The Making of Odysseus the Hero in Homer’s Odyssey

Meng Liang

Abstract


This paper examines in a sociological manner how the heroic identity of Odysseus is constructed in Homer’s Odyssey. The making of Odysseus the hero requires the constant testing and improving of Odysseus's heroic qualities, the existence of a largely loyal crowd to testify to his charisma, and the weaving of a myth that wraps him up. Various aspects of the Greek hero are fleshed out.


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Odysseus, hero, crowd, myth

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7575/aiac.ijalel.v.6n.7p.42

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