Odysseus, the main character of The Odyssey,by Homer, certainly qualifies as an epic hero. He has help from numerous characters, defeats a handful of supernatural enemies, and is known by many individuals from across the land.
Odysseus, the main character of The Odyssey, certainly qualifies as an epic hero. He has help from numerous characters, defeats a handful of supernatural enemies, and is known by many individuals from across the land. These three qualifications are what set apart a normal character in a story from a true epic hero.
Throughout Odysseus's long journey to his home in Ithaca, many minor characters help him in any way they can. For example, Hermes knew that Odysseus would not be able to withstand the magical powers of Circe, and so Hermes gave him the Moly plant. This plant allowed Odysseus to drink the potion that Circe had given him without turning into a pig, which in turn gave Odysseus the chance to retrieve his crew and eventually leave the island. Later on in thestory, Odysseus receives a life saving tip from Athena. She tells him that there are about one hundred suitors trying to marry his wife, and she disguises him as a beggar so that he could sneak in undetected. Another point in thestory where Athena helps Odysseus is towards the end of the giant battle between the suitors and Odysseus's crew, where she fought along side Odysseus to kill the last of the men. Three other men, Eumaeus, Philoetius, and Telemachus, stayed true to Odysseus and fought to the end of the raging battle between the suitors and themselves. Each of these loyal companions had separate roles in the fight, but helped Odysseus with the same overall purpose. Eumaeus closed the gate so that the suitors could not escape; Philoetius locked all of the women's quarters, and Telemachus, Odysseus' son, brought swords and shields for them all to fight with. Without the help of Hermes,Athena, his son, and his old friends, Odysseus would never have lived through to the...
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