Odysseus: A True Hero Essay
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Many think being a hero is having super powers, but on the contrary it's more than that. A hero is one who is distinguished for their courage and bravery, and looked upon for their great deeds. A hero like this is not just found in modern society today, but in mythology as well. In the epic poem The Odyssey by Homer, Odysseus earns the title of a true hero by conveying many qualities such as: determination, courage and leadership.
As part of the hero profile, one would have to be determined, and Odysseus certainly was. If a hero is determined, they only have one goal in mind. To be determined, the hero goes through perils and challenges and most importantly they can never lose hope. Likewise, Odysseus has a goal: to make it home to…show more content…
A second time would be when Zeus allowed Odysseus to fall into deep slumber. “But while I slept, the crew began to parley: silver and gold, they guessed, were in that bag bestowed on me by Aiolos’ heart…” (Book X, Lines 39-41). Another way Odysseus shows determination as a hero is when he wants repossess the control over his kingdom. While on his journey back home, the suitors and Antinoos have taken over his kingdom. He is determined to get rid of them and take them out permanently. Like a true hero, Odysseus never lost hope; no matter how bad the situation was.
Another quality of being a hero is, having courage; and Odysseus clearly conveyed this during his journey. In order to be courageous, the hero has to be fearless, meaning he has to act confident about his actions. This applies to Odysseus and the deities. If Odysseus were to appear weak, than the gods may think he's too weak for the journey and won't make it out alive. So, as a way of showing his courage, confidence overcomes Odysseus and he talks to the gods as if he were one of them. “After these years...to my harm.” (Book V, Lines 183-190). Odysseus shows no fear when speaking with Kalypso. Also, Odysseus shows more courage when he blinds Polyphemos. He humiliates Polyphemos, without even thinking of the effects. “Kyklops, you ask my honorable
The term true hero is gender and age neutral. A true hero; whether a woman or a man, young or old, is someone who the people see as a role model. It is not mandatory that unity of thought is always positive, even negative thoughts can be brought together by a unifying force and bring upon a bad impact. Such a thought binder cannot be called a true hero.
A few examples of true heroes are sports persons and film stars. They emotionally unify the society and a large number of people follow what they do but the real impact on the people is less as there is no material change in their lives. Also, it is less likely that they benefit the society at large.
On the other hand, some of the people who benefit the society and will have a larger impact on them are social workers. If the people follow the social workers and start being aware of the change that they try to bring about, it will benefit the society in many ways. One such example of a real hero having a deeper social impact is Mother Teresa. She instilled the thought of feeding and providing shelter to the poor and homeless in the minds of thousands of people which continues to save many vulnerable lives even after she is no more.
Political leaders are the ones who have the biggest impact on a diverse society which has people with different cultures, thoughts and values. That is because they are in positions of running a local body or a state or the whole country. If they work fairly, honestly and use their authority responsibly, they can lead the society to a path of peace and prosperity.
Head Girl or Head Boy or even class monitors can also be true heroes for the other students by showcasing the qualities of good leadership, fairness, helpfulness and trustworthiness. As young minds are very impressionable, other students can take those qualities as examples and work towards being true heroes themselves.
Thus, on our part, we young students too can bring together different thoughts and ideas and set example for others to do the same and have a positive impact on our society.