Odysseus's Qualifications As An Epic Hero

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What traits of a hero that are admirable? Odysseus shows the trait of anger when he kills all of the suitors, instead of releasing them or punishing them in another way. He also shows that he is a sore winner when he taunts the Cyclops. He proves to readers that he is unloyal to his wife, Penelope, when he allows himself to be easily persuaded by goddesses. Therefore, Odysseus should not be admired as an epic hero. Although Odysseus has a right to be upset at the suitors for trying to take his place as King and steal his wife, he shows the trait of anger when he refuses to release any of them, or give them different punishments. “ There will be killing till the score is paid. You forced yourselves upon this house. Fight your way out, or run for it, if you think you’ll escape death.” (Odysseus, page 1159, line 64). Odysseus refuses to let any of the suitors escape. He lets his anger take the best of him, as he and his followers kill every last man. He shows no mercy and no sympathy.…show more content…
“O’ Cyclops! Would you feast on my companions? …. How do you like the beating that we gave you, you damned cannibal? Eater of guests under your roof! Zeus and the gods have paid you!” (Odysseus, page 1121, line 300). For example, Odysseus taunts the cyclops, after escaping, which dooms all of his men. Because of this, and because of him telling the Cyclops his name, the Cyclops curses him, and makes it so his ship ends up crashing. In the curse, it is also said that all of his companions will die, which they do. If Odysseus would’ve stayed quiet and left in peace, he and his men would have returned home sooner and

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