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Throughout the history of traditional story telling well developed characters have been a fundamental aspect We marvel at these characters as they become the universal heroes who we pass on to future generations These characters exemplify some of the most admirable of all human characteristics The famous greek story teller Homer speaks of one such hero in his epic poem The Odyssey After fighting victoriously in the Trojan war Homers character Oddysseus begins a seemingly endless journey back to his home land of Ithaca On this voyage Oddyseus shows us the value of a quick and cunning mind and demonstrates true bravery while still reminding us of his strong unbreakable love for his loyal wife Penelope Oddyseus bravery wit and endless love make him a character truly deserving of our homage Throughout Odysseus long journey home he encounters several dangerous creatures in countless unknown lands The following excerpt displays Odysseus incredible bravery as he disembarks and begins to explore the island he and his shipmates have uncovered The land was not far off and when we reached it we saw a cave these were the night-quarters of a monstrous manIndeed he was a wonderful monster not like a mortal man who eats bread but rather like a mountain peek with trees on top standing up alone in the highlands I had a foreboding that we would meet a man of mighty strength but savage knowing neither justice nor law I picked out twelve of the best men I had and we set out pp 103-104 Odysseus is a man of many strengths and talents but in keeping with greek literary tradition we are reminded thatas a human and not a god he also posesses some weaknesses Oddyseus fully understood the dangers of exploring into the cave and yet the voice of his natural curious nature cajoled him in Here he does
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