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Hero or Human?

Summary: A comparative essay of the character of Odysseus from Homer's "The Odyssey."
In Homer's the Odyssey Odysseus, the hero, possessed immense heroic qualities as well as human imperfections. Just when it seemed that his cunning was showing most, he would completely destroy the moment with his hubris and curiosity.

Perhaps his best and most well known quality was his guile. For example, Odysseus devised the plan of the Trojan Horse that eventually led them to victory in the Trojan War (The Odyssey). Although many great Greek heroes were sieged at Troy, Odysseus proved his astuteness with this plan. There has not been such a man of excellence since Odysseus. Furthermore, when he and his men were trapped in the cave with the Cyclops, Odysseus snuck his men out without harm by tying them to the underside of the blinded Cyclops' sheep. "I tied them silently together, twining cords of willow from the ogre's bed; then slung each man under...

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