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An Epic Man Who Became an Epic Hero Odysseus of Homers Odyssey is an appropriate hero and ruler of Ithaca He does not act irrationally but contemplates his actions and their implications Odysseus is an appropriate hero because he embodies the values of bravery intelligence astuteness and competency Odysseus is an appropriate ruler for Ithaca by virtue of his hereditary right to kingship as well as his diplomatic skills familiarity with his male subjects discipline and his impartiality and compassion However he is a character that does make a foolish decision There is a rare instance when his pride supersedes his intellectual ability Odysseus is an appropriate hero for he embodies the values of bravery intelligence astuteness and competency While he trying to return home from Ilium numerous suitors attempt to seduce his wife Penelope However when he returns Odysseus cleverly plans and carries out the demise of the evil and wasteful suitors with the help of Athena goddess of wisdom Come on Athena weave me a plan to punish them the suitors Odysseus wisdom is admired by Athena the goddess of that aptness Athena is also impressed by his battle heroics and so she endeavors to provide him with succor And you didnt know Pallas Athenaia the daughter of Zeus himself your faithful stand-by and guardian in all your labours With Athenas assistance Odysseus becomes a true hero Odysseus is the epitome of honor and virtue for his Ithacan subjects Odysseus kind and stalwart leadership is revealed by Eumaios his faithful swineherd and Philoitios his loyal cowherd who have both remained loyal to him for twenty years Eumaios praises Odysseus as A rare fine master Indeed I do not mourn so much for them as for him Odysseus though I long to see em again and my native land but I do miss Odysseus since he went away I dont like to speak his name man although he is absent but I call him
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