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daniellemr | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 26, 2009 at 7:38 PM via web

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Help with a better topic than "hero" for "The Odyssey"

what is a better topic to write a 5 paragraph essay on?




-possesses morals

-accomplishes extraordianry tasks

-is favored by the gods

which 3 should i pick?

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gbeatty | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 27, 2009 at 10:42 AM (Answer #2)

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Of those factors you mention, you could include them all if you bunched them—and in any case, you'd need to make sense of the ones you reject. To spell that out in more detail, Odysseus clearly does spectacular things, is definitely favored by the gods, and is definitely cunning/resourceful/tricky. Those would be fine paragraphs for a five paragraph essay. However, you'd probably want to make sense of the fact that many of his deeds don't show what we'd consider good morals. Some are morally neutral, like being bound to the mast so he can hear the Sirens, and some are darker, like lying to his father.

So, I'd focus on your thesis statement and argue that he is a particular kind of hero, perfect for his age and context.

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