Who Is Odysseus A Hero

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Odysseus should be considered heroic because he lied to the cyclops when he told him that Poseidon destroyed his ships, and because he went back for his men after they ate the lotus and lost their hope of home. When Odysseus realize that if he told Polyphemus the location of the ships he would want to destroy them, so, when the beast asked him for their location he answered “my ship? Poseidon lord, who sets the world a tremble, broke it up on the rocks at your lands end. A wind from the seaward served him, drove us there. We are survivors, these good men and I” (Homer 6). Odysseus shows that he is clever, for he realizes that the cyclops might wish to destroy his ships if he knew their …show more content…
By not telling the cyclops where his ships are, he conceals its whereabouts. When Odysseus’s men ate the lotus and they lost their hope of home, Odysseus didn’t want to leave them behind. “I drove them, all wailing, to the ships, tied them down under their rowing benches, and called the rest :’ all hands aboard; come, clear the beach and no one taste the lotus or you lose your hope of home” (Homer 2). Odysseus shows that he is a good leader. He went back for his men and tied them in the ship to take them home. By going back for them, he demonstrates he appreciates them. Odysseus is heroic because he appreciate his men and he would do anything to keep them alive, even lie to a cyclops or go look for them and tie them down so they don’t get

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