Character Analysis Of Odysseus In "Adventures Of Ulysses" By Bernard Evslin.

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In the "Adventures of Ulysses" by Bernard Evslin the main character Odysseus goes through a series of exciting and dangerous trials during his trip back to Ithaca after the Trojan War. In this story Odysseus is portrayed as an epic hero. This can be seen through the fact that he is essentially noble, performs amazing tasks and feats and overcome weakness and temptations most would not be able to endure.Odysseus is essentially noble and this is a component of most epic heroes. This quality is first seen in the beginning of the book; Odysseus is the king of Ithaca and is noble in blood. But Odysseus is not only noble through blood, his actions are often noble. He is very noble when he speaks to the Cyclops, tricking him into drinking his wine which led to him killing the Cyclops. Throughout the book Odysseus nobly stands up for his beliefs. Like when he is on Thrinacia, his men constantly try to convince him to let them kill the cattle of the sun-titan Hyperion. He heeds the warning of Teiresias even when his men were on the brink of starvation, the respect he shows for Teiresias is noble because it is a highly moral thing to do. Telling his two most trusted men to "kill any man who goes near those fatal cattle."(97). Also another indication of his nobility can be seen when his ships are passing the Sirens. He plugs all the sailors' ears but his so he can use his hearing to keep the crew safe (141). Being noble is an essential of every epic hero and Odysseus definitely is, not only in blood but also in how he acts.During the course of the book Odysseus performs amazing tasks and feats, something every epic hero must do. This side of Odysseus is seen throughout the book. Starting on lotus island, after he finds out that the flowers put people to sleep he drags all of his men to the ship. To make this task even more difficult even the smell of the flowers will make people fall asleep. "One by one he carried the sleeping men to the ships/ His strength was going. The honey smell was invading him, making him droop with sleep/ He took his knife and, cutting sharp splinters of wood to prop open his eyelids, staggered back among the men. He worked furiously now, lifting them on his shoulders, carrying them two at a time, throwing them into the ships." (15). Not only did he carry his men two at a time, an amazing feat on its own but he also had to do it under the dreamy smell of the lotus flowers. Another amazing feat Odysseus performs is when he is on cannibal beach and keeps the giant at bay while his men escape to safety (45-46). "Ulysses did not lose his wits. /His sword was scything the air; he hacked away at the giant hands that came at him like a flock of huge meaty gulls. He...

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