How did Odysseus display the characteristics of a hero in the The Odyssey?

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A Hero's Adventure

The term "hero" comes from Greek mythology, where the child is the result of the union between a human and a god or goddess. Superhuman characteristics and exceptional feats of bravery, strength, and military endeavor frequently display a hero, so the term "hero" means anyone displaying exceptional traits. A hero in literature goes through a long journey or many events and in the end saves someone or accomplishes something. A hero always stays alive because that person has to complete a task or duty in the end. There are many differences and similarities between heroes of the past and present. Heroes exist everywhere, in the past, present, and future.

Heroes existed in the past, and one of the best heroes of all time was Odysseus from Homer's The Odyssey. "A man, one who was never at a loss," from Homer's The Odyssey. Odysseus was a man who was witty and sly and always managed to get himself out of danger.

Odysseus, son of Laertes, always came outranked everyone and could never be beaten. "He had traveled far in the world, after the sack of Troy, the virgin fortress; he saw many cities of men, and learnt their mind; he endured many troubles and hardships in the struggle to save his own life and to bring back his men safe to their homes," from Homer's The Odyssey. Odysseus, King of Ithaca, went through many vigorous adventures to reach home and to set balance and harmony through his home and Ithaca. Throughout Odysseus' many adventures, he learns a lesson, and with that lesson he becomes wiser both mentally and physically. As this hero progresses through his journeys, he becomes more judicious and therefore makes better choices throughout his life.

In present day, heroes exist, however there are different...