What are some reasons why Odysseus is or is not a hero?
Odysseus meets the standards of the Greek hero because he is unwaveringly faithful to his family and to his people in Ithaca. Defying the odds, he fights to return to his home, and he never forgets about his wife, Penelope. Though his wife's beauties do not measure up to those of Calypso, he still loves his wife and wants to return to her. He declines Calypso's offer of immortality to return home. When he is home, he rids his palace of the suitors, who have defied the Greek laws of hospitality by living off his food and wine and trying to marry his wife. Odysseus is, however, loyal to people like Eumaeus, the swineherd, who have been loyal to him. He restores the island to its rightful state and re-establishes peace, not only among humans but also with the gods.
Odysseus does, however, have some tragic flaws. His blinding of the Cyclops, for example, is what angers Poseidon and makes Odysseus's journey home take so long. He has moments of anger and pique that cause him to take rash actions, and, in these moments, he is not an ideal hero but a very human character.