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In The Odyssey, Odysseus is described as a “man skilled in all ways of contending, / thewanderer, harried for years on end, / after he plundered the stronghold /of the proud height ofTroy” (1.2-5). Though Odysseus was considered a Trojan War hero, how does he display heroicqualities in The Odyssey? Or does he contradict qualities of an epic hero?Response: The definition of a hero is someone who is admired for their courage, noble qualities and outstanding achievements. Although throughout the Odyssey, Odysseus shows great courage, it takes more than that to truly be a hero. It takes honesty, loyalty and modesty. Traits that Odysseus didn’t exactly embody throughout the book.  For example when facing the cyclops, Odysseus had been noble and courageous, tricking the giant and finding his way out of the cave. But his cockness ruined it for him, for as they left he yelled, “‘Kyklops, if ever a mortal man inquire how you were put to shame and blinded, tell him Odysseus, raider of cities, took your eye”‘(Homer 9-160-549-551) This allowing the cyclops to curse Odysseus and send Poseidon’s wrath. Although sometimes heroic, Odysseus weaknesses contradict the noble part of his actions throughout the book.  Question 1: Odysseus journey home was a long and challenging one. As he ends up in many unwanted places. One being Kalypso island, having been there for so long and not trying to find a way off the island, even Kalypso is surprised, asking,”‘Odysseus after all these years with me you still desire your old home?””(Homer 5-87-213-215) Did Odysseus’s actions elongate his trip home? Could it be said that it’s his own fault that the journey took so long? Although he claims that he wants to return home do some of his actions contradict that? Response: Odysseus’s journey takes many turns throughout the book all in result of his actions or curiosity. When they end up on Circe’s island their curiosity draws them in and creates problems, “In the entrance way they stayed to listen there inside her quiet house they heard the goddess Circe.”(Homer 10-,71,240-243) Circe lures them in and then turns them into pigs, extending the journey and creating more challenges. Whereas if they just minded their own business they could have avoided the whole conflict and kept going. Question 2: Both Odysseus and Penelope struggle with conflicts throughout the book, Penelope with her suitors and Odysseus with his journey home. As Odysseus misses Penelope and hopes he can make it home in time, he confesses to Circe, “My quiet Penélope-how well I know-would seem shade before your majesty{Circe}, death and old age be unknown to you.”‘(Homer 5, 87, 224-226) Expressing how time sensitive his journey is, similar to Penelope’s. In dealing with these two conflicts what characteristics do Penelope and Odysseus share? How are their situations similar? And in what ways do they differ?Response: Both Odysseus conflict and Penelope’s is time sensitive and connect to each other. Penelope has to hold off the suitors log enough for Odysseus to come home and Odysseus has to come home in time to meet Penelope. Both act with courage and cleverness, although Odysseus makes several mistakes and is hindered in his movement many times. An example of Penelope’s cleverness is when she told the suitors that she had to finish her weave before she married, keeping them away. She is very clever in keeping the suitors away a trait shared by Odysseus, but she is also very loyal. For she waited all those years for Odysseus to return, whereas he was not totally loyal and laid beside many other woman.