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Where ever we look, Heros are everywhere. Most of us have heard about modern-day Superheroes such, Spiderman, Superman, Ironman and list goes on and on. Each and everyone including the ones that are just mundane people trying to do the right are heros to society and mostly our new generation, and Children. When children are introduced to these heros, they tend to be fictional characters that go on adventures of some sorts. However, as the younger generation become to grow older, their perceptions on these heroes change. The characteristics of hero are based around the ideology of societies or culture. Written over 3000 years ago, The Odyssey by Homer, beholds one of the greatest heros of all time, Odysseus. The legendary Greek king of Ithaca and protagonist of Homer’s epic poem was known for his qualities of strength/athleticism, sharp wit, and hunger for glory. These qualities of Odysseus apply to a more modern day fictional hero such as Mark Watney from The Martian. Mr. Watney is stranded on Mars after a tragic incident and now must find his way back home much like Odysseus’s journey. The heroic qualities of Odysseus can be seen in today’s modern day fictional hero, Mark Watney, but Mr.Watney has other defining qualities as well.  Odysseus’s strength and athleticism can be compared to a modern-day character of Mark Watney from the Martian. In Homer’s Odyssey, Penelope, Odysseus wife, tells the suitors that whoever has the abilities to string back Odysseus’s bow and shoot it through all twelve axes, would marry her. Each and every suiters attempted to do so, but not one could even make the string budge. Then,  “Without any strain, Odysseus strung the great bow… Taking the string and the head grooves he drew to the middle grip, and from the very chair where he sat, bending the bow before him, let the arrow fly, nor missed any axes from the first handle on, but the bronze-weighted arrow passed through all, and out the other end” (Homer, 319 – 320).  Odysseus’s ability to string the incredibly stiff bow and to shoot it through twelve axe heads when not a single other suitor could do it depicts his sheer strength and athleticism.  This ability is also apparent with Mark Watney, from the Martian. In the Martian, Mr.Watney, being an astronaut and having gone through hours of extensive training,  had these qualities when he was accidentally left on Mars. When he was accidently left, his crew thinking that he had died due to a storm, he had been impaled by a metal rod through his oblique and was 100s of yards of away from his ship. So he picked himself up out of the Martian soil with the rod still lodged in his oblique, walked all the way to his ship, pulled it out and stitched himself up. For a regular human, the rod impaling someone, would alone itself kill that human. That is only one many examples of Mr Watney’s strength and others range from him carrying loads of Martian back and forth to him walking miles upon miles on Mars.  Mark Watney’s strength and athleticism is comparable to Odysseus. Both fictional characters are far stronger and quicker than the average human. This enables them to do tasks such as hard labor in Mr.Watney’s case and defeat enemies with ease like in Odysseus’s case.  Despite his superior strength and athleticism, Odysseus holds many more traits comparable to more modern-day heroes.Mark Watney’s strength and athleticism is not the only thing that can be compared to the Odysseus. Mr. Watney shares Odysseus wit,cleverness, quicking thinking during his time on Mars. Odysseus’s demonstration of this trait can be seen when he and “some” of his men escape from the Polyphemus’s cave. Odysseus managed to do this by fooling Polyphemus, the cyclops into thinking that his name was Nobody. After he tricked him, Odysseus and his men attacked and blinded him with a stake. The Cyclops cried for help from the other Cyclops in the area saying, “‘Good Friends, Nobody is killing me by force or treachery.’ So then the others speaking in winged words gave him an answer: ‘If alone as you are none uses violence on you,'” (The Odyssey, line 147). By fooling Polyphemus into thinking his name was Nobody, Odysseus’s wit helped his men and himself dodge a bullet which was the other Cyclops coming to Polyphemus’s cave. If Odysseus had not thought about this, this time around, all of his men’s heads would have been eaten off including his! However Odysseus isn’t the only one who possesses this trait of quicking thinking and cleverness. While stranded on Mars, Mark Watney had a limited amount of resources and how to figure how he could survive longest. First, Mr Watney turned to his botany background for edible food. And so using, Martian soil and potato seeds, he attempted to grow potatoes but it didn’t work since the soil didn’t contain the nutrients necessary for growth. Finally he used his own fecal matter as fertilizer and it ended up growing. Mr. Watney cleverness can also be seen when he makes water by extracting hydrogen from the hydrazine in rocket fuel. Even though it is a very dangerous process, his end result was more water. If Mark Watney had not done any of these tasks or even thought about it critical, he wouldn’t have last a day on Mars.  When both Odysseus and Watney are in life threatening situations, they used these types of sharp cunning intellect to get what they need.

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