Essay on Odysseus: A True Hero

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In the Epic Poem The Odyssey, Homer tells of the journey of Odysseus. In his journey home, Odysseus’s character flaws and strengths are revealed. Through it all, Odysseus is able to overcome his obstacles and prove his leadership abilities. This is done either by the aid of the gods or by his wit and cunning. He also goes through a personal transformation, gaining a new view of himself and learns his place to the gods. Odysseus proves himself as a hero by being a good leader, overcoming his challenges, and living by the Greek standard of life.
Odysseus is able to lead his men through hell and back and motivate them in the gloomiest of situations, proving him as a true leader. Odysseus is very encouraging in his journey, guiding and
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Odysseus managed to guide his men through thick and thin and through in the most impossible of situations, proving he was an extraordinary leader.
Odysseus also used his wit and cunning to overcome impossible tasks. He was able to overcome his physical challenges. One was when he and his men were trapped by Polyphemos, where Odysseus managed to save them from certain death by tricking and blinding the Kyklops. He also was able to save his men from Kirkes by defeating her magic and laying with her. Odysseus also overcomes loneliness. On the island of Kalypso, he is forced to live with Kalypso for years, “The sweet days of his life time were running out in anguish over his exile” (V, 159-160). He never gave into Kalypso’s whim and was eventually allowed to escape by the gods. Most importantly is that Odysseus had to overcome his own personal weakness; his hubris. Earlier on he made many arrogant decisions, like attacking the island of Ismaros and insulting the blind Kyklops with sting words; “If I could take your life… could not heal you there” (IX, 571- 573). Odysseus later is confronted by this fact and changes his way. He begins to listen to other more powerful beings such as Pallas Athena and Kirkes and not only to himself. In this way, Odysseus overcomes the greatest of his challenges.
Odysseus most importantly is the model of a true Greek hero who learns his place in the world, as a servant to the gods and lives by the Greek virtues of life. Odysseus was at first

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