Essay on Character Analysis of The Odyssey by Homer

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The Odyssey was written by Homer and is a Greek Epic Poem. It tells the story of how Odysseus returned from Troy after the Trojan War and his adventures and experiences of the journey. In the book, Odysseus is portrayed as a hero by his actions and how he copes with the challenging situations of his trip. Throughout the nearly 10 years traveling, Odysseus showed responsibility, justice, and wisdom in each one of his trials.

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
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After blinding the cyclopes he ties his men to the underside of sheep so they can escape, then leaves last. This shows responsibility because he puts his men first before himself, and thus saves them. He put his men first before himself, thus saving them, a responsible and creative endeavor.

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

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