Heroes, An essay on the epic, The Odyssey

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A hero is a brave and strong person, who is also very human. A hero feels fear

and every other emotion that we do. A true hero is a person who does something great

and does not expect to be given any thing in return. A hero does something that effects a

large number of people. A hero thinks more of others than he or she thinks of him or her


The characters in the poem, 'Women', and The Odyssey are both epic heroes.

Odysseus is a strong and brave man, but I think he lacks one of the major characteristics

of a hero. I think he thinks of himself more than of others. I think the characters in the

poem, 'Women,' are better heroes because they can be related to easier.

I don't think the poem characters are like an epic hero because they are less into

them selves than an epic hero.

They also seem to have done lesser things, I mean epic

heroes always do something so great, like take twenty men on, or lead an army to victory.

Everyday heroes seem to be more realistic and do something that's great, but its not

written up in every news paper in the country.

Odysseus is a brave man that did great things. In The Odyssey he conquers a

monster using smarts and strength. He also looks out for his crew mates. He is faithful to

his wife, well, in his mind he is. He kills many men on his own in a battle at his home. He

cries a couple of times in the story, showing sensitivity. Overall, Odysseus is a brave and

caring human that is a little too conceited He is also very smart, like in the book when

Odysseus said, 'He thought he'd...