Why Odysseus Is A Hero Essay

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Zoe

January 7, 2012

Why Odysseus Is A Hero “A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of over whelming obstacles” Christopher Reeve According to The Odyssey by Homer, hero’s are depicted as people who are loyal, compassionate, and smart. Odysseus had all these traits, and showed it multiple times through out his journey.
Odysseus is a hero because he is loyal, compassionate, and cunning. Odysseus is a loyal man in more than one way. On his nine year journey home Odysseus and his men came across a nymph called Circe. Circe and Odysseus start to argue because Circe turns his men into pigs. Circe will not change them back unless Odysseus sleeps with her, in their
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Another quote showing Odysseus’s compassion is “Many cities of men he saw and teamed their minds, many pains he suffered, heart sick on the open sea fighting to save his life and bring his comrades home.” (1.4­6) that quote is summing up everything Odysseus fought for, to get home, and save his men.
Odysseus is very smart and cunning. Cunning is to be smart in a tricky way. Through out the book The Odyssey Odysseus has proven how sly and smart he could be. In a bad situation in Polyphemus’s cave Odysseus comes up with a plan to get the cyclops drunk and blind him, and so he did. After Odysseus comes up with a way to disguise his name he said
“So you ask me the name I’m known by cyclops? I will tell you but you must give me a guest­gift as you’ve promised, nobody­ that is my name­ nobody­ so my mother and father call me, all my friends.” (9.407­411) This quote is about Odysseus tricking the cyclops into believing his name was nobody, so he would not get in trouble or get hurt. Odysseus did not get caught because the cyclops screamed out “ Nobody is hurting me” so people thought
Polyphemus was not in any danger. Odysseus is extremely smart like when he said to a suitor
“ I too once lived in a lofty house that men admired; rolling in wealth I’d often give to a vagabond like myself, whoever he was, whatever

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