In The Odyssey, what is the importance of Odysseus' physical, emotional, and heroic journey?

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The Odyssey is an epic poem, and epic poems demonstrate certain literary conventions. They relate the deeds of an epic hero--a courageous man, physically strong, who pits himself against dangerous enemies to accomplish a worthy goal, one that will benefit others. Also, the epic hero demonstrates the values of his culture. Through his actions, he represents what his people admire in human behavior and what they aspire to be.

An epic poem centers around a journey, or a quest, that the hero undertakes against seemingly impossible odds. The epic hero is not superhuman and does not possess supernatural powers. He is not a man without fear; he is heroic because he puts his fears aside and...

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