In Homer’s The Odyssey, there are a lot of traits displayed that are considered important in ancient Greek culture. These are shown by many different characters, but mostly by Odysseus (he is, after all, the main character in the epic poem). Odysseus is the epitome of a Greek ruler: he has a lot of admirable traits. His only fault is his hubris, but that is overcome and taken care of. Throughout Homer’s The Odyssey, Odysseus displays wisdom combined with strong loyalty and inspiring leadership through the evident trust of his men and the ability to conquer any challenges that he may face along his journey back to Ithaka.
...rough the dark air, they shrank in fear,” unlike Odysseus who speaks with the former heroes (6.298). Aeneas is shown to be more powerful than Odysseus in this scene.
Throughout Homer’s epic poem, The Odyssey, the reader or viewer has the opportunity to see the story’s main protagonist make leadership decisions, and take actions, that range from critical to minor in terms of importance. But the fact is that Odysseus is a leader. And that is the key thing to keep in mind no matter how you experience the poem. Inevitably, when you are talking about leaders, the questions arise: is he or she good or bad? What is the metric and what is your method of evaluation? In this case, we’ll look at Odysseus’ performance through a modern leadership lens, while keeping in mind that Homeric Greek culture might have motivated him to act differently than he would have today.
The challenges that Homer give the protagonist is all a test of character. Odysseus continues to pass the obstacles with flying colors, but his arrogance is the one flaw that is in dire need of correction. Some of the many challenges Odysseus overcomes on his voyage home is defeating the Cicones, surviving the Island of the Lotus Eaters, outsmarting the Giant Cyclops, saving his men from Circe, Traveling to Hades, passing between Scylla and Charybdis, escaping Calypsos’ Island and many more. Odysseus survives these obstacles and uses his smarts to escape near disaster. Often times he was the only one to survive these things and his crew often lost their lives due to their own stupidity. “‘We left the island and resumed our journey in a state of gloom; and the heart was taken out of my men by the wearisome rowing. But was our own stupidity that had deprived us of the wind.’”(P127 L75-79) Odysseus shows how he is an extraordinary man by being much smarter than his crew and the men that follow him. As a part of this stripping of Odysseus, Homer shows that Odysseus is a collective symbol of Everyman. On the one hand Odysseus is a great warrior, who is extremely intelligent, noble, and a great man. Although he has many god- like qualities he is still human. He shows that he is human and like every man, because of the fact that he still has major flaws. The
Odysseus' leadership choices seemed to have been more advantageous once he returned back to home, Ithaca. He wiped out the suitors and all of his former allies (Telemachus, Eumaeus and Philoetius) survived the fight. When it came down to Odysseus' leadership qualities, Homer presented it with ambiguous pictures. A hero is someone who is constantly dying for the prevalence of the greater good, but Odysseus' interpretation of the greater good is very disparate from true
All in all Odysseus ultimately displays the criteria for an epic hero. Not only that, but Odysseus also doubles as a leader and chief of an army. Odysseus is cunning, confident, and a fighter. Odysseus may be arrogant but he sure has a reason to be. Without Odysseus The Odyssey would no longer be an epic without it’s epic
The Odyssey is a tale that has changed literature and storytelling. In this tale Odysseus is a Soldier from the battle of Troy trying to get home to his island of Ithaca, where he is king. His wife and son must wait ten years while he is trying to make his way home. In Odysseus’s absence wooer’s, or better known as suitors, learn of his absence and travel to Ithaca to win his wife’s hand in marriage. These men come every day feasting on Odysseus’s food and wine, and give his servant’s orders. His son Telemachus, does his best to keep the suitors from ruining his fathers house but he is only a boy, and doesn’t receive the respect of an adult. Telemachus then has a visit from the god Athena, whom Odysseus is friends with, who advises him to travel to find out about his father. In his travels he hears that Odysseus may still be alive. Meanwhile Odysseus goes through a series of adventures and hardships that prove his wisdom. It is interesting in contrast of the Iliad, even though Achilles was much stronger and a better warrior, Odysseus was portrayed as a greater hero due to his wisdom. He uses this wisdom to escape from the Cyclops.
Heroes come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and personalities. The choices each hero makes will result in a certain impact on their respective futures. By comparing two different types of heroes from greek mythology--an epic hero and a tragic hero, many similarities and difference can be discerned. In Oedipus the King by Sophocles, King Oedipus is a tragic hero while in The Odyssey by Homer, Odysseus is known as an epic hero. Although both men are heroes, they do posses a flaw, and their fates are exceedingly different through the choices and consequences of their actions. Oedipus suffers a tragic fate due to his poor choices and blindness whereas Odysseus partakes in certain trivial activities yet has self-control and corrects his mistakes.
Out of the two heroes Gilgamesh was the one who was most aggressive and pursued the more ambitious goal, though it was one near impossible to achieve. Gilgamesh wanted to have a power that only the gods possessed. He wanted to be immortal. Aeneas never sought such an unachievable task, and was not as determined as Gilgamesh was. Aeneas only had to find a place where the defeated Trojans could settle and found a new city. Once in the story he even had to be reminded of his destiny by the Jupiter when he was distracted by his love for Dido.
...at he has to say. Honestly I think that Odysseus was is a great leader because, he tried his best to keep his crew safe, he never gave up on them; even if they were in a bad situation.
First things first myself and odysseys share this trait called leadership the first reason I say that we both have leadership. Well you see odysseus and his crew went threw this cave and faced scylla which is a 6 headed monster he said to his crew nothing because they could do nothing.Just like at one time me and my team had a deadline for a project and nobody was motivated to do it. The deadline was in a couple days and we finished and got a okay grade. Still not convinced that we share this trait? Fine then what about when Odysseus showed leadership when they were trapped in a cave with a man eating cyclops and Odysseus could have killed him for killing his men but he held back. Because he knew that they would die if they killed him because
The Aeneid as a reaction to homer was written to glorify not to tell a story. Homer uses his story for entertainment while Virgil uses his stories for political intent. Viril wrote the Aenied with the Aeneid with the same obstacles as the Odyssey; however, Aeneas handles the challenges in much different ways to create a different story. The Aeneid is written like a counterpart to The Odyssey. The Odyssey is about the journey home in the view of a winning greek and The Aeneid is about the journey to find a new home in the view of a losing trojan. Aeneas is also very different from Achilles. Achilles does not want to go into battle until the loss of his friend. Aeneas wants to go into battle to for a better future. Achilles is driven by emotion.
Odysseus and Aeneas are very alike in some ways and very different. They are both epic heroes except that one is Greek and the other is a Trojan. Odysseus is from the Greek tale The Oddessy, which was written by the famous Greek poet Homer. His quest is to find his way back home after a long journey. Aeneas is from the roman tale The Aenied, written by Virgil a famous Roman poet. Aeneas’s mission is to find a new home for him and his family. Both these characters had many similarities and differences in their ways of fighting.
We have read two myths of great heroes this semester, Virgil’s The Aeneid and Homer’s The Odyssey. In both of these tales we get to go along with two great heroes on their journey home and all of the troubles that they face. Although these stories tell us about two great heroes and their journey there are a lot of differences. In this paper I will compare and contrast scenes from both myths and suggest a reason that this borrowing was appropriate for what Vergil was trying to do with his version of the myth.