• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Odysseus - admirable character

Extracts from this document...


"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.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Classics section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Classics essays

  1. Why is Heracles such a problematic character?

    It is through this work that he was set twelve labours to prove his worthiness and redemption. There is a variation between the stated amount of labours actually set and sources suggest that there are between eight and twelve labours.

  2. What qualities does Odysseus show in the episodes he relates in Books 9-12? Does ...

    The heroic quality of divine intervention and being separated from other mortals is another to consider. In these four books, Athene does nothing to help Odysseus or at least nothing that Odysseus notices (remember Odysseus didn't know that Athene was helping him on the sea between Scherie and Ogygia).

  1. "Eumaeus is the most admirable character in 'The Odyssey'" How far would you agree ...

    This shows that Eumaeus understands his place an Odysseus and Telemachus both recognise this and treat Eumaeus with great respect. One could argue that Homer created Eumaeus as the most admirable character as there is a not in Book Fourteen that claims that Homer loved his created character and sometimes the literature speaks directly to Eumaeus.

  2. How are the figures of Telemachus, Odysseus and Athena presented in Books I to ...

    324-326 "though he was wearied...he shunned death"). Finally, Odysseus' innate goodness can also be highlighted through Athene's never-wavering support of him during his plight; a sign not that he is unable to take action without her aid but that he is worthy of the Gods attention and interaction.

  1. Match Made in Heaven.

    Not only are the queen and king of Ithaca alike for possessing dominant traits of loyalty and astuteness, they also share several shortcomings. Firstly, although they are devoted enough to pine for each other for two decades, neither were one hundred percent loyal to their spouse.

  2. What qualities of character does Odysseus show in facing the dangers of Books Nine ...

    In telling his story to the Phaeacians, Odysseus portrays himself for the most part as a respected and good leader. The audience is first told of his good leadership when he shares out the goats evenly between the twelve ships, showing Odysseus is fair.

  1. What impression is given of Aeneas as a man and as a leader in ...

    work quite clearly in Book Five, in which the funeral games, "held in honour of the divine father of Aeneas"(Book 5), combine a celebration of the familial and of the holy. Like the "Father" figure that Aeneas, by fate takes on, Odysseus has great affection for his men.

  2. Odysseus. The first time we meet Odysseus is in book five, previous to this ...

    However, humility is a trait one would be hard- pressed to find in this ruler. A devotion of one's self to family and country is a part of his character. He is able to uphold his dignity, essentially maintaining that which is central to his character.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work