Heroic Qualities Of Odysseus In Homer's The Odyssey

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The Odyssey contains many important heroic qualities throughout the poem. The main ones would be him acting audacious, heroic, and having physical strength. Many of these qualities helped him journey around the world to get back to Ithaca. Odysseus acts audacious in many of his events, one of which was when Odysseus and his crew head for the cave. He says “We climbed, then, briskly to the cave. But Kyklops had gone afield, to pasture his fat sheep, so we looked round at everything inside” (Homer IX, 232-234). Odysseus and his crew had no clue whatsoever about what was going on inside the cave while their entering it without any warning. Though through all of the years that people have known him they have figured out that Odysseus never says…show more content…
Odysseus has a sense of heroism when people think of his name, for when Odysseus saves the men from the Lotus Eaters after they ate the Lotus flower. (“They longed to stay forever, browsing on that native bloom, forgetful of their homeland” (103-104 IX).) When his shipmates ate the flower, he did not want his men to forget where they came from and how they go back home. He is the responsible one for not eating it and for telling them that they need to get back on course. Continuing home, his main reason is to get home to his wife before any of the suitors try to take his place. (“Stranger, my looks, my face, my carriage, were soon lost or faded when the Akhaians crossed the sea to Troy, […]. If he returned, if he were here to care for me, I might be happily renowned (147-152 XIX)!’) Odysseus is trying to come home to claim his wife and making sure that everyone in his country is alright. Including his son, they were all worried about what was occurring overseas. While Athena talked to Telemakhos about his father and how he was still living and a great hero, Telemakhos didn’t believe it. (“You cannot be my father Odysseus! Meddling spirits conceived this trick to twist the knife in me (229-235 XVI)”.) Though when Odysseus came home he finally believes because of all of the adventures Odysseus has told them. Odysseus in general traveling with…show more content…
When Odysseus knew that the Seirenes were coming up ahead, he tells his crew to close their ears with beeswax and tie him up against the pole. (“Therefore you are to tie me up, tight as a splint, erect along the mast, lashed to the mast, […] take more turns of the rope to muffle me” (194-198 XII).) He put himself first so that his shipmates wouldn’t be harmed traveling by. Though when sailing through Troy it was a nightmare. (“We saw death in that fury, dropped the yards, unshipped the oars, and pulled for the nearest lee […], until a third Dawn came with ringlets shining.”) With this incident, all of them together use their physical strength and combined a plan to help them get out of the storm. Also when Odysseus comes to tell Antinoos that his crew killed his sheep, he was appalled on what he tells him. (“Enough. Eat and be quiet where you are […], till your back is peeled!”) They were all appalled when they said this. All of these events led up to him having physical

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