Odyssey: An Analysis

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Odyssey Final Essay
The Odyssey tells the story of Odysseus and his men. The story talks about the adventure that the men and Odysseus have to get through to get back to Ithaca. Throughout these adventures Odysseus shows heroic traits that help them come over the problems. He also would be considered an epic hero because he does many great things. Also throughout these adventures he makes some mistakes that but him and his men in danger.

Odysseus shows many heroic traits throughout the story; this is what helps him stay alive on his long journey back home. One of the heroic traits he uses is leadership, because he is able to make plans to get through the obstacles that they face on the way home. A couple of those obstacles are when they are trapped in the cave with the Cyclops or when they have to face the monsters. “When the young Dawn with fingertips of rose came in the east, I called my men together and made a speech to them” (898:68-70). This is when Odysseus and his men were going towards the land of the Cyclopes and this shows how Odysseus is taking control and talking to his men about what they are going to do. Another heroic trait that Odysseus shows through all the obstacles he overcomes is courage. Odysseus shows this when he has to get past all the monsters such as Charybdis and Scylla when he was trying to get to Ithaca. “Only instruct me, goddess, if you will, how, if possible, can I pass Charybdis, or fight of Scylla when she raids my crew? (930:72-74). This shows Odysseus’s courage because it shows he will fight of a monster that is impossible to fight, and that means he would get hurt just to keep his men safe no matter when obstacle that they face. One other quality that Odysseus shows is wisdom, and this is key in being a great leader like Odysseus is. “Odysseus disguises himself as a beggar and visits the palace” (943). This shows the wisdom that Odysseus has because his disguises himself because everyone thinks he is dead. He also did...
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