Odysseus : An Archetypal Hero Essay

1235 Words Oct 19th, 2016 5 Pages
(To most people, a hero is a strong, brave person with an amazing costume. Heroes usually have super-powers and are constantly saving people. But it takes much more traits than this to be classified as an archetypal hero. Some characteristics of an archetypal hero are super-natural help, leaving on a journey in which the hero proves himself, a fatal flaw, and they are sometimes honored after death. In The Odyssey by Homer, Odysseus shows many traits of an archetypal hero. Odysseus faces many obstacles and life-threatening situations but he overcomes them all. Odysseus is an archetypal hero because he has super-natural help, a fatal flaw and he overcomes obstacles throughout his journey by proving himself in order to reach his goal, which is getting home to Ithaca and to take control over his kingdom.
Odysseus ' journey in the Trojan war helped sculpture the fact that he is a hero. Before his journey home he was battling aside with the Greeks in the Trojan war. The Greeks began to believe that they wouldn 't be able to conquer the city of Troy, but thankfully, due to the wisdom of Odysseus ', their hopes of conquering Troy rose once again. "The Greeks began to despair of ever conquering the city... they decide to resort to a trick through of by Odysseus".(Homer) The Greeks built a huge, wooden horse and placed it in front of the entrance of Troy. The Trojans took the wooden horse as a surrender from the Greeks, and welcomed the horse into their city. But the Trojan eyes were…

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