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The Role of the Gods in the Odyssey

- Religion was deeply intertwined the culture of the ancient Greeks. In their stories, they prayed to the gods to satisfy their needs and offer assistance in their endeavors, and the gods would occasionally appear to select Greeks to give counsel, gifts, or other forms of aid. Alternatively, if the desires or endeavors of a mortal or mortals displeased one or more of the gods, they would also interfere with the fulfillment of their goals. In Homer’s Odyssey, the gods appear to or interfere with both Telemachus and Odysseus, either to help or hinder them in their journeys....   [tags: Homer, Odyssey Essays]

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- The Gods of the Odyssey Do the Gods in the Odyssey represent the Good and Evil sides of everyone, are they actually there to either help the person, or make their life worse.             In the Odyssey, the Gods seem to have a very huge part in the play.  However, are the Gods actually real?  Or are they just their sub-conscious telling everyone what to do.  However if that’s true, then how could Odysseus’s and his “sub-conscious” spend 7 years on an island thinking that he was somewhere else....   [tags: Homer Odyssey Essays]

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The Birth of the Gods in Homer's Odyssey

- The Birth of the Gods in The Odyssey     Prehistoric man did not question his existence and reality - he just lived as one with nature. When prehistoric man awakened from this simple existence into the world of intelligence, he began to question his existence and reality. Homer’s The Odyssey demonstrated man’s attempt to cope with their own nature through the illusion of the gods, by using them to carry their burdens of hopelessness, helplessness, and fallibility.     The characters of Homer’s The Odyssey struggled with the ineffable reality of the world, therefore they created gods that could carry the burden of their hopeless quest for understanding....   [tags: Odyssey essays]

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The Role of the Gods in Homer's Odyssey

- The Role of the Gods in The Odyssey In the ancient world, the gods of the Greeks had been predominately confined to cosmological deeds prior to the works of Homer. "As Hesiod laid out the roles of the gods in his Theogony and the Works and Days, it is apparent that though the gods were active in the creation of the cosmos, natural phenomenon, and cyclical events such as seasons, they were not however, functioning in any historical way"(Bloom 36). This strictly cosmological view of the gods was in no way unusual to the ancient world....   [tags: Odyssey essays]

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The Role of the Gods in Homer's Odyssey

- The Role of the Gods in Homer's Odyssey Odysseus is a man. He is not a god, yet he seeks protection and assistance from the gods because he knows that it is necessary. The authority of the gods over Odysseus and the other characters in this ancient epic is obvious. Through out the story, we see example after example of the gods intervening in the life of Odysseus. The story opens with Odysseus living on the island of Kalypso. He is being held against his will. He partially submits to her, but will not become her husband....   [tags: Homer Odyssey Essays]

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The Role of the Gods in Homer's The Odyssey

- The presence of God in our belief system is something that many cultures have taken for granted. In Odyssey book, this presence of God or Goddess is even tangible because in this epic, mortals have the abilities to talk them, to see them and to feel their presences around them. Since the beginning of the epic, Odysseus has always been helped by Athena (goddess) who is Zeus’ daughter and Zeus who admired the man’s faith, courage, strategy and intellect. In ancient Greece, the Gods’ power has constantly been praised and known as the God’s Love....   [tags: love, survival. defeat]

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The Gods in Homer's The Iliad and The Odyssey

- The Gods in Homer's The Iliad and The Odyssey The stories told in the Iliad and Odyssey are based on stories handed down over several generations, for they preserve (as we have seen) memories of an already quiet far distant past. The two pomes show clear connection in their language and style, in the manner in which their incidents presented, and in the combination of agreement with level, which distinguish their creation. The work was written by one author but gave two diverse views on the nature of the Olympian Gods, their relationship to humankind, and the general lot of mortals throughout their all too brief lives....   [tags: Homer The Iliad The Odyssey]

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The Odyssey : The Hierarchical Relationship Between Both Gods And Humans

- In The Odyssey, the hierarchical relationship between both gods and humans is a key aspect in the overarching unity that is the epic. These can both be in contrast with each other and it can been seen that there are similarities between the types of people we meet in The Odyssey as well as the gods we meet also. Homer uses this theme and system of hierarchy to effectively display aspects of his worlds though The Odyssey. The main features that help prove this point are: that society within The Odyssey is hierarchical, the upper class and the servants (with equivalent gods) are focussed on, (Hierarchy of Greek Gods, 2015) and finally, the gods parallel their respective opposites on earth....   [tags: Trojan War, Odyssey, Greek mythology, Homer]

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Odysseus as Pawn of the Gods in Homer's Odyssey

- Odysseus as Pawn of the Gods in The Odyssey    Throughout literature characters have relied upon entities greater then themselves to furnish them with aid as they meet the many challenges they must face. The Odyssey is a tale of Odysseus’ epic journey and the many obstacles that bar his return home. But Odysseus is not alone in this struggle and receives aid from many gods, especially the clear-eyed goddess Athena. There are times when Odysseus beseeches the gods for aid, but other times he is too foolhardy to receive aid from even the immortal gods....   [tags: Odyssey essays]

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Free Essays on Homer's Odyssey: Importance of the Gods

- Importance of the Gods in Homer's Odyssey In Ancient Greek Culture, there were countless gods. They ranged from all mighty Zeus, king of the gods, to Eris, Goddess of discord, and Dionysos God of wine and revelry. Some Gods and Goddesses, like Zeus and Athena, favored Odysseus and Telemachius, helping them on their journey. While others, like Poseidon, gave them serious trouble along the way. The causes of some of these feelings towards the protagonist may be clear, but others aren't so clear....   [tags: Homer Odyssey Essays]

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Free Essay on Homer's Odyssey: Role of the Gods

- Role of the Gods in Homer's Odyssey In "The Odyssey", the gods generally bring about mixed emotions. The humans in the poem are fearful of the gods because of their great power and influence in their lives-if they wanted you to fail, you would. They are like the puppet-masters of the world, they control what happens to each and every person. But, this can also come in handy when you are on the good side of the gods. If you were a favorite of a god, like Odysseus, you had the gods by your side, willing to help you whenever you have problems....   [tags: Homer Odyssey Essays]

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Free Essays on Homer's Odyssey: Influence of Gods

- Influence of Gods in the Odyssey The almighty, powerful, feared beings in Greek mythology are the gods. They have many powers and the ability to take the life of anyone in an instant. But many of them also have another side. What many people don't know is that they are not all horrible creatures. Many times, gods help and even befriend the mortals. Many of the gods, like Ino who saved Odysseus, Hermes who aided Odysseus, and Athena who assisted Odysseus, are a positive interferences in Homer's epic, The Odyssey....   [tags: Homer Odyssey Essays]

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Free Will of the Gods in "The Odyssey"

- In life, human nature is the only thing that never changes, even as humans progress and evolve. Humans all have the same wants and needs. We need love, compassion, and we want to be happy. In Homer's the Odyssey, the characters have strong opinions and act out of their own free will, but at the same time, the will of the gods keeps coming up as a force that directs events. Although the gods have power against the mortal's, free will is a force much greater then any other power known to mortals and even the gods....   [tags: World Literature]

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Contrasting the Gods in Homer’s Odyssey and the Biblical Book of Exodus

- Contrasting the Gods in Homer’s Odyssey and the Biblical Book of Exodus Many authors have employed the religious beliefs of their cultures in literature. The deities contained in Homer’s Odyssey and in the Biblical book of Exodus reflect the nature of the gods in their respective societies. Upon examination of these two works, there are three major areas where the gods of the Greek epic seem to directly contrast the nature of the God of the Israelites: the way problems are solved, the prestige and status that separates the divine from the masses, and the extent of power among the immortal beings....   [tags: Homer Odyssey]

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Ancient Greek Philosophers

- The ancient Greek philosopher Plato once said, “let parents bequeath to their children not riches, but the spirit of reverence” (Think Exist). This importance, for parents to pass down the notion of reverence, can be seen in Book One of Homer’s The Odyssey. Set at the fall of Troy, the reader is introduced to, if but briefly, Odysseus, his son Telemachos and the suitors who are after Penelope’s hand in marriage. Throughout the first book, Homer makes it quite apparent that Telemachos and Odysseus are beyond doubt reverential characters and, therefore, set the foundation for being true heroes....   [tags: Greek, Odyssey, Gods]

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People from Greece Worshipped gods for Advice and Guidance in The Odyssey

- ... Therefore Athena, or the gods in general were responsible for Telemachus' actions by setting up a crew for him to travel and also telling Telemachus to drive away the suitors and to seek information about Odysseus. Telemachus had no control of his palace or anything in fact before Athena had come. Athena, who was disguised as Mentes, was one of Odysseus' friends and spoke with Telemachus. At first the two talk about small matters such as discussing who they were and what their stories were....   [tags: telemachus, athena, odysseus ]

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Free Essays: The Weak Gods of Iliad, Odyssey and Epic of Gilgamesh

- The Weak Gods of The Iliad, Odyssey and Gilgamesh   The Oxford English Dictionary defines god as Ò1. A being conceived as the perfect, omnipotent, omniscient ruler and originator of the universe, the principal object of faith and worship in monotheist religions. 2. A being of supernatural powers, believed in and worshipped by a people.Ó The first definition reflects Modern AmericaÕs connotation of the word god. The latter recalls the Ancient Greco-Sumerian ideal of a being greater than man....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Iliad

- The Iliad and The Odyssey are two epic poems with both similar and different styles to the structure of the poems, as well as each poem having the same gods incorporated into the stories intervening with the day to day lives of the mortals. Greek poetry before Homer was all composed orally; therefore it is assumed that Homer’s works are the first written works of art (Joachim Latacz, page 15). Scholars who have spent extensive time researching the origin of Homer’s work cannot verify a specific time the Iliad and the Odyssey were written (Latacz, 24)....   [tags: Greek, Odyssey, Gods]

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The Odyssey by Homer

- When The Odyssey was first written by Homer, everything in it was believed to be true. But, 700 B.C.E. was a time of uncertainty and it was thought that the gods and creatures were real, that Odysseus’ trip was amazing and that he was a living hero, rather than just a made up story and character. Clearly, Homer’s epic poem, The Odyssey, is not believable today because of the mythical creatures, many unlikely events occur, and the gods interact with the mortals. Obviously, The Odyssey is not a credible story because there are mythical creatures involved....   [tags: trip, creatures, gods]

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The Greeks' Fears in The Odyssey by Homer

- In The Odyssey the ancient Greeks had a sense of explorations, independence and love life. They were skillful and wise men and women. They are depicted as courageous and adventurous heroes and warriors. Under all those beautiful characteristic illustrated in The Odyssey, under that shell that it portrayed, the ancient Greeks had many fears. They feared the sea, Cyclops, scared of scandals, death and people with different cultures. Ancient Greeks had all these fear because it turns out that they fear everything that could take their life....   [tags: ocean, death, gods]

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The Odyssean Gods And Their Stories

- The Odyssean Gods and Their Stories The Odyssean gods are well known throughout Greek mythology. These gods include the following: Zeus, Poseidon, Athena, Hermes, Ino, Circe, and Calypso. Throughout the copious books found in Homer’s Odyssey, these gods allow for the main character, Odysseus, to continue his journey home without death catching up with him. Throughout the story, the reader is acquainted with all of the Odyssean gods, and is left with an odd perspective about each and every one of them....   [tags: Greek mythology, Athena, Zeus, Odyssey]

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A Space Odyssey and The Odyssey

- Metis in 2001: A Space Odyssey and The Odyssey The movie 2001: A Space Odyssey by Steven Kubrick and The Odyssey by Homer have underlying themes that have relationships to each respectively. However, Greek mythology often attributes strength as the ultimate virtue, and even current day movies do too. The attribute of being clever or cunning is seen during 2001: A Space Odyssey and The Odyssey seen by Odysseus and David Bowman as the dominate theme throughout both titles. Metis, the Greek word meaning clever or being cunning, is prevalent throughout Bowman’s and Odysseus epic trials with their ability to reason to gain the outcomes they desire....   [tags: trials, gods, metis]

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History, Symbolism, and Characters in Homer’s The Odyssey

- In The Odyssey, it takes Odysseus twenty years to make it home from the Trojan War. On his journey home, he runs into many obstacles and creatures that he must overcome. He encounters the sirens, the Cyclops, and others. Each event in this epic poem has a symbolic meaning behind it. Homer writes about the history, symbolism, and the characters in The Odyssey. The Odyssey is about the Greek gods and heroes and their adventures (Makman). Odysseus is the main character, and he is going on a quest that takes him several years to complete....   [tags: trojan war, greek gods, encounters]

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Godly Intervention in Homer's The Odyssey

- Homer’s epic, The Odyssey, centers on Odysseus’s long and arduous voyage home and depicts a world in which the lives of humans and gods are intertwined, with gods often having influence in the fates of humans. Zeus, the king of gods, argues that humans wrongly blame the gods for their troubles and that when the gods intervene, it is only to try and help humans. From his standpoint, any misfortune is the sole responsibility of men and the gods are not to be held accountable. Zeus’s argument about human versus divine responsibility holds some truth, but is inadequate as he is biased towards himself and his fellow gods and only references one specific situation....   [tags: epic, voyage, humans, gods]

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The Odyssey by Home

- Being a generally required read, most everyone has heard of The Odyssey by Homer, meanwhile, very few have recognized the connection between it and its partner movie, O Brother, Where Art Thou. by the Coen brothers. Being purposely made to portray the large epic, O Brother, Where Art Thou is full of juicy details that one would not truly understand unless they had read the epic. Throughout the movie one can find the original basics that Homer incorporated into The Odyssey with ease. The similarities between the two are quite transparent as well....   [tags: greek, gods, loyalty, devotion]

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Greek Mythologies: Gods and Mortals in Greek Literature

- Greek mythologies arise from various cultural aspects of the Greek society; however, the role of the divinities in human affairs is particularly accentuated in most, if not all, Greek mythologies. Nevertheless, each author displays the role of divinities and supernatural differently, as Homer in The Odyssey and The Iliad displays direct interaction between the supernatural divinities and the mortals. On the other hand, Sophocles’ Antigone lessens such interactions and emphasizes the human role, while Thucydides’ History of the Peloponnesian War completely ignores the notion of divine power, but focuses impartially on the actions of men and their consequences....   [tags: The Odyssey and The Iliad]

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The Unheroic Traits of Odysseus in Homer's The Odyssey

- A true hero will go through immeasurable lengths to benefit not him or herself, but the people around them. Heroes are neither selfish nor uncaring. They seek every opportunity they get to help those in need. One must have also gone through the entire hero’s journey to be deemed a hero. He must start off naïve and inept and through his challenges, transform into someone worth calling a hero. Most importantly, a hero is not perfect. He must listen to other’s ideas and utilize them. However, in The Odyssey by Homer, Odysseus disrespects his crew men and the gods’ advice, lets hubris interfere with his men’s lives, and is unfaithful to his wife Penelope....   [tags: odyssey]

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The Odyssey By Homer 's Odyssey

- In the Odyssey, women play a much greater role in the development of the story than in previous instances in Greek Mythology. These women, such as the Sirens and Circe, not only serve the purpose of providing multiple opportunities for Odysseus to abandon his responsibilities in Ithaca but they are also integral to the theme of seduction and male weakness in the Odyssey. While some of the female characters in this epic do support the male heroes, their role in the Odyssey has more to do with showing how simple it would be for these heroes to fail....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Homer, Greek mythology]

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The Roles of Zeus, Poseidon, and Circe in The Odyssey by Homer

- Zeus, Poseidon, and Circe The odyssey, the oldest written story in the world passed on through oral tradition by a blind man named Homer. It is a long tale a about a man name Odysseus trying to get back home from Troy. He encounters many obstacles, most of them being gods. He met many gods on his journey but the ones that had some of the biggest impacts were Zeus king of the gods, Poseidon king of the sea, and Calpso a goddess of the sea. Zeus, is the king of all gods and the most powerful of them all....   [tags: gods, sea, powerful]

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The Odyssey By Homer 's Odyssey

- The Odyssey A hero is defined as “a person who, in the opinion of others, has heroic qualities or has performed a heroic act and is regarded as a model or ideal.” Homer’s epic, The Odyssey, is mostly focused on pivotal roles like leadership, courage and, patriarchy. Throughout history we notice how male dominance takes place within a society. This is called patriarchy, which is a form of social organization in which the father or oldest male is the head of the family, and descent and relationship are reckoned through the male line; government or rule by a man or men.(OED) That is portrayed in the Odyssey through the actions of the protagonist Odysseus, his journey to get back home, his...   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Trojan War, Penelope]

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The Odyssey

- The Odyssey details Odysseus’ arduous return to his homeland. Ten years have passed since the end of the Trojan war and Odysseus, the “most cursed man alive”, has been missing and presumed dead by many. (10.79). Throughout the novel, gods play a significant role in the fate of Odysseus and other characters. The extent of the gods’ role though is not unqualified, contrary to Telemachus’ suggestion that, “Zeus is to blame./He deals to each and every/ laborer on this earth whatever doom he pleases” (1.401-403)....   [tags: Homer, Odyssey Essays]

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The Mythology Of The Odyssey

- In the Odyssey there is a distinct relationship that is shared between the mortals and the Gods. In the link with Christian faith, the Gods in the Odyssey are physically present. The Gods help, lend assistance, support and mentor the mortals. They can be ‘compared to that of a guardian angel’ (FORP). In comparison, the gods have their favourites which my result in the negativity towards a mortal from a particular God. As so the mortals are at the mercy of Gods. Majority of the time the mortals benefit greatly from the Gods and can be seen to transform for the better....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Poseidon, Telemachus]

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The Mythology Of The Odyssey

- While a majority of the texts in general demonstrate that good things happen to those who listen to the gods and bad things happen to those who do not, there are a few unique cases were certain people were able to address their gods, and receive an answer. These select people hold an exclusive relationship, usually with one god, and even though they do (mostly) whatever their god commands them to do, they still have the ability to hold a dialogue with them. This creates a situation where the God is the listener, and their human is the speaker....   [tags: Human, God, Yahweh, Odyssey]

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The Iliad And The Odyssey

- The Iliad and The Odyssey are epic poems written by Homer, telling the stories of the heroes: Akhilleus, the strongest man in the Akhaian army, fighting in the Trojan War, and Odysseus, the cleverest man in the army, who is trying to get home after that war. The gods often intervene, shaping the lives of the characters. Divine intervention in The Iliad and The Odyssey exists to characterize the statuses of the mortals and the gods. The gods remind the mortals of their power over them through divine intervention, elevating the statuses of the gods and reinforcing their superiority....   [tags: Trojan War, Iliad, Odyssey, Poseidon]

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Analysis Of ' The Odyssey '

- One of the most prominent reoccurring themes in The Odyssey is the concept of xenia, in other words, the Greek tradition of showing hospitality to those who are far away from home, or even strangers, since he or she can easily be a god in disguise. In The Odyssey xenia is often the force that seals the fate of specific characters. It is used as a way to show the fear (or lack of fear) of the gods in the characters’ hearts. It is also often tied into the idea of temptation, by showing whether or not a character’s intentions are pure....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Trojan War, Penelope]

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The Iliad And The Odyssey

- Homer is a well-known and glorified enigma. Homer is the sum of two texts, the Iliad and the Odyssey. During antiquity, there were many texts attributed to Homer, or Homers, rather. These works of art were called Homeric hymn. We think of the Iliad and the Odyssey as being most strongly attested to Homer. The two were present at the very beginning of Greek literature. Who was Homer. Or moreover, who were Homer. This mystery surrounding authorship of the precursor hymns to Greek and Roman literature has been deemed the Homeric Question....   [tags: Homer, Trojan War, Odyssey, Iliad]

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The Iliad And The Odyssey

- The Iliad and the Odyssey give great accounts of Greek history, allowing readers to see inside the world of the gods. With such reading, it’s very obvious to tell that the gods are not how they would appear to be. They rule over Greece and are in almost complete control of the citizen’s daily lives, however, they don’t take this position with respect. Instead, they choose to resort to human-like games in order to get what they want. The female goddesses are the worst offenders of this. Hera and Athena especially choose to interfere with the lives of humans for their own personal gain....   [tags: Trojan War, Iliad, Odysseus, Odyssey]

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Justice System in Ancient Greece as Portrayed in Homer's Odyssey

- ... Odysseus then mocks him, “Cyclops ¬– if any man on the face of the earth should ask you who blinded you, shamed you so –say Odysseus” (9.558-560). This action shows that Odysseus is a just a man; he doesn’t let his people die without avenging their death. On the hand we see Odysseus as a prey of justice as he suffers Poseidon’s retribution for blinding his son, Cyclops. Cyclops prays to his father “Hear me –Poseidon, god of the sea-blue man who rocks the earth!”(9.585-586). He asked his father to punish Odysseus not to reach his home, or if he is to reach his home it should take a while....   [tags: revenge, disrespect, gods]

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The Epic Of Gilgamesh And The Odyssey

- Gilgamesh and the Odyssey, two epics of parallel parameters, that extend over a thousand years, the heroes Gilgamesh and Odysseus, the two individual paragons of heroism, immortality and the reverence of super natural gods in both tales. The two different cultures illuminate similarities and contrasts between the two texts, The Epic of Gilgamesh depicts the ancient Mesopotamian culture and values through its hero Gilgamesh, as the Odyssey presents its cultural values through the Hero of Homer’s The Odyssey....   [tags: Epic of Gilgamesh, Odyssey, Mesopotamia]

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Analysis Of Homer 's ' Odyssey '

- The goddess Athena intrigues and fascinates readers, compelling an in depth look at the role which she plays within Homers, Odyssey. Throughout the epic poem Athena is depicted as a strong leading voice who aids in helping the development of maturity within Odysseus’s son Telemachus. From persuading Telemachus to hold an assembly, debate what to do about his mother’s suitors, and consider the matter of his father, Odysseus, Athena begins a slow accession into a guiding or mentoring role of Telemachus....   [tags: Odyssey, Homer, Odysseus, Athena]

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Theme of Revenge in Homer's Odyssey

- Homer’s The Odyssey is not just a tale of a man’s struggle on his journey home from the Trojan War, but of his struggle from the consequences of revenge. The Odyssey weaves in different characters’ tales of revenge from the gods and what impact revenge actually had on those characters. Revenge is an important underlying theme in The Odyssey because, in essence, it explains why Odysseus’ journey was so prolonged and treacherous. A few examples of revenge in the poem include Orestes’ revenge on Aegisthus, Zeus’ revenge on Odysseus and his men, and Poseidon’s revenge on Odysseus....   [tags: The Odyssey, Literary Analysis]

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Women During The Odyssey By Homer

- The women presented throughout The Odyssey provide a respectable representation of women in ancient Greece in general. There are several women introduced in The Odyssey, all of various backgrounds and social classes. The most notable women or type of women in this epic include goddesses, Penelope, and the housemaids and servants. Athena and Calypso are the most significant goddesses presented in The Odyssey. While Athena embodies both feminine and not so feminine traits, Calypso embodies the sexual nature of women and the thought and feelings of sexualized women....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Athena, Iliad]

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The Odyssey And The Color Purple

- In The Odyssey and The Color Purple, the authors show different period of time where women didn 't have the right to have an opinion nor a decision in their own lives. Second wave feminism was not only about the right to vote, etc. It was more of a fight about equal opportunities. Naturally, the differences between the people asking for equal opportunities would become a key point. In The Odyssey and The Color Purple, women’s rights are based on social structural rather than laws that allow women to make their own decisions....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Penelope, Telemachus]

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Images and Symbolism in The Odyssey

- The Sea Odysseus spends so much time sailing home that the sea really takes up a good chunk of his life. This is fitting, since the sea and its perils work much the same way the Odyssey argues that life does, it is full of suffering, but it can’t be avoided. The sea can send blessings like sea breezes to blow him home or obstacles like storms, Skylla and Charybdis, and treacherous islands. Because the sea is ruled by Poseidon, it is also a manifestation of the superiority of the gods and nature over man....   [tags: Homer, Odyssey Essays]

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Analysis Of Homer 's ' The Odyssey '

- Gods in The Odyssey often use prophecy to inform mortal characters of their fates. Once a mortal character is aware of his fate, he is responsible for accepting and fulfilling it, or otherwise facing punishment for his failure to obey the gods. One such example is Odysseus’ failure to execute Circe’s prophecy not to fight Scylla in order to save his shipmates, which results in his loss of six of his best men. Odysseus’ responsibility here for his men’s deaths at the hands of Scylla implores the reader to question Odysseus’ ability to lead his men....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Circe, Leadership]

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The Odyssey And Hymn Of Demeter

- In The Odyssey Book 5, Calypso explicitly likens herself to Demeter. She complains that while the male gods themselves are allowed to have mortal lovers, they hate seeing Goddesses like her and Demeter have affairs with mortals(Odyssey 5.128-60). However, Demeter in the Hymn to Demeter in fact more closely resembles Penelope than she resembles Calypso because both Penelope and Demeter love their family members and choose to challenge the authority in order to achieve family reunion, while Calypso submits to Zeus’s will and finally gives up having a family....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Marriage, Greek mythology]

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The Iliad, The Odyssey, And Works And Days

- In the book the Iliad, The Odyssey, and Works and days, there are many things that can be similar when talking about Greek heroes and the world of Greek poetry. The stories and topics are describing similar events during this time of the eighth and seventh century B.C. In the end, however, they do have some differences in some parts when describing or explaining certain situations and ideas. The world of Greek heroes is written like a story; or Epic Poetry. That is what The Iliad and The Odyssey are; Epic Poetries....   [tags: Homer, Achilles, Odyssey, Trojan War]

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Parallels between Virgil’s The Aenieid and Homer’s The Odyssey

- In Virgil’s The Aeneid, there are many parallels found in Homer’s The Odyssey. In each epic, the heroes, Aeneas and Odysseus, are on a journey “home.” Aeneas is on the search of a new home for he and his companions to settle since Troy has been destroyed, Odysseus on the other hand is attempting to return to his home he left years earlier to fight the Trojan War. They both have Gods against them and helping them, both Aeneas and Odysseus are both held back by women, both voluntary and involuntarily, and they both have experiences visiting the Underworld....   [tags: deception, strength, society, gods, values, heroes]

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- The Odyssey narrates the epic journey of Odysseus to get back home. The story is divided in 24 books that starts with the current situation in Ithaca among Telemachus, Penelope and their concern about whether the king of Ithaca is alive or dead, 10 years after the fall of Troy. Since there was not much information about Odysseus’s location, the king’s position was thought to be open between many suitors, who wanted to marry Penelope and rule Ithaca. At this point of the story is where Greek mythology takes place by the intervention of the god Zeus and Athena, discussing Odysseus’s faith....   [tags: Odyssey, Greek mythology, Odysseus, Zeus]

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- The two stories start very much alike in that they begin with the journey of two heres Odysseus ( of the Odyssey by Homer) and Aeneas (of the Aeneid by Virgil), Both these heroes begin their stories in an effort to return home, along the way facing peril after peril. The Odyssey, pits the hero Odysseus against the god of the sea, Poseidon, who has begrudged Odysseus and would sooner see him dead than reach his home. However, Odysseus is also being aided by the goddess Athena, the goddess of wisdom....   [tags: Odysseus, Odyssey, Aeneid, Greek mythology]

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- Up to this point in The Odyssey, Homer has introduced several characters, including the gods, Telemachus, Odysseus, and several more. The Gods first appear when they discuss what they should do about Odysseus’s turmoil as he attempts to get home to his wife and, now grown, son. Afterward, Athena appears to Telemachus as Mentor, an old companion of his father, Odysseus. She convinces Telemachus that he should set sail in order to find out if his father is dead or alive and also to take back control of his father’s kingdom from his mother, Penelope’s, suitors....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Trojan War, Homer]

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Comparing Odysseus And The Odyssey

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Comparing Gilgamesh And The Odyssey

- When two people are so much alike yet so different, it makes a comparison of Gilgamesh and Odysseus an interesting subject. Both the stories of “Gilgamesh” and “The Odyssey” show that the characters were successful warriors with many adventures to be told. Gilgamesh and Odysseus are human with many god-like qualities. Their perception of immortality, as well as regard for death and the influences of the gods in their lives and adventures, are similar; however, the characters have many differences....   [tags: Odyssey, Epic of Gilgamesh, Enkidu, Ishtar]

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Analysis Of Homer 's The Odyssey

- The fall of Troy in the 12th or 13th century BCE and the pursuit of historical/documentation gave inspiration for the composition of Homer’s the Odyssey. Epic poetry is seen by many historical scholars as Homer’s forte. His use of Odysseus as a centralized heroic figure, the heavy involvement of the Greek Gods, plentiful examples of repetition/enumerations, and Homer’s invoking of Zeus’ nine daughters the Muses are all glaring characteristics of epic poetry. These characteristics incidentally make excellent mnemonic devices....   [tags: Odyssey, Greek mythology, Homer, Epic poetry]

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Analysis Of Homer 's Iliad And Odyssey

- The concept of guest friendship is an essential tool that promises safety in everyday ancient Greek life and the significance it carries is reflected in Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey. It is enforced not only by the mortals in traditional domestic settings, but also on the battlefield and by the gods themselves. The warriors in the Iliad and the Odyssey respect xenia more than they desire kleos. It is not merely the mortals who respect xenia and the implications it creates, but the Gods provide and honor the sanctity of guest courtesy in Greek culture as well....   [tags: Odysseus, Odyssey, Zeus, Iliad]

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The Realtionship of a Father and Son in Homer’s Odyssey

- The Odyssey tells the story of Odysseus and his both literal and figurative journey home to Ithaka. When the great king, Odysseus travels to Troy on the account of war, many obstructions hinder him from returning home. During his absence, his deprivation of being a father to his son, Telemachus, causes great disappointment. Without a father, his son strives to grow and mature yet he has not the slightest idea of where to. However, as Telemachus struggles to reach manhood and his father struggles to return to Ithaka, their seemingly separate journeys are connected....   [tags: Homer, Odyssey]

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The Odyssey

- Socrates, a Greek philosopher stated, "Look death in the face with joyful hope, and consider this a lasting truth: the righteous man has nothing to fear, neither in life, nor in death, and the Gods will not forsake him” (Socrates). This explains the basis for Greek beliefs that can be carried over to values and qualities of them. As in this, Homer, the author of The Odyssey, portrays many Greek values that make up a righteous man or as, Homer’s character Odysseus, an epic hero. The Odyssey is the story of King Odysseus' return from the Trojan War to his kingdom of Ithaca....   [tags: Socrates Odyssey Epic Poem]

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The Epic Of The Odyssey And Gilgamesh

- The Odyssey and Gilgamesh are two great epics that show two heroes from two different time periods trying to find the meaning of life. In this paper, I would like to talk to you about the two epics and how they were both alike and different in some ways. Mainly I want to focus on the qualities they shared or didn 't, what the god 's roles were in the epics, and how death and immortality are observed in these epics. There are many heroes in “The Odyssey” but the main one would be Odysseus. He has many great traits, but a few stand out that make him a heroic leader....   [tags: Odyssey, Epic of Gilgamesh, Odysseus, Epic poetry]

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The Epic Of The Odyssey By Homer

- Similar to an elaborate dish, a literary genre consists of multiple necessary “ingredients,” called epic conventions, which classify a text into a particular category. Homer follows an impeccable recipe in his magnificent work. Labeled as an epic, The Odyssey by Homer portrays the Greek hero Odysseus years after his victory in the Trojan War and his awaited journey back to Ithaca. As the plot develops it is evident it is no effortless feat for our hero to return home. The godly Odysseus encounters adversities in the forms of Cyclops, sea monsters, alluring flowers and formidable Greek gods with varying conceptions of him....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Trojan War, Greek mythology]

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The Epic Of Gilgamesh And The Odyssey

- Writing is influenced by many factors, such as class, time, and beliefs, just to name a few. These factors vary as literature moves through different time periods and places. It is interesting to find similarities between pieces of literature written in opposite sides of the world and hundreds of years apart. But no matter the distance or time major themes remain constant throughout world literature. The earliest version The Epic of Gilgamesh, written in 2100 B.C.E., shares many of these universal themes with The Odyssey, which was written by Homer in eight century B.C.E....   [tags: Odyssey, Epic of Gilgamesh, Trojan War, Homer]

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Odysseus By Homer 's The Odyssey

- In Homer’s The Odyssey, the main protagonist, Odysseus, is trying to make his way home to Ithaca, ten years later, after the end of the Trojan War. Odysseus is portrayed as a hero throughout the epic; however, the events surrounding his heroism is with considerable help from the gods and goddess. Being a hero is defined as a person who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities. Based on the play, there is evidence to suggest that Odysseus is not a hero as defined but that he relied on the help of the gods and goddess....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Trojan War, Greek mythology]

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Odysseus Vs. Homer 's Odyssey

- Throughout The Odyssey, there is a reoccurring theme of either Odysseus being helped by the gods, or being punished by them. There are certain gods or goddesses that like Odysseus and want to see him get home, and there are some that want nothing less than to see Odysseus die at sea. Some gods have a major impact on his journey, while others have a minor impact, but Odysseus needed both in order for him to get home. We could argue that with all of the gods help, they were the ones who determined the course of events....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Poseidon, Greek mythology]

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The Odyssey Exhibits at Least Four Characteristics of an Epic Poem

- In The Odyssey, the reader can find at least four characteristics, which help prove it is an epic poem. For thousands of years, people have enjoyed the entertainment of epic poems. The Odyssey is an epic poem.The Odyssey contains characteristics of an epic poem. The setting of the Odyssey is immense. The gods and goddesses of ancient Greece intervene frequently in the Odyssey. Odysseus exemplifies a special kind of pride. Throughout the Odyssey, Odysseus undertakes a difficult journey. . One characteristic is the vast setting that Odysseus experiences throughout his journey....   [tags: Homer, Odyssey Essays]

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Odysseus in The Odyssey

- Odysseus in The Odyssey Odysseus is the main character in an epic poem called the Odyssey. In the poem Odysseus has had some bad luck getting home, with some of the gods helping him and some hindering him; his journey towards home is a constant struggle. In this poem we see a man being broke and rebuilt, through constant irony his faith was damaged and without the help of Athena he probably would have given up on his journey. Through his hard work and wise spirit he finally does achieve his goal....   [tags: Papers Odyssey Homer Essays]

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The Character Odysseus in Homer's Odyssey

- The Character Odysseus in Odyssey "Odyssey" is an epic story that has been a significant piece of literature since it was first composed and will remain so for ages to come. One of the reasons it has been so is because of the hero, Odysseus. Odysseus is one of the first Greek mythic heroes renowned for his brain as well as his muscle. Indeed he is a man with an inquiring mind, and he is also a man with outstanding prowess and bravery" (123helpme.com/assets/3603.html). "We also must not forget that he is a top-notch athlete which only adds more to this seemingly insuperable character....   [tags: Odyssey essays]

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The Trials of Odysseus of Homer's Odyssey

- The Trials of Odysseus  Homer's epic poem The Odyssey was written after his Iliad which told the tales of the Trojan War. This Odyssey told of the wanderings of a prominent warrior and ruler, Odysseus. Odysseus fought in the Trojan War and, after the Greeks claimed their victory at Troy, began his prolonged journey home. During his travels Odysseus faced many obstacles which he had to overcome. Through his wanderings, Odysseus had to prove his valor, intellect, and determination. Incorporated into The Odyssey are many current-day characteristics of man including a constant dependence on others, the presence of a greater vision, or lack there of, and the essence of a sensitive side behind...   [tags: Odyssey essays]

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The Amazing Leadership of Odysseus in Homer's The Odyssey

- The epic poem The Odyssey by the ancient Greek writer Homer takes us deep into the life of a man called Odysseus. As the reader gets to know Odysseus many sides of his character are exposed through the challenges he faces. Though he and his crew face danger and obstacles every step of the way Odysseus’s character hardly changes. The entire book Odysseus longs to see his wife but he is a good man and a courageous leader. When the times get tough, the tough gets going and that’s exactly what Odysseus did when the Trojan War started....   [tags: The Odyssey]

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Homer's Odyssey as a Moral Epic

-                A large number of the works of ancient poetry and literature have been said to carry a moral undertone. Homer's 'Odyssey' is no exception. This essay explores the moral positions that the poem seems to adopt. Subsequently, it will show that while the 'Odyssey' is indeed a moral epic, the moral position of the main characters themselves, namely Odysseus and the Gods, can, at times, be questionable.             Loyalty is one moral value that is evident throughout the poem. No character embodies loyalty more than Penelope who remains loyal and true to Odysseus throughout his absence, refusing to give in to the suitors' proposal of marriage and not engaging in any extramarital...   [tags: Odyssey Essays]

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Free Essay on Homer's Odyssey: Odyssey as Epic Poem

- The Odyssey as Epic Poem For thousands of years, people have enjoyed the entertainment of epic poems. The "Odyssey" is an epic poem. The "Odyssey" contains characteristics of an epic poem. The setting of the ""Odyssey" is immense. The gods and goddesses of ancient Greece intervene frequently in the "Odyssey". Odysseus exemplifies a special kind of pride. Throughout the "Odyssey", Odysseus undertakes a difficult journey. . The "Odyssey" has an big setting. Odysseus starts off by traveling to Troy, which is the known world....   [tags: Homer Odyssey Essays]

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The Odyssey By Homer 's Odyssey

- Some people are very hospitable while others are not. In Homer’s “The Odyssey” Odysseus is returning home from a war as he is swept off course by Poseidon. Odysseus spends ten years drifting from island to island until he was able to return home. While away from home, Odysseus encounters some places were hospitability was key while some places hospitability was not as important. Therefore, Hospitality is a central motif of the Odyssey that focuses on the behavior of both hosts and their guests. Homer’s depicts several scenes of positive hospitality throughout the story of “The Odyssey “....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Trojan War, Iliad]

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Homer 's Odyssey : The Odyssey

- The Odyssey, an ancient Greek epic poem attributed to Homer, relates to Odysseus’s journey back to Ithaca.1 In the poem Odysseus has had some bad luck getting home, with some of the gods helping him and some hindering him; his journey towards home is a constant struggle. Throughout the epic Homer portrays diverse relationships in Odysseus’s journey. Odysseus experiences a lot of inconsistent emotions; a lot of this is attributed to the physical and mental hell he goes through on this remarkable voyage....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Homer, Epic poetry]

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The Odyssey With A Frivolous Tale Of His Travels Across The Aegean

- Who is Telemachos, and why is he in the story. What is so extraordinary about him that Homer would begin the Odyssey with a frivolous tale of his travels across the Aegean. As unexpectedly Telemachos decides to go on a voyage, Homer abruptly refocuses the story on the book’s titular character. Telemachos does not reappear until the final five books. Such unusual deployment and withdrawal of Telemachos serves two functions: one, Telemachos sets the stakes of a family fallen from grace, and two, Telemachos invites the contemporary reader to identify with his difficulties....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Homer, Greek mythology]

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Homer 's Epic Poems, The Illiad, And The Odyssey

- Odysseus is one of the very many prominent characters in Homer’s Epic poems, The Illiad, and The Odyssey. Odysseus has been famed one of the more relatable characters from Homer’s writing, as well as one of the Greatest Greek Mythology Heroes. Homer’s Epic poems highlight many periods of shame and honor for Odysseus. The character analysis of Odysseus through the poem’s timeline shows vast developments and heroic features appear to take form in him. The Illiad portrayed Odysseus as more of a secondary figure behind Agamemnon and Achilles....   [tags: Odyssey, Trojan War, Homer, Achilles]

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Analysis Of Homer 's Odyssey, The Nymph Calypso

- In Homer’s Odyssey, the nymph Calypso protests the unfairness and jealousy of the gods when Zeus commands her through Hermes to release Odysseus. She cites Artemis, who shot Orion after Dawn took him, and likens herself to Demeter, who made love with Iasion, before Zeus struck him down. However, in Homer’s Hymn to Demeter, wherein the goddess loses her daughter Persephone because of Zeus’ schemes, she is portrayed in a way that more closely resembles Penelope rather than Calypso. Demeter and Penelope are put in identical circumstances: they are cheated by the gods, who kidnapped Persephone and delayed Odysseus homecoming, they remain loyal to their loved ones, despite encountering people who...   [tags: Greek mythology, Odyssey, Odysseus, Zeus]

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Odysseus’ Search for Purpose in Homer's Odyssey

- Odysseus’ Search for Purpose in The Odyssey      As a wayfarer in life, The Odyssey focuses on life’s greater purpose through the fulfillment of destiny, perseverance, and loyalty. These three themes recur continuously throughout Odysseus’ journey, molding life’s greater vision. Odysseus comes to understand his purpose in life by remaining true to these major themes as he faces and conquers each obstacle in his journey. The overarching theme of The Odyssey is the belief that man cannot escape the destiny which has been preordained for him by the gods....   [tags: Odyssey essays]

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herody Little Heroism in Homer's Odyssey

- Little Heroism in Homer's Odyssey      "Could I forget that kingly man, Odysseus?  There is no mortal half so wise; no mortal gave so much to the lords of the open sky." proclaims Zeus, the king of all gods in Homer's The Odyssey.  He, among countless others, harbors high regards for Odysseus, the mastermind of the Trojan War turned lost sailor.  However, the epic poem is sprinkled with the actions of gods and goddesses pushing Odysseus towards his path home to Ithaka, giving the mortal war hero little exposure to the limelight.  So when does all the high and mighty talk of Odysseus' power prove true?  Only in the absence of godly intervention can the title character live up to h...   [tags: Odyssey essays]

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Treatment of Women in Homer's Odyssey

- The Treatment of Women in Homer's Odyssey Judged by modern Western standards, the treatment of women by men in Homer's Odyssey can be characterized as sexist. Women in Homer's Odyssey are judged mainly by their looks. If important men and gods consider a woman beautiful, or if her son or husband is a hero or has an important position such as king, the woman is successful. The way women in The Odyssey are treated is based on appearance, the things men want from them, and whether the woman has any power over men....   [tags: Homer Odyssey womody]

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Homer's The Odyssey

- Homer's "The Odyssey" The Odyssey is a companion to The Iliad, a story of the Trojan War. Both The Iliad and The Odyssey are epic poems written by Homer. In The Odyssey, Homer relates the misadventures of Odysseus, king of Ithaca, that occur during the decade following the defeat of Troy. In doing so, the fates of his fellow warriors are also made known. The Odyssey begins on Mount Olympus, in the palace of Zeus, king of the gods, where a discussion takes place regarding the woes of humans and their determination to blame it on the gods....   [tags: Homer Odyssey Epic Poem Essays]

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The Odyssey, By The Goddess

- In The Odyssey, the goddess Calypso offers Odysseus immortality so that he would stay with her and not leave in pursuit of his family. The question being raised is, “If I, like Odysseus, was given the choice, would I choose to remain human. Why or why not?” This question is incredibly complex. Part of the decision would be the immortality issue. Would I like to live forever and not age or live a normal mortal life. To look at it fully, I have to look at all of its parts. To say “like Odysseus” is to say that I have family that I am trying to return to, a wife and a son, and not to mention an entire island that is mine....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Scylla, Love]

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