throw open all pens, and make a run for

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Is Odysseus a Hero? There are numerous heroes throughout “The Odyssey,” but none of them are as significant as Odysseus. “The Odyssey” is a narrative poem written by Homer (around 800 and 600 BCE) to show the numerous adventures and experiences Odysseus goes through. Throughout the Odyssey, Odysseus a prominent Greek epic hero is on a quest to return back to his home in Ithaca; to his wife Penelope, and his son Telemachus. Just like real life, not all heroes are picture-perfect; they all have imperfections. In this case, Odysseus is sometimes insolent, and discourteous; but he is still considered an epic hero because of the many heroic qualities he endures. Odysseus proves himself to be an outstanding hero in various ways…show more content…

Not only did he accomplish things needed, but he also helped to save many innocent lives. A true hero would do anything and risk anything in order to save somebody else, which is exactly what Odysseus did which makes him a true hero, for devoting and risking his life for others. Loyalty is one of the most important qualities in the hero, and it is one the many important things Odysseus possesses. Loyalty is when you are faithful and devoted to a person. Odysseus was loyal to a lot of people especially to the gods that helped him along the way, and he was also loyal to his crew members, because if he wasn’t then he would have left the crew, but he didn’t. Anything the gods told him to do he fulfilled each task, even if it made him go even further from where he wanted to go. Even though Odysseus wasn’t quite loyal to Penelope because of the instructions given from Calypso, his heart he was still loyal to her, which proves that he was unendingly loyal to her. Loyalty helped Odysseus a lot because it helped him get through many different obstacles he faced on his journey back home. Not only did it help him get through many obstacles, but it also helped him to keep moving forward towards his family and kingdom waiting for him back home in Ithaca. Throughout “The Odyssey,” Odysseus shows leadership in numerous ways. Leadership is the action of leading a group of people; just like how Odysseus is

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