Following the previous topic, we now touch on one of the most controversial questions that the Odyssey leaves its readers with. Is the man Odysseus, the hero of this poem, actually the ideal of the Greek hero in the ancient world? Certainly, people can argue both ways and support their arguments from evidence in the reading. According to our views, Odysseus is definitely one of, if not the one, ideal hero of the ancient Greek world.
There are quite a lot of reasons why this is so. Firstly, Odysseus is an ideal hero in both the physical and the spiritual sense. In the physical sense he is a great hero, because he overcomes all these extreme dangers; he comes out alive after wondering for ten years and facing the most extremely dangerous creatures and people. Why would Homer set up this whole fantastic voyage with all the strange encounters that Odysseus has to go through, if it was not to show that this man is a great hero of the Greek world? In order to put it more simply, if Odysseus was not one of the greatest heroes, he would not be able to accomplish this voyage.
In the spiritual sense Odysseus is a hero, because he remains faithful and loyal to his wife and household. Although he has been wandering away from home for almost twenty years, the only thing that keeps him alive is the thought of his wife and son that are back at home waiting for him. Odysseus defies immortality twice in his journey; he embraces his mortality and that is what gives him the strength to withstand all the difficulties he faces. In addition, he is unbelievably clever and witty. We find out through the Odyssey that Odysseus was the man that saved the Greeks in the Trojan War and helped them win this terrible war. He came up with the idea of the Trojan horse. That is how they won after ten years of fighting. Also, we see Odysseus various times in the Odyssey making his way through the most difficult situations by using his wits and cleverness: “Odysseus, the man of...
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