The Tragic Hero In Homer's From The Odyssey

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Many things can define a hero: bravery, cleverness, skills, strengths, and so much more. In Homer’s “From the Odyssey,” heroic actions are demonstrated in many ways. “From the Odyssey” is about a greek human by the name of Odysseus. Odysseus is a well known king from the kingdom of Ithaca. Throughout the blossoming of Odysseus being discovered, he does some pretty controversial things on his journey back home to Ithaca. At the same time, however, his actions demonstrated that overall he is worthy of being a literary hero.
Though it is true that he was cruel at times, Odysseus had very good justifications for his actions. The cyclops and suites are perfect examples as to why. In the story, Odysseus had stabbed the cyclops right in the eye
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After the Trojan War victory against Troy, Odysseus realized he had been gone from his family and kingdom far too long. He finally gets a grip and starts the long hard journey home. On his way home, Odysseus must take care of himself and his crew members. In From the Odyssey, on page 583 on line 764-770, Odysseus says,” Friends have we never been in danger before this? More fearsome,is it now,than when the cyclops pened us in his cave? What power he had! Did I not keep my nerve, and use my wits to find a way out for us?” Here, Odysseus was giving his crew a pep talk before entering a tough situation. This amped them up and gave his crew hope. Another example of Odysseus’s leadership would be his encounter with the suitors. On line 4439-1440 of page 610, Odysseus says, “You yellow dogs dogs, you thought I’d never make it home from the land of Troy. You took my house to plunder…”. Odysseus was angered that these people on his kingdom dared to take over his home. He then take initiative and gives them what they deserve. Odysseus is a born leader and definitely knows when to kick in when most needed.

Not everyone is going to agree with what is right or wrong. Odysseus made lots of decisions that people find hard to decipher whether they are heroic or not. But in the end of the story, One clearly sees Odysseus intentions were pure and meant to affect things in a good way.
You can see here, that Odysseus very much so proves to be a successful literary hero. He makes plenty of sacrifices that make him worthy of that title. Yes, Odysseus was not a perfect human, but that is just one more thing that makes him a literary hero. Without any mistakes how can anyone learn the ways of

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