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Character Sketch of Odysseus Often in literature the audience becomes familiar with the main character as this character grows and experiences the story In the epic novel The Odyssey by Homer the audience becomes familiar with the main character Odysseus in such a way that one can create a detailed character sketch of Odysseus Odysseus is an extraordinary character His amiable qualities of physical strength mental power and wit as well as his less admirable characteristic of arrogance all make up his heroic character Throughout the novel his characteristics allow him to grow from an arrogant hero to a humble survivor appreciative of the goal he worked so hard to achieve Odysseus has amiable characteristics that allow him to be associated with the stature of a hero The first of these characteristics is his physical prowess Odysseus is a man like no other and at times the gods make him comparable to themselves in strength Although his men assist him in warfare Odysseus was always at the heart of the battle His strength is definitely superior to that of normal humans and is an obvious characteristic of a hero One example of Odysseus superior strength is shown in the story The Challenge Odysseus disguised as a beggar is given a chance to string a bow and shoot it to win the hand of Penelope Of course Odysseus is able to do this because of his strength but also because it was his bow He wins the challenge and reveals his true self to the suitors To continue his example of strength he proceeds to kill all of the suitors with aid from his son This is truly an example of his heroic strength Another example of Odysseus strength is his ability to withstand hardships Throughout the novel he is tested to see if his strength is truly heroic He is shipwrecked starved and weather beaten but Odysseus always remains strong like a hero should
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