Homer 's Odyssey : An Epic Hero Essay

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A warrior who fought courageously for ten whole years in the Trojan war. A family man who only wished to return home. A man of glamor and wit that gained friendship through every encounter. This man is Odysseus, king of Ithaca, and a hero of many faces. Following his victorious war against Troy, Odysseus sets out to return to his beloved home. However, this victory has proven to be a double-edged sword since the fall of Troy-masterminded by Odysseus-angered the deathless gods who rule the sky. Poseidon, the Lord of the Seas, extremely resentful of Odysseus for maiming his son Polyphemus, vows to claim vengeance for his son by causing a long, tenuous journey home for Odysseus where he must prove his status as an Epic Hero. In Homer’s epic The Odyssey, Odysseus acts as an Epic Hero throughout the three stages of the hero’s journey, portraying god-like attributes of wisdom and strength while surviving Separation through ‘Supernatural Aid’ from Athena, coping with his ‘Abduction’ by the powerful goddess Calypso in his Initiation, and taking a ‘Magic Flight’ home with the Phaeacians to become the leader of Ithaca during his Return. During Odysseus’s Separation, Odysseus receives Supernatural Aid from his patron goddess, a character foil who illuminates Odysseus’s god-like nature that compares with Athena’s own stature. For instance, Athena acts as Odysseus’s patron goddess who supports
Odysseus with her powers in his time of need of Supernatural aid. Furthermore, in Book 6,…

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