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Odysseus: Epic Hero Chart

Introduced in the midst of a major conflict.
He was introduced in the beginning of the Trojan War. He was introduced because the Greeks were looking for a strong warrior.

Known as a warrior and a leader.
King of Ithaca, and he defeated the Cyclopes Polyphemus by jabbing a great steak through his only eye and blinding him so that he, Odysseus, and his crew could escape.

Speaks well and protects others.
Protected his men from the Sirens, Circe, and the Cyclopes Polyphemus.

Descended from a god or a larger than life figure.
Descended from a King, the previous King of Ithaca.

Possesses a magical trait.
His wisdom.

Sent on a quest often including a trip to the underworld.
Spent 10 years wandering the sea, suffering through the wrath of all the Gods, particularly Athena and Poseidon.

Quest is a job no one else will attempt.
Defeated many enemies on his way back to Ithaca when he could have easily just given up.

Virtuous.
When his men were turned into pigs he gets help instead of just leaving them.

Gains honor by defeating foes.
Defeated Poseidon by returning home, defeated Circe by getting her to change his men back and defeated the Cyclopes by blinding him.

Hero and his greatest foe meet at climax of story.
When Odysseus returned home he killed all of Penelope’s suitors so he could regain the throne and get his wife and son back.

Has more respect for own ability than for authority.
When he and the greeks won the Trojan war with the help of the Gods they took complete credit for winning. Instead of thanking the Gods for their help.

Will experience divine intervention.
Athena-convinced the Gods that Odysseus had suffered enough and deserved to come home.

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