In the modern world, generally heroes are defined as people who strive or sacrifice themselves for what's right. In the Epic Poem, The Odyssey, by the poet Homer, the character, Odysseus proves himself a Greek Epic Hero. In this story Odysseus goes to fight in Troy. After the war, his men and he face more challenges along the way, trying to go home to Ithaca. Odysseus fits the description of a Greek Epic Hero because he shows courage, leadership, and wisdom.
Initially, one of the most important characteristics that Odysseus shows is courage. An example of courage is when Odysseus stabs the Cyclops. In the poem, The Odyssey, Odysseus proclaims, “So with our brand we bored that great eye socket while blood ran out around the red hot bar. (9. 296-297)”, clearly supports the idea that Odyssey displays courage and bravery which is a necessary quality for a Greek Epic Hero to have. In addition, another event where courage is shown by Odysseus is when Odysseus encounters Aeolus, the god of winds. Many men would not trust this god and not accept his secret bag of winds, believing it would be a plague of some sort, but he does and treats the god with hospitality. Moreover, his encounter with the Cyclops is an excellent example of both strength and courage since he had to be courageous enough to speak with the Cyclops and get him drunk. He also shows bravery when Circe turns his crew into animals, and he climbs straight up a mountain, risking his life just to save his crew.
Subsequently, another vital trait that Odysseus has is leadership. A case of leadership is shown when Odysseus tells his men to keep fighting even though he dies and also for his men to reach their homeland. This is evidently supported when Odysseus states that, “Friends, have we never been in danger be for this? More fearsome, is it now, than when the Cyclops penned us in his cave? What power he had! Did I not keep my nerve, and use of my wits to find a way out for us?...
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