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Odysseus the Hero For a character to be an epic hero he must possess four characteristics These four characteristics include the following 1 he must be high born 2 the hero must have human weaknesses 3 he must be braveand 4 he must be clever In The Odyssey Homers character Odysseus was an epic hero because he possessed all four of the characteristics One characteristic that Odysseus had to be an epic hero was that he was highborn Odysseus was Prince Laertiades of Ithaca The goddess Circe knew he was highborn and addressed Odysseus with his formal name Prince Laertiades p 120 When his men feared that he was dead and Odysseus returned to them unharmed from their hearts they said You are back again my prince How glad we arep120 Also because Odysseus had not returned home to Ithaca many men tried to wed his wife Penelopeia so that they could rule his kingdom Odysseus was also an epic hero because he had human weaknesses One of his weaknesses was that he was arrogant Even after he defeated Polyphemos the Cyclops Odysseus stayed longer just so he could taunt him He wanted to shout out againalthough his comradestried to coax him not to do it p110 Odysseus against his crews wishes shouted Cyclops if ever a man asks you who put out your ugly eye tell him your blinder was Odysseus p110 Another human weakness of Odysseus was that he had a bad temper When Eurylochos refused to go back to Circes mansion Odysseus thought for a moment that he would draw his sword and cut off his headp121 If his men did not stop him Odysseus probably would have killed Eurylochos and therefore lost a good man because of his short temper Lust was another weakness of his For Seven years Odysseus and Circe were lovers Because he stayed with Circe Odysseus prolonged his return home to Ithaca Odysseus had
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