The Odyssey

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The Odyssey


The Odyssey


Odysseus was always considered to be a great man and a great hero. He was known for his
brain as well as his muscle. He was an epic hero of a narrative poem about the deeds of
gods or heroes. He possesses qualities superior to those of most men, yet remains
recognizably human. These heroes have a tragic flaw. This is what makes them a hero
instead of a god. Gods are perfect. Odysseus is the hero in The Odyssey, an epic
attributed to Homer. His tragic flaw is hubris, occasional occurrences of excessive,
overbearing pride. Odysseus is considered a hero because he is a skilled warrior, and a
leader of outstanding wisdom, resourcefulness, courage, and endurance. Odysseus' actions
during three events that take place in The Odyssey show his better traits. The encounters
with the Lotus-Eaters, the Cyclops, and Scylla and Charybdis all demonstrate his heroism.

Odysseus' brilliance is shown upon his ships arrival on the coastline of the Lotus-Eaters.
Instead of letting his entire crew off of the ship to explore this mysterious area,
Odysseus only allowed two picked men and a runner to learn who lived on the land. After
some time, none of the three cared to report, nor to return to the boat. This was because
they ate the Lotus plant, which was a drug that the Lotus-Eaters offered to the men. It
caused them to lose all desire to reach home again. Singlehandedly, Odysseus forced all
three men back, tied them down under the rowing benches, and ordered the crew to row away.
In this incident, his strength and care for his men is shown.

Odysseus' encounter with the Cyclops demonstrated his resourcefulness and courage. After
Odysseus and his twelve best men first talked to the Cyclops, two men were devoured by
this beast just because he was hungry. This may have shaken up his remaining men, but
Odysseus wouldn't let his crew turn and run. Instead, he devised a plan to get what they
had wanted, the Cyclops' rams, which were fat with heavy fleeces. The plan included making
the Cyclops drunk, blinding him by driving a pointed six foot pole through his lone eye,
and hiding beneath the rams to avoid any confrontations with the Cyclopes. The encounter
with the Cyclops was another test of Odysseus' heroism. Once again, he came out on top and
proved that he was a hero.

The encounter with Scylla and Charybdis was Odysseus' greatest challenge up to that point.
If he were to fail to escape from this encounter safelly his journey home will be greatly
delayed.

Scylla was a sea monster of gray rock with six heads, and Charybdis was an enormous and
dangerous whirlpool. Unfortunately, to reach their home, they were forced to sail directly
between these two dangerous hazards. Odysseus was left with a huge dilemma. Should he sail
closer to Scylla or Charybdis? He chose to go closer to Scylla, and this showed how he
could make major decisions under great pressure anticipating a succesful out come. If they
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