Homer's Odyssey-Is Odysseus A Hero?

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Is Odysseus a Hero? Odysseus is a man who was traveling home from war to his family, however was detoured and was set out to battle creatures who threatened Odysseus and his men. On his way battling the monsters he saved many lives to try to escape from them, however some were also lost on the way. Odysseus is a hero because he is always courageous, intelligent, and strong. Odysseus is courageous because he is always willing to sacrifice his life for another’s. “Eurylochus tells Odysseus what has happened and begs him to sail away from Circe’s island. Against this advice, however Odysseus rushes to save his men from the enchantress… Circe gives Odysseus a magic drink, but it does not affect him and he threatens to kill her with his sword.”…show more content…
“But the man skilled in all ways of contending, satisfied by the great bow’s look and heft, like a musician, like a harper, when with quiet hand upon his instrument he draws between his thumb and fore-finger a sweet new string upon a peg: so effortlessly Odysseus in one motion strung the bow.” (Pg. 1155, Lines 105-114.) Odysseus is strong because he could shoot the most heavy and complicated bow none of the suitors could shoot so naturally without any trouble. Odysseus is a hero because he is so strong he could get through any challenge smoothly. Odysseus is also strong because most men could not shoot his bow, except for Odysseus himself, and even if the suitors could shoot the bow they would have trouble doing it, but not Odysseus. Some people may agree that Odysseus is strong, however that may not always be a good thing. For instance many people may think that Odysseus is conceited because all he ever does is his show off his strength and power, but that may not be true all of the time because Odysseus was just trying to get back home to Penelope. But when he did get home, his wife, Penelope was with dozens of men, so to gain his wife back Odysseus had to be the bigger person in the room. Odysseus also had to use his strength so he could not only save his crew, but to also save himself as well so Penelope wouldn’t be lonely
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