Odysseus is an epic heroPaper Rating: Word Count: 610 Approx Pages: 2
Odysseus fits the stereotype of the classic hero because he performs courageous acts throughout his journey, he uses his cleverness to overcome many obstacles, and he learns from his mistakes.
During his journey Odysseus performs many courageous acts. At the island of the Lotus Eaters he rescues his men from the addiction of the lotus flower. After the Cyclops captures them in his cave Odysseus blinds the Cyclops with a sharpened log. Then Odysseus' men sneak out of the Cyclops cave under sheepskins. Odysseus also performs a courageous act when he steers his ship around the deadly whirlpool Charybdis and valiantly tries to defend his men from Scylla, but she strikes to fast for him causing him to lose six men. When Odysseus arrives at the island of the Sun God's cattle he and his crew face famine. So when Odysseus falls asleep his men slaughter some of the Sun God's cattle. This makes the Sun God furious, the Sun God then asks Zeus to destroy their ship. When Odysseus' ship leaves a lightning bolt strikes his ship killing everyone on board except Odysseus. Odysseus survives at sea for several days while only holding onto only debris. After many years Odysseus reaches home to discover that there are many suitors there to attempt to marry his wife in his absence. Odysseus and his son then kill all the suitors. This act makes Odysseus and his son courageous because they are greatly out.
In addition to performing courageous acts, Odysseus also learns from his mistakes. Odysseus learns many things on his journey he learns that he will not be as powerful as the gods and that he can only be as strong as the gods want him to be. He also learns to think his plans out rather than do them on impulse, he demonstrates this while on the island of the Cyclops. In this instance he thinks about the consequences of killing the Cyclops and decides to blind it only. Odysseus also demonstrates this when he... Continue Reading