Analysis of the Odyssey by Homer

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Topics: Odyssey, Odysseus
Zoe

January 7, 2012

Why Odysseus Is A Hero “A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of over whelming obstacles” Christopher Reeve According to The Odyssey by Homer, hero’s are depicted as people who are loyal, compassionate, and smart. Odysseus had all these traits, and showed it multiple times through out his journey.
Odysseus is a hero because he is loyal, compassionate, and cunning. Odysseus is a loyal man in more than one way. On his nine year journey home Odysseus and his men came across a nymph called Circe. Circe and Odysseus start to argue because Circe turns his men into pigs. Circe will not change them back unless Odysseus sleeps with her, in their arguement Odysseus said “How dear you tell me to treat you with warmth? you who turned my men to swine in your own house now you hold me here as well ­ teeming me with treachery you lure me to your room to mount your bed” (10.74­77) Odysseus was furious with
Circe but had to sleep with her to save his men, that shows his loyalty to his comrades.
Another way Odysseus shows loyalty is when he told Calypso that he loves his wife even if there is no comparison between Penelope and Calypso. “Look at my wise Penelope. She falls far short of you, your beauty, stature. She is mortal after all and you, you never age or die...nevertheless I long­ I pine, all my days­ to travel home and see the dawn of my return.”
(5.239­243) that quote shows that Odysseus is loyal to Penelope despite calypso’s offer of him staying with her. Odysseus loves Penelope and is loyal to getting home to her and his

son.
Odysseus is a very compassionate and caring person. Odysseus shows a couple of times that behind his powerful role he is very caring, he showed this when he reunited with his house keepers “They came crowding out of their quarters, torch in hand, flung their arms around Odysseus, hugged him, home at last, and kissed his head and

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