The gods affected almost every aspect of Odysseus return and travels. They pushed him away, gave him heartache, destroyed his crew, and demolished his ship, they almost got him killed on several occasions and saved him from death. The actions that Odysseus once faced shaped his return home, because of his own choices he was able to return home but it is also what caused him to remain lost for ten years. From kings and queens, to lonely old beggars, the only thing the gods ask for of men i... ... middle of paper ... ...e was a strange beggar. After man has broken so many laws given by the gods, is there any possible chance that peace can ever be an option, or is peace just another figment of man’s imagination?
Intro: There are a wide variety of themes present throughout the Odyssey, written by Homer. Be it hospitality, perseverance, vengeance or power of the Gods, loyalty is truly the theme that brings the whole book together. Being 10 years after the Trojan War, many have forgotten about Odysseus and his men as they constantly brave what the gods throw their way. This essay will be talking about Odysseus and Penelope’s mutual loyalty to one another, the loyal relationships between Gods and men and finally, the loyalty Odysseus’ men show for him until death. This essay with prove to us that without loyalty, Odysseus’ legendary journey would have been put to an end near where they started.
Since Odysseus blinded the son of Poseidon, he was cursed to return alone and in another man's ship after so many years of suffering. Athena finds Odysseus favorable and helps him return home after many years on Calypso's island. Athena also helps end the feud between Odysseus and the suitor's families at the end of the novel. Odysseus ... ... middle of paper ... ... finally Odysseus and the suitors' families' dispute ending thanks to Athena. "Odysseus, noble son of Laertes, stop this battle, or Zeus will be angry with you".
Hosts do not really present the question that identifies their guest until later on, after he has been well rested and entertained. A great example of this is when Telemachos and Athene, in the body of Mentor, visit Nestor. When Nestor sees the two men he has never seen before he has a feast with his sons and companions. In the sight of the strangers they all stand up and greet them. The first thing that is done is to find a place for the two guests on the table and to feed them.
His journey led him through many challenges that most men would not bear to complete. His mindset... ... middle of paper ... ... a minimal appearance of Odysseus. The Iliad focuses on the necessary qualities to be a champion, and most of the plot is based on a love triangle that manifested into a war, which eventually caused Hector’s death. The Odyssey illustrates the death of Achilles and is based around Odysseus trying to get home after the 10 years of battle at Troy. The Odyssey constantly stressed the concept of what it takes to be a true hero.
The long lasting war against Troy kept him away from home, wife and child, for many years. The Greeks were not able to reach inside the town of Troy, yet they finally succeeded through cunning and trickery. Some of their soldiers cramped themselves in a wooden horse, which was constructed in just three days with the help of the goddess Athena. They placed the oversized nag before the city gate and feigned their withdrawal. The Trojans thought that it was a farewell gift from the Greeks to their god Poseidon, who had supported them in the battle.
Odysseus is determined he will return to his wife and newborn son after the war of Troy was won. Many trials and tribulations are presented to Odysseus on his journey home. Polyphemus, the Cyclops, tries to detain the hero from returning to his home of Ithaca. Poseidon’s son failed and ended up being blinded (Milch p. 29). Odysseus was also tempted by Calypso.
This made his strength apparent to everyone and ... ... middle of paper ... ...y from Roxane for a long period of time. His men refused to go any further, however, and he turned back to go home. On the march home, he fought many cities, and took an arrow in the chest, but lived.On a later visit to Persia, he found that many of his Governors had abused their power. He had them executed and, in an attempt to reunite the two civilizations, he married the old King’s daughter, Barsine, while still married to Roxane. His best friend, Hephaestion, married Barsine’s sister, Drypetis.
In the previous scene he has just witnessed his mother’s pain as a reaction to listening to a song that reminded her of her husband, Telemachus’ father, who has yet to return from the Trojan War. Out of compassion for his mother (and with the help of Athena) Telemachus seeks to get rid of the suitors that are trying to court his mother because not only they are a daily reminder that Odysseus has not returned, they are also a present danger. His “serious words” support the idea that he is trying to take control as the man of the house (v. 361). In the previous passage the narrator refers to Penelope’s “[amazement]” after Telemachus
Or if you’d rather keep him here at the farmstead” (341). Telemachus is showing an example of xenia after experiencing this guest-host relationship during his travels, and instead of being the guest he has mastered the role of the host. Once Odysseus reveals his true identity to Telemachus they make a plan to be rid of the suitors for good. While in the midst of their scheme Telemachus steps up with a proposition. Athena had inspired Penelope to require a task of the suitors in order for her to choose one of them to marry.