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Penelope and Odysseus of Homer's Odyssey - Penelope and Odysseus of Homer's Odyssey Penelope and Odysseus, being kin spirits, soul mates, and a great husband and wife in their own right, are very much alike. They have many of the same qualities. Both Penelope and Odysseus are very quick thinking and cunning. Odysseus, for example, devises the plan to get the Cyclops to drink the wine so the crew could stab him in the eye. Another example of Odysseus' cunning is his elaborate plan to massacre the suitors. Odysseus orders that all the weapons be taken out of the room where the arrow contest was being held, then that the women of the household to be locked in their rooms, as to not interfere, then for the doors to be locked by his allies, then to shoot the arrow through the row of axes, then for Athena to turn him back into his normal form, then to have him, Telemachus and his allies systematically kill the suitors....   [tags: Homer Odyssey Essays] 489 words
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Odyssey by Homer Versus Crispin by Avi - Some people enjoy reading novels, while other people prefer reading epic poems because they like to be part of an audience and have the message said to them. “Crispin” by Avi is a novel which is written to show that people need self-esteem to succeed. A Greek epic poem called, “Odyssey” by Homer is about using personal abilities to surmount obstacles to reach your goal. These two types of literature have many similarities by following the story line, some aspects of characters and describing external conflicts....   [tags: compare/contrast, analytical essays] 581 words
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Comparing Two Heros - Beowulf and Odysseus - Comparing Two Heros - Beowulf and Odysseus Reading through Beowulf I began to compare it to the last great epic I read, Homer’s Odyssey. While the Odyssey and Beowulf are each examples of both historic and modern ideas of heroism, the acts of Beowulf’s hero seem to fit better within its context. Beowulf exhibits many obvious heroic qualities, such as his strength and confidence in battle. These along with more subtle diplomatic actions serve to define him as both a great warrior and leader. Beowulf shows both wit and patience in his swift retort after Unferth challenges his skill....   [tags: Homer Odyssey Epic Compare Contrast] 622 words
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The oddyssey in popular culture - Many forms of popular culture today are inspired by themes, characters, and other references in various types of classical literature. John Denver’s song “Calypso” parallels with a number of the themes in Homer’s the Odyssey. The Odyssey’s themes involving Odysseus’ journey back home and the aid of gods and goddesses directly influence “Calypso.” The first stanza in Calypso is influenced by Odysseus’ journey to back to his homeland. The first couple of lines compare a dream to sailing on the ocean where at times it is crystal clear and calm while other times like riding on the “crest of a wild raging storm”....   [tags: essays research papers] 622 words
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Discussion of King Lear's Evaluation of Himself - Discussion of King Lear's Evaluation of Himself " I am a man more sinned against than sinning," this is Lear's evaluation of himself when he is at his weakest. To sin is to contravene the rules of God, as this play is set in times before the church played an active role in running the state the king was the only one who could say what is wrong or right. This quotation is derived from the storm scene in Act 3 Scene 2. Before we accept this we must take into account his condition....   [tags: Papers] 656 words
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Free Essays - Comparing Odysseus and Medea - Free Essays on Homer's Odyssey: Odysseus and Medea "Let me hear no smooth talk of death from you, Odysseus, light of councils. Better, I say, to break sod as a farm hand for some poor country man, on iron rations, than lord it over all the exhausted dead." Right before restless Odysseus leaves Circe, she tells him that he must go down into Hades to visit the shade of Teiresias, the blind prophet who advises Odysseus of his homecoming (the Wanderings). He then goes on to meet the shades of the queens and lovers of dead heroes and finally the heroes themselves....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays] 696 words
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Comparing the Characters of Lysitrata, Penelope, and Medea - The purpose of the paper is to compare and contrast the characters of Penelope in the epic, The Odyssey, Lysistrata in the comedy, Lysistrata, and Medea in the tragedy, Medea. The writer will first give a brief synopsis of each character, followed by a comparison and climaxing with the contrast. Penelope, a loyal, faithful and patient wife is faced with suitors pressuring her daily to remarry. She uses her wit and cleverness to hold them off. She assures the suitors that she will remarry as soon as she finishes the burial shroud for her husband, which she has no intention of finishing until her husband returns....   [tags: World Literature] 728 words
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Woman In The Odyssey - Women in the odyssey 2000-07-15 The literature composed during the era when the Odyssey was written was directed by men. Woman characters were valued but the only participated in affairs when they had the permission of men. The men, for the most part, directed the women's lives. The themes used in literature were on the subjects that men would be interested in; combat; warriors, and rulers. Domestic affairs, for the most part, were not noted. There is a immense contrast between the Odyssey and other epic poetry of the period....   [tags: essays research papers] 776 words
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Analyzing the Elements of Poetry - In my preparation for this essay I thought that there was going to be very little that I would learn about the elements of poetry. This is not because I am an expert and have nothing new to learn, but rather the opposite. I have never really spent the time to break down and appreciate poetry. One of the reasons I think that I haven’t spent the time on poetry is due to my reading habits. I usually read to gather information and poetry is on the other end of the spectrum. Fredrick Gruber sums this up, “Poetry tends to give general truths while history gives particular facts.” (Gruber) Having said all of this though, I did see a couple of things that I could apply to my own writing....   [tags: poetry]
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Comparing and Contrasting the Journeys of Odysseus’ and Telemachus’ in The Odyssey - Odysseus’ and Telemachus’ journeys or nostos were both very similar and different. They parallel each other in some ways but they are also completely different at other times. Telemachus starts as a younger, less mature boy, and without the presence of his father during his childhood, he becomes a timid, shy and spineless boy who is greatly pampered by his mother. He has even more to achieve, being the son of a world-famous father, and this is a very difficult reputation to live up to. His journey, and after that the killing of the suitors who took advantage of him really show how his journeys and problems throughout the book mature him from being a shy, timid boy into a mature man....   [tags: The Odyssey, compare and contrast] 856 words
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Jourody Journey of Homer's Odyssey, Joyce's Ulysses and Walcott's Omeros - The Journey of Homer's Odyssey, Joyce's Ulysses and Walcott's Omeros      This essay explores how the theme of the journey, pervasive in Homer's Odyssey, find expression in James Joyce's Ulysses (1922) and Derrick Walcott's Omeros (1990), epics written in very different historical periods.  Common to all three epics is a plot structure that involves a protagonist who longs for home but who must first endure a life-altering change before he returns. The theme of the "journey" provokes an image of both a natural and spiritual quest occurring simultaneously, both significantly viable because each passage contributes equally to the manifestation of the maturing male identity....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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Search for Immortality Depicted in The Epic of Gilgamesh and The Odyssey - ... This is presented beginning on line 236 of Book V where Odysseus openly admits that Penelope cannot compare in beauty or stature, but he still pines for her. Also going along with this concept, is Odysseus’ sheer determination to make it back home. After all of the trials of his journey, he realizes that to give up at this point, would make his whole journey futile. It would not only make the trip futile but almost disrespectful to all of the crew he had lost on the journey. In The Epic of Gilgamesh, Gilgamesh also turns down the prospect of immortality from a goddess (Ishtar, in this case), however, he does this under different circumstances....   [tags: Epic of Gilgamesh, The Odyssey]
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Free Essays on Homer's Odyssey: Book 5 - Odyssey Book 5 The beginning of the Odyssey portrays the chaos in Ithaca and the uncertainty and turmoil of Odysseus family as they have longingly awaited his return. Book 5 finally introduces Odysseus and his captor Calypso. The beginning of the novel illustrates how Odysseus is torn between the charm and will of Calypso and the love and loyalty to the family he has left behind. Calypso is described as beautiful; her island as a virtual Eden and her home a magnificent palace that awes even the gods themselves....   [tags: Homer Odyssey Essays] 859 words
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Love in Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey - The Importance of Love in Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey   Homer’s Iliad was a tragedy illustrating the despair and useless suffering associated with war.    Homer's Odyssey was an epic tale of long suffering resolving in triumph.    Though there were a great many differences between the two works, there was an underlying theme of love which ran through both.     Not just the physical manifestation of infatuation, but the kind of love that makes one willing to die for another             The events portrayed in the Iliad were set in motion by love.    Paris' love for Helen and her love for Paris, resulting in Helen deserting Menelaus and leaving with Paris for Troy.    Helen, consumed by her love, leaves for Troy with "no thought for her child or husband." Menelaus' love for Helen drives him to raise an army of thousands and lay siege to Troy to recover her.   Thousands of young men from both sides of the struggle, Troy and Argos, died.   The result was a ten year siege of Troy finally resulting in the plunder of the city, the women of troy being enslaved, and all of the men being slaughtered....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays] 859 words
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Comparing and Contrasting Homer's Odysseus and Tennyson's Ulysses - Comparing Homer's Odysseus and Tennyson's Ulysses             Homer's Odyssey depicts the life of a middle-aged, while Tennyson's "Ulysses" describes Ulysses as an old man.  The character's role in his son's life shifts. With maturity, Telemachus does not require as much guidance from his father.  However, time does not alter the caring fellowship the man has with his crew, nor the willpower that he possesses in achieving his goals. While Odysseus and his son are united and face the world together, Ulysses sees himself and his son as two different people living separate lives....   [tags: compare and contrast essay examples]
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Xena vs. The Odyssey - Xena vs. The Odyssey In this episode of "Xena: The Warrior princess," the story of Odysseus return to Ithaca after the Trojan War is told. The episode starts when Xena and Gabriel are walking down a beach and they see a man fighting alone against a small army, so they decide to help him out. After the battle was over, they found out that the man fighting was Odysseus. He told Xena his story and how he had been traveling for ten years to get home because Poseidon was angry with him. Xena and Gabriel decide to help him get to Ithaca, so they sail off....   [tags: Compare Comparing Contrast] 864 words
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Essay on Symbolism, Imagery and Diction in Homer’s Odyssey - Symbolism, Imagery and Diction in Homer’s Odyssey During the course of history, the world has seen many fine works of literature like Homer’s epic, Odyssey. This book is a standard against which to compare all literary novels. The symbolism permeates the pages drawing the reader into the intriguing plot that includes twists within the central theme. Also, the author intelligently uses imagery and diction painting dramatic images in the reader's mind - building upon major the themes. The book contains a captivating use of symbolism making the story more interesting and understandable....   [tags: Homer Odyssey Essays] 887 words
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Free Essays: A Comparison of Homer's Odyssey and Oedipus the King - A Comparison of Odyssey and Oedipus the King In the world of literature, there are many similarities and differences between them. These similarities and differences are significant because the reader can learn and thoroughly comprehend them. Two examples of such literature are the epic poems Oedipus the King , written by Sophocles and The Odyssey, written by Homer who were both Greek poets. Oedipus the King and The Odyssey share many similarities. The most important and significant similarity is that both epic poems are involved in a conflict when we first encounter the poems....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays] 892 words
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The Maturation of Telemachus in Homer's Odyssey - The Maturation of Telemachus in Homer's Odyssey     The Odyssey was a great book in which many characters were brought out and developed.  The most significant development that occured in the epic was the development of Telemachus.  Telemachus is a very complex character that Homer develops from beginning to end.  From the beginning when is a mere shadow of his father to near the end in which he is considered just as courageous.  Many factors influence Telemachus as he matures into a man....   [tags: Odyssey essays]
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The Oddessy Vs. O Brother Where Art Thou - The Odyssey is one of the oldest stories ever written and it's amazing how it has stuck around for so many years. It's very cool to see such an old tale be interpreted into a hugely different time period and almost a completely different storyline. O Brother, Where art Thou. is a brilliant movie. It makes the movie so much more meaningful when you have read the book and can make the connections. In the beginning of the movie it says that its based on The Odyssey and with all of the appearances of similar characters and events, it would be extremely hard to write a three page paper on how O Brother, Where Art Thou....   [tags: Compare Contrast Essays] 957 words
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Essay on Homer's Odyssey - Comparing Odysseus and Telemachus - The Parallel between Odysseus and Telemachos in Odyssey       In Odyssey, Homer creates a parallel between Odysseus and Telemachos, father and son. The two are compared in the poem from every aspect. One parallel was the quest of Telemachos, in correlation with the journey of his father. In this, Odysseus is developed from a childish, passive, and untested boy, to a young man preparing to stand by his father's side. This is directly connected to the voyage of Odysseus, in that they both lead to the same finale, and are both stepping-stones towards wisdom, manhood, and scholarship....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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Comparing and Contrasting the Epics of Homer and Virgil's Aeneid - Comparing and Contrasting the Epics of Homer and Virgil's Aeneid Books I and II of Aeneid are an account of Virgil's adventures narrated by him. He includes the actions of the gods in his point of view. The tone of the epic is tragic and sympathetic. Books I-IV is Aeneas wanderings. "In the first half of the epic, Aeneas tells the story of the siege of Troy and his escape, causing Dido to love him. Venus and Juno contrive to isolate Dido and Aeneas in a cave during a hunting trip, and there the two lovers consummate their affair....   [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast Essays]
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Comparing Gilgamesh and Odysseus - Comparing Gilgamesh and Odysseus Gilgamesh and Odysseus were two heroes from two totally different time periods that were both in search of the meaning of life. The epics that the two characters are featured in Gilgamesh, was developed from early Mesopotamia and the Odyssey in early Greece. Gilgamesh was a very popular and it was very valuable to the historian of Mesopotamian culture because it reveals much about the religious world, such as their attitudes toward the gods, how a hero was defined and regarded, views about death and friendship....   [tags: Compare Contrast Essays]
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Aeneid and Odyssey - A Comparison between Aeneas, Achilles and Odysseus - Aeneid and Odyssey - A Comparison between Aeneas, Achilles and Odysseus        A comparison between Virgil's hero, Aeneas, and the Homeric heroes, Achilles and Odysseus, brings up the question concerning the relevance of the difference between the Homeric heroes and Aeneas. The differences in the poets' concerns are explained by the fact that Virgil lived many years after Homer, giving Virgil the advantage of a more developed literary and philosophical society than Homer had at his disposal....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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Exploration of Values in Robinson Crusoe, Odyssey, Tempest and Gulliver’s Travels - Exploration of Values in Robinson Crusoe, The Odyssey, The Tempest and Gulliver’s Travels In the novels and epics of Robinson Crusoe, The Odyssey, The Tempest and Gulliver’s Travels the reader encounters an adventurer who ends up on an island for many years and then returns back home.  These four stories have another point in common: they are all unusually popular.  There is something very appealing to the popular imagination about such narratives. In this essay I will explore the vision of life (or at least some aspects of it) which this novel holds out to us and which is significantly different from the others, no matter how apparently similar the narrative form might be....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays] 1044 words
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The Mock-Epic and The Rape Of The Lock - The Mock-Epic and The Rape Of The Lock The argument can be made that the purpose of the Rape of the Lock is to attack the vanity of women. Pope states this directly in his dedication to Arabella – “to laugh at their sex’s little unguarded Follies,” and the author’s use of the mock-epic seems to reinforce this purpose through its comparison of the epic odyssey to trivial events. In this comparison there can also be found a description of the relationship between the sexes not as a mutual co-existence but rather as a war with both sexes constantly striving for supremacy....   [tags: Rape Of The Lock Essays Alexander Pope]
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Comparison of Odyssey, Divine Comedy, and Paradise Lost - A Comparison of Odyssey, Divine Comedy, and Paradise Lost      Epics by definition are long narrative poems, that are grand in both theme and style (Webster 417).  They usually involve actions of great glory and are typically centered around historical or legendary events of universal significance.  Most epics deal with the deeds of a single individual, however, it is not uncommon to have more than one main character.  Epics embody several main features including: supernatural forces, sometimes the deity of the time, that shape the action; battles or other forms of physical combat; and a formal statement of the theme of the epic.  Everyday details of life are commonplace and intricately woven into the background of each story in the same palatial style as the rest of the poem....   [tags: comparison compare contrast compody]
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Free Essays: Odysseus of the Odyssey and Moses of Exodus - Odysseus of the Odyssey and Moses of Exodus The Book of Exodus is considered to be an epic poem as by definition. An epic poem as defined by Funk and Wagnalls is a poem celebrating in stately, formal verse the achievements of heroes, gods, and demigods (426). The Book of Exodus as well as the entire Bible was written in the form of an epic poem. Major characteristics of epic poems are that there is always a heroic figure. Moses is indeed comparable to Odysseus, the heroic figure in the Odyssey....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays] 1110 words
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Literary Analysis: "Ulysses" - ... Ulysses recognises that Telemachus and he are very different people this is shown in line 43 “When I am gone. He works his work, I mine”. This follows Tennyson’s own feelings, at the time of writing the poem, his habitual situation was far from pleasant and the worry of mental illness loomed over him an illness that appeared to infect his father and ten siblings. Tennyson’s brother Edward had already been placed into a mental asylum. The second stanza reveals Ulysses’ personal urge to continue as an adventurer, the language used weaves together to with the theme, strengthening its impact upon the reader....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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The Complex Odyssey of Odysseus - According to both Greek and Homeric values humans should have reason, but very often they express passion, which leads to contradictory emotions and obstacles in life. Odysseus, a man with a complex life, struggles with many internal, personal contradictions that have a collective impact on his decisions throughout his existence. The most important contradictions Odysseus faces are loyalty and betrayal; humility and hubris; and wisdom and folly, Throughout the Odyssey Odysseus faces an internal battle between loyalty and betrayal in the presence of numerous temptations....   [tags: Greek Mythology] 1146 words
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Essay on Race in Invisible Man and Black Boy - The Question of Race in Invisible Man and Black Boy      In the early twentieth century black American writers started employing modernist ways of argumentation to come up with possible answers to the race question. Two of the most outstanding figures of them on both, the literary and the political level, were Richard Wright, the "most important voice in black American literature for the first half of the twentieth century" (Norton, 548) and his contemporary Ralph Ellison, "one of the most footnoted writers in American literary history" (Norton, 700)....   [tags: Invisible Man Essays]
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London 1802 - ... Wordsworth writes of alters, water, and resurrection; all of which represent elements of Christianity. Mil/ton. thous should’st be li/ving at this hour: En/gland hath need of thee: she is a fen Of stag/nant water: alt/er, sword, and pen … Oh. Raise us up, re/turn to us a/gain; (Wordsworth) As Wordsworth writes, he refers to Milton as a “star,” another powerful symbol seen throughout Paradise Lost. In the epic, Lucifer’s name is translated to “Morning Star,” the symbol of divinity for God’s Kingdom....   [tags: Literature]
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The Cultural Conflict of Hugh Selwyn Mauberley - The Cultural Conflict of Hugh Selwyn Mauberley      By imitating writing styles of ancient poets, Ezra Pound exhibited his attitude toward modern civilization, and his famous poem, Hugh Selwyn Mauberley, is the stereotype. In this poem, Pound revealed his disagreement with industrial society. The poem is an imitation of other old poetic styles, or epic style; however, it presents ironic meaning. To fully understand Pound's divergence from modern culture, the ways of presenting his position will be firstly explained....   [tags: Selwyn Mauberley]
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Comparing the Deceitful Women of Homer's Odyssey and the Bible - The Deceitful Women of Homer's Odyssey and the Bible Across all barriers, women have always brought pain, suffering, and aguish to the men as demonstrated in both Homer's Odyssey and the Bible. With their beauty and grace, temptresses like the Sirens and Delilah lure men into their grasps, only to later steer them to their ruin. Other times, they use their cunning abilities and deception, as Circe and Jezebel did, in order to entice men into doing things that they normally would never accede to do....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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Thor and the Odyssey - ... In the movie Mjolnir makes devastating blows and at first seems to be the source of his power. Odysseus was more of a thinker but remains a great warrior. The Odyssey is Odysseus personal sequel to the Iliad. In the narrative he is returning from the Trojan War as the most important warrior in the whole war. In the Odyssey he defeats the Cyclops by blinding him and sneaking out of captivity, he withstands the cannibals, he even turn Circe into his lover, who was once an enemy that turned half of his men into pigs....   [tags: Character Analysis]
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Comparing Heroism in Red Badge of Courage, Journey's End, and Regeneration - Heroism in Red Badge of Courage, Journey's End, and Regeneration        The idea of heroism is constantly evolving with time. The traditional idea of heroism, is derived from ancient Greek influences such as the two major epic poems, the Iliad and the Odyssey. The mythological figure of heroism is endowed with great strength and ability, and of divine descent. He brings honour and acclaim, and is admired for his courage. This is the Homeric ideal that The Red Badge of Courage and Journey's End approaches....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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Heroic Code - The characters in Homer’s Iliad follow the Heroic Code which is all about honor. For them, honor is the most important thing and a person who dies without honor is worth nothing. To be someone honorable, one must standout from the army, like Akhilleus and Hektor. The two are recognized as the best in their army and community. But the Heroic Code is more than just exerting more effort as a warrior, more than being the best warrior there is and more than doing something that the army, community and opposition will recognize....   [tags: Modern Society Hero Compare Contrast] 1219 words
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Characterization in Oedipus the King and Homer's Odyssey - Characterization in Oedipus the King and Homer's Odyssey The characters in a novel or play are attributed certain characteristics by the author. The opinions one might form of a character are based on these; therefore, the characteristics suggested by an author are intrinsic to the reader having a complete and subjective understanding of a work.  Characteristics are often displayed through a character s actions, in what is said about them, and what they themselves say, which shall be the focus of this essay.  Both Oedipus, in Sophocles'  King Oedipus  and Odysseus, in The Odyssey of Homer, oftenare spoken of by others, but their own words are telling, as certain emotions and traits can be seen.  Traits of a character can often be masked or distorted by favorable or unfavorable descriptions by others, but their own speech, however calculated or controlled, often clearly shows character flaws and attributes that one might not come across otherwise.  Strict narration often polarizes a character, casting them as black or white, good or evil.  However, in most writings, and certainly in The Odyssey and King Oedipus, the speech of a characterallows us to see the various shades of grey, thus portraying the character more fairly.  One might see Oedipus and Odysseus as being in some ways quite similar, but their speech and the characteristics revealed therein is what sets them apart....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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Compare Aeneas and Odysseus in Their Role As Leaders And Prospective - Compare Aeneas and Odysseus in Their Role As Leaders And Prospective Hero's. Virgil's 'Aeneid' and Homer's 'Odyssey' are two very different stories, told from opposing viewpoints: that of the Trojans in 'The Aeneid,' and of the Greeks in 'The Odyssey.' The two leaders, Aeneas and Odysseus, that feature are therefore very different in their approach to leadership. However, despite their differences they both rise to the challenges set to them as true leaders. In each work, the first time the great leaders feature, the first impression given of each is hardly one of a strong leader and future hero....   [tags: English Literature] 1312 words
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Different Levels of Civilization in the Odyssey - If we compare the three different places, Phaeacia, Cyclops' island and Ithaca in Homer's The Odyssey, we can claim that these islands are quite different from one another both in terms of their nature and the inhabitants' way of living. Phaeacians, for many apparent reasons, is the most civilized society and they have best kind of nature and wealth. People of Ithaca follow Phaeacians with slight differences and Cyclops comes last in the sorting because of being completely uncivilized. The garden of Phaeacia is insanely wealthy....   [tags: World Literature] 1327 words
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A Comparison of Homeric Formalism in The Iliad and The Odyssey - Homeric Formalism in The Iliad and The Odyssey "Much that is terrible takes place in the Homeric poems, but it seldom takes place wordlessly... no speech is so filled with anger or scorn that the particles which express logical and grammatical connections are lacking or out of place." (from "Odysseus' Scar" by Erich Auerbach)   In his immaculately detailed study comparing the narrative styles of Homer to those of the Bible, Erich Auerbach hits upon one of the most notable intrigues of reading Homer, namely his unrelenting sense of epic form and rhythm....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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A Women's Quest in The Odyssey, A Room Of One's Own, and Northanger Abbey - A Women's Quest in The Odyssey, A Room Of One's Own, and Northanger Abbey      A quest is a tale that celebrates how one can cleverly and resolutely rise superior to all opposition.  Yet as fresh prospectives on history now suggest,  in this search for freedom and order,  the masculine craving for adventure, demanded restrictions upon women,  forcing her into deeper confinement, even within her limited province.  Thus the rights of a man are separated by the expectancies of a woman.   Each subsequent story deals with a search for truth that is hidden by the facades of social convention.   This search is often hampered by the conventions that are part of the outside and inside domain.  For a female's quest is best displayed in the sphere of domestic life, which drastically diminishes her diversity of action, compared to men who are expected to live public, successful lives....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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Comparing Homer's Odyssey and Everyday Life - Similarities in The Odyssey and Everyday Life   The Odyssey is filled with emotion and adventure. Homer’s ability to show and give the reader a visual of each and every scene gives the story its unbelievable significance. To all the people who read his work there is something to be captured within every sentence, each one different in its own, unique way. Through tales of courage and defeat, friendship and love this book tells of all the values within the life of a single, solitary man, and his journey to attain what is true and dear to him....   [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast Essays] 1382 words
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Free Essays: The Weak Gods of Iliad, Odyssey and Epic of Gilgamesh - The Weak Gods of The Iliad, Odyssey and Gilgamesh   The Oxford English Dictionary defines god as Ò1. A being conceived as the perfect, omnipotent, omniscient ruler and originator of the universe, the principal object of faith and worship in monotheist religions. 2. A being of supernatural powers, believed in and worshipped by a people.Ó The first definition reflects Modern AmericaÕs connotation of the word god. The latter recalls the Ancient Greco-Sumerian ideal of a being greater than man....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays] 1406 words
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Buy Essay Online: Theme of Justice in the Odyssey and the Bible - Theme of Justice in the Odyssey and the Bible       Justice is a theme that differs in many different texts, and this also true in the Odyssey and the Bible.  Justice in Homeric texts was served to neutralize a situation and bring things back to the way they were, to a time of stability and respect for authority.  The bible has usually been interpreted, however, as serving justice on a moral basis, as a way to punish those who did not respect each other or act in God likeness.          The Greeks in the Odyssey viewed justice as only coming from the gods.  They believed the gods punished them because they have fallen out of their favor, and not because they had really done anything wrong by human standards.  As Socrates later stated in the Euthyphro, what is holy, and perhaps then just, is what is “approved by the gods.”  Although Socrates proved this to be wrong, it still shows the view of most Greeks.  Zeus in the opening book of the Odyssey stated, “Upon my word, just see how mortal men always put the blame on us gods!  We are the source of evil, so they say- when they have only their own madness to thank if their miseries are worse than they ought to be.”   This shows that the Greeks feared justice; they felt it was negative and often undeserved.  However, each Greek deserved his punishment because he has a hand in its reason.  For example, when Odysseus’s troops killed the cattle of Helios, they deserved Zeus destroying their ships because he had warned Odysseus beforehand not to let the men eat the cattle....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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Compare and Contrast the Portrayal of the Gods in Virgil's Aeneid and Metamorphoses - COMPARE AND CONTRAST THE PORTRAYAL OF THE GODS IN VIRGIL'S AENEID AND OVID'S METAMORPHOSES. There is a significant difference in the treatment of the gods in the Aeneid and the Metamorphoses, even though both authors were writing in the epic tradition. Virgil wrote his Aeneid in the last ten years of his life, between 29BC and 19BC, after the Battle of Actium, in 31BC, which was significant, as it established Octavian as the sole emperor, Augustus, of Rome. The Aeneid is a celebration of Augustus' achievements and rejoices in the development of Rome....   [tags: Classics]
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Buy Essay Online: The Politics of Aeneid and the Family of Odyssey - The Politics of Aeneid and the Family of Odyssey   Both the Odyssey and the Aeneid represent their cultures very well, but they express different ideas on what one should strive for in life.  There are also different forces that pushed both epics to be written.  The Aeneid expresses the Roman idea of pietas which means to show extreme respect for one’s ancestors. We see this in Aeneas when he is pictured caring his father away from burning Troy.  He has pietas because he cared so much for his father that in fleeing from Troy he took up his father over his shoulder to save his from certain death.  This is not the only major idea in the Aeneid.  There is also a very political focus.  The Roman were very interested in politics which comes through in the Aeneid....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays] 2715 words
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Analysis of Penelope as Moral Agent in Homer’s Odyssey - An Analysis of Penelope as Moral Agent In her essay "Penelope as Moral Agent," Helene Foley attempts to discuss Penelope, a major character in Homer's the Odyssey, in terms of Classical Athenian portrayals of women and, as her title suggests, in terms of what she calls a "moral agent." In her introductory paragraph she lays out guidelines as set down by Aristotle and his contemporaries that constitute a moral agent: the character must make an ethical and moral decision "on which the actions turns...without critical knowledge of the circumstances" (Foley 93)....   [tags: Odyssey essays]
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Compare and Contrast the Divine Machinery of Odyssey and Aeneid - Compare and Contrast the Divine Machinery of the Odyssey and the Aeneid     The Aeneid is a poem of Fate, which acts as an ever-present determinant, and as such Aeneas is entirely in the hands of destiny. The unerring and inexorable passage of fate, assisted by the Gods' intervention, is impossible to prevent and its path does create many victims along the way, who are expendable for Rome to be created. In the Aeneid, mortals suffer, no matter what they do or how good a life they lead and they are unable to rely on the Gods for assistance....   [tags: comparison compare contrast compody]
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A Comparison of the Role of Women in Homer’s Odyssey and Iliad - The Role of Women in Odyssey and The Iliad The Iliad and Odyssey present different ideals of women, and the goddesses, who are presented as ideal women, differ between the two epics. The difference in roles is largely dependent on power, and relations to men, as well as sexual desirability and activity. The goddesses have a major role in both epics as Helpers of men. They have varied reasons for this.  One is a maternal instinct. This is displayed in the literal mother-son relationships of Aphrodite and Aeneas, Thetis and Achilles, and the protective instinct that Athene displays in Book 3 of the Iliad when Pandarus arrow shot an arrow at Menelaus and she "took her stand in front and warded off the piercing dart, turning it just a little from the flesh, like a mother driving a fly away from her gently sleeping child" [p80]....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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