English I HP, Period 6
January 27, 2011
Odysseus as Epic Hero
The Odyssey, written by Homer, describes an epic hero to be a mortal male, someone who goes on along, dangerous expedition, also who is very brave, intelligent, and responsible. He will face many conflicts yet always manages to prevail. Odysseus possesses all these traits and demonstrates it throughout the entire Odyssey, such as when Odysseus and his men become trapped in a Cyclops’ cave and he needs to figure out a way to escape using his intelligence as well as when he must think up how he is too make it passed a deathly part of the ocean that lures you to your death with divine, angelic songs, and also having to decide between the death of six men, or the death of everyone when Odysseus must choose to go through a six headed beast or an immense, gargantuan whirlpool.
Odysseus has the trait of intelligence which is most shown in “The Cyclops.” He starts off by exhibiting the trait when Odysseus and his men are trapped in a cave and meet a Cyclops named Polyphemus. They notice that the Cyclops has no manners. Polyphemus starts asking them questions; Odysseus doesn’t want to tell him anything that can be used to track home back home if he escapes, so Odysseus tells Polyphemus, “Cyclops, you ask my honorable name? Remember the gift you promised me, and I shall tell you. My name is Nohbdy: mother, father, and friends, everyone calls me Nohbdy.”(Line 313-316) This shows how quick Odysseus can think up plans to keep him from getting killed. Another time Odysseus shows his quick wits is the plan he formulates to escape the Cyclops’ home. Odysseus and his men get Polyphemus drunk and waited for him to fall asleep. Once asleep, they made a large spike which they then used to stab Polyphemus in the eye while he was asleep. Polyphemus got up and opened the exit to call out to other fellow Cyclopes to come and help him. While Polyphemus did this, it granted...