Odysseus Hubris Essay

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The act of constantly tricking others, boasting, and the blatant disregard for others needs or feelings can be considered “hubris” in Greek myth. In the Odyssey many characters show self-confidence, but only a select few actually seemed to have “hubris” such as the suitors and Odysseus. The suitors were immediately characterized as selfish individuals, for instance when they were described in book 1 “suitors trooped in with all their swagger and took their seats”. (Odyssey 1. 169-170) Simply in the way they carry themselves it is obvious they disregard others. “They reached out for the good things that lay at hand, and when they’d put aside desire for food and drink the suitors set their minds on other pleasures” this line proves their lack of Xenia and their abundance of hubris. (Odyssey 1. 176-178) In book 22 the suitors finally meet their fate by the…show more content…
In this case the suitors got their punishment from Odysseus with the help of Telemachus and Athena. Oddly enough my second example is from a contrary perspective, I am convinced that Odysseus exhibits hubris multiple times as well, but in a much less noticeable way. Near the beginning of the story he uses flattery in an attempt to escape the grasp of calypso “Ah great goddess” worldly Odysseus answered, “don’t be angry with me, please.” (Odyssey 5: 237-239) Multiple times Odysseus is seen using his cunning wits to charm his way out of trouble most of the time it does work, but in return causes something detrimental. For example, in book 12 the crew has to restrain Odysseus in order for him to make it home past the sirens. This serves as proof that his main concern his himself and his personal quest to return to Ithaca. Contrary to the suitors Odyssey did finally protect his people and appreciated the assistance everyone gave.
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