The last reason why Odysseus did what he had to do was because he needed to seek his revenge. For example eye for an eye. Odysseus thought in his head that since the suitors did this to him, he shall do this to them. Which is not a bad reason for what he did because everybody should be entitled to seek their revenge. Although, there's a justified way to get revenge there is also an unjustified way to get revenge. Odysseus' way was on the border of justice and injustice.
The theory is that when people’s egos are in the way, it causes them to make mistakes and their mistakes make a person realize that their ego affects them, in The Odyssey, by Homer, this dilemma is present for Odysseus. In the beginning of The Odyssey, Odysseus has a huge ego problem. Odysseus was once a generous and successful man, his success and acts of generosity cause his ego to get in the way, and he makes mistakes as a consequence, his ego gets in the way and has failures. When Odysseus realizes his failures, he turns back to his self again. Although, Odysseus was a kind and successful man, his success lead to ego problems which lead to failure and his failures transforms him to the successful Odysseus again.
The Vivid Imagery of Homer's Odyssey
In the epic the Odyssey by Homer (translated by Robert Fitzgerald)
one of the most descriptive and best written passages in the entire epic is
"The Slaying of the Suitors" (book 23 lines1-62). This is a good passage
for many reasons, one of these is that it is a part of the story that has
been built up and anticipated by all. Another is the vivid imagery used by
Homer. There is one more reason, this being the tone of the passage. The
tone of this passage is very important to it and adds very much to it.
First of all, Odysseus is brave and courageous, giving him the initiative to fulfill his goals. One example is when Odysseus confronts Skylla. Odysseus purposely “made [his] way along to the foredeck—thinking to see her first from there” (Homer 217). If he was scared, he would have hidden underneath the deck. But instead, Odysseus goes out to face the beast. Odysseus knows that Skylla is immortal and cannot die, yet he is brave enough to confront her. Next, Odysseus fights the suitors, who are courting Penelope in his palace. The suitors greatly outnumber Odysseus, but Odysseus still chooses to fight even though the odds are against him and he is able to win. He stands up against those who do wrong. Having the courage to fight, Odysseus defeats the suitors and fulfills his goal of regaining his palace. If Odysseus was a coward and did not fight, then the suitors would have eventually won Penelope, resulting in Odysseus losing his palace and his wife. Many people have bravery and courage, but not many use it, as Odysseus does, to achieve their purpose.
Many times throughout The Odyssey, Odysseus reveals many character traits, good and bad. On his journey back home to Ithaca, Odysseus uses these traits to his advantage, or to send you a bad vibe. However, I believe that the good outweighs the bad, and that Odysseus is an admirable person. Throughout his journey, Odysseus shows many instances of cleverness, strength, and bravery.
Odysseus is a mixture of the self-made, self-assured man and the manifestation of the principles and morals of his culture. He is popular by the gods and esteemed by the mortals. Despite the exasperation of Poseidon, nothing keeps Odysseus from his homecoming. He is certain that he exhibits integrity, even when the audience is not convinced. He is also full of contradictions, a much more complex character than one would expect to find in the cliché epic hero.Odysseus's many achievements repeatedly reveal his gallant nature. Though gore and violence often aid in his success, a kind, noble, and gentle side occasionally peeks through his boisterous
Every story has a hero who demonstrates moral fiber, physical strength, and mental prowess to the fullest. This hero is often viewed as a perfect soul, incapable of making mistakes or committing an injustice toward another. Because the reader develops a strong sense of admiration for their hero, it is shocking when the storyteller reminds his audience that their champion is only human, and, like every human being, has a tragic character flaw. In the Odyssey, Odysseus’ flaw is commonly thought of as his unrelenting slaughter of the suitors in his house. When he finally returns home to Ithaca after years of hardship to find the wicked suitors in his household, he strings his bow and executes every one of them, despite their plea for mercy and their offer to repay everything they take and more. Although many view Odysseus’ rage as a departure from heroism, his actions are justified because the intruders in his household violate xenia, a custom that the Ancient Greeks hold in high esteem.
The Ancient Greeks sought to define how humans should view their lives and how to create an existence dedicated to the basis of the “ideal” nature. This existence would be lived so as to create an “honorable” death upon their life’s end. Within their plays, both dramas and comedies, they sought to show the most extreme characteristics of human nature, those of the wise and worthy of Greek kleos along with the weak and greedy of mind, and how they were each entitled to a death but of varying significance. The Odyssey, their greatest surviving drama, stands as the epitome of defining both the flawed and ideal human and how each individual should approach death and its rewards and cautions through their journeys. Death is shown to be the consequence
In Homer’s “The Odyssey” Odysseus faces the allusive and extremely dangerous cyclops. These mythical creatures are known not only for their enormity and brute strength but also for being menaces to any society. Their lack of agricultural development, sense of community, means of transportation, and even the most basic element of society, law, are among the most threatening qualities to the very foundations of civilized society itself.
While I was reading books three and four, I did not have any thoughts about the cultural aspects mentioned in The Odyssey, however the many responses and opinions said during the discussion had enlightened me to the point of acceptable comprehension. During the discussion, Niko and Ben had answered the question regarding the importance of time and place by explaining the Greeks war based culture and that each male was expected to be born a warrior and to die as one. Thus meaning that Telemachus had many expectations cast upon him due to the fact that not only was his father a well-known warrior, he was also a king who was respected and idolized in his home town of Achaea. By having such a large shadow over him, it further stresses the coming