Hello, I am Eurylochus and I am hear to prove that Odysseus is NOT a hero. To me, a hero is someone who has the courage to make a difference for selfless and humble reasons. They use their specific skills to help others rather than use their skills to get affirmation and praise.
Odysseus commanded our fleet to execute a surprise attack on the Cicones, who sided with the Trojans in the Trojan War. Our group of men were malnourished an exhausted from the journey. Despite our warnings and any common sense that he should have as a leader, he continued the attack until 72 of our men were dead. Only then did we surrender and leave. These actions conveyed to me that Odysseus has such a large ego that he can't even listen to the men he is putting in danger. His pettiness was also fully displayed when he felt the need to launch a full attack on a community when we obviously didn't have the materials for it. His motives were selfish and careless for the well being of others.
Odysseus made the decision to go onto the dangerous island of the Cyclopes only out of curiosity. He put half of our fleet in danger to cross onto the island and we ended up getting trapped in Polythemus's cave. 6 of our men were brutally murdered and eaten by this cyclops. I do have to give Odysseus credit for coming up with a creative way to bring us to safety. He stabbed Polythemus in the eyeball with a hot stake that we hid in a pile of poop. With each man tied under the bellies of Polythemus's sheep, we eventually escaped to our ship. But, as we were pulling out, his ego overtook his subtlety. He yelled back to the monster and mocked him and stated his true identity. His immaturity and lack of consideration for others was displayed especially when he ignored our warnings. This eventually lead to us getting a curse that promised that every single man in our fleet would die. His stupid decision was the thing that ultimately determined the death of all of his friends.
I am Odysseus of Ithaca, son of Laertes! I am the one who tricked and blinded you because of your stupidity!
Lastly, Odysseus proved that he is not a hero when his leadership instincts turned violent. Several of our men were taken by Circe, the wicked witch goddess, and were turned into swine. Odysseus had to save them with the protection of moly, but Circe invited us all to stay with her. Being a weak man, he could not show restraint. When I scolded him for his poor decision, his anger dominated his good judgement as a leader. He surged towards me in an effort to kill me but my fellow comrades held him back. This displays that he isn't a hero because of his lack of self control over his temper and his lack of persistence in his mission. That is the reason why we stayed at Circe's home for more than a year when we should have gone home.
Your stupidity is going to be the death of us all!
I do understand that Odysseus has not only done bad things. For example, he did come up with the winning idea for the Trojan War, he saved 2 of our men from the Lotus Eaters, and he won back the kingdom of Ithaca from the 100 suitors. His character also improved as time progressed throughout these events. He finally learned to listen to advice from people like Circe and Athena. But, despite his successes, I still stand my ground on stating that he is not a hero due to his lack of consideration for other people, his inability to listen to the opinions of those that he is endangering, and his lack of restraint. In the end, we must remember that his recklessness is the reason that his entire army of men is dead.