Essay herody Odysseus as Epic Hero of Homer's Odyssey

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Odysseus as Epic Hero of Homer's Odyssey

Homer's epic poem The Odyssey is about Odysseus' ten-year journey home from the Trojan War and what Odysseus has to do when he returns. The journey itself is quite a story. Odysseus and his men come in contact with many obstacles that they must overcome and there are more hurdles to jump when Odysseus reaches his destination. Odysseus is an epic hero who, besides showing superhuman characteristics in strength, bravery and cleverness, also proves himself through his emotions, leadership, and the corrections in his faults.

Odysseus' emotions are rare, yet profound enough to enhance the way Odysseus is viewed as an epic hero. The first sign of Odysseus' true emotions
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Epic heroes, who already have superhuman strength and many more attributes that exceed those of humans, need a way to connect with their audience through a common characteristic and emotion is a quality everyone can relate to.

Odysseus takes on the roll of the leader in The Odyssey by always knowing what needs to be done and carrying out whatever that may be. Odysseus and his men are trapped in the Cyclops' cave by a slab of solid rock and the only one who can move the stone is blind and doesn't want Odysseus and his men to leave. This type of situation needs a plan, and Odysseus steps up to supply his men with one. Each of Odysseus' men hide beneath three of the Cyclops' rams while Odysseus clings to the underside of the biggest ewe. When the Cyclops takes away the stone to let his sheep outside, Odysseus and his men are able to escape (360-400). Soon after, Odysseus and his crew must pass between the terrifying monster Scylla, who consumes six occupants of each passing ship, one for each of her heads, and the whirlpool Charybdis. After making a speech of encouragement to his men, Odysseus decides to take the path past Scylla because only six men will be lost, compared to everyone perishing in the whirlpool (600-623). Both of these examples show that Odysseus is not afraid to lead and most of the time has the right answers to difficult situations. Epic heroes have to be able to rise to a

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