Odyssey

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Odysseus and Telemachus are morally justified in the slaughtering of the suitors. Throughout the epic, the suitors’ actions are described as “reckless and shameful”. They greatly disrespected and made a mockery of Odysseus, Penelope, and Telemachus, both as people and their collective household. By feverishly attempting to court Penelope, disrespecting Telemachus and plotting to kill him, treating Odysseus’ household as their own, the suitors were deserved to be punished. As pointed out by the suitors, Antinoos was the ring leader of the suitors and did deserve to be punished. But, to only kill Antinoos would not be enough revenge for the shame all the suitors inflicted on Odysseus, so he was justified in slaying the evil suitors. As Odysseus said to Eurykleia after killing the suitors, “they were destroyed by the doom of the gods and their own hard actions” (332).
There are many qualities a person must possess to be a Homeric hero. First, they must by vengeful. They must also be physically strong, and have a slightly overblown ego. However, they must also be wise, smart, and intelligent. Lastly, they are required to be very affluent. Odysseus fulfilled all of these qualities, in the book The Odyssey. Odysseus’ successful journey of returning home and getting revenge on the suitors that wronged him specifically bring out some of the qualities of the Homeric hero. Odysseus also showed vengeance when he had to fight off many an enemy to save those he was fighting with. Odysseus avenged the death of his crew with "taunts" and blinding action of wounding the Cyclops, which almost get him killed. This event seems to be a snapshot of Odysseus’ role as the Homeric hero; he gets revenge for his fallen comrades using his strength and wit, and he shows his large ego by taunting the Cyclops and almost pays the price for it.
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