Odysseus: A Hero In Homer's The Odyssey

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The Odyssey is about a man named Odysseus. Odysseus was considered a hero, The Odyssey is considered an epic. An hero is a being of godlike prowess and beneficence who often came to be honored as a divinity. A epic is a long poetic story that usually centers around a hero. In The Odyssey, Odysseus was the hero, but I don’t agree with that. I don’t think Odysseus is a hero because in each story Odysseus is narcissistic, egotistical, and self-centered. In these stories he either left his men to die so he could get away or lied. In each story he has committed adultery with multiple mistresses. In the Cyclops Odysseus actually seems like a hero for a quick moment, then he goes back to being a scandalous man that puts his men in danger.…show more content…
In that moment it was a selfless act until you actually thought about the exhausting situation. He saw his moment to eradicated Polyphemus, but he didn’t because he knew that he would be stuck in the cave forever. Odysseus told the king that it was for his men, but in reality he just was saving himself so he would die in the cave. During the telling of this story to the king, Odysseus misrepresents the truth of the endangerments he went on. With each adventure there would always be a woman that would meet Odysseus and would go to bed with him. Even though Odysseus has a wife at home, Penelope he still cheats on her with all these different women. In the story there was one woman that tried keeping Odysseus forever her name is Calypso. Calypso is a nymph that kept Odysseus for 7 years, hoping to marry him, probably not knowing he was already married. When telling the king about Calypso he tells him that she captured him and held him
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