Odysseus shows many forms of courage throughout the epic, weather he is saving a fellow crew member or regaining his crown over Ithaka. Although he might have started out his journey as a selfish man he changes into a just and fair man who not only cares about himself but also the lives of his fellow crew. he also learns to trust the gods and let them rule his life. Odysseus is a true hero whose action save lives and help him return home.
The goddess Athena particularly favors Odysseus. Athena constantly watches over Odysseus, and she makes frequent appearances to him to guide him. For example, Athena appears ... ... middle of paper ... ...tep because his whole journey’s purpose is to return home. His true return home is when he reunites with Penelope and his father, Laertes. He is finally with the people who love him and are faithful to him, and the conflicts are over.
Gaea and Uranus created the three Cyclopes, the three hecatoncheires, and twelve of the titans. Uranus hated the hecatoncheires and imprisoned them, which enraged Gaea who plotted against Uranus. The youngest titan, Cronus, castrated him and threw his genitalia into the ocean. Uranus left the earth and vowed that the titan would suffer a similar fate. From Uranus’ blood, Giants and Nymphs were created and from the ocean foam, where his genitalia, fell came Aphrodite (goddess of love).
This gratitude towards God is also shown in the final moments of his life. Beowulf thanks God for the life he was allowed to lead, and for all the battles that he won because of the grace of God. “For this, this Gold, these jewels, I thank/ Our Father in Heaven, Ruler of the Earth/ for all of this that his grace has given me”(109). This humble attitude is a great asset for a leade... ... middle of paper ... ...fight the dragon. Beowulf understood that the key to being a great leader was selflessness, which is also why he chose Wiglaf, son of Wexstan, to be his successor.
Being born a demigod, he exemplifies the power and leadership of the gods before him (The History Channel, 2014). Of course, he also shows leadership in his moral decisions during the war against the Trojans. This is shown by his sense of grief and mercy when he is faced with the Trojan king, Priam (Fiero, 84). Achilles is also very moral in the way that he strictly follows the rules of the gods. While his story occurred so many years ago, his legacy has come to influence many people in today’s age.
He did this by drawing a contrast between Homer’s hero Odysseus, whose meaning in life is living and his protagonist Aeneas, who finds meaning in piety, supporting the fact that Aeneas is a more glorious hero since he serves a higher purpose. Odysseus’s purpose in life is made clear through the values that are important to him and his view of death. First of all Odysseus values his men throughout the whole poem. Even though they are all tragically lost in a storm Odysseus does all that he can to save them through the course of his journey. Not only does he take the time to rescue them from both the Lotus Eaters and Circe he returns to Circe’s island to give Elpinor a proper burial.
Athena, the god of wisdom, chose to aid in Odysseus’ journey because of his abilities to quickly think of a clever plan that succeeds in saving not only himself but his crew every time. Odysseus is the most famous of the ancient Greek heroes, and for very good reasons. Odysseus is both strong and extremely clever and is able to continuously use his brains to manipulate others into falling for every plot he concocts. The comparative incompetence of the other characters in The Odyssey served very well to highlight his true greatness, allowing him to be remembered for so many years and for many more to come.
Essentially, he is making a journey to save his family and the country he rules, Ithaka. This epic poem begins in medas res and through this non-linear tale Homer’s audience receives the chance to watch the transformation of Odysseus as he evolves into a classic hero. When Odysseus begins his journey he is selfish and struggles with his overwhelming hubris. However, after successfully completing each step of the hero’s journey the reader begins to see a whole new character, and ultimately, a hero. Odysseus proves himself a hero by displaying to the audience sharp intellect, modest humility, and unyielding leadership.
Cronus, Gaea’s last-born titan, hated his father Uranus and set up an ambush for him with Gaea, as he lay with her at night. Cronus grabbed his father and castrated him with the stone sickle, throwing the severed genitals into the sea. From his dripping blood came the Giants and the Erinyes. From the combination of the sea with the foam oozing from his genitals, formed Aphrodite, the force of sexual attraction. The magic of these creatures being reared and formed through sexual union and asexually are miracles in that such odd beings are introduced into the world from the original darkness.
Telemachus must overcome his fear to undertake journeys in order to reunite his family. Odysseus and Telemachus together share a love and appreciation for Penelope. They both began as impulsive men and must learn patience in panicky situations later on. “He is like his father Odysseus, in that he is loyal and disgusted by evil. He also, like his father, is willing to go fight for his freedom.” (Pope 45) Telemachus is being described in comparison to Odysseus – they are equally dedicated in life to Penelope and have a great will to conquer obstacles in their life to reunite with each other.