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Christopher Hunter Mr. Sieker Engl. 1413-1130 30 November 2016 Leadership and the Male Gender: A Look into Leadership and the Meaning of Masculinity in The Odyssey The concept of leadership is and has been present since the establishment of ancient civilizations. Historically, this leadership has been known to be dominated by males, and although this is more or less not the case presently, it does not change the apparent trend history has set. People lean towards good leadership, usually regardless of gender, but the question of what makes one an adept or inept leader remains somewhat of an ambiguous mystery. However, it is Homer and his epic The Odyssey that offers one of the most in-depth opinions into the meaning of leadership and its relation to maleness. There are many prevalent themes within Homer’s The Odyssey , such as the extent of hospitality in a civilized world and the relationship between divinity and humanity. One such recurring theme within the epic is the commentary on leadership and what defines the male gender as a whole. As the reader follows the adventures of the main protagonists, Odysseus and his son Telemachus, whose journeys parallel certain aspects of the hero’s journey, the epic expertly conveys the importance of this theme to the narrative presented. In studying the epic, the careful reader will note the ancient Greek definition of leadership and masculinity according to one’s actions. Within the epic scope of The Odyssey , Homer has given his critical view on what distinguishes capable leadership and the definition of men in society.
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One of the main protagonists, Odysseus, demonstrates capable leadership by being unhesitant when it comes to making tough decisions. As the benevolent sovereign of his homeland, Ithaca, one can expect him to extend concern for his crew as he would his loyal subjects. Odysseus strives to ensure that he, along with his men, will return home safely from
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  • Fall '13
  • Daniel Napper
  • English, The Odyssey, subjects. Odysseus, explorers Odysseus, Odysseus’s words, Odysseus’s behavior

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