Instinctoid needs are the biological necessities humans share with animals. Maslow’s higherarchy of human needs theory assumes “needs are arranged in a higherarchy in terms of their potency. … The lower the need is in the hierarchy, the more powerful it is” (Hergenhan 477)....
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...h physically and emotionally stressful. It leaves many of his needs only partially fulfilled. By the time he arrives back at his home and is prepared to face the suitors, there are many needs that have remained unsatisfied. For Odysseus, the killing of the suitors serves as a final, desperate attempt to guarantee himself intimacy with his wife, safety, family, and respect. He sees no other way to guarantee the satisfaction of his needs without removing the people whom are currently causing him stress. His actions, though certainly not acceptable, show what happens when a person is faced with a desperate situation.
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