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The Odyssey

Most people hear the word hero and think of the stereotypical individual with an incredible appearance, outlandish brawn, and a smile to die for. This is not always accurate; some of the most legendary heroes from Greek mythology take advantage of many other traits. Loyalty, craftiness, intelligence, and keen observational skills are needed to escalate a hero’s stature. In “name of book” reflects both heroes with assumed features and elevated characteristics of a true hero.

Oddyse demonstrates a multitude of different skills that many other heroes do not poses. For example, “My name is Nohbdy: mother, father, and friends, everyone calls me Nohbdy,” said Odysseus to Polyphimus (IX. 366-367). This shows that Odysseus is a quick and inventive thinker. Many would not have been able to concoct such clever answer in an instant. As when Odysseus tells Telemachus “I must put all my mind to it, to see if we two by ourselves can take them on or if we should look round for help”(XVI. 0-283) These words exhibit Odysseus’ intelligence for observing perilous situations. Unlike Hercules who would have relied on brute strength and instinct to pommel the suitors. The abilities expressed by Odysseus are shown to be superior to the shallow barbaric traits of Hercules and other heroes in that he thinks before he acts.

Physical strength is considered beautiful among the Greek culture. Odysseus strength far surpasses any other mortal as exhibited by Penelope’s bow test, “so effortlessly Odysseus in one motion strung the bow”(XXI. 5-467. ) With the ease of him stringing the bow compared to the inability of the suitors makes Odysseus seem super human. Through out The Odyssey he displays this overpowering force at various times. “Odysseus’ arrow hit him under the chin and pushed up to the feathers through his throat”(XXII. 16-17. ) In the battle with the suitors his power and brutal tendencies show through just like the warrior emerging. During that same battle he also reverts to his competitive self and will not diminish until victorious.

Even though Odysseus has a brilliant intellect, his physical attributes allow him to excel. Odysseus fulfills his character by having positive characteristics that stand him alone and above many other legends. His corporal and mental statures help him arise to true heroism. The obstacles in his journeys tested many of the values he held dear. Odysseus embodies the ideals of Homeric Greeks aspired to, valor, loyalty, and intelligence. These make Odysseus such an alive character and no matter what century, so much like us.

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The Odyssey

The great muses are called upon by Homer to tell the great adventure of Odysseus in his travel back to his home. Prayers are given to the Greek Gods and muses by Homer in order to proceed this story. The Greeks life revolved around the gods in a matter of fashion as we presently revolve around Christianity. The depiction of the roles the gods played in the Odyssey is both presented in good and evil. The Greeks portrayed their gods as powerful and merciful. However in the Odyssey the gods play a role in a savior like Jesus Christ and the tormentor like Satan.

With the present role in the story of Odyssey the gods can be seen as a key role in Odysseus life. Odysseus alone cannot have escaped the treacherous Trojan War without the aid of the gods. However can it be reconcile that the gods were truly the ones who controlled our lives? In Odysseuss case the gods played a vital role. Throughout the entire story Athena was the crutch Odysseus and his family leaned on in the time of aid. Through the treacherous paths Odysseus traveled it was hope of seeing Penelope and his son Telemachus that brought him strength and wisdom.

With the loves one left behind Odysseus fearlessly face the gods and tramples over their challenges. Without the help of Athena and her wisdom and devotion to Odysseus his challenges would be help with no boundaries. With Athena on Odysseus side, he was able to return home without any harms done to him or his family. With the gods in favor of Odysseus return all he had to fight was the challenges Poseidon threw at him. With the water being the only road back to his home this challenge was fare more difficult then the Trojan War itself. With the guidance of Athena Odysseus was safely returned to Ithica.

Even though Athena played a key role in Odysseus life she was still unable to protect him from the challenges he faced with Poseidon, Calypso, and Helios. The gods can be seen as Odysseuss sub-conscience. Athena being Odysseuss wisdom, Helios the jealousy hidden in our curiosity, Calypso the temptation we face, and Poseidon the challenges in life we face everyday. These main Gods played a key role in Odysseuss life. Poseidon tormented blinded Polyphemus. Poseidon would have never tormented Odysseus if only he kept his boastful self-quiet.

A lesson in life learned by Odysseus to keep him self- humble at all times. Odysseus faced other challenges that slowed his journey towards home seem longer. Calypso who kept Odysseus on her island for seven years offered him the impossible. Odysseus with his wife in mind declined the gift for a passage towards home. With temptation and challenges that blockaded Odysseus journey home. However Odysseus and his deceased crew could of made it home safely if it wasnt for the curiosity and jealousy of the crew to open the bag of wind and their evil temptation to kill and eat Helios cows.

The gods playing minor roles it was human nature that brought the crewmembers to their doom and slowed Odysseus down from returning home. Homer portrayed human nature with the gods and goddesses. We are our own enemy. We are the ones who lay the path in our life and destination. However there are bumps in the word that slow us down and break us down. With hope we resist temptation and fight evil off. The gods in the Odyssey portrayed the good and evil in human nature. Odysseus being the hero of the Odyssey resisted and learned valuable lessons in life on his adventure back home.

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