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Odysseus - admirable character

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"Odysseus is an entirely admirable character in Books 5-8" How far do you agree with this statement? Toni Yordanov Odysseus is the king of Ithaca, husband of Penelope, father of Telemachus, son of Laertis and Anticleia. He is a hero from the Trojan War and becomes famous for his intelligence and cunning mind - he is the one to make up the Trojan horse. So far Odysseus seems to be incredible, resourceful and even godlike, but "The Odyssey" presents him in new light, reveals his true character and shows both - his good and his bad side. Truly, Odysseus is among the greatest Greek heroes, together with Heracles and Achilles. The similarity between three of them is that they are supported by at least one god. Athene is the one who likes the king of Ithaca; she calls him "admirable King", who ruled "like a loving father. The goddess of wisdom always helps her favorite disguised as daughter of ship's captain or just little girl. That is why Odysseus "looks godlike", "enveloped in mist" or "invincible", surrounded by magic. ...read more.


Odysseus is not only well-mannered and handsome but strong and skillful, as well. Firstly, he makes a raft by himself on Ogygia and secondly he throws the biggest discus at enormous distance. The Phaeacians are amazed by his power and strength; no one dares to challenge him in any kind of sport. That is the place where Odysseus' supremacy is shown. He is not only incredible but he totally dominates over all Phaeacians - something common for hero or even god. Finally Odysseus is an amazing orator - he is not just good, but he deceives and attracts people with his words. In Book 6, 7 and 8 there are some moments when everybody "stood still and silent" after Odysseus has finished speaking. Firstly, he knows how to draw attention and make compliments - e.g. Book 6 the meeting with Nausicaa - "Are you some goddess or a mortal woman?" "It is Artemis... your beauty reminds me." Secondly, Odysseus is very good at begging, he knows the right way for everything - e.g. ...read more.


The real hero always makes the decisions by himself and acts bravely. This behavior continues in the Palace of Alcinous. Firstly, his heart is "filled with emotions". Secondly, Odysseus looks pathetic - he begs and kneels. It is normal for stranger to do so, but Odysseus is the most famous hero from the Trojan War and King of Ithaca. At first he does not behave as a noble man, but this changes quickly. Odysseus starts to speak more and more bravely and in Book 8 he seems rather arrogant and bold - "I claim to be by far the best" and he is ready "to compete with the men of the past" like Heracles. The change is quite sudden - it happens once Odysseus has assured himself a bed and food. To sum up, Odysseus has a lot of admirable qualities - he is clever, strong, handsome, courteous and a good orator. However, he is not a god but rather a mortal man. That is why sometimes he looks sad, weak and arrogant. What makes him hero is that he overcomes his negative characteristics (sometimes with Athene's help) and continues his struggle to reach home - "It's my never failing wish". ...read more.

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