A hero is a person who is admired for

         A hero is a person who is admired for courage, achievements, and qualities. Heroes are in literature, as well as the real world. The Odyssey has the most well known literary heroes. In the modern day, a similar hero is Barack Obama. Barack Obama is an African American man, that once served as the president of the United States. Odysseus and Barack Obama both experienced an ordinary world, had mentors or people they looked up to, and a call to an adventure. Odysseus and Barack Obama had to overcome these things in order to be successful in life. “A hero is an ordinary individual who finds strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.”         First, Odysseus ordinary world begins in Ithaca, where he is born, and also lives with his wife, Penelope and his son, Telemachus. Obama’s ordinary world begins on the island of Hawaii where he was born. Obama’s journey officially started with a close relationship with his maternal grandparents. From that point on, Obama’s maternal grandparents encouraged him to attend Punahou School, which he then graduated from in 1979, and also served in the Illinois senate from 1997 to 2004. Both Odysseus and Barack Obama had an ordinary world where they didn’t know what they wanted to do in their future. “If you’re walking down the path and you’re willing to keep walking, eventually you’ll make progress.”          Next, Odysseus’ call to adventure was his journey to Ithaca. Odysseus didn’t know what Ithaca had in store for him when he got there or what obstacles and trials he had to go through, but he overcame them and that is one of the reasons why he is known as a hero. “As you set on your journey to Ithaca, pray that your journey be a long one filled with adventure, filled with discovery.” Obama’s adventure was difficult and frustrating because of the way the society was at the time. He was an African American male serving as the president. Being an African American president comes with a lot of pressure because of racism.  “Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”          Finally, Odysseus had a mentor or someone he looked up to when he was growing up, which was Athena. Athena is the goddess of wisdom and military victory. Athena helps Odysseus get home from Ithaca. Athena also frustrates Odysseus through every turn. Obama’s mentor was Abner Mikva. Abner Mikva served in all three branches of the Federal Government. Abner Mikva saw potential in Obama when no one else thought he would be successful. “Nothing can stand in the way of millions of voices calling for change.” Both Odysseus and Barack Obama had a mentor or someone they looked up to, to get them where they were at in their life.          In conclusion, Odysseus and Barack Obama are both remarkable heros. Both experienced an ordinary world, a call to adventure, and both had mentors or someone they looked up to. Heroes are everywhere, even in literature. That’s how Odysseus and Barack Obama both experienced the hero’s journey. “Heroes are made by the paths they choose, not the powers they are graced with.”                                                                                              -Brodi Ashton, Everneath