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Odysseus as an Epic Hero

supernatural abilities or qualities
Odysseus is strong, wiley, and clever
*strong: he is the only one strong enough to shoot the bow/arrow
*clever: escaping the cyclops (getting him drunk, “no man”)

charged with a quest
-going to fight in the Trojan War to save Helen
-finding his way home after the war

hero is tested, often to prove the worthiness of himself and his quest
-he must travel through the challenges of the islands
-he is tested through Poseidon interfering with his travels

there is a presence of mythical beings, magical, and helpful animals, and human helpers and companions
-Hermes (god/messenger from Zeus)
-Athena( godess/mentor/guide)
-Scylla/Charybdis (monsters)
-Circe (witch)
-Calypso (nymph)

hero’s travels take him to a supernatural world, often one that normal human beings are barred from entering
Tartarus (Hades): He has to ask Tiresias for guidance in how to get home

the cycle must reach a low point where the hero nearly gives up his quest or appears defeated
-bag of winds: He was almost home and the winds sent him back away
-Calypso’s Island: his ship is struck down and he washes up on her island, he couldn’t escape on his own; he needed intervention from the gods

a resurrection
His return at the end-he was actually alive even though everyone thought he was dead

there is restitution-often this takes the form of the hero regaining his rightful place on the throne
Odysseus kills the suitors in the end and is reunited with Penelope

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