Odysseus’s Heroism in Homer’s Poem

Discuss the topic of Odysseus’s heroism in Homer’s poem.

Perhaps the most important goal of an epic poem is to establish the protagonist’s extraordinary personality, and this is done, particularly in the Odyssey, against a backdrop of far less remarkable personages. Odysseus is an intellectual, far more than a physical hero; he may be extraordinarily strong, athletic, and physically appealing, but all of these traits, though extraordinary compared to the other mortal representatives in the poem, are secondary to his astonishing mental sharpness. Explain the idea using multiple quotations of the text as evidence for the idea, then provide explanations of the manner in which the textual evidence proves the point.