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Favorite Greek Classical Hero Essay

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Odysseus brave, always able to think fast and able to fight the good fight when the need arises has been one of my favorite hero's since I first read about him. Throughout the Odyssey we are able to how great of a hero he truly is. If there was a defining moment that made Odysseus my favorite classical hero I would never be able to pick just one. This is due to how Odysseus was not just one kind of hero, he was the hero that knew how to think his way out of any problem, as well as a hero that would know the time he needed to use force to get the job done. As we progress in this essay my goal is to show you the classical hero that taught me not only is your strength a valuable ally but your ...view middle of the document...

They could be real people with softer sides that broke down but could keep going especially with the goal that he had. Which leads me to think on what his goal truly was, when the story first started it seemed like he wanted to get home but wanted the glory of what he had done to not go unnoticed. As the story progressed I saw him change into a more humble man that knew that he could not talk of his exploits as he pleased especially with the threats of death waiting for him back at home. This was an important change because if it had not happened he most surely would have died at the hands of the suitors who from what I could tell would let nothing stand in the way of Penelope especially Odysseus. This to me was very memorable because in a lot of older stories the hero stayed the same in personality maybe growing in strength but almost never seen growing internally like he had. Next we come to a time in the Odyssey that I found most exciting thus far.
As the battle approaches I found Odysseus's time as a wanderer very interesting. It was a way for him to see his own kingdom another way. It was a time where his best ally was his quick wit and intellect, because he knew that brute force would not work in this situation. As the intense battle approached we were able see his foresight once again with the plan of taking all of the weapons away from the suitors, even if the plan did fail him. When we finally do come to the battle, it was something that showed me that at times there is no room for mercy. Sometimes...

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