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Traits of an Epic Hero On Odysseus twenty year journey he uses many of his traits to get back to Ithaca Odysseus and his men fight the Cyclops the Sirens and have to resist the temptation of the honeyed plants A great epic hero like Odysseus needs to have numerous traits Odysseus traits are strength intelligence and self-confidence Odysseus is strong in many different ways He is strong in his mind heart and physical strength His physical strength is an important trait for his trip home One case would be when he holds himself to the bottom of a sheep to escape His men were tied to the bottom of the sheep and he was the last one left so he had to hold onto the bottom with all his strength Second he was able to steer a boat through a raging thunderstorm He also had to hold his men down so they wouldnt eat the honeyed plant because then they would forget about home Not only is Odysseus strong he is also very intelligent He knows when to do the right thing at the right moment He carved beeswax from an enormous cube to give to his men to put in their ears so they didnt have to listen to the Sirens songs Since Odysseus didnt have any leftover beeswax for his ears he had to resist the temptation of hearing the songs Secondly he tricked the Cyclops and got away in time before he was killed Third Odysseus sends just two of his men instead of the whole group to find out about the songs If he sent them all they may have got killed Even though Odysseus is strong and intelligent he also has enough self-confidence to get him through his journey If he didnt believe in himself now how would his men do the same His men look up to Odysseus and learn from him Since Odysseus
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