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The American Heritage High-school dictionary defines a hero as a man often of divine ancestry who is endowed with great courage and strength Is that what a hero truly is Does he need only strength and courage Does a hero not need a mind Any man can be strong and brave but dose that mean he is a hero Nay a hero must have more He must be quick-witted and always think with his head and never his fear A man must be clever mentally bright superficially skillful or witty to be considered a hero A hero has many characteristics but one of the most important is to be able to think his way out of trouble Not that a hero shouldnt be physically strong thats always good but sometimes you cant fight your way out things without getting yourself killedOdysseus king of Ithaca is a very clever man He shows that quality time and again in The Odyssey For example the Trojan War The Greeks fought with the Trojans for ten years without success They had to get over the wall around Troy No one had any ideas But then Odysseus and his clever mind thought of a way to trick the Trojans He ordered the Greeks to build a huge wooden horse in which they could hide Odysseus figured that when the Trojans wake up to the horse and no Greeks in sight that theyd take the horse as a peace offering and take it inside the city The Trojans did as Odysseus had guessed and after ten long years the war with Troy was finally overAnother example of Odysseus cleverness is when he met a giant one-eyed monster named Polyphemus Odysseus and his men went into this giants cave and stayed to meet him What they saw when Polyphemus came home was a huge surprise Polyphemus liked humans yes he did He liked them as dinner lunch and breakfast Odysseus was losing
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