Odysseus - character traits

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“Epic heroes are admirable, even though their actions at times bring pain and suffering to others. Discuss this statement with reference to ‘The Odyssey’. In the epic poem “The Odyssey”, the courageous and diligent Odysseus displayed many admirable traits, even though at times his actions brought pain and suffering to others. These lapses of character may have inflicted considerable distress and anguish to particular individuals, but they were unintentional and failed to tarnish the image of the protagonist Odysseus during his many journeys. Odysseus portrayed the image of a time-honoured warrior. His stature and charisma depicted him as a god-like figure among men and a worthy king amongst his people. Odysseus’ physical supremacy demanded respect and his intelligence and good nature was admired by all. His commanding role in Troy emphasised his strength as a fighter and as a person. Odysseus demonstrated his intellect devising strategic plans of attack, illustrated by his penetration of Troy with the infamous ‘Trojan horse’. Nestor, Menelaus, Achilles, and Agamemnon, all heroes in their own right, spoke highly of their comrade. “For all of the Achaeans who strove at Troy it was Odysseus who strove the Continue...


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Poseidon must also have been hurt emotionally by Odysseus' action as Odysseus had blinded his only son. He brutally murdered and ate members of Odysseus' crew. Anticleia had died from a broken heart after giving up hope of Odysseus' return. His standard of life dwindled as he struggled to come to terms with his wife's death and the apparent loss of his son. Noblemen and people of his land reflected impressions of his rule, showing that Odysseus was a competent and admirable king. Odysseus' tragic journey amazed those whom he met; they admired his persistence and strong will to return home. Calypso asked Odysseus to stay with her on the island and in exchange offered him immortal life. Odysseus unknowingly maintained many constraints placed on his loving family by delaying his return home. His father, Laertes, couldn't maintain a prominent role in society. Although Odysseus' actions were warranted, an innocent suitor who pleaded for mercy, was butchered. Even though their leader had been absent for more than a decade, many citizens were still loyal and hopeful of his return. His decision to fight in Troy had devastating repercussions. Odysseus' prolonged stay on Circe and Calypso's island, his arrogance when dealing with Polyphemus and the Ciconians, and his distrust of his crew were all avoidable factors that lengthened his absence. Upon Odysseus' eventual return home, he and his compatriots slaughtered every suitor that abused his household and attempted to court his wife. During his absence certain decisions affected the longevity of his journey and accordingly the time in which his family suffered.

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