Odysseus, The Hero Essay

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Odysseus, The Hero

An individual's characteristics are the key to their behavior. Homer's The Odyssey takes
place about 700BC in the Mediterranean, near Greece. The epic tells of a man who left his
home twenty years earlier to fight in the Trojan War. His mission now is to make his way
home to Ithaca. Odysseus shows good and bad traits throughout the epic that influence his
way home . (65 words)


The courage and wisdom of Odysseus help him survive through the whole epic. For example,
Odysseus kills the Cyclops while the giant is asleep, even though the monster ate two men
minutes before (P.110). Odysseus has courage to stand up for his beliefs and never lets
the opinion of others keep him from doing what is right. Some think Odysseus shows his
courage throughout the epic because he is proud and does not want to leave any job
unfinished. Furthermore, Odysseus by plugs the sailors' ears with wax when going through
the Sirens, whose sweet singing lures sailors to there doom (p. 141). Odysseus often
hesitates before acting, because he uses reason to evaluate the situation, which saves him
and his men many times. Odysseus knows that there is no progress without the wisdom to
back it up. Using courage and wisdom throughout life allows a person to see greatness in
life.


As great as he was, Odysseus still had some weaknesses, most importantly that of his pride
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