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odysseus is an epic hero

In mythology there are numerous epic hero’s including Perseus, Odysseus, and Theseus. Some of the qualities of epic hero’s are: values honor and glory, usually has a guide, sometimes makes rash decisions and takes unnecessary risks and more. Odysseus has all these Epic hero qualities. In the Myth the Odyssey, Odysseus is the epic hero who has all the epic hero characteristics including: making rash decisions, endangering his men, achieving his goal, accepts and invites problems, values honor and glory. The characteristic of epic hero’s “values honor and glory” is mainly centered around when Odysseus goes back to Ithaca and finds his wife has many suitors, instead of directly going to Penelope he is disguised by Athena to look like a beggar. Later Odysseus tells his son Telamuchus who he really is and the two devise a plan to kill the suitors who were taking advantage of his wife and home, including the servants, while he was away. When he went to his home disguised as a beggar, he goes around the table where the suitors were eating and begged for food when he got to Antinous he was shoved away and had a stool thrown at him to the shock of all the other suitors. When the other suitors told Antinous the gods displeased the harm of people who begged for food and said that the beggar, who was really Odysseus, could be a god in disguise. When things became quieter Penelope spoke with her attendants about hoping that Antinous would be struck by Apollo’s arrow. Telemachus then ordered all the suitors to leave, giving him and Odysseus and he enough time to rid the hall of weapons. Penelope then ordered that Odysseus be brought to her and she then questioned him. The next day Penelope devised a plan to decide which of her suitors would marry her. When all of the suitors were gathered she told them the contest. When none of the suitors could complete the test Odysseus came, still disguised as a beggar, and co...

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