The Tragic Hero Of Odysseus In Homer's Odyssey

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Odysseus was widely known to the ancient Greeks for helping defeat Troy with his idea of the Trojan horse to get King Menelaus’ wife, Helen, back from Paris, the prince of Troy. It took Odysseus ten years to win the war and ten years to reach his homeland, Ithaca, and return to his wife, Penelope, and his son, Telemachus. During these twenty years, Odysseus has chosen to make many bad decisions and choices yet he was blessed by the gods and helped by his mentor Athena and safely reached Ithaca but lost all his comrades and friends. Odysseus reached Ithaca to find his home occupied by ruthless, arrogant suitors! Aggravated, Odysseus carefully planned a trap with the help of two loyal men and killed all the suitors. Odysseus is someone who would not be considered heroic today for he was disrespectful, cheated his wife, and killed many people. In the beginning of the Odyssey, Odysseus landed on the land of the Cyclopes. There he and his men met Polyphemus. Odysseus thought very low and rude about him. Today it is not heroic to assess someone just by how they look, talk, and live. In book ten of the Odyssey, Odysseus landed on Circe’s island. He cheated his wife and…show more content…
When in the cave of the Cyclopes, he cleverly came up with an effective plan and got all his men out of the cave before they were all eaten. He was intelligent and saved his men too. Odysseus staying with Circe was true but he slowly went under her spell thinking that only five days had went by when it was actually five years. During his time, it wasn’t a very big crime to cheat your wife because it was very common. It was even done by the great god Zeus! The ancient Greeks thought that Odysseus was right in killing all the suitors because they ate his food, exceeded their limits, didn’t leave when they were told, misbehaved with his wife when he was gone, and even raped the maids. Back then, it was unquestionably correct to kill the

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