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An epic hero is one who does not act irrationally and contemplates his actions and their implications Odysseus of Homers The Odyssey is an appropriate epic hero because he embodies the values of bravery intelligence astuteness and competency Numerous examples are found throughout The Odyssey Such illustrations include Odysseus conflict with the Cyclops the Sirens and Scylla and Charybdis First Odysseus proves that he is a mortal laudable of being dubbed an epic hero during his conflict with the Cyclops Odysseus shows evidence of his intellectual abilities by first devising a plan to disable the Cyclops and then by cleverly telling the Cyclops that his name is Noman Odysseus exemplifies his physical strength by putting his plan into action and ramming a monstrous spear into the Cyclops eye Later when the Cyclops calls for help he says that Noman is doing harm to him Another event in which Odysseus displays his physical and intellectual abilities is during his passing of the Sirens Odysseus shows that he has wisdom by listening to the goddess Circes advice and putting wax into his crews ears so they will not take notice of the Sirens and try to swim across the ocean to them He also has his crew lash him to the mast so he can listen to the Sirens without being able to jump out of the boat This incident also tells of Odysseus physical force because when he attempts to free himself from the mast the crewmen have to fasten him down even tighter Finally Odysseus confirms his great intellectual aptitudes by getting past Scylla and Charybdis Odysseus following Circes instructions avoids Charybdis and chooses the side of the six-headed monster Scylla Odysseus recognizes that the six-headed beast is too large for him to mle with and rows very swiftly successfully surpassing it In conclusion Odysseus is a perfect example of an epic hero Odysseus has all of the traits of an epic hero He has
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