"Odysseus Hero Quotes" Essays and Research Papers

  • Odysseus Hero Quotes

    A hero is "a man noted for his special achievements" according to the dictionary, but if you ask most people what a hero is, you will get the same general response. They will probably say "someone who does something for other people out of the goodness of his heart." Odysseus, who is the main character of the book "The Odyssey" written by Homer, would fit the dictionary¹s definition of a hero; but if you go deeper, looking at what people feel a hero is, he doesn¹t even come close. In the book, Odysseus...

    Achilles, Circe, Greek mythology 749  Words | 4  Pages

  • Odysseus: a Hero

    Odysseus: A Hero Heroism was not an invention of the Greeks. Yet, through the first hundreds years of their civilization, the Greek literature has already given birth to highly polished and complex long epics that revolved around heroes. These literature works gave many possibilities of definition of heroism. The Greeks illustrated heroism to obey the rules laid down by the gods and goddesses, and those who obey the rules would gain honor and fame. The Greeks regarded intelligence as one of...

    Circe, Goddess, Greeks 1351  Words | 4  Pages

  • Odysseus: a Hero or a Flawed Hero?

    Odysseus: A Hero or a Flawed Hero? The epic poem, The Odyssey written by Homer near the end of the 8th century BC, focuses on a Grecian hero named Odysseus. Although after the falling of Troy Odysseus embarks upon a long, grueling journey home, it is through his travels that Homer is able to illustrate him as a hero. A hero is known as, “a man of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities.” (Dictionary.com) Homer’s projection of Odysseus is essentially...

    Achilles, Greek mythology, Homer 1127  Words | 3  Pages

  • Odysseus as a Hero

    Chenneal Hyman Ms.Posner English I April 7, 2013 Odysseus as a Hero When I was younger, I used to watch the figures on TV: athletes, singers, and actors trying to pick which one should be my hero. Granted they were fabulous, did being on TV make them a hero? From many sources that supply countless definitions, one can say that Homer’s Odysseus can fit the true ideal of a hero because he obtains self-control in rigorous situations, cleverness that outwits all mortals, and selfless that at many...

    Achilles, Athena, Hero 968  Words | 3  Pages

  • Odysseus as a Hero

    Odyssey, Odysseus, the central character of the epic, applies his strengths, leadership skills and his determination to reach his abode escaping from flesh eating one-eyed mammoths, arrogant betrayers, and violent whirlpool and sea monsters. Odysseus and his crew face the impossible challenges on his voyage back home, but with Odysseus’ leadership, they prevail. Approaching Scylla and Charybdis, a violent storm and sea monster, the crew trembles in fear, doubting their ability. Odysseus, never...

    Cyclops, Epic poetry, Greek mythology 893  Words | 3  Pages

  • The Odyssey: Is Odysseus Really a Hero?

    Odysseus can be portrayed as an antihero in The Odyssey. A hero is clever, respectful, brave, and shows mercy. Odysseus is the complete opposite of a hero. He is immature, barbaric, unfaithful, and a coward. Being faithful, or loyal, is one of the main aspects of being a hero. Book V shows us that Odysseus might not have been so faithful to Penelope: “Now as he spoke the sun set, dusk drew on/ and they retired, this pair, to the inner cave/ to revel and rest softly, side by side” (5. 234-236) ...

    Death, Homer, Ithaca 881  Words | 3  Pages

  • Odysseus as a Tragic Hero

    simply be a tale in which the hero was trying to accomplish a certain task, such as returning home or rescuing a lover from Hades. In every case, these heroic tales would always end with tragedy; the hero would be killed by a jealous lover, go mad, or have a loved one taken away from him. However, one Greek hero existed whose story did not end with tragedy: Odysseus. Homer's The Odyssey is unique among all other Greek myths in that it is the only story in which the hero does not meet a tragic end;...

    Achilles, Greek mythology, Homer 2458  Words | 6  Pages

  • Odysseus as an Epic Hero

    Odysseus as an Epic Hero In an epic poem, epic heroes exist. An epic hero, an important figure from a history or legend, has to relate to society. By having similar traits as humans, people will look up to the hero. In the epic poem, Beowulf, the epic hero, “Beowulf”, has the ability to die. Since he has this trait, he relates to the civilization and they look up to him. The “Odyssey”, another epic poem, has a hero also. Odysseus, the hero in the “Odyssey,” fits a model of an epic hero because...

    Aeneid, Cyclops, Epic poetry 860  Words | 3  Pages

  • Odysseus: the Anti-Hero

    Odysseus: The Anti-Hero Throughout Homer’s epic The Odyssey, Odysseus is a hero. In all myths and legends, a hero combats the “monsters.” In the typical story a hero is unselfish and fights to protect his people while the monsters are greedy powerful things that antagonize the people. Yet despite this typical storyline, if we read closely, we may conclude that Odysseus is actually the oppressive hero in many of these situations – provoking the “monsters” into fighting. The “monsters” in the...

    Achilles, Cyclops, Epic poetry 1540  Words | 4  Pages

  • Odysseus as an Epic Hero

    Odysseus as an Epic Hero What is the difference between a regular hero and an epic hero? Odysseus from Fagle’s translation of Homer’s The Odyssey and Claybourne’s The Adventures of Ulysses qualifies as an epic hero based on his daring adventures and actions on his detour home from Troy. He earns this title by traveling to various settings, many of which he has never before set foot on, setting himself apart from other men based on his actions of superhuman courage and great valor, and having the...

    Athena, Cyclops, Greek mythology 1222  Words | 3  Pages

  • Odysseus as an Epic Hero

    22 March 2012 Odysseus: Epic Hero or Not? What is a hero you may ask? Merriam-Webster states that a hero is a mythological or legendary figure often of divine descent endowed with great strength or ability; an illustrious warrior; a man admired for his achievements and noble qualities; one who shows great courage; the principal male character in a literary or dramatic work; the central figure in an event, period, or movement. I could support Merriam and say that Odysseus fits many of these...

    Achilles, Athena, Greek mythology 1308  Words | 4  Pages

  • Hero Comparison Essay: Odysseus vs Gandhi

    Hero Comparison Essay K A K 16/12/2011 A hero, a mythological or legendary figure often of divine descent endowed with great strength or ability (Merriam-Webster). There are two types of heroes, epic heroes and modern heroes. Odysseus, one of the most famous epic heroes ever, will be compared to Mahatma Gandhi, a modern day hero, to see if there really is a large gap separating the two types. However, one thing is certain, modern heroes can be identical to epic heroes if they are larger...

    Gujarat, Hero, History of the British salt tax in India 1612  Words | 5  Pages

  • Odysseus' Journey as an Epic Hero

    Odysseus' Journey as an Epic Hero In the epic poem The Odyssey, the main character Odysseus displays the epic hero. An epic hero is given certain qualities. These qualities make the person (usually male) seem larger than life, he or she embodies the values from their culture, he usually goes on a journey that consist of a series of trials, has an ego, and is able to persuade people with his conversation. This description describes Odysseus exactly, but leaves out one major detail, which are his...

    Aeneid, Epic poetry, Greek mythology 1283  Words | 3  Pages

  • Odysseus as a Hero in Homer's Odyssey

    What is a Hero? The Odyssey and Paradise Lost are two very different pieces of literary art. The Odyssey tells a story of a king’s epic journey to return home from war, while Paradise Lost is about Satan’s revenge on God for being kicked out of heaven. One factor that the two stories have in common, not only with each other but also with almost every story ever written, is the development of a hero. In epic literature there are qualifications...

    Adam and Eve, Epic poetry, Hero 901  Words | 3  Pages

  • Odysseus as an Epic Hero

    Lopez English I HP, Period 6 Miss Grabowski 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...

    Circe, Cyclops, Greek mythology 897  Words | 3  Pages

  • Odysseus as an Epic Hero

    The Odyssey In Homer's The Odyssey, our main character, Odysseus, battles a feat of obstacles on the path back to his family and home. Throughout every disaster experienced in Book Two, Odysseus remains a true leader and strives to bring his people and himself home after many years. Odysseus has been known by many to be an epic hero, defined as someone who is higher than a normal human being but lower than a super human or a God. By using qualities such as curiosity, bravery, cleverness and...

    Characteristic, Hero, Human 1147  Words | 3  Pages

  • Odysseus - a Different Type of Hero

    Odysseus – A Different Type of Hero The Homeric epic, the Odyssey, is set in the peaceful years following the Trojan War, and concerns the returning heroes on their journeys home, in particular Odysseus of Ithaca. Odysseus is an epic hero; he displays courage, superior strength, and leadership, all qualities that people admire. While displaying these archetypal heroic traits he also displays his weaknesses as a man, particularly his excessive pride, which actually make him easy to relate to. So...

    Achilles, Greek mythology, Hero 1215  Words | 4  Pages

  • Odysseus a Greek Hero

     It is common knowledge that Odysseus is considered to be a Greek hero, some would even say that he is the one ideal hero of ancient Greece. Yet what is the criteria that puts Odysseus as one of the great Greek heroes? One thing many definitions had for a Greek hero was that they were from divine ancestry, favored by the gods, and have had the skill to complete their journey successfully. In The Odyssey by Homer, Odysseus has fulfilled being demi-god, being favored by the gods and mainly showing...

    Athena, Greek mythology, Hero 1207  Words | 3  Pages

  • Odysseus

    September 2013 Odysseus: A good leader The Odyssey of Homer is a book about a hero and his adventures in his journey home. In this paper, we will discuss about some heroic characters and the leadership skill of Odysseus. To be a good leader, a person should be decisive, cunning, brave, deductive and compassionate. I will discuss why I believe Odysseus as a good leader. First of all, we will discuss about...

    Achilles, Circe, Cyclops 1682  Words | 4  Pages

  • Odysseus

    Odysseus, a hero? What comes to mind when we think of a hero? Generally, we think a hero is someone with some super powers, and has the ability to save the world. The Odyssey, by Homer, a Greek mythical epic, includes Odysseus, someone who would be considered a hero, by what bravery he had shown. But as his life and the epic progresses, almost every time Odysseus faces a difficulty, he chooses to do the right thing, yet his pride and selfishness always get in the way, bringing him down and...

    Achilles, Cyclops, Greek mythology 985  Words | 3  Pages

  • Odysseus

    deadly monsters. In Homer’s epic poem The Odyssey, the king of Ithica, Odysseus, is trying to get home to his family after a ten year war conquering the city of Troy. Odysseus encounters numerous perils during his journey home. Some of his impediments included Calypso, a god, Polyphemus, a giant Cyclopes, and the suitors. Calypso trapped Odysseus on her island for seven years because she loved him. The Cyclopes only saw Odysseus and his crew as food. Then, when he finally gets home, he learns about...

    Cyclops, Greek mythology, Hero 1250  Words | 3  Pages

  • The Grand Hero

    characteristics. Odysseus, the main character of the Odyssey by Homer, fits the mold of an epic hero because he is courageous, persistent, and Odysseus’ courage exemplifies that characteristics of an epic hero. One thing that shows his courageousness was his escape from Polyphemus. He was courageous to stab out Polyphemus’s eyes using a burning pole. Odysseus states: "I took my twelve best fighters and went ahead."(P. 687, L. 136) This example involving the Cyclops shows that Odysseus is not the type...

    Cyclops, Greek mythology, Hero 807  Words | 3  Pages

  • Greek Heros- Odysseus, Jason, & Aeneas

    A Comparison of the Heroes, Odysseus, Jason and Aeneas Odysseus is unique among epic heroes in that his strength comes not from inhuman powers or exceptional physical ability, but mainly from his mind. Odysseus, regularly uses cunning, guile, and superiority of intellect to overcome obstacles. In this paper I will compare Odysseus to other epic heroes, both in terms of character and in terms of responses to crises, comparing his reactions with those of other heroes placed in similar situations...

    Achilles, Aeneid, Argonauts 1692  Words | 6  Pages

  • Odysseus

    Odysseus: The Epic Hero The Trojan War took place around 1200 B.C. The cause of this war was Helen, Menelaus’ wife and the most beautiful woman in the world. She was kidnapped from Sparta and taken to Troy, where she was married to Paris. A war resulted, and it went on for ten long years. Troy was defeated with the Trojan Horse, which was Odysseus’ idea. Greek warriors hid inside the hollow wooden horse, and it was brought into Troy because the Trojans assumed it meant that the Greeks had surrendered...

    Achilles, Greek mythology, Homer 977  Words | 3  Pages

  • Odysseus

    sea monsters, wicked temptresses, a suitors contest, and epic hero, and loyal servants. In The Odyssey, Odysseus, the main character faces many sea monsters including Scylla, Sirens, and Charybdis. Scylla is a sea monster with six heads. She is portrayed as similar to an octopus. She will not stop attacking her prey until she eats six men. Once she gets one human to eat per head, she will leave them alone. Another sea monster Odysseus' encounters are Sirens. Sirens bewitch men with their voice and...

    Circe, Cyclops, Greek mythology 1238  Words | 3  Pages

  • Julius Caesar Hero

    once said “For what does it mean to be a hero? It requires you to be prepared to deal with forces larger than yourself.” In order to truly be called a hero you have to be able withstand powers or forces stronger than yourself. This quote by Norman Mailer is true and two great works of literature help also to prove it Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare and The Odyssey by Homer. Helping to show that both of these works of literature help prove this quote the literary elements of both works of literature...

    Achilles, Charybdis, Greek mythology 1097  Words | 3  Pages

  • odysseus

     Odysseus In The Odyssey, Odysseus breaks Homers’ rule of characters not changing by going from a glory-seeking leader with a big mouth, to being a home-seeking leader that is patient. Odysseus has all the Homeric characteristics that define a leader. He has nobility, strength, courage, and a sharp intellect. Odysseus, along with every other hero, also has a few bad traits. He likes to linger around in one place for too long, his pride and ego are too big, and he wants glory so much he loses...

    Greek mythology, Homer, Iliad 1071  Words | 3  Pages

  • Hero Journey

    Jeannie Watts Mrs. Smith English 9 Period 2 May 20, 2013 My Personal Hero Journey Have you ever thought about the fact that you are on a journey? Every single person is on a personal life journey. We all became more ourselves and developed throughout our life journey and became a different, more mature person along the way. The Odyssey by Homer is an epic poem that is a metaphor for life that teaches its reader that they have challenges that shape who they...

    Achilles, Epic Cycle, Homer 694  Words | 4  Pages

  • Heroics of the Odysseus

    gifts and talents are god's power then is he really a hero at all? Being heroic isn't just about the looks as some would say. No one would claim a woman who has suffered greatly through Chemotherapy while struggling to beat her Cancer. She may not have the muscle or the power that these Greek hunks have but she certainly isn't weak. This is what one would call spiritual heroics. “Odysseus, the man of many wiles”. In a similar sense when Odysseus is called this it better explains his ability to undergo...

    Achilles, Athena, Hero 1126  Words | 3  Pages

  • Odysseus Essay

    Odyssey, it displays arrogance, heroism, and cleverness. A quote that represents Odysseus well is by Garth Stein: The true hero is flawed. The true test of a champion is not whether he can triumph, but whether he can overcome obstacles - preferably of his own making - in order to triumph. Like all heroes on their journey they will eventually complete their quest, but there will always be hardships along the way. Especially with Odysseus rash decisions. In book 9 one of Odysseus’s mistake...

    Cyclops, English-language films, Greek mythology 975  Words | 3  Pages

  • Odysseus

    The Making of a Hero The Odyssey an epic poem by Homer (translated by Robert Fitzgerald) has many various themes woven throughout the story. One of my personal favorites is: falling into temptation will take you farther back than your starting point. You can see this theme portrayed as Odysseus struggles to find his home but when tempted stays to long with Circe. Or as they are almost home to Ithika and Odysseus’s crew opens the sack of winds. Also when they land on the island of the sun god...

    Epic poetry, Helios, Homer 816  Words | 3  Pages

  • Is Odysseus a Hero?

    Is Odysseus a Hero? Anyone can be brave, caring, intelligent, or confident. When these characteristics are combined in one person that person is called a hero. The Hero’s Journey is never an easy one. This particular journey, as detailed in Homer’s The Odyssey, is one of struggle, loss, heartache, pain, growth and triumph. It is comprised of many steps that Odysseus has to overcome and battle through in order to achieve his final goal of reaching his home and his loved ones. Odysseus overcomes...

    Achilles, Athena, Cyclops 656  Words | 2  Pages

  • Is Odysseus a Hero?

    Is Odysseus a Hero? Many believe that bravery or taking heroic actions are the main traits a true hero should attain however, people often forget about the immoral character traits one can have. In The Odyssey, an epic by Homer, Odysseus is the king of Ithaca who goes through a long and dangerous journey back home to his family after fighting in the Trojan War. A true hero should not only take brave actions but must also be a role model with admirable characteristics such as honesty and being...

    Achilles, Greek mythology, Marriage 576  Words | 2  Pages

  • Is Odysseus a Hero?

    translated by Robert Fagles, is an epic poem focused on Odysseus, an Ithacan soldier, and his journey that helps him grow as a hero. Odysseus makes idiotic mistakes that end up costing his crewmembers’ lives. His immature ways are sometimes interrupted by occasional courageous acts, but do not outweigh the negative ones. Even though he possesses some hero archetype qualities, Odysseus is not a hero. One way Odysseus proves himself to not be a hero by having an affair with Calypso while married. “And...

    Achilles, Cyclops, Homer 528  Words | 2  Pages

  • Odysseus Is Not a Hero

    epic poem translated by Robert Fagles, Odysseus, who is the main character of the book, would fit the dictionary's definition of a hero if you go deeper, looking at what people feel a hero is, and he doesn't even come close. In the book, Odysseus does nothing out of the goodness of his heart. During the war in Troy, Odysseus was definitely a hero by thinking smartly and by protecting his men, but, even if Odysseus fought in the Trojan War, he is not a hero because he is self-centered and ignorant...

    Achilles, Cyclops, Greek mythology 539  Words | 2  Pages

  • Is Odysseus a Hero?

    Omar Qureshi Period 5 Is Odysseus a Hero? What is a hero? In my opinion, a hero is someone who accomplishes spectacular feats and puts others before himself. According to my definition, Odysseus, the main character in the epic poem The Odyssey, deserves the title of hero. This is due to three reasons; he is skilled in battle, ingenious and loyal. One way a hero accomplishes feats of valor is to have physical prowess, which Odysseus does. Odysseus’ skill in battle was shown throughout the course...

    Cyclops, Diomedes, Greek mythology 805  Words | 2  Pages

  • The Hero Odysseus

    The Hero Odysseus Homer’s Odyssey is an epic tale that shows us the struggle of one man who is known as Odysseus, and his ten-year struggle to return home to his wife after fighting in the Trojan War. Along the way he is faced with many challenges, and the decisions he makes shapes his fate, his life, and the lives of his crew aboard his ship. During his journey, he makes good and bad decisions such as blinding Cyclopes, leaving the mystical bag of winds unguarded, and building the Trojan horse...

    Achilles, Greek mythology, Homer 775  Words | 2  Pages

  • Odysseus

    the odyssey if were actually watching it eventhough that the teacher already taught it . it seems that the students not only enjoying watching it but the same time learning. moreover, I can say that The Odyssey is an enjoyable story following King Odysseus' adventures during the ten years he spent returning from the Trojan War to Ithaca, Greece.There were many differences between this version in movie of The Odyssey and Homer's original story. In the movie they include the facts that encounters with...

    Achilles, Epic Cycle, Greek mythology 913  Words | 3  Pages

  • Aenied vs. Odysseus

    the Odyssey, Odysseus has a twenty year long voyage home from Troy (after the Trojan War) to his homeland of Ithaca. In The Aeneid, Aeneas and his fleet are attempting to leave their homeland of Troy, which was recently destroyed by the Greeks in hopes of finding New Troy in Italy. The Aeneid is considered the Trojan testimony to the Trojan War while the Odyssey is the Greeks side of the story. Think of it as a football game, Aeneas is the captain of the Trojans team while Odysseus is the captain...

    Aeneid, Homer, Iliad 1067  Words | 3  Pages

  • Odysseus: A Hero

    Odysseus: A Hero Odysseus is a strong man and cares about his family which he needs to get back to after The Trojan War. Odysseus is strong and he leads his men with confidence. He also is a hero because of the amazing and brave deeds that he has performed. Also, Odysseus has supernatural strength, with the help of gods, and is very intelligent. Odysseus shows these traits by completing tasks that were ahead of him. He also had to trick many to get back to his family. Odysseus defeats many who...

    Achilles, Cyclops, Greek mythology 756  Words | 2  Pages

  • HEro

    WWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWLSearch Results Hero - IMDb www.imdb.com/title/tt0299977/‎ Rating: 7.9/10 - ‎123,269 votes Directed by Yimou Zhang. With Jet Li, Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Maggie Cheung, Ziyi Zhang. One man defeated three assassins who sought to murder the most ... Hero - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hero‎ A hero (heroine for a female) (Ancient Greek: ἥρως, hḗrōs), in Greek mythology and folklore, was originally a demigod, their cult being one of the most ... ‎Hero (disambiguation) -...

    Cinema of China, Enrique Iglesias, Hero 529  Words | 3  Pages

  • Odysseus

    Humans compare many things like, how tall they are or how much they weigh. World literature generally gives us many ways to compare on work from another as for example, Odysseus in the epic poem The Odyssey by Homer, and Oedipus in the play Oedipus the King by Sophocles. These two men may have one thing in common, their pride. However, their relationships, self-control, and motivations are totally different from each other. Pride is a funny thing, too much or too little of it can hurt you, however...

    Greek mythology, Jocasta, Odysseus 2074  Words | 5  Pages

  • hero

    people who are just normal, yet are called heroes not for their powers, but for the achievements they have accomplished through their lives. A hero is someone who makes a change in many lives including his or her own life. Defining the word hero may differ from one culture to another, but they share some essential characteristics. Polster (2001) writes that a hero definition must include these following characteristics “first respect human life, second have a strong sense of personal choice and effectiveness...

    Courage, Harriet Tubman, Hero 1178  Words | 4  Pages

  • Odysseus

    Name______________________________________________________ Period____ The Odyssey: Chapter 5-8 Quiz 1. Odysseus tells the Cyclops that “it is Zeus’ custom to treat strangers kindly.” What is the Cyclops’ reaction to this? a. He offers Odysseus and his men food and wine b. He ignores Odysseus and his men c. He tells Odysseus that he is not afraid of Zeus d. He tells them to leave 2. All of the following actions show Odysseus’ intelligence EXCEPT: a. He wants to find out who lives in the cave b. He tells the...

    Athena, Circe, Cyclops 791  Words | 3  Pages

  • Odysseus

    Leadership Skills Good leaders inspire those who follow with words as well as actions. There are, however, not perfect and sometimes make poor decisions. In The Odyssey, Odysseus, being human, sometimes makes errors in judgment and puts himself and his men in danger. In Homer’s classic epic, The Odyssey, Odysseus demonstrates characteristics of both an effective and ineffective leader. An example of Odysseus’s effective leadership would be his ability to think ahead, for ...

    Achilles, Cyclops, Homer 425  Words | 3  Pages

  • A Hero

                                              Hero      A hero is defined as many things. While many people consider heroes to be larger than life figured, Christopher Reeves says that, "A hero is an ordinary person, who preserves, and endures despite overwhelming challenges". This quote analyzes an unconventional definition of a hero from Christopher Reeve's point of view. What truly makes a hero is the courage to say that, it is not one, which is the hero it is someone else. Someone else that fought...

    Christopher Reeve, Hero, John McCain 935  Words | 3  Pages

  • Odysseus Leadership

    Odysseus: The Definition of a Leader When considering the impact of ancient Greek literature, it is imperative to acknowledge the importance of The Odyssey and The Iliad, both created by the poet Homer. The Odyssey is centered on the character Odysseus as he returns from war and journeys back to his home in Ithaca. The Iliad focuses on the Trojan War and is largely centered on the fearless warrior Achilles. However, Odysseus plays an important role in both pieces of literature and leads the reader...

    Achilles, Epic Cycle, Hero 1738  Words | 5  Pages

  • Aruther V. Odysseus , choose a mythic/epic hero from another culture equal in stature to Arthur. Compare the two figures and their portrayals.

    ancient Greek hero of Odysseus from The Odyssey, and the medieval English hero of King Arthur from Le Morte D' Arthur. When you first look at these two heroes you see that they are from two completely different times, with different cultures, different ethics, and different social structure. But they still have many similarities which include the support they get from others on their journeys, the adventures they go on, and the portrayal and treatment of women in their stories. When Odysseus and Arthur...

    Bors, Hero, Holy Grail 889  Words | 3  Pages

  • Temptations of Odysseus

    Temptations of Odysseus Odysseus: a hero in every way. He is a real man, skilled in the sports, handy with a sword and spear, and a master of war strategy. Most of the challenges and adventures in his return voyage from Troy show us this even if we had no idea of his great heroic stature and accomplishments in the Trojan war. I found in my reading of the Odyssey that most of the trials the gods place upon him are readily faced with heroic means. These challenges are not necessarily welcomed...

    Achilles, Athena, Cyclops 1519  Words | 4  Pages

  • What is a hero

    What is a hero? To most people, a hero is a strong, brave person with an amazing costume. Heroes usually have super powers and are constantly saving people. But it takes many more traits than this to be classified as a hero. Some characteristics of a hero are super natural help, leaving on a journey in which the hero proves himself, a fatal flaw, and they are sometimes honored after death. In The Odyssey by Homer, Odysseus shows many traits of a hero. Odysseus faces many obstacles and life threatening...

    Athena, Greek mythology, Odysseus 1168  Words | 3  Pages

  • Virgil’s Prevailing Hero

    Virgil’s Prevailing Hero The heroic characteristics introduced in Virgil’s Aeneid are different in comparison to the Homeric epic characteristics. Unlike Homeric epics the Iliad and the Odyssey, Virgil depicts Aeneas, the Aeneid epic hero, in a modern way, making Aeneas more relatable and better understood by the audience. The three major differences between Virgil’s epic hero, Aeneas, and Homer’s epic heroes, Achilleus and Odysseus, from the Iliad and the Odyssey are the use of inner struggles...

    Achilles, Epic poetry, Homer 882  Words | 3  Pages

  • Satan: the True Hero of Paradise Lost

    centuries. One would gather that Milton, a Puritan, would have no problem casting God as the hero, and Satan as the antagonist. But looking back in history, Milton saw that most epic heroes had conflicts that prevented them from accomplishing their goals. God and his Son have no conflict, and Adam's story doesn't really begin until the Fall of Man. Therefore, Milton was forced to select Satan as the hero of Paradise Lost because he adheres to the guidelines of epic poetry set by Homer, Vergil and...

    Aeneid, Epic poetry, Greek mythology 1635  Words | 5  Pages

  • Epic Hero or Not

    Odysseus: Epic Hero? The question has been raised as to whether or not Odysseus, the hero of Homers the Odyssey, is an epic hero. An epic Hero portrays many classic properties, including being very strong and courageous. Odysseus is an epic hero, because he portrays many of these and other traits, such as having a goal that is foremost in his mind, and having descended into the underworld. An epic hero is almost overwhelmed with difficulty, often beyond that which a normal man could withstand...

    Athena, Goddess, Greek mythology 1332  Words | 4  Pages

  • Achilles and Odysseus

    Iliad can be seen to chronicle the maturation of the Greek hero during the terrible battles of the Trojan War. Achilles is a hero in the epic sense. He is complete with flaws and bad qualities that round out the character, but has passions and convictions that any reader can relate to. Throughout the course of the Iliad, Homer creates the character of Achilles to be a Homeric hero, and also, a modern day hero. To understand a "Homeric hero" one must know a little about the Homeric code. The Homeric...

    Achilles, Greek mythology, Hero 1944  Words | 5  Pages

  • Maximus and Odysseus

    Maximus and Odysseus While watching the film Gladiator with my girlfriend I realized the striking similarities that heroes share. However, I always wonder who is more of a hero. The definition or hero is a person noted for feats of courage or nobility of purpose, especially one who has risked or sacrificed his or her life. So let us compare the two heroes as the dictionary defines them. In the end I hope to be able to define who is a greater hero. Maximus was a great warrior in the Roman legion...

    Achilles, Athena, Commodus 1109  Words | 3  Pages

  • Odysseus: Hero or Villain

    April 2008 Odysseus: Hero or Villain? Heading home, to Ithaca, Odysseus is faced upon many obstacles that he and his men try to overcome, but in the end substantiate that Odysseus is a villain. “The old soldier in despair: He has spent ten years (seven of them as Calypso’s not entirely unwillingly captive) trying to get home” (652, summary). Evidence proves that Odysseus is a villain, because he tries to convince that he was kept unwillingly by Calypso. However, it is true that Odysseus was kept as...

    Circe, Cyclops, Greek mythology 638  Words | 2  Pages

  • Heroic Odysseus

    Break the Wall Odysseus, the most brave and honorable warrior in all of Greece. After fighting with valor for home, kleos, and country, the Greeks have defeated the Trojans. His real journey begins on his voyage home. He will not only face walls of monsters, storms, armies, the wrath of Poseidon, and countless other challenges, but facing his own wall that he has been building. Brick-by-brick he has built the largest obstacle he will ever face. Himself. We have often wondered why we are here or...

    Athena, Greeks, Homer 1066  Words | 3  Pages

  • What Is a Hero

    What is a hero? 1 Have you ever asked yourself, “What is a hero?” A hero is “a mythological or legendary figure” (www.merriam-webster.com). Heroes have “divine ancestry, great courage and are “celebrated for bold exploits” (Houghton Mifflin, The American Heritage Dictionary, Second College Edition). This essay will highlight these qualities and how they are exemplified in the lives of Odysseus of Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, the four priest who were on the Titanic, Neil Armstrong, the...

    Achilles, Hero, Iliad 670  Words | 3  Pages

  • The Heroic Journey of Odysseus

    stage of the journey, the departure, the hero leaves their known world and begins their adventure. After the hero undergoes the departure, they then move on to the next stage, the initiation, where they are put through tests and venture into the world of hero or magic or the previously unknown. The third and final stage is that of the return, where the hero must return back to his home. A perfect example of someone that underwent the heroic journey is Odysseus from the epic poem, The Odyssey by Homer...

    Achilles, Athena, English-language films 906  Words | 3  Pages

  • Hero Essay

    Hero Essay A hero is different to every person. However, societies normally have similar views when it comes to a hero. Two American heroes, Edward Bloom and Chris McCandless are to some extent viewed the same way the Greeks viewed their own ancient Greek hero, Odysseus. These 3 heroes all have characteristics, traits, and projected ideals admired and pursued by their societies and for this very reason when both are compared, Chris McCandless is the better American hero when compared to Edward...

    Ancient Greece, Greece, Greek mythology 1301  Words | 3  Pages

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