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The Odyssey as a Hero Journey - "All of us have similar experiences. We share in the life journey of growth, development, and transformation. We live the same stories…the trappings might be different, the twists and turns that create suspense might be different from culture to culture, the particular characters may take different forms, but underneath it all, it's the same story, drawn from the same experiences"(Linda Seger, Creating Myth, 1). All people face trials and tribulations throughout their life. Thus, what defines one from one's fellow human beings is not the trials themselves, but how one overcomes the challenges along the journey, as well as the psychological and physical lessons one learns from the actions e...   [tags: Odyssey Hero Heroes Essays]
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Epic Hero in Homer's The Odyssey - Epic Hero in Homer's The Odyssey With its larger-than-life plot twists, The Odyssey is a classic representation of an epic in literature. With that understood, it is no surprise that the main character of the story helps to define an epic hero. A character must express certain virtues to be considered such. Strength, courage, and nobility are almost prerequisites. Cleverness is an added bonus. Odysseus possesses many characteristics and virtues that make him a true representation of an epic hero....   [tags: Homer Odyssey Hero] 958 words
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The Hero’s Journey in Homer's The Odyssey -      The Hero’s Journey is never an easy one. This particular journey, as detailed in Homer’s The Odyssey, is one of struggle, loss, heartache, pain, growth and triumph. It is comprised of many steps that Odysseus has to overcome and battle through in order to achieve his final goal of reaching his home and his loved ones. From the Call to Adventure to the Freedom or Gift of living, Odysseus conquered them all. The story begins in the middle of the story, as many of the oral Greek traditions did, with the Journey of Telemachus to find his father....   [tags: Hero, Homer, Odyssey, Odysseus] 1885 words
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Odysseus in The Odyssey: Hero or Not? - ... Odysseus's actions on this island are far from selfless and put his men in unnecessary danger. Although Odysseus's cowardice is evidence enough to avoid calling him a hero, another reason why Odysseus should not be considered a hero is his lack of respect for his men. His men would die for him, but he would not do the same for them. Upon learning the fate of his men, he does not tell them they will not be returning to Ithaca. This decision is unfaithful to Odysseus's comrades. In addition, Odysseus speaks lowly of his men....   [tags: self-centered, narcissist, coward]
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Odysseus, An Unconventional Hero Depicted in The Odyssey - An Unconventional Hero According to Greek mythology, a hero is one who values glory above life itself and honorably dies in the battle during his prime period of his life. After the gods and demi-god of Greece, heroes probably are the most admirable figures in society. However, Odysseus seems to defy the conventional definition of a hero. He is overwhelmed with tremendous obstacles and difficulty, often beyond that a normal man could endure but he determines to stay alive rather than die young....   [tags: Homer, Odyssey Essays] 1930 words
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Traits of the Hero Odysseus in the Odyssey by Homer - What is a hero. What is so special about a hero. A hero is a mortal with inhuman powers who does things ‘normal’ people cannot do. Most heros are usually form Mythology of the Greeks and Romans in the twentieth (20th) to the first (1st) century BC. All heros will go through an Odyssey, or a adventure/s with romance, action, and at times, a happy ending. This leads to a story written in Eight hundred (800) BC, called “The Odyssey.” The Odyssey is an Epic poem written by Homer, a greek poet who lived in the eighteen hundred to the seventeen hundred BC....   [tags: hero, cunningness, courage]
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herody Essay on Homer's Odyssey: A Hero Defined - A Hero Defined in Homer's Odyssey What makes a hero. To be known as a hero takes a lot, but what is a true hero. Well, it depends on whom you ask. To some, a hero might just be a person who is courageous and brave, to others a hero might be a person that is a strong warrior and leader who wins battles; however, to some to others, a hero might be a person who uses his brain just as much as a warrior uses his sword. Odysseus, in Homer's epic, "The Odyssey", embodies the ideal human qualities that Homer's Greek society mostly admired....   [tags: Homer Odyssey Essays] 573 words
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Comparing the Hero in Homer’s The Odyssey with the Modern Hero Described in Whitman’s I hear America Singing - One of the main similarities in ancient Greek epics is that there are always great heroes who overcome many difficult and daunting challenges and goes on long adventures. The issue of heroic stature and the character of the hero have a great importance on the epics itself. Classical Greek heroes are usually born to do great things, go on epic journeys and in the end they would receive a reward for their troubles. In Homer’s the Odyssey, Odysseus has many different qualities that classify him as a hero....   [tags: the odyssey, I hear America Singing] 648 words
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herody The Imperfect Hero of Homer's Odyssey - The Imperfect Hero of The Odyssey      In literature, a bold character or hero is often the principle character. In the epic poem The Odyssey there are many immortals, but only one hero, Odysseus. The differences between the immortals and the hero are few. The god-like Odysseus is plagued with the human weaknesses of pettiness, self-doubt, and dependence on the pity of others. Odysseus reveals his pettiness when he amuses himself with humorous guile. Odysseus not only uses his cunning at the expense of his enemies, but he also uses his cunning and guile as a way of entertaining himself....   [tags: Odyssey essays]
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The Hero in Homer’s The Odyssey, and Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis - "A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles." -- Christopher Reeve Throughout a life time, people hear many different definitions of heroism and examples of heroes. In childhood, heroes are either fictional men with supernatural abilities and talents or protectors of reality, such as firefighters and policemen; in adolescence, heroes can be actors, athletes, artists, and teachers; in adulthood, heroes may be activists or reporters, politicians or businessmen....   [tags: The Definition Of A Hero]
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herody Odysseus as Epic Hero of Homer's Odyssey - Odysseus as Epic Hero of Homer's Odyssey        Homer's epic poem The Odyssey is about Odysseus' ten-year journey home from the Trojan War and what Odysseus has to do when he returns.  The journey itself is quite a story.  Odysseus and his men come in contact with many obstacles that they must overcome and there are more hurdles to jump when Odysseus reaches his destination.  Odysseus is an epic hero who, besides showing superhuman characteristics in strength, bravery and cleverness, also proves himself through his emotions, leadership, and the corrections in his faults....   [tags: Odyssey essays]
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Free Essays on Homer's Odyssey - Odysseus Defines a Hero - Odysseus Defines a Hero in The Odyssey How do you define a hero. Some may define a hero as someone with great courage and bravery; to others a hero might be a strong warrior and leader who wins battles; others may define a hero as one who uses his brain as much as his brawn to win. In Homer's epic poem, Odyssey, Odysseus is portrayed as a hero by every definition. Courage and bravery are two things that Odysseus has a lot of. This is evident when he defies the god Poseidon, telling him that he is unstoppable....   [tags: Homer Odyssey Essays] 691 words
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Is Odysseus A Hero? in the Poem The Odyssey by Homer - Is Odysseus a Hero. There are numerous heroes throughout “The Odyssey,” but none of them are as significant as Odysseus. “The Odyssey” is a narrative poem written by Homer (around 800 and 600 BCE) to show the numerous adventures and experiences Odysseus goes through. Throughout the Odyssey, Odysseus a prominent Greek epic hero is on a quest to return back to his home in Ithaca; to his wife Penelope, and his son Telemachus. Just like real life, not all heroes are picture-perfect; they all have imperfections....   [tags: brave, loyalty, leadership]
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Odysseus was the Hero in the Epic, The Odyssey, by Homer - ... In book one, the reader learns that Odysseus would rather die than not be able to return home. This shows that Odysseus’s home is one of the most important things in his life. He prevailed through all of the struggles, such as being hungry, losing his men, and sailing through rough seas, because he would not let anything stop him from going home. As the story continues, the reader still sees that Odysseus values Ithaca. After reading book nine, the reader knows that Odysseus does not think anything is as good as his home, which once again proves his home is important....   [tags: protector, wisdom, intelligence] 814 words
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Odysseus, A Hero - ... My point is, it was ultimately Odysseus's skill in this area that kept him alive and allowed him to be successful. Besides being exceedingly clever, Odysseus was also very dedicated, both to his quest and his companions. Even in the bleakest of situations, Odysseus did not give up. For example, when the crew landed on the Island of the Sun, Odysseus, who knows that his crew is prophesied to perish there, warns his shipmates that their stores of food are on their ship and that they musn't eat the catle of the sun god, Helios, or they will all pay dearly for it....   [tags: literary analysis, true hero, Homer, Odyssey]
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herody Free Essay on Homer's Odyssey - Odysseus and the Mind of a Hero - The Mind of a Hero The ‘American Heritage High-school’ dictionary defines a hero as a man, often of divine ancestry, who is endowed with great courage and strength. Is that what a hero truly is. Does he need only strength and courage. Does a hero not need a mind. Any man can be strong and brave, but does that mean he is a hero. Nay, a hero must have more. He must be quick-witted and always think with his head and never his fear. A man must be clever (mentally bright, superficially skillful or witty) to be considered a hero....   [tags: Homer, Odyssey Essays] 534 words
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The Epic Hero in Homer´s The Odyssey - ... There, Circe converses with Odysseus, explaining all the paths and obstacles that he and his crew must endure before leaving the island: the Sirens, Scylla, and Charybdis. When he and his crew set sail, they encountered the Sirens, whom that lures men with their singing, causing them to be attracted into a trance, and will never see their family again. Next, was Scylla, a monstrous beast who will consume, without mercy, six men of Odysseus’s crew. Charybdis was described to be a massive whirlpool, which will devour the ship with his crew and will spew out nothing in return....   [tags: sensory, resources, energy, company] 602 words
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What Makes an Epic Hero in Homer´s The Odyssey - A Greek epic hero is the main character of an epic poem that is typically strong and uses his or her strength to battle monsters throughout a long lasting journey. “The Odyssey” written by Homer is an epic poem about a captain who leads a group of soldiers back to their homeland of Ithaca. Odysseus is considered an epic hero because he travels to various lands, fights monsters, and the Gods interfere with the human world to make his journey more difficult. One of the traits that make Odysseus an epic hero is that he travels to many far-off lands....   [tags: travels, fights, journey, human] 650 words
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Odysseus, an Epic Hero in Homer´s The Odyssey - ... Also, when Penelope challenges the suitors, Odysseus remains the only man strong enough to string the bow. Odysseus is indisputably the strongest out of all the mortal men because he has superhuman strength. Odysseus held such respect from his men because of his physical strength. The gods and goddesses provide Odysseus with superhuman features including endurance and strength, which is essential for Odysseus to be an epic hero. After Odysseus returned to Ithaca, he experienced frustration on a whole new level that he would have to learn to control....   [tags: Frustration, Journey, Poem]
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All in the Family: the Royal Hero in Homer's Odyssey - Widely regarded as one of the finest works of literature ever produced, Homer's Odyssey has earned its place among the classics. In the Odyssey, Homer reveals ancient Greece, with its distinct conceptions of hospitality, battlefield glory, and the importance of family and home. A fascinating aspect of the Greek tradition is seen in the contrasting treatment of characters found in the Odyssey. Every character Homer speaks well of is also a character of royal descent. They may be introduced as exalted, disguised, or downfallen, but Homer only portrays those of noble birth as heroic, and they alone are worthy of honor....   [tags: World Literature] 655 words
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The Layout of Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey in The Epic of Gilgamesh and The Odyssey - ... One could argue a valid statement for each of the steps, but some are more figurative rather than literal. The Odyssey the Epic Hero Cycle Odysseus is the King of Ithaca. He has been fighting in the Trojan War and helped the Greeks win the Trojan War. After winning the Trojan War he wants to get home and reclaim his kingdom and to see his wife and his son, Telemachus. While on his journey home Odysseus faces many obstacles. He faces obstacles such as the Cyclops, Scylla and Charybdis, and the Sirens....   [tags: war, transformation, obstacles] 557 words
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From Homer’s Odyssey to Star Wars - The Unchanging Path of the Hero - From Homer’s Odyssey to Star Wars - The Unchanging Path of the Hero In the fiction world heroes have been one of the most entertaining figures. It has always been fun and interesting to read about heroic stories and about different obstacles that heroes had overcome. When someone mentions the word "hero" it is more likely to think of characters like Batman or James Bond, but it is for sure that if we had the chance to ask the same question centuries before, the answer would have been different....   [tags: Exploratory Essays Research Papers]
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Comparing the Hero in Sophocles' Oedipus the King, Homer's Odyssey, and Tan's Joy Luck Club - Heros in Sophocles' Oedipus the King, Homer's Odyssey, and Tan's Joy Luck Club         In world literature, there are two types of archetypal protagonists, the mythic hero and the tragic hero. Mythic heroes, like Homer's Odysseus, represent the combination of superhuman virtues and human imperfections. These traits create a supernatural adventure with a realistic character. The mythic hero is favored by divine powers and eventually achieves a certain goal or completes a certain journey....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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Is Odysseus a Hero? - Throughout the epic, Odysseus is portrayed by his friends and peers as a magnificent man, a godlike figure. But, throughout the journeys of The Odyssey, Odysseus’ true character shows. Heroes are no exception to human nature; all people tend to act differently in public than in private. A commonly accepted definition of a hero is, “a man of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities.” Odysseus has not shown the noble characteristics of a hero by acting cowardly, barbaric, selfish and greedy in certain situations; such qualities do not deserve such a title....   [tags: Homer, Odyssey Essays] 1597 words
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The Odyssey versus Oh Brother Where Art Thou? - Tens of thousands of stories fit into the hero’s journey archetype created by Christopher Volger. Out of these, a large number of them are stories with remakes that share notable resemblances in their heroes’ journeys. However, none of these quite match those very strong similarities found between Homer’s The Odyssey and Joel Coens’s O Brother, Where Art Thou. These stories share crucial components of the hero’s journey whether it be “crossing the first threshold,” where the main characters of both stories begin their long adventure that transforms them into heroes; “the supreme ordeal,” where the main characters are both deprived of the opportunity to get home sooner; or “return with elixir...   [tags: a hero's journey] 738 words
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Epic Passages of The Epic of Gilgamesh" and Homer's "Odyssey" - ... Although Gilgamesh is not a good role model originally, the growth and changes he experiences create a role model for generations. Gilgamesh shows heroism through his killing of Huwawa and defeating the Bull of Heaven. He follows the model of the monomythic quest: he must leave society, obtain something, and return with this new knowledge, which will benefit the people. Odysseus is a hero, legendary for his intelligence as well as his strength. He leads with courage, strength, confidence, persistence, sharp intelligence and most importantly, his cunning and craft....   [tags: hero, supernatural, qualities]
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Greek Hero Odysseus: The Kingly Man - George F. Kennan, an American political scientist and historian, once said, “Heroism is endurance for one moment more” (BrainyQuote). That means that perseverance even in the darkest hour is what qualifies someone as a true hero. With that in mind, it is difficult to refute the fact that Odysseus is a hero by both modern standards and a hero in Greek mythology. This Greek war leader, who spent 20 years away from home taking on challenge after challenge, surely pressed on through every moment in which his heroism was tested....   [tags: heroism, greek mythology, odyssey]
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Homer's Epic Poem, The Odyssey - ... This contrasts with Achilles' lack of sophrosune because Achilles is very rash in the decisions he makes in Troy as shown, in Book 1 when "down on the ground he dashed the scepter" (1.287) after his quarrel with Agamemnon. By doing this, he gives up all the power he once had, making him an outcast. Furthermore, additional proof of Odysseus' ability to think through situations is demonstrated in Book 6 when Nausicaa and her maids wake Odysseus up and he, naked, steps out of the bushes and contemplates about whether he should "fling his arms around her knees, plead for help, or stand back, plead with a winning word" (6.156)....   [tags: intellectual hero, martial hero, intelligence]
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Sundiata: An Epic of Old Mali Vs. The Odyssey - Sundiata: An Epic of Old Mali Vs. The Odyssey The definition of an epic hero can be defined as one who is triumphant in some manner that reflects the idea of his/her culture. “Heroes have always dominated mythology, fairy tales, nursery rhymes, history, and literature. No culture seems to lack tales of human, superhuman, or god-like heroes who save the innocent from the wicked, conquer evil, and deliver the threatened and oppressed” (Shunnaq). Sundiata: An Epic of Old Mali and The Odyssey can be compared and contrasted in different ways....   [tags: Epic Hero, Literary Analysis, Classic Literature]
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Odysseus is a Greek Hero - Most people hear the word hero and think of the stereotypical individual with an incredible appearance, outlandish brawn, and a smile to die for. This is not always accurate; some of the most legendary heroes from Greek mythology take advantage of many other traits. Loyalty, craftiness, intelligence, and keen observational skills are needed to escalate a hero’s stature. Homer's epic poem “Odyssey” reveals Odysseus with the characteristics of a true hero. Odysseus demonstrates a multitude of different skills that many other heroes do not poses....   [tags: Homer Odyssey] 413 words
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Good Stuff in The Odyssey by Homer - ... Moreover, when Eurykleia tells Penelope that if she had seen Odysseus it would have made “your (her) heart grow hot”, because Odysseus was like “a lion splashed with mire and blood”, it emphasizes Ancient Greek values of strength. Another exemplary attribute that Odysseus possesses is his contemplative and strategic mind. This can be illustrated when Odysseus cleverly uses the Kyklopes’ rams and “slung (slings) a man under… to ride there safely” (IX 468-469). This cunning act was committed during a time of high stress, which further reinforces the idea of Odysseus’ contemplative mind....   [tags: ancient greek, qualities, epic hero]
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Odysseus' Character as Genuine Hero - Odysseus was a very robust individual who was obligated to leave his kingdom of Ithaca to embark on a journey to fight the battles of Greek and win over Troy. To do this, he was required to leave behind his newborn son Telemachus, and his wife Penelope the Queen. The war lasted 10 years, and once the battle was over Odysseus and his fleet split and attempted to sail back to Ithaca. There, he was favored by Athena, goddess of handicrafts, learning, and the arts, and despised by Poseidon, god of the sea....   [tags: Homer, Odyssey Essays]
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Telemakhos' Lesson on Perseverance in Homer's Odyssey - While in books I-IV of Homer's Odyssey, Telemakhos has learned that perseverance and asserting himself is important when becoming a hero and he still needs to learn about the importance of managing his temper. In these books, Telemakhos has learned about the importance of perseverance when becoming a hero. Perseverance is important to heroes because heroes have to keep going even when they are faced with challenges. Telemakhos learned about the importance of perseverance when he left on his journey to find his father....   [tags: Homer, Odyssey] 551 words
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Feeling the Power of the Book, The Odyssey - No one ever told me to read The Odyssey--and that was the greatest educational travesty of my life. I first read it after High School while working at Colonial Motors in West Concord. I didn't "get it" any more than the most confused among you, but what I did do is "feel it:" I felt its primordial power and emotional bareness; I felt another world, another age and another human journey come alive inside of me. It made me feel that I was a part of long and unbroken lineage of humanity searching for truth and purpose in a world--especially my world, a world not always blessed with clarity and opportunity....   [tags: Odyssey, book review, ] 539 words
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Odysseus is Not a Hero for the Modern Age - Many would argue that Odysseus is more of a villain nowadays, for every instance of his wiliness or feats of strength there are several of venality, vice, cruelty, or selfishness. The episode of the Sirens,(Book 12), is one example. The only reason Odysseus ties himself up to the mast, when instead he could have simply plugged his ears with wax like the rest of his crew, is that he chooses the jeopardous choice, wanting to "go down in the books" by being the first man to ever listen to the Sirens song and live....   [tags: iliand, odyssey] 806 words
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Light and Darkness in The Odyssey - ... This is the intelligent side that Athena adores and admires, that is why she is helping him so much. However, Odysseus’ more brash side comes out when he is leaving the land of the Cyclops. He yells at a wounded Polyphemus, “ Kyclops, if ever mortal man inquire how you were put to shame and blinded, tell him Odysseus, raider of cities, took your eye: Laërtês son, whose home’s on Ithaka!” (Fitzgerald 161). Odysseus’ antics nearly get his entire crew killed on the spot and brought Poseidon’s curse upon the crew for the rest of their short lives....   [tags: The Odyssey, heroic adventure]
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The Influence of Odysseus in My Life from Homer´s Odyssey - “Education means deliberately molding human character in accordance with an ideal.” Werner Jeager argued this statement, in his novel Paideia in order to prove his point that literature in a child’s youth can be a rather large influence on the way a child develops and grow as they progress into the beginning stages of adulthood. With this being said, this argument can be accurately portrayed in my own life as well. Due to the fact that I enjoy reading both inside and outside of the classroom, I do base the person I potentially want to be off of the characters that are portrayed throughout my readings, similar to the idea that several people are influenced by what they see on television or i...   [tags: hero, respectable, decisions, persistent] 705 words
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The Odyssey - Socrates, a Greek philosopher stated, "Look death in the face with joyful hope, and consider this a lasting truth: the righteous man has nothing to fear, neither in life, nor in death, and the Gods will not forsake him” (Socrates). This explains the basis for Greek beliefs that can be carried over to values and qualities of them. As in this, Homer, the author of The Odyssey, portrays many Greek values that make up a righteous man or as, Homer’s character Odysseus, an epic hero. The Odyssey is the story of King Odysseus' return from the Trojan War to his kingdom of Ithaca....   [tags: Socrates Odyssey Epic Poem] 1113 words
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Homer’s Odyssey and O Brother, Where Art Thou? - In both Homer’s The Odyssey and the film O Brother, Where Art Thou. the audience is given an opportunity to experience a spectacular adventure, filled with not only the sense of journey, but also the senses of peril and excitement. A tale about a Greek hero being compared to a film set in Middle America starring three jail-escapees seems rather far-fetched. However, upon closer inspection, both actually share a lot in common. The Odyssey stars Odysseus, a man famous for his heroics in the Trojan War....   [tags: Greek Hero, Middle America, Analysis] 1047 words
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Homer’s Odyssey and the Odyssey of Our Lives - Homer’s Odyssey and the Odyssey of Our Lives        Homer’s Odyssey is a magnificent mythological tale. This work was presumably created after his encounter with goddess Athena. Although Odysseus’ journey is filled with unrealistic adventures and mythical powers, some principles behind this story can relate to our everyday lives. Odysseus’ adventures in Odyssey relate to the heroism, intellect, and ruthlessness that are in our lives.     Odysseus’ determination of returning home will help him prevail....   [tags: Odyssey essays]
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The Odyssey Exhibits at Least Four Characteristics of an Epic Poem - In The Odyssey, the reader can find at least four characteristics, which help prove it is an epic poem. For thousands of years, people have enjoyed the entertainment of epic poems. The Odyssey is an epic poem.The Odyssey contains characteristics of an epic poem. The setting of the Odyssey is immense. The gods and goddesses of ancient Greece intervene frequently in the Odyssey. Odysseus exemplifies a special kind of pride. Throughout the Odyssey, Odysseus undertakes a difficult journey. . One characteristic is the vast setting that Odysseus experiences throughout his journey....   [tags: Homer, Odyssey Essays] 998 words
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The Unheroic Traits of Odysseus in Homer's The Odyssey - A true hero will go through immeasurable lengths to benefit not him or herself, but the people around them. Heroes are neither selfish nor uncaring. They seek every opportunity they get to help those in need. One must have also gone through the entire hero’s journey to be deemed a hero. He must start off naïve and inept and through his challenges, transform into someone worth calling a hero. Most importantly, a hero is not perfect. He must listen to other’s ideas and utilize them. However, in The Odyssey by Homer, Odysseus disrespects his crew men and the gods’ advice, lets hubris interfere with his men’s lives, and is unfaithful to his wife Penelope....   [tags: odyssey] 735 words
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Minor Characters which Shift the Plot of Odyssey by Homer - In the epic The Odyssey by Homer, minor characters play a considerable role in the development of the plot. One may often think that a few major characters propel a story’s plot, but in The Odyssey a few minor characters have the ability to change the story completely. These characters may not initially appear to have a profound effect on the story, but with a single action or statement these characters have the ability to shift one’s focus entirely. Minor characters add a key element to the story that a main character cannot....   [tags: Characters, Odyssey, Homer] 563 words
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The Character Odysseus in Homer's Odyssey - The Character Odysseus in Odyssey "Odyssey" is an epic story that has been a significant piece of literature since it was first composed and will remain so for ages to come. One of the reasons it has been so is because of the hero, Odysseus. Odysseus is one of the first Greek mythic heroes renowned for his brain as well as his muscle. Indeed he is a man with an inquiring mind, and he is also a man with outstanding prowess and bravery" (123helpme.com/assets/3603.html). "We also must not forget that he is a top-notch athlete which only adds more to this seemingly insuperable character....   [tags: Odyssey essays] 1048 words
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The Portrayal of Women in Homer's Odyssey - Does Homer exhibit gender bias in the Odyssey?  Is the nature of woman as depicted in the Odyssey in any way revealing. Upon examining the text of the Odyssey for differential treatment on men and women, it becomes necessary to distinguish between three possible conclusions.  One, differences in treatment reflect the underlying Homeric thesis that  women are "different but equal in nature,"  Two, different treatment  of men and women in the text reflect a thesis that women are "different and unequal in nature" -- arguments about misogyny fall in here but a host of other interpretive possibilities are possible too....   [tags: The Odyssey by Homer]
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The Character of Odysseus in Homer's Odyssey - The Character of Odysseus in The Odyssey Homer's epic tale The Odyssey is a story of the triumphs and downfalls that are in store for one warrior's long pillage home.  Odysseus, the hero from the Trojan wars, has led his people of Ithaca and other Achaean soldiers to victory and now wishes to return home to his wife and family of Ithaca.  Through his twenty year journey Odysseus is often tested not only of his physical strength, but his wits as well.  The many accomplishments he achieved earned him great status and recognition throughout ancient Greece.  The mistakes he made caused the deaths of many men.  Consequently, we as readers are able to see the many personas that Odysseus carries...   [tags: Odyssey essays]
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2001 - A Metaphorical Odyssey - 2001 - A Metaphorical Odyssey Myths are created for the purpose of conveying a message with an interesting medium with which to do so. Many cultures use myths to teach their young about the past. Through time, however, these myths become impractical due to discovery. This is when a new myth must be introduced to take the place of the obsolete one. Stanley Kubrick shaped 2001: A Space Odyssey as a new myth to crack the archaic view of space, by using a hero, a dilemma, and a new revelation to fuel his cause....   [tags: 2001 Space Odyssey Essays] 888 words
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The Women of Homer’s Odyssey - The Women of Homer’s Odyssey     Homer’s Odyssey, by, is typically seen as a male dominated poem: the hero is male and the majority of the characters are male.  We follow the men on their attempt to return to Ithaca.  However, even though women are not the main characters, they are omnipresent through much of the story.  Women play a very important role in the movement of the story line: they all want to marry, help or hurt Odysseus.  During the course of his journey, Odysseus meets three different women who want him to be their husband: Circe, Calypso, Nausicca, and finally one woman who is his true wife: Penelope....   [tags: Homer The Odyssey Essays]
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The Realtionship of a Father and Son in Homer’s Odyssey - With time come change, change in the human experience. That fact applies no differently to literature, specifically reflected through reading ancient prose with a modern lens. A relevant example is the relationship of a father and son in Homer’s Odyssey. Through characterization on the surface, this significant relationship appears quite distinct in contrast to such relationships today. However, these quite humane and sentimental relationships are no different than those experienced today—those of a father and son....   [tags: Homer, Odyssey] 884 words
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Xenia and Hospitality in Homer’s epic The Odyssey - “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling” (1 Peter 4:8-9). Hospitality can lead down a path of happiness and joy when ensued. In Homer’s epic The Odyssey, Xenia is an important factor in the foremost important character’s journey home. The role of xenia in the odyssey when followed can be very beneficial and when not followed, deadly. When abiding by xenia, Telemakhos and Odysseus make great steps towards regaining the power from the suitors in Ithaka....   [tags: Xenia, Hospitality, Homer, Odyssey, ] 792 words
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The Odyssey and Hubris - ... Odysseus is favored by the gods, and he appears to have a strength and intelligence that are larger than life. As one may guess, he can be a bit proud. But Odysseus’ confidence can lead to trouble at times, especially when he gets trapped in Polyphemus’ cave. During this trial of his 20 year journey, Odysseus gets trapped with some of his men in a Cyclopes’ cave. Crafty as he is, Odysseus manages to escape at the cost of a few nights and some of his crew. By escaping on the Cyclopes’ sheep, Odysseus and his men make a hasty retreat to their ship; but Odysseus, proud of defeating the Cyclopes by blinding him and claiming that his name is Nohbody, shouts back at the Cyclopes instead of mak...   [tags: Homer's epic poem] 547 words
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