The Odyssey

The Odyssey

An Honorable Hero
By: Ryan Volk

Calvin Coolidge once said, ?No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave.? In Homer?s epic, The Odyssey, Odysseus is a character that gives nothing, and takes everything, and yet he is still viewed as an honorable man in many people?s eyes. However, Odysseus becomes a hero by telling tales of his past voyages and the miserable endings that they possess. For instance, as Odysseus is telling the Phaiakians about his treacherous voyage to the Laestrygonian land, he makes himself appear to be heroic in his actions, because he attempted to get his men out safely However, all of Odysseus? actions are really performed in order to benefit Odysseus? own well-being, not the well being of his crew. The tale that he tells to the Phaiakians is primarily told in order to make them perceive Odysseus as an honorable hero and also so they will aid

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