Pride and arrogance has been the ruin of many men throughout history. As we all know anything in excess is never a good thing. The same principal applies to a man 's hubris. Odysseus, the great hero of the Trojan War, was revered and honored as a hero because of his quick and clever mind; however, that same mind nearly brought about his end on many occasions. Odysseus’ journey home could have been an easy one had he not let his hubris interfer. One could argue that the main reason for his long and tedious journey was down to his arrogance and his actions against Poseidon. Odysseus felt as if he did not need the help of the gods and that he was capable of accomplishing anything he desired with his own hands. He reasoned that since he was the brilliant mind that brought an end to the war without the help of the gods, he could accomplish anything else he desired. However, that arrogance brought about his trials and misfortune on his journey home. A clear example of his hubris bringing forth his misfortune can be found in his ordeal with, the son of Poseidon, the cyclops Polyphemos. In this saga with the cyclops, Odysseus manages to esc...
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... Odysseus is willing to pay the price for knowledge. In addition, it shows that his curiosity causes him to be his own enemy, in that he is willing to go through hardship and strife to simply experience the unknown.
On his voyage home, Odysseus faced many perilous trails that ended the lives of his crew and nearly ended his at times. With that being said, most if not all of the misfortune that befell him and his crew could have been avoided had he not been the cause. If Odysseus was not arrogant to the point he would challenge Poseidon, or curious the point he would be willing to sacrifice his body to experience the unknown, and if he was more trusting of his men and those around him, he would have returned home to his land and family without experiencing the suffering he experienced. In conclusion, due to his shortcomings, Odysseus was the antagonist of his fate.
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