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Most people hear the word hero and think of the stereotypical individual with an incredible appearance outlandish brawn and a smile to die for This is not always accurate some of the most legendary heroes from Greek mythology take advantage of many other traits Loyalty craftiness intelligence and keen observational skills are needed to escalate a heros stature In name of book reflects both heroes with assumed features and elevated characteristics of a true hero Oddyse demonstrates a multitude of different skills that many other heroes do not poses For example My name is Nohbdy mother father and friends everyone calls me Nohbdy said Odysseus to Polyphimus IX366-367 This shows that Odysseus is a quick and inventive thinker Many would not have been able to concoct such clever answer in an instant As when Odysseus tells Telemachus I must put all my mind to it to see if we two by ourselves can take them on or if we should look round for helpXVI280-283 These words exhibit Odysseus intelligence for observing perilous situations Unlike Hercules who would have relied on brute strength and instinct to pommel the suitors The abilities expressed by Odysseus are shown to be superior to the shallow barbaric traits of Hercules and other heroes in that he thinks before he acts Physical strength is considered beautiful among the Greek culture Odysseus strength far surpasses any other mortal as exhibited by Penelopes bow test so effortlessly Odysseus in one motion strung the bowXXI465-467 With the ease of him stringing the bow compared to the inability of the suitors makes Odysseus seem super human Through out The Odyssey he displays this overpowering force at various times Odysseus arrow hit him under the chin and pushed up to the feathers through his throatXXII16-17 In the battle with the suitors his power and brutal tendencies show through just like the warrior emerging During that same battle he also reverts to his
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