Traits of an Epic Hero
On Odysseus' twenty year journey, he uses many of his traits to get back to Ithaca. Odysseus and his men fight the Cyclops, the Sirens and have to resist the temptation of the honeyed plants. A great epic hero, like Odysseus, needs to have numerous traits. Odysseus' traits are strength, intelligence and self-confidence.
Odysseus is strong in many different ways. He is strong in his mind, heart and physical strength.
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trip. Since Odysseus believed in himself, his men showed more self-confidence in their selves and were able to finish the rest of the journey back to Ithaca.
A great epic hero, like Odysseus, uses these traits to the best of their ability. For Odysseus to get home, he had to be strong, very intelligent and self-confident. These traits helped Odysseus and his men get back to Ithaca and helped them on their journey to survive.