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Heroism today can be exemplified through various different virtues To some a hero could be a great baseball player or musician to others a corporate leader or entrepreneur But what characteristics do these individuals hold that make them a true hero Wealth social status or being skilled at a sport might be some but in the Iliad and the Odyssey Odysseus the hero embraces two very distinct and different characteristics both of which help define his heroism It has often been said that the Iliad demonstrates Odysseus physical strength as in the Trojan War and the Odyssey proves his wit and cunning But the Odyssey does not focus only on the wit and cunning of the hero but rather combines them with the Trojan War-heroism seen before These qualities in different people could exhibit two very different heroes but when seen together with Odysseus in the Odyssey it redefines heroism altogether The Iliad clearly demonstrates Odysseus physical strength much of which carries over into the Odyssey But in the very first lines of the epic we see the focus of the Odyssey is on the wit and cunning of our hero the man of twists and turns 11 In various situations throughout the book we can see that having the strength that Odysseus does isnt always enough Perhaps the most apparent example of this is when he and his crew must face the man-mountain 9213 the Cyclops On the island of the Cyclops Odysseus party quickly made it to his cave but failed to find the host himself inside 9241 They waited and when the Cyclops a monster built like no mortal who ever supped on bread 9212 made his way back into the cave he hoisted overhead a tremendous massive slab no twenty-two wagons rugged and four wheeled could budge 9271 to block the cave entrance When the Cyclops began questioning the crew Odysseus clever ploy began Odysseus lies to the Cyclops telling
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