The Odyssey Essay

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The Odyssey In the epic poem, The Odyssey, by the Greek poet Homer, the main character, Odysseus, shows signs of heroism. The poem tells the story of Odysseus, a war hero from Ithaca and his journey to redress himself. Throughout the story, Odysseus proves himself to be the hero through his masterful skills, breathtaking strength, and quick thinking. To finally redress himself, he needed wisdom from several of gods. However, Odysseus has good traits that an epic hero has, but he also have bad traits too, such as, being overconfident and angering gods. Lastly, he would have to overcome many challenges throughout his difficult journey in order to come home to Ithacha to reunite with his wife, Penelope, and son, Telemacus, after twenty years lost at sea. When Odysseus was sailing away from Polyphemus, he declares the Cyclops, in book 9 (line 418-419),“ tell him Odysseus, raiders of cities, took your eye”. The city that Odysseus raided was Troy, since he was in the Trojan war just before he had to go on the journey to redeem himself. Likewise, during his journey, he had also been disloyal to his wife, Penelope. The first time he was deceitful was when he arrived to Circe’s island and settled there for several of years. The second time was after his ship was wrecked and he was stranded on Ogygia with Calypso. He had an affair with Circe and Calypso while his wife was desperately at home waiting for him to return. Circe describes Odysseus as a hero and tells that Odysseus is a master mariner and soldier, which shows his skills as a sailor and his power as a fighter; in book 10 (line 108-109), “Son of Laertes, and the gods of old, Odysseus, master of mariner and soldier”. In book 22 (line 349-350), right before the fight with the suitors is about to start “The servants armed themselves, and all tree took their stand besides the master of battle”. This quote

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