Essay on Character Analysis of The Odyssey by Homer
Responsibility, an important trait of a hero is demonstrated throughout the book constantly for a good reason. Odysseus shows his responsibility well near the start of his adventures at the Island of the Lotus Eaters. On the island, some of Odysseus's men eat the lotus's and begin to loose hope, wanting nothing but …show more content…
Revenge is a dish best served cold, or so they say, and Odysseus leaves nothing to chance during the finale of the Odyssey. When Odysseus confronts his wife's would-be suitors, he takes matters into his own hands and portrays justice. Instead of letting anyone leave, he decides to turn the dinner party into a full out massacre. His son Telemachus removes all the weapons from the great hall and supplies himself, his father, and two servants with spears and shields. Together, Odysseus, his son, and the two servants mow down each and every on of the suitors. This shows justice by taking revenge for stealing from his house and attempting to court his wife. In the Land of the Dead, Odysseus's main goal is to talk to Tiresias. Before that, he learns how Elpenor, a sailor of his, died . Elpenor asks to be properly buried, with his tomb holding the mark of the unknown sailor. Odysseus agrees, which displays justice because it is the right thing to do for a dead member of the company.
Without the trait of wisdom on his side, the story of Odysseus would be much less well known and less exciting. The stories of