Hero : The Long Journey Of Odysseus Essay

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Hero is a word associated with a completely different type of being in our modern world. When we think of a hero our minds immediately go to the stories we were told as children such as superheroes like batman, superman, and wonder woman. All characters who have exceptional talents or powers to protect mankind. Unlike our heroes of today, who are made up, the heroes of ancient Greece that immediately comes to mind were very real to the people. The Odyssey by Homer does an exemplary job at defining “hero” through the long journey of Odysseus. Homer takes us through the ten year journey of Odysseus to his homeland and through Odysseus’ Homeric hero characteristics and the great obstacles Odysseus must overcome we identify what a true hero is.
Powell points out very specifically that the ancient Greeks definition of hero was much different than our definition of hero we use today, as mentioned above. He further goes on to explain, “Homer used it to mean any “noble” or “well born” male, always alive,” (Powell 314). Odysseus fits into Homers definition exactly as he is the King of Ithaca. Not only is Odysseus a king and have noble blood but he also possesses other characteristics of Greek heroes. Odysseus possesses strength, a search for kleos, great intellect, hubris, and a need for nostros. We have seen time and time again heroes searching for kleos. Kleos is the Greek word for glory. All heroes are searching for eternal glory and for their name to be remembered forever for…

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