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Odysseus A False Hero Throughout the story of the Odyssey the character Odysseus is certainly depicted as an epic hero However peoples opinions on what a hero actually is differ To some Odysseus is not considered a hero on any level To even be considered a hero one must fulfill three main characteristics One of the three characteristics is bravery One must certainly be brave to ever accomplish anything Another characteristic is respect An individual must be respected by others to gain the status as a hero and without respect one is only looked down upon Finally to fulfill the label of hero one must be a role model because a hero is always looked up to and sets general examples and morals for others Being a hero requires many things one of which is bravery In The Odyssey Odysseus does not show he has bravery and tends to rely on the Gods when he is put in difficult situations In book five Odysseus is caught in a storm caused by the enraged Poseidon Odysseuss ship is wrecked and he relies on the protective veil given to him by Ino to survive his shipwreck While Odysseus is still out at sea being tossed around in the storm he also relies on the help of Athena who comes to his rescue allowing him to swim to the waters of a river up the coast walking inland to the protection of a forest Seeing that Odysseus relied on Athena and Ino in a situation such as this it shows he is not brave He is incapable of navigating his ship through the storm or saving his own life by safely getting to land without Athena or Inos help Once Odysseus gets to land he once again relies on the help of the goddess Athena who gives him a protective mist to keep the Phaeacians from harassing him while he is on the island Once again
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