Traits Of The Hero Odysseus In The Odyssey By Homer

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What is a hero? What is so special about a hero? A hero is a mortal with inhuman powers who does things ‘normal’ people cannot do. Most heros are usually form Mythology of the Greeks and Romans in the twentieth (20th) to the first (1st) century BC. All heros will go through an Odyssey, or a adventure/s with romance, action, and at times, a happy ending. This leads to a story written in Eight hundred (800) BC, called “The Odyssey.” The Odyssey is an Epic poem written by Homer, a greek poet who lived in the eighteen hundred to the seventeen hundred BC. The Odyssey is the story of a hero named Odysseus, who is in a struggle to return home to his Kingdom Ithaca and his family (his wife Penelope and his son Telemachus). While on his way home, he feels it is necessary to see his future by Tiresias, a fortune telling prophet of Thebes. Sadly through the prophet’s telling, Odysseus is warned about suitors trying to steal his family and kingdom from his grip. Eventually, he will arrive home and go into a killing spree of the suitors. But for him to reach home, what would he need to have to finish his long journey? He needs the traits of a hero, which are cunningness and courage.
Fortunately, Odysseus shows his strongest traits throughout his journey, which are his cunning tricks and wondrous acts of courage. For his great courage, he shows this trait through many of his trials. One example is when he risked his life to find his destiny from Teiresias, before he heads home. For this to happen , he would need to fight undead souls and eventually reach the prophet. “ From every side they came and sought the pit with rustling cries; and I grew sick in fear . But presently I gave command to my officers to flat those sheep the bronze cut down, and make burnt offering of flesh to the gods below – to sovereign Death, to pale Persephone. Meanwhile I crouched with my drawn sword to keep the surging phantoms from the bloody pit till I should know the presence of Teiresias…” (775). For the risk, Odysseus had a chance of being captured by the souls of the dead and being killed in the process. Another example of Odysseus’ courage is the encounter of Circe, a witch that converted travelers into animals with magic (pretty much witchcraft). Eurylochus and thirty-two men were sent to scout the island of Aeaea, where Circe lives. When the boat landed , the groups of men turned to animals surrounded her hall and waited for her spell to be lifted so they could be human again. Eventually, for the sound of Circe’s soothing voice and smell of great food, all the group except Eurylochus entered the hall and were turned into pigs. After seeing Circe’s evil deed, Eurylochus sprints in peril towards the boat to warn Odysseus of Circe. He took the courage facing the fact he too, may be turned to a pig. While on his way to encounter Circe, the god Hermes (god of war) gives Odysseus a magical flower that reflects the spell. When Odysseus encounters Circe, she obviously tried to turn...

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