In class and through this blog, Odysseus’ validity as a deserving hero has been contested and tried. Mulling all this over, I keep coming back to one central thought (one that doesn’t diss Odysseus quite so much). Mentioned a few times in our class discussions, but usually for a mere minute as not all have heard of it, the hero’s cycle has been a tiny voice in the back of my head throughout my entire rereading of The Odyssey. For those of you who also learned and had drilled into you the steps of the cycle, bear with me for a half a blog post or so. Those not already illuminated to Joseph Campbell’s monomyth, read up.