Why is Odysseus considered a hero?
In the spiritual sense Odysseus is a hero, because he remains faithful and loyal to his wife and household. We find out through the Odyssey that Odysseus was the man that saved the Greeks in the Trojan War and helped them win this terrible war. He came up with the idea of the Trojan horse.
He is a man, and has a difficult time resisting the temptations of the beautiful Circe and Calypso. So, his characteristics fit into two categories: epic hero and human. Odysseus is arrogant, cunning, shrewd, charismatic, overconfident, and ingenious.
- Odysseus is a good leader because he is clever, brave, and he cares about the men whom he leads. It is a good plan, and Odysseus is very cunning in his execution of it. Further, Odysseus bravely goes to the Underworld to find the prophet, Teiresias, who can tell him and his crew how to get home.
- The first time Odysseus showed his arrogance is when he won the battle at Troy. He yells out to the gods that he doesn't need them. Also, he does not give a sacrifice to the gods for helping the Greeks win the victory. In return for his arrogance, the gods create a difficult journey home for Odysseus.
- Tiresias says that when Odysseus comes home after a long and arduous journey, he'll find "crude, arrogant men" (line 133) eating all his food and wooing his wife. Once Odysseus slays these suitors, he will have to travel to a land where no one knows about the sea and make sacrifices to Poseidon.
Odysseus is probably best known as the eponymous hero of the Odyssey. This epic describes his travails, which lasted for 10 years, as he tries to return home after the Trojan War and reassert his place as rightful king of Ithaca.
- Odysseus and his oldest son, Telemachus, defended their city and Telegonus accidentally killed his father with the spine of a stingray. He brought the body back to Aeaea and took Penelope, Odysseus' widow, and Telemachus, Odysseus' son, with him.
- Poseidon was angry at Odysseus for three reasons. Third, and most important, the Cyclops Polyphemus was the son of Poseidon. In book 9 of the Odyssey, Odysseus and his men blind Polyphemus. Because Poseidon is god of the sea, offending him caused numerous delays in Odysseus' sea voyage home.
- Odysseus plays a key role in Homer's “Iliad.”Odysseus was a legendary Greek king of Ithaca. Odysseus also is one of the most influential Greek champions during the Trojan War. He was known for his cleverness and cunning. This was the most important connection of Odysseus with the fall of the Troy.
Updated: 23rd October 2018