The American Heritage High-school dictionary
defines a hero as a man, often of divine ancestry,
who is endowed with great courage and strength. Is
that what a hero truly is? Does he need only
strength and courage? Does a hero not need a mind?
Any man can be strong and brave, but dose that
mean he is a hero? Nay, a hero must have more. He
must be quick-witted and always think with his
head and never his fear. A man must be clever
(mentally bright, superficially skillful or witty)
to be considered a hero. A hero has many
characteristics but one of the most important is
to be able to think his way out of trouble. Not
that a hero shouldnt be physically strong, thats
always good, but sometimes you cant fight your way
out things without getting yourself killed.
Odysseus, king of Ithaca, is a very clever man.
shows that quality time and again in The Odyssey.
For example, the Trojan War. The Greeks fought
with the Trojans for ten years without success.
They had to get over the wall around Troy. No one
had any ideas. But then Odysseus and his clever
mind thought of a way to trick the Trojans. He
ordered the Greeks to build a huge wooden horse in
which they could hide. Odysseus figured that when
the Trojans wake up to the horse and no Greeks in
sight that theyd take the horse as a peace
offering and take it inside the city.
did as Odysseus had guessed and after ten long
years the war with Troy was finally over. Another
example of Odysseus cleverness is when he met a
giant, one-eyed monster named Polyphemus. Odysseus
and his men went into this giants cave and stayed
to meet him. What they saw when Polyphemus came
home was a huge surprise. Polyphemus liked humans,
yes he did. He liked them as dinner, lunch, and
Odysseus was losing his men rapidly
while they were trapped in the cave. He had to do
something. Suddenly an idea popped in his head. He
and his men sharpened a stick, and shoved it into
Polyphemus eye while he was sleeping. Plus, when
Polyphemus called for help, nobody listened
because Odysseus had told him that his name was
Nohbdy. If that doesnt take a clever mind then I
dont know what dose.
I have never really used
cleverness in my life as Odysseus has. Sure, some
school papers Ive written might have had something
clever in it, but thats not the same kind thats
needed in a hero. I hope that if I ever a
situation occurs that I’ll need to think like a
hero Ill be able to but for now Ill stick to being
clever for school. As I said before, a hero has
many characteristics. I think the most important
is to be able to think his way out of any
situation. A hero must keep his head up and
believe that no matter what there is a way out of
He also needs to be kind hearted
and fight for good. For a hero can never be evil.