Even in the bleakest of situations, Odysseus did not give up.

Without his heroic resources to help him escape the temptations by battling his way out or using his wit to escape he holds on and endures and finally returns.

Dying on the battlefield would be a fantastic ending for a hero such as Odysseus.

A commonly accepted definition of a hero is, “a man of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities.” Odysseus has not shown the noble characteristics of a hero by acting cowardly, barbaric, selfish and greedy in certain situations; such qualities do not deserve such a title....


Odysseus displays courage in many events throughout “The Homecoming”.

Throughout Homer’s The Odyssey, Odysseus displays wisdom combined with strong loyalty and inspiring leadership through the evident trust of his men and the ability to conquer any challenges that he may face along his journey back to Ithaka....


Themes Important in The Odyssey - Iowa State University

The most important contradictions Odysseus faces are loyalty and betrayal; humility and hubris; and wisdom and folly, Throughout the Odyssey Odysseus faces an internal battle between loyalty and betrayal in the presence of numerous temptations....

Odysseus, in The Odyssey, is much more complicated

They immediately depart the island so no others can be tempted by the lotus eaters. If by some chance fate he had gone first and tried the lotus flower, our hero's voyage would have been over before it started and he would have not even put up a fight. However, he does learn to be more wary of the people he encounters along his journey. After two more stops Odysseus proves again that he is a real hero by out smarting the Cyclops and escaping the giant Laestrygonians. However, even hero's can't win all of the time and he losses many of his men to the Cyclops and the cannibal Laestrygonians. By the time he arrives at Circe's island his ship is the only ship left.

Odyssey (1977) | Vintage Erotica

Odysseus, being more cautious now, sends a group of men ahead to check out her house. The men called to Circe, and she came out of the house. She invited them in to share a meal. Unfortunately for them, Circe had mixed a magical drug into their food. This drug caused them to forget their native land, and turned them into pigs(Odyssey 10:146-268). Odysseus rushes off to save his men.On his way, he meets up with the god Hermes. Hermes helps him out and gives him a plan to help save his men. So our hero is saved by the god Hermes from a horrible fate. Still Odysseus is not content to sail on and leave the goddess behind (Odyssey 10:269-532). Here Odysseus lost sight of his goal, thinking he was in full control of the situation.

Essay topics for The Odyssey | Miller Humanities 9

On his way, he meets up with the god Hermes. Hermes helps him out and gives him a plan to help save his men. So our hero is saved by the god Hermes from a horrible fate. Still Odysseus is not content to sail on and leave the goddess behind (Odyssey 10:269-532). Here Odysseus lost sight of his goal, thinking he was in full control of the situation.