How Odysseus Became a Hero

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Bianca Suarez

What is needed to transform from a man to an Epic hero?
Odysseus’s homeland is Ithaca and he is also the King of Ithaca he is called to fight in the Trojan War, he is away from his family for about twenty years he gets through his problems with the help from the gods especially Athena. Odysseus is an Epic hero because he showed intellect, fortitude, and wisdom. Odysseus was a very cleaver and intelligent he knew when to attack and when to hold back. If Odysseus and his men would have killed Cyclops I his cave they would died as well because there was a bolder in the exit of the cave (book 9 lines 289-295). Odysseus told Cyclops that his name was nobody to trick the other Cyclopes into thinking that there was nothing wrong. (Book 9 lines 360-362). I believe that Odysseus had mental and physical strength and it helped he become an Epic hero. He was away from his family and his Kingdom for twenty years and did not lose hope on going back home. Odysseus spoke to his mother while he was in the Land of the dead I really think that took mental strength to do. Odysseus knew that six of his men would die , he did not tell them because he knew that they would stop rowing in that direction found in book 12 lines (680 -690). Without wisdom Odysseus an Odysseus and his men would have been dead when they faced the Cyclops. He thought his cleaver plans through. Odysseus and his men gave the Cyclops wine so he would become drunk found in book 21 lines 9 lines (342-345). Odysseus offers swineherd and cowherd wives, cattle and homes built near his as a thank you for them helping them and being on his side even when he wasn’t there. With its larger-than-life plot twists, The Odyssey is a classic representation of an epic in literature. With that understood, it is no surprise that the main character of the story helps to define an epic hero. A character must express certain qualities to be considered such. Strength, courage, and nobility are almost basics....
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