Odysseus' Outstanding Achievements

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A hero is one who is looked up to when there is a problem. Although heroes are wise, they also have flaws. In the epic The Odyssey by Homer, Odysseus displays that he is an imperfect hero during his adventures to get back home to Ithaca. Odysseus shows wise, arrogant, and vengeful acts during his journey home, thereby showing Odysseus is an imperfect hero. Odysseus proves to be a wise hero during his adventures through the Cyclopes’ island. This is seen while Odysseus is stuck inside the Cyclops’ cave with his shipmates, and had to get out by “twining cords of willow from the ogre’s bed then slung a man under each middle one to ride there safely” (lines 378-381). Odysseus thought of a clever way to get him and his men out of the Cyclops’ cave. The men could not be seen by the Cyclops, and Odysseus’ plan worked! He saved his shipmates’ lives by getting them out securely. Likewise, Odysseus shows wise acts when he comes up with a brilliant idea to “...grind [a] spike in the Cyclops’ eye...” (line 281). Odysseus thinks of grinding a six-foot spear into the Cyclops’ eye so he and his shipmates can escape. Now that the Cyclops cannot see, they can escape without getting hurt. Odysseus’ wisdom proves to be a positive quality. Odysseus shows wise characteristics that make him a hero. Moreover, Odysseus shows that he is an arrogant man throughout his journey to get back home. While escaping the Cyclopes’ island, Odysseus is told by his men, “Godsake, Captain! Why bait the beast again? Let him alone!...He’ll smash our timbers and our heads together” (lines 449-454)! Odysseus boasts to the Cyclops while he and his men are escaping the island. He is putting his shipmates’ lives in danger, but he does not care, and does it again. Likewise, Odysseus shows acts of selfishness, “as [he] sent them on toward Scylla [and] told them nothing...they would have dropped their oars

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