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The Heroic Characteristics of Odysseus As an early 1800s English poet Robert Browning regards a hero as One who never turned his back but marched breast forward Never doubted clouds would break Never dreamed though right were worsted wrong would triumph Held we fall to rise are baffled to fight better Sleep to wake This quote suggests that a hero is one who faces many hardships and reveals the many heroic characteristics This quote suggests that a hero is one who is admired for qualities or achievements and regarded as an ideal or model Epic heroes in many cases are guarded and aided by gods but posses common qualities and admirable characteristics Odysseus the main character of the Odyssey by Homer fits the mold of an epic hero because he is courageous persistent and wise Odysseus courage exemplifies that characteristics of an epic hero One thing that shows his courageousness was his escape from Polyphemus He was courageous to stab out Polyphemuss eyes using a burning pole Odysseus states I took my twelve best fighters and went ahead This example involving the Cyclops shows that Odysseus is not the type of leader that sits on safe land while he sends his men in to kill but a brave leader who enjoys nothing more than being engaged in battle with his men Furthermore Odysseus had the heart of a fighter he would battle whenever necessary no matter whom his opponent was in this case the giant Cyclops drawing the sharp sword from my hip I went to stab him He was fearless enough to take such risks Odysseus biggest showcase of courage was when he fought off all the Suitors
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