A Hero Vs An Average Person

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What qualities does a hero have? Is it someone who inspires us, or someone who you simply admire? A hero to me is someone who is brave, a leader, intelligent, and strong. A hero has to be able to sacrifice himself for others. A hero is someone who doesn’t look down on others, but someone who encourages others to look up to them. Odysseus, man of many wiles, husband of Penelope, father of Telemachus, Son of Laertes and Anticlea has all the qualities of a hero, but also has some flaws. Odysseus seems to be more than the average person, therefore he is an average person with a mixture of good and bad qualities. Intelligence, and strength, are both great traits that describe Odysseus, and his weaknesses are his pride, sensuality, lack of leadership, and temptation.

First of all, Odysseus shows great heroism through his intelligence. This quote for example “It was so strong that we usually diluted it in water twenty to one. The Cyclops tossed it back and then demanded more.” This quote relates to Odysseus when he shows intelligence and puts Polyphemus asleep by getting him drunk off wine in order to save his men. In todays time an example would be getting someone drunk to take advantage of them to fight them, because they’ll be drunk, and wouldn’t be as stable as they would be sober. This relates to when Odysseus got Polyphemus drunk. This is taking advantage because he stabbed his eye when Polyphemus was asleep which is taking advantage of him. Also, Odysseus shows intelligence when he comes up with the idea of the Trojan horse. This shows intelligence because he came up with the idea of sneaking men in the Trojan horse and having the Greeks leave it in front of Troy as a gift, but he really was tricking them so that he and his soldiers could open up Troys gates. An example that relates to this would be if two people were fighting, and one of them said they quit, but as soon as the other person let go they started fighting again. The point is they lied in order to win. Therefore by Odysseus coming up with the Trojan horse idea he not only caused the end of the 10 year Trojan war he caused the win for the Greeks too. In addition, Odysseus shows intelligence when he is on Calypso’s island. For instance he tells her he is homesick instead of telling her he misses his wife which could lead to jealousy and cause her to not help him. This shows great intelligence because he realized she would be more willing to help if he was just homesick. An example from today’s time of this would be if you were cheating on your wife, and you asked the woman you were cheating with to give you a ride home, because you needed to feed your dogs. It’s a lie to go back home and see your family, because if you told her the truth about your wife she most likely wouldn’t give you a ride. Overall, Odysseus’ cleverness shows great heroism.

Secondly, through Odysseus’s strength, he shows great heroism. For example, Odysseus easily strings his bow...

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