The Odysseus Analysis Essay First Draft
What defines a hero? Is it the way they act towards others or how they affect society? A hero is defined as someone who’s noble, brave, courage, honest, etc… But in the epic poem The Odyssey, Odysseus performs acts that might question if he’s a hero. Does putting your men at risk make you a hero? Does killing hundreds of people make you a hero? If one examine Odysseus actions, one might have second thought on wither Odysseus is a hero, because he’s really not. Odysseus shows that he can be bright and smart. In book 9, lines 205-210, Odysseus men wanted to kill the Poseidon, the CyclopsCyclops, but Odysseus proposed the fact this if they kill Poseidon the Cyclops, they won’t be able to escape the cave. Odysseus then come up with a great plan of drinking the Cyclops with wine, then stabbing him with a wooden stake. But before this, Odysseus told the Cyclops his name is nobody, which when the Cyclops cried for help after being stabbed, other Cyclops would come to his cave and ask if the Cyclops was okay, and he would respond ‘nobody is hitting me’ ‘nobody is ruining me’, book 9, lines 315-320. Odysseus later tied his men under the sheep in the next morning, leaving himself last, showing that he cares about his men and want them to survive first. But others might argue that Odysseus did in fact did take the biggest sheep, leaving himself a better chance of bypassing. On that morning the Cyclops released the sheep outside the cave, while petting them to make sure no one is escaping. All the men escape and went to the ship. Of course moments like these shows how Odysseus is intelligent, but when escaping the Cyclops with the ship, Odysseus done something that would kill some off his men. Odysseus suddenly starts to mock the Cyclops and said ‘Odysseus, raider of cities, took your eye: Laertes’ son, whose home’s on Ithaca!’ Book 9, lines 415-420. This gets the Cyclops to curse him, making him have a difficult time to...
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