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The Odyssey as a Hero Journey

- "All of us have similar experiences. We share in the life journey of growth, development, and transformation. We live the same stories…the trappings might be different, the twists and turns that create suspense might be different from culture to culture, the particular characters may take different forms, but underneath it all, it's the same story, drawn from the same experiences"(Linda Seger, Creating Myth, 1). All people face trials and tribulations throughout their life. Thus, what defines one from one's fellow human beings is not the trials themselves, but how one overcomes the challenges along the journey, as well as the psychological and physical lessons one learns from the actions e...   [tags: Odyssey Hero Heroes Essays]

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Epic Hero in Homer's The Odyssey

- Epic Hero in Homer's The Odyssey With its larger-than-life plot twists, The Odyssey is a classic representation of an epic in literature. With that understood, it is no surprise that the main character of the story helps to define an epic hero. A character must express certain virtues to be considered such. Strength, courage, and nobility are almost prerequisites. Cleverness is an added bonus. Odysseus possesses many characteristics and virtues that make him a true representation of an epic hero....   [tags: Homer Odyssey Hero]

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The Hero’s Journey in Homer's The Odyssey

-      The Hero’s Journey is never an easy one. This particular journey, as detailed in Homer’s The Odyssey, is one of struggle, loss, heartache, pain, growth and triumph. It is comprised of many steps that Odysseus has to overcome and battle through in order to achieve his final goal of reaching his home and his loved ones. From the Call to Adventure to the Freedom or Gift of living, Odysseus conquered them all. The story begins in the middle of the story, as many of the oral Greek traditions did, with the Journey of Telemachus to find his father....   [tags: Hero, Homer, Odyssey, Odysseus]

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Odysseus in The Odyssey: Hero or Not?

- ... Odysseus's actions on this island are far from selfless and put his men in unnecessary danger. Although Odysseus's cowardice is evidence enough to avoid calling him a hero, another reason why Odysseus should not be considered a hero is his lack of respect for his men. His men would die for him, but he would not do the same for them. Upon learning the fate of his men, he does not tell them they will not be returning to Ithaca. This decision is unfaithful to Odysseus's comrades. In addition, Odysseus speaks lowly of his men....   [tags: self-centered, narcissist, coward]

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The Hero Of Odysseus From The Odyssey

- ... Unfortunately, they stumbled upon a Cyclops that had no intention of being nice. His name was Polyphemus who was the son of Poseidon. He took Odysseus’s men and ate them every night and would keep Odysseus and his men hostage. Odysseus made a clever escape and blinded the Cyclops. When Odysseus finally made it back on the ship with the remaining men that went along with him, Odysseus got a little too angry and shouted from the ship to Polyphemus and insulted him. Polyphemus prayed to the god, Poseidon and cursed Odysseus....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Trojan War, Greek mythology]

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Odysseus, An Unconventional Hero Depicted in The Odyssey

- An Unconventional Hero According to Greek mythology, a hero is one who values glory above life itself and honorably dies in the battle during his prime period of his life. After the gods and demi-god of Greece, heroes probably are the most admirable figures in society. However, Odysseus seems to defy the conventional definition of a hero. He is overwhelmed with tremendous obstacles and difficulty, often beyond that a normal man could endure but he determines to stay alive rather than die young....   [tags: Homer, Odyssey Essays]

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Traits of the Hero Odysseus in the Odyssey by Homer

- What is a hero. What is so special about a hero. A hero is a mortal with inhuman powers who does things ‘normal’ people cannot do. Most heros are usually form Mythology of the Greeks and Romans in the twentieth (20th) to the first (1st) century BC. All heros will go through an Odyssey, or a adventure/s with romance, action, and at times, a happy ending. This leads to a story written in Eight hundred (800) BC, called “The Odyssey.” The Odyssey is an Epic poem written by Homer, a greek poet who lived in the eighteen hundred to the seventeen hundred BC....   [tags: hero, cunningness, courage]

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herody Essay on Homer's Odyssey: A Hero Defined

- A Hero Defined in Homer's Odyssey What makes a hero. To be known as a hero takes a lot, but what is a true hero. Well, it depends on whom you ask. To some, a hero might just be a person who is courageous and brave, to others a hero might be a person that is a strong warrior and leader who wins battles; however, to some to others, a hero might be a person who uses his brain just as much as a warrior uses his sword. Odysseus, in Homer's epic, "The Odyssey", embodies the ideal human qualities that Homer's Greek society mostly admired....   [tags: Homer Odyssey Essays]

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Analysis Of Homer 's The Odyssey ( Homer ) And The King Of Ithaca

- ... It is also noteworthy that he is tying the men with such cautiousness and thoroughness. In this instance Odysseus is exhibiting selflessness on account of him affirming the safety of his men before his own. In Book 21, Odysseus is reuniting with Eumaeus and the cowherd and giving them instructions. “Tell the women to lock their own door tight. Tell them if someone hears the shock of arms or groans of men, in hall or court, no one must show her face, but keep still at their weaving.”(21.86-92)This portrays his selflessness because he is thinking about the safety of the woman instead of his potential death....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Circe, Hero]

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Odysseus ' Character Development : Homer 's Odyssey

- Odysseus’ Character Development Homer’s literature served as a moral messenger to the people of ancient Greece. The Odyssey by Homer demonstrates the character development of Odysseus, the epic hero, and his journey of self-discovery. Odysseus was a great, wise, noble, and well respected war hero to his people. Odysseus had one tragic flaw that was demonstrated by his actions throughout the book. The author Homer continued to strip Odysseus of his arrogance throughout the story, by throwing challenges his way, making him pay for his mistakes, and allowing him to continue to overcome obstacles....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Homer, Hero]

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Comparing the Hero in Homer’s The Odyssey with the Modern Hero Described in Whitman’s I hear America Singing

- One of the main similarities in ancient Greek epics is that there are always great heroes who overcome many difficult and daunting challenges and goes on long adventures. The issue of heroic stature and the character of the hero have a great importance on the epics itself. Classical Greek heroes are usually born to do great things, go on epic journeys and in the end they would receive a reward for their troubles. In Homer’s the Odyssey, Odysseus has many different qualities that classify him as a hero....   [tags: the odyssey, I hear America Singing]

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herody The Imperfect Hero of Homer's Odyssey

- The Imperfect Hero of The Odyssey      In literature, a bold character or hero is often the principle character. In the epic poem The Odyssey there are many immortals, but only one hero, Odysseus. The differences between the immortals and the hero are few. The god-like Odysseus is plagued with the human weaknesses of pettiness, self-doubt, and dependence on the pity of others. Odysseus reveals his pettiness when he amuses himself with humorous guile. Odysseus not only uses his cunning at the expense of his enemies, but he also uses his cunning and guile as a way of entertaining himself....   [tags: Odyssey essays]

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The Hero in Homer’s The Odyssey, and Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis

- "A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles." -- Christopher Reeve Throughout a life time, people hear many different definitions of heroism and examples of heroes. In childhood, heroes are either fictional men with supernatural abilities and talents or protectors of reality, such as firefighters and policemen; in adolescence, heroes can be actors, athletes, artists, and teachers; in adulthood, heroes may be activists or reporters, politicians or businessmen....   [tags: The Definition Of A Hero]

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herody Odysseus as Epic Hero of Homer's Odyssey

- Odysseus as Epic Hero of Homer's Odyssey        Homer's epic poem The Odyssey is about Odysseus' ten-year journey home from the Trojan War and what Odysseus has to do when he returns.  The journey itself is quite a story.  Odysseus and his men come in contact with many obstacles that they must overcome and there are more hurdles to jump when Odysseus reaches his destination.  Odysseus is an epic hero who, besides showing superhuman characteristics in strength, bravery and cleverness, also proves himself through his emotions, leadership, and the corrections in his faults....   [tags: Odyssey essays]

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Free Essays on Homer's Odyssey - Odysseus Defines a Hero

- Odysseus Defines a Hero in The Odyssey How do you define a hero. Some may define a hero as someone with great courage and bravery; to others a hero might be a strong warrior and leader who wins battles; others may define a hero as one who uses his brain as much as his brawn to win. In Homer's epic poem, Odyssey, Odysseus is portrayed as a hero by every definition. Courage and bravery are two things that Odysseus has a lot of. This is evident when he defies the god Poseidon, telling him that he is unstoppable....   [tags: Homer Odyssey Essays]

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Is Odysseus A Hero? in the Poem The Odyssey by Homer

- Is Odysseus a Hero. There are numerous heroes throughout “The Odyssey,” but none of them are as significant as Odysseus. “The Odyssey” is a narrative poem written by Homer (around 800 and 600 BCE) to show the numerous adventures and experiences Odysseus goes through. Throughout the Odyssey, Odysseus a prominent Greek epic hero is on a quest to return back to his home in Ithaca; to his wife Penelope, and his son Telemachus. Just like real life, not all heroes are picture-perfect; they all have imperfections....   [tags: brave, loyalty, leadership]

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Odysseus was the Hero in the Epic, The Odyssey, by Homer

- Odysseus is the hero in the Epic “The Odyssey” by Homer. He embodies many characteristics of a typical Epic hero, but he still strays from the norm in some ways, which makes him unique. He values Ithaca, his home, so much that he spends years getting back, struggling the whole way, and doing what it takes to protect his home. Throughout the whole story, Odysseus is trying to get home. Odysseus’s purpose is to get his men and himself back to Ithaca. On the way, he and his crew face many challenges meant to prevent them from getting home, such as harsh sailing conditions provided by Poseidon, a god who is mad at Odysseus for blinding his son, the Cyclops....   [tags: protector, wisdom, intelligence]

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Odysseus, A Hero

- ... My point is, it was ultimately Odysseus's skill in this area that kept him alive and allowed him to be successful. Besides being exceedingly clever, Odysseus was also very dedicated, both to his quest and his companions. Even in the bleakest of situations, Odysseus did not give up. For example, when the crew landed on the Island of the Sun, Odysseus, who knows that his crew is prophesied to perish there, warns his shipmates that their stores of food are on their ship and that they musn't eat the catle of the sun god, Helios, or they will all pay dearly for it....   [tags: literary analysis, true hero, Homer, Odyssey]

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herody Free Essay on Homer's Odyssey - Odysseus and the Mind of a Hero

- The Mind of a Hero The ‘American Heritage High-school’ dictionary defines a hero as a man, often of divine ancestry, who is endowed with great courage and strength. Is that what a hero truly is. Does he need only strength and courage. Does a hero not need a mind. Any man can be strong and brave, but does that mean he is a hero. Nay, a hero must have more. He must be quick-witted and always think with his head and never his fear. A man must be clever (mentally bright, superficially skillful or witty) to be considered a hero....   [tags: Homer, Odyssey Essays]

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What Makes an Epic Hero in Homer´s The Odyssey

- A Greek epic hero is the main character of an epic poem that is typically strong and uses his or her strength to battle monsters throughout a long lasting journey. “The Odyssey” written by Homer is an epic poem about a captain who leads a group of soldiers back to their homeland of Ithaca. Odysseus is considered an epic hero because he travels to various lands, fights monsters, and the Gods interfere with the human world to make his journey more difficult. One of the traits that make Odysseus an epic hero is that he travels to many far-off lands....   [tags: travels, fights, journey, human]

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Odysseus, an Epic Hero in Homer´s The Odyssey

- In the epic poem, They Odyssey written by Homer, Odysseus tells the story of how he gets home after being away for twenty years. Odysseus possesses superhuman strength and the ability to withstand harsh conditions. Odysseus experiences excessive frustration throughout his trip back to Ithaca and it becomes imperative for him to learn just how to maintain the frustration and keep it inside. On Odysseus’ journey home, he comes up with clever plans to get through every situation or problem thrown at him....   [tags: Frustration, Journey, Poem]

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Comparing Odysseus And Thor ( Film )

- Throughout history the themes of literature has stayed relatively the same; the situations have been updated to appeal to a modern audience. One common trait in great movies and literature is the presence of a heroic figure. Odysseus can be classified as a hero, because he departed from his home Ithaca the day his son Telemachus was born and leaving his wife Penelope to fight in the Trogon war. Odysseus starts out his journey with six hundred crewmen and twelve ships. Through a series of unfortunate events Odysseus looses all his ships and crewmen....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Penelope, Hero]

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All in the Family: the Royal Hero in Homer's Odyssey

- Widely regarded as one of the finest works of literature ever produced, Homer's Odyssey has earned its place among the classics. In the Odyssey, Homer reveals ancient Greece, with its distinct conceptions of hospitality, battlefield glory, and the importance of family and home. A fascinating aspect of the Greek tradition is seen in the contrasting treatment of characters found in the Odyssey. Every character Homer speaks well of is also a character of royal descent. They may be introduced as exalted, disguised, or downfallen, but Homer only portrays those of noble birth as heroic, and they alone are worthy of honor....   [tags: World Literature]

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Hubris Is A Fatal Flaw

- ... As the sailors beat the sea to white froth with their oars, Odysseus calls out to Cyclops ' 'with my men / hanging all over me and begging me not to, ' ' … ' 'didn 't persuade my hero 's heart ' ' (Book XI, Ln. 191-192). Odysseus blatantly admits that it is him alone who wishes to test the Cyclops. Similar to pride, the curiosity of the warrior fails to ward off the inevitable fate. It is too often that the proclaimed hero lets his men down by his inquisitive actions, and makes the audience believe that it is his curiosity alone that causes the downfall of the men....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Tragic hero, Tragedy]

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Brave, Strong, Smart, Or Lucky?

- ... Teachers are brave when they give up their own time to improve their teaching. Firemen are brave when they rush into a building to save someone trapped inside. Bravery is taking a risk to give something of yourself in order to make life easier for another. An example of Odysseus’ audacious acts occurs when Circe turns his crew into swine. Eurylochus tells Odysseus, “Oh, leave me here. You, even you, cannot return, I know it, I know you cannot bring away our shipmates better make sail with these men, quickly too, and save ourselves from horror while we may.” Eurylochus tells Odysseus that it is too dangerous to save his crew, but Odysseus takes the risk to stop Circe from prevailing....   [tags: Odyssey, Homer, Epic poetry, Hero]

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From Homer’s Odyssey to Star Wars - The Unchanging Path of the Hero

- From Homer’s Odyssey to Star Wars - The Unchanging Path of the Hero In the fiction world heroes have been one of the most entertaining figures. It has always been fun and interesting to read about heroic stories and about different obstacles that heroes had overcome. When someone mentions the word "hero" it is more likely to think of characters like Batman or James Bond, but it is for sure that if we had the chance to ask the same question centuries before, the answer would have been different....   [tags: Exploratory Essays Research Papers]

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Comparing the Hero in Sophocles' Oedipus the King, Homer's Odyssey, and Tan's Joy Luck Club

- Heros in Sophocles' Oedipus the King, Homer's Odyssey, and Tan's Joy Luck Club         In world literature, there are two types of archetypal protagonists, the mythic hero and the tragic hero. Mythic heroes, like Homer's Odysseus, represent the combination of superhuman virtues and human imperfections. These traits create a supernatural adventure with a realistic character. The mythic hero is favored by divine powers and eventually achieves a certain goal or completes a certain journey....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Is Odysseus a Hero?

- Throughout the epic, Odysseus is portrayed by his friends and peers as a magnificent man, a godlike figure. But, throughout the journeys of The Odyssey, Odysseus’ true character shows. Heroes are no exception to human nature; all people tend to act differently in public than in private. A commonly accepted definition of a hero is, “a man of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities.” Odysseus has not shown the noble characteristics of a hero by acting cowardly, barbaric, selfish and greedy in certain situations; such qualities do not deserve such a title....   [tags: Homer, Odyssey Essays]

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The Odyssey versus Oh Brother Where Art Thou?

- Tens of thousands of stories fit into the hero’s journey archetype created by Christopher Volger. Out of these, a large number of them are stories with remakes that share notable resemblances in their heroes’ journeys. However, none of these quite match those very strong similarities found between Homer’s The Odyssey and Joel Coens’s O Brother, Where Art Thou. These stories share crucial components of the hero’s journey whether it be “crossing the first threshold,” where the main characters of both stories begin their long adventure that transforms them into heroes; “the supreme ordeal,” where the main characters are both deprived of the opportunity to get home sooner; or “return with elixir...   [tags: a hero's journey]

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Odysseus : An Epic Hero

- ... Similarly, to Odysseus the author encounters obstacles in trying to follow in the footstep of Odysseus in his quest to locate Ithaca, which took him a total of eleven days to step onto the land of King Odysseus. Upon reaching Ithaca the author wanted to stop moving, to be still to comprehend what stillness felt like, He wanted to experience the feeling Odysseus felt upon his arrival to Ithaca which would conclude this epic hero’s journey. At the end of the journey it felt unnatural to him, because Odysseus Ithaca was not the author’s Ithaca....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Homer, Ithaca]

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Odysseus : An Epic Hero

- ... The Cyclops is in fact the opposite of Odysseus, and together they form a foil. Because of this huge difference in both physicality and mentality, fighting Polyphemus is immensely hard. In addition to Polyphemus, Odysseus also goes through a series of tasks while engaged with Circê, a goddess who turns all of his men to pigs. These tasks include scaring Circê into turning the men back. He tells the people listening to his story, “‘I drew my sharp sword and leapt at Circê as though to kill her....   [tags: Odyssey, Greek mythology, Odysseus, Athena]

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Is Odysseus Truly A Hero?

- ... He expected a guest-gift without adhering to the rules of hospitality, because he considered himself above those rules. Even after escaping death at the hands of the Cyclops, Odysseus can’t contain himself from boasting even though his crew desperately calls for him to leave. He gives away his true name and brings a curse down upon his head, “let him come home late… all shipmates lost, alone in a stranger’s ship” (9. 592-93). Thus, he ended any chance of return for his comrades. Odysseus then sent his men out ahead of him on Circe’s island fearing that something would happen if he went alone....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Homer, Trojan War]

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Greek Hero Odysseus: The Kingly Man

- George F. Kennan, an American political scientist and historian, once said, “Heroism is endurance for one moment more” (BrainyQuote). That means that perseverance even in the darkest hour is what qualifies someone as a true hero. With that in mind, it is difficult to refute the fact that Odysseus is a hero by both modern standards and a hero in Greek mythology. This Greek war leader, who spent 20 years away from home taking on challenge after challenge, surely pressed on through every moment in which his heroism was tested....   [tags: heroism, greek mythology, odyssey]

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Homer's Epic Poem, The Odyssey

- ... This contrasts with Achilles' lack of sophrosune because Achilles is very rash in the decisions he makes in Troy as shown, in Book 1 when "down on the ground he dashed the scepter" (1.287) after his quarrel with Agamemnon. By doing this, he gives up all the power he once had, making him an outcast. Furthermore, additional proof of Odysseus' ability to think through situations is demonstrated in Book 6 when Nausicaa and her maids wake Odysseus up and he, naked, steps out of the bushes and contemplates about whether he should "fling his arms around her knees, plead for help, or stand back, plead with a winning word" (6.156)....   [tags: intellectual hero, martial hero, intelligence]

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Odysseus : The Hero 's Journey

- Odysseus’ Quest In the Hero’s journey, The Odyssey, the main protagonist, Odysseus, changes in a way which helps him gain self-knowledge. Odysseus ' experiences transformed his personality from how he was in the beginning to the end, by leading him through a heroic journey, also known as a quest. The real reason for a quest never involves the stated reason, and this is no different with Odysseus. As the story developed, many of Odysseus’ sides were exposed through the challenges he faced. Out of the countless dangers and obstacles every step back home, him and his crew have only acquired minimal character changes....   [tags: Odyssey, Trojan War, Odysseus, Trojan Horse]

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Odysseus : A Heroic Hero

- Odysseus was the most prominent hero of the Greeks who fought in the Trojan War. Some of the qualities of a hero usually include: courage, bravery, dedication, sacrifice, intelligence, and perseverance. Odysseus had all the qualities of a hero throughout his journey. In the Odyssey written by Homer, the text suggests that the main character, Odysseus maintains his identity despite the experiences he faces throughout his journey towards home. Odysseus had a heroic identity before he was separated from his family and the people of Ithaca, and throughout his journey he continues to keep his past heroic identity....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Trojan War, Trojan Horse]

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Odysseus Is A Hero From The Trojan War

- ... In book twelve, Circe gives Odysseus advice on how make it home more safety. Circe gives Odyssey two choices, the first, stated “Scylla lurks inside it—the yelping horror, / yelping, no louder than any suckling pup, / but she’s a grisly monster, I assure you.”(94-96) in this quote, you can hear the warning that Scylla is not something to mess with. The second choice in lines 114-117 is states “beneath it awesome Charybdis gulps the dark water down. / Three times a day she vomits it up, three times she gulps it down, / that terror....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Trojan War, Achilles]

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Sundiata: An Epic of Old Mali Vs. The Odyssey

- Sundiata: An Epic of Old Mali Vs. The Odyssey The definition of an epic hero can be defined as one who is triumphant in some manner that reflects the idea of his/her culture. “Heroes have always dominated mythology, fairy tales, nursery rhymes, history, and literature. No culture seems to lack tales of human, superhuman, or god-like heroes who save the innocent from the wicked, conquer evil, and deliver the threatened and oppressed” (Shunnaq). Sundiata: An Epic of Old Mali and The Odyssey can be compared and contrasted in different ways....   [tags: Epic Hero, Literary Analysis, Classic Literature]

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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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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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Odysseus is a Greek Hero

- Most people hear the word hero and think of the stereotypical individual with an incredible appearance, outlandish brawn, and a smile to die for. This is not always accurate; some of the most legendary heroes from Greek mythology take advantage of many other traits. Loyalty, craftiness, intelligence, and keen observational skills are needed to escalate a hero’s stature. Homer's epic poem “Odyssey” reveals Odysseus with the characteristics of a true hero. Odysseus demonstrates a multitude of different skills that many other heroes do not poses....   [tags: Homer Odyssey]

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The Iliad And The Odyssey

- Can two things ever truly be exactly the same. When it comes to epic heroes, I’m not sure. In both the Iliad and the Odyssey, written by Homer and translated by Robert Fagles, the journey of two epic heroes are depicted for us. Achilles, hero of the book The Iliad, is fighting in the Trojan War. Odysseus, hero of the book The Odyssey, is simply fighting to get home. Although both the epic heroes are put through some of the same very tough and difficult situations, it doesn’t mean they are quite the same person....   [tags: Trojan War, Iliad, Achilles, Odyssey]

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Odysseus' Character as Genuine Hero

- Odysseus was a very robust individual who was obligated to leave his kingdom of Ithaca to embark on a journey to fight the battles of Greek and win over Troy. To do this, he was required to leave behind his newborn son Telemachus, and his wife Penelope the Queen. The war lasted 10 years, and once the battle was over Odysseus and his fleet split and attempted to sail back to Ithaca. There, he was favored by Athena, goddess of handicrafts, learning, and the arts, and despised by Poseidon, god of the sea....   [tags: Homer, Odyssey Essays]

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Odysseus Is Worthy Of The Title Hero

- ... We will later find out that this cave belongs to Polyphemus, son of the god Poseidon. When Polyphemus returns he herds them into the cave placing a huge rock slab at the entrance of the cave sealing himself, his flock, and unknowingly Odysseus and his men in the cave. Polyphemus would later discover that the men are inside his cave and after a short exchange between Odysseus and Polyphemus the cyclops turns hostile and violently kills and eats two of Odysseus’s men for supper. Odysseus outraged, thought about drawing his sword saying “I crept up close and was thinking about drawing my sharp sword and driving it home into his chest… when another thought checked my hand: we would die to a...   [tags: Cyclops, Odyssey, Poseidon, Trojan War]

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Feeling the Power of the Book, The Odyssey

- No one ever told me to read The Odyssey--and that was the greatest educational travesty of my life. I first read it after High School while working at Colonial Motors in West Concord. I didn't "get it" any more than the most confused among you, but what I did do is "feel it:" I felt its primordial power and emotional bareness; I felt another world, another age and another human journey come alive inside of me. It made me feel that I was a part of long and unbroken lineage of humanity searching for truth and purpose in a world--especially my world, a world not always blessed with clarity and opportunity....   [tags: Odyssey, book review, ]

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Odysseus : A Hero For Triumphing

- ... While Odysseus is in the land of the dead not once does anyone say that they are happy. Achilles, who even made the decision to die and be remembered says “’No winning words about death to me, shining Odysseus!/ By god, I’d rather slave on earth for another man - / some dirt poor tenant farmer who scrapes to keep alive - / than rule down here over all the breathless dead” (Homer 11.555-559). In his speech Achilles is not drawing reference to life, but to the fact of how horrible death is. He is saying that a lifetime of strain and unhappiness is better than being king of the dead....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Achilles, Trojan War]

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Telemakhos' Lesson on Perseverance in Homer's Odyssey

- While in books I-IV of Homer's Odyssey, Telemakhos has learned that perseverance and asserting himself is important when becoming a hero and he still needs to learn about the importance of managing his temper. In these books, Telemakhos has learned about the importance of perseverance when becoming a hero. Perseverance is important to heroes because heroes have to keep going even when they are faced with challenges. Telemakhos learned about the importance of perseverance when he left on his journey to find his father....   [tags: Homer, Odyssey]

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Odysseus is Not a Hero for the Modern Age

- Many would argue that Odysseus is more of a villain nowadays, for every instance of his wiliness or feats of strength there are several of venality, vice, cruelty, or selfishness. The episode of the Sirens,(Book 12), is one example. The only reason Odysseus ties himself up to the mast, when instead he could have simply plugged his ears with wax like the rest of his crew, is that he chooses the jeopardous choice, wanting to "go down in the books" by being the first man to ever listen to the Sirens song and live....   [tags: iliand, odyssey]

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The Odyssey : A Story Of The Struggles

- ... Eventually this is discovered and these men begin to demand that Penelopeia picks a husband. Odysseus’s teenage son, Telemachus, is prudent but yet still tries to defend his mother or himself and is constantly overpowered and taunted by these men. Athena then comes to Telemachus in disguise as Mentes, to give him advice to go searching for his missing father. She tells him that he is not dead, but a prisoner somewhere in the sea. If given the word he has died, Telemachus must come home to plan a funeral and find a suitor to marry his mother....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Athena, Marriage]

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The Odyssey By Homer And Hecuba

- Odysseus (Ulysses in Roman) was one of the great Pan-Hellenic heroes of Greek mythology. Famous for his courage, intelligence and leadership he was most recognized through his resourcefulness and oratory skills. Throughout classical literature and through many authors Odysseus’ characteristics have changed as much as the stories that surround him. The epic and tragedy I will focus on in particular is The Odyssey by Homer and Hecuba by Euripides. The defining characteristics of Odysseus ranges widely as is shown in Homer’s The Odyssey and Euripides’s Hecuba....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Trojan War, Homer]

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The Odyssey By Arthur Ashe

- Arthur Ashe, a renowned tennis player who contributed his later life to research for AIDS, once said, “True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost.” By stating this, Ashe expresses that a true hero does not look to win against people but will help them along the way. The Odyssey, an epic centered around a so called “hero,” from the Trojan War, narrates the struggles and difficult decisions the main character Odysseus makes in order to get back to his son Telemachus and wife Penelope....   [tags: Odysseus, Odyssey, Trojan War, Achilles]

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The Odyssey, By Robert Fagles

- ... Part of his plan was to lie about his name, so if any other cyclops were to ask who did this to him, he wouldn’t know it was Odysseus. In book 9, lines 408-411, after Polyphemus asked Odysseus what his name was, Odysseus replies with, “So, you ask the name I’m known by, Cyclops. I will tell you. But you must give me a guest-gift as you’ve promised. Nobody - that’s my name. Nobody - so my mother and father call me, all my friends.” (3) Odysseus does this because later, after he blinds the cyclops and his friends ask him who did it, Polyphemus replies with, “Nobody, friends’ - Nobody’s killing me now by fraud and not by force!”(4) To the other cyclops’, it sounds like Polyphemus is alone a...   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Cyclops, Trojan War]

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The Influence of Odysseus in My Life from Homer´s Odyssey

- “Education means deliberately molding human character in accordance with an ideal.” Werner Jeager argued this statement, in his novel Paideia in order to prove his point that literature in a child’s youth can be a rather large influence on the way a child develops and grow as they progress into the beginning stages of adulthood. With this being said, this argument can be accurately portrayed in my own life as well. Due to the fact that I enjoy reading both inside and outside of the classroom, I do base the person I potentially want to be off of the characters that are portrayed throughout my readings, similar to the idea that several people are influenced by what they see on television or i...   [tags: hero, respectable, decisions, persistent]

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The Epic Of The Odyssey By Homer

- ... The Olympian deity becomes infuriated at the sight of Odysseus attempting to reach the land of the Phaeacians. Throughout the epic, gods play the role of savior and tormentor. If Poseidon had not decided to attack Odysseus the story would have developed radically different. There would have been no life-threatening obstacle, but simply a path home. Of course, this simply cannot occur. Hence, the fact it’s an epic. Readers are left to evaluate the motives behind the gods’ actions. Calypso’s justification is her love and Athena’s is her admiration....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Trojan War, Greek mythology]

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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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Katniss And Odysseus : Epic Hero Cycle

- ... Odysseus ' return home and reunion with his wife was a way of establishing his place as the rightful leader of his land and recovering his past identity. Though Odysseus and Katniss both lost a sense of their identity, they manage to overcome their struggles and recover a piece of who they were. Their resolve to overcome the ordeal of losing their identity proves that they are worthy enough to continue and complete their epic hero journey. Odysseus and Katniss both maintain a sense of honor throughout their journey....   [tags: Hero, Monomyth, The Hero with a Thousand Faces]

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Homer’s Odyssey and O Brother, Where Art Thou?

- In both Homer’s The Odyssey and the film O Brother, Where Art Thou. the audience is given an opportunity to experience a spectacular adventure, filled with not only the sense of journey, but also the senses of peril and excitement. A tale about a Greek hero being compared to a film set in Middle America starring three jail-escapees seems rather far-fetched. However, upon closer inspection, both actually share a lot in common. The Odyssey stars Odysseus, a man famous for his heroics in the Trojan War....   [tags: Greek Hero, Middle America, Analysis]

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Characteristics Of Odysseus From The Book ' Odyssey '

- ... Additionally, Odysseus outsmarts the suitors with a disguise. “A public tramp who begged around the town of Ithika, a by-word for his insatiable swag-belly.” (18.1-3). This is important because since Odysseus was in the disguise of an old beggar, the other men did not think it was possible to shoot the arrow perfectly. Although Odysseus shows intelligence in many different ways, he is actually fairly foolish. First off, when Odysseus is granted a bag of storms and winds as a gift from Zeus, he does not tell his shipmates what it holds, they open it for quite the surprise....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Poseidon, Trojan War]

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Homer’s Odyssey and the Odyssey of Our Lives

- Homer’s Odyssey and the Odyssey of Our Lives        Homer’s Odyssey is a magnificent mythological tale. This work was presumably created after his encounter with goddess Athena. Although Odysseus’ journey is filled with unrealistic adventures and mythical powers, some principles behind this story can relate to our everyday lives. Odysseus’ adventures in Odyssey relate to the heroism, intellect, and ruthlessness that are in our lives.     Odysseus’ determination of returning home will help him prevail....   [tags: Odyssey essays]

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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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Minor Characters which Shift the Plot of Odyssey by Homer

- In the epic The Odyssey by Homer, minor characters play a considerable role in the development of the plot. One may often think that a few major characters propel a story’s plot, but in The Odyssey a few minor characters have the ability to change the story completely. These characters may not initially appear to have a profound effect on the story, but with a single action or statement these characters have the ability to shift one’s focus entirely. Minor characters add a key element to the story that a main character cannot....   [tags: Characters, Odyssey, Homer]

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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 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 Portrayal of Women in Homer's Odyssey

- Does Homer exhibit gender bias in the Odyssey?  Is the nature of woman as depicted in the Odyssey in any way revealing. Upon examining the text of the Odyssey for differential treatment on men and women, it becomes necessary to distinguish between three possible conclusions.  One, differences in treatment reflect the underlying Homeric thesis that  women are "different but equal in nature,"  Two, different treatment  of men and women in the text reflect a thesis that women are "different and unequal in nature" -- arguments about misogyny fall in here but a host of other interpretive possibilities are possible too....   [tags: The Odyssey by Homer]

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The Character of Odysseus in Homer's Odyssey

- The Character of Odysseus in The Odyssey Homer's epic tale The Odyssey is a story of the triumphs and downfalls that are in store for one warrior's long pillage home.  Odysseus, the hero from the Trojan wars, has led his people of Ithaca and other Achaean soldiers to victory and now wishes to return home to his wife and family of Ithaca.  Through his twenty year journey Odysseus is often tested not only of his physical strength, but his wits as well.  The many accomplishments he achieved earned him great status and recognition throughout ancient Greece.  The mistakes he made caused the deaths of many men.  Consequently, we as readers are able to see the many personas that Odysseus carries...   [tags: Odyssey essays]

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Comparing Homer And Virgil 's ' The Odyssey '

- ... At this point in the story, Athena has disguised Odysseus as a lowly beggar so he is able to walk about the streets of Ithaca unnoticed. This allows him to reach his court and make contact with his son Telemachus so they may confer on how to proceed against the suitors. Aeneas receives similar assistance on his journey. Aeneas’ protection is the result of his kinship with the god of beauty, Venus. She is his mother, which is why she often sends her fellow gods on missions to help Aeneas. In one section Virgil writes, “O King of Gods and Men....   [tags: Odysseus, Odyssey, Roman Empire, Trojan War]

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Analysis of Telemachus in Odyssey

- Analysis of Telemachus in Odyssey In the Odyssey, Telemachus, son of great hero Odysseus, who grows up in the world of greed and disrespect where the suitors take over his palace and court his mother, is one of the most significant character throughout the whole epic. His father, Odysseus, leaving the land Ithaca for 20 years, is the only warrior alive in Trojan war who hasn’t make his return home. During Telemachus’ expedition to search for the news of his father, he is under a process of maturation from the beginning in which he is mere a shadow of his father to the end in which he becomes more and more like him in terms of initiative, sensitivity and socialization....   [tags: Odyssey Telemachus]

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

- The Odyssey as Epic Poem "The Odyssey" is an epic poem. In "The Odyssey", the reader can find at least four characteristics, which help prove it is an epic poem. One characteristic is the vast setting that Odysseus experiences throughout his journey. Another is Odysseus's larger-than-life, imposing stature. So are the superhuman deeds Odysseus completes on his long arduous journey. Also, "The Odyssey" is based around a central hero whose actions determine the fate of his kingdom....   [tags: Homer Odyssey Essays]

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An Ideal Homeric Greek Hero

- Odysseus ' principles and characteristics are a prototype of an ideal Homeric Greek leader. Odysseus is noble, clever and loyal. Through his distress and blunders, he gains knowledge that was not only crucial for his survival but for his companions too. Odysseus’s cleverness constantly allowed him to avoid death because he relied on trickery, rhetoric and disguise. “The society depicted in The Odyssey is one where male values were dominant and where all socially relevant transactions took place between the male members of the community”....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Gender role, Homer]

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Concealment and Disguises in Homer's Odyssey

- Concealment and Disguises in Homer's Odyssey     Did you know, that although caves, and disguises play a small literal role in The Odyssey, are major symbols, and sometimes even considered archetypes. Sometimes when quickly reading through a book, one does not pick up on the symbolic interpretation of many images created throughout the book. A man named Homer wrote The Odyssey around 800 B.C. The story was a Greek epic poem, illustrating the struggle of Odysseys, the hero, to return home....   [tags: Homer Odyssey disgody]

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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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Strong Penelope of Homer's Odyssey

- The Strong Penelope of The Odyssey "My lady, there is no man in the wide world who could find fault with you. For your fame has reached broad heaven itself, like that of some illustrious king."(Page 289,Book 19) In Homer's epic, The Odyssey, Odysseus is an epic hero with an epic wife, Penelope. Penelope is also the Queen of Ithaca, a vital role indeed. Penelope's love and devotion towards Odysseus is proven when she waits nineteen years for her husband to return from the wine dark sea, rather than losing faith and marrying another man....   [tags: Homer, Odyssey Essays]

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2001 - A Metaphorical Odyssey

- 2001 - A Metaphorical Odyssey Myths are created for the purpose of conveying a message with an interesting medium with which to do so. Many cultures use myths to teach their young about the past. Through time, however, these myths become impractical due to discovery. This is when a new myth must be introduced to take the place of the obsolete one. Stanley Kubrick shaped 2001: A Space Odyssey as a new myth to crack the archaic view of space, by using a hero, a dilemma, and a new revelation to fuel his cause....   [tags: 2001 Space Odyssey Essays]

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The Women of Homer’s Odyssey

- The Women of Homer’s Odyssey     Homer’s Odyssey, by, is typically seen as a male dominated poem: the hero is male and the majority of the characters are male.  We follow the men on their attempt to return to Ithaca.  However, even though women are not the main characters, they are omnipresent through much of the story.  Women play a very important role in the movement of the story line: they all want to marry, help or hurt Odysseus.  During the course of his journey, Odysseus meets three different women who want him to be their husband: Circe, Calypso, Nausicca, and finally one woman who is his true wife: Penelope....   [tags: Homer The Odyssey Essays]

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The Iliad And The Odyssey

- ... After reading Book I of the Iliad and Achilles testament to Agamemnon some might feel that his refusal and anger sprung solely from Agamemnon’s threat to take his prize, Briseis. Communal honor was vital to the Homeric hero 's status; his whole world revolved around his relationship with his family and city. If he lost the personal honor or glory that was accorded him by his community, he felt that life had lost its meaning. Achilles, for example, feels that he has lost his honor when Agamemnon takes Briseis from him....   [tags: Iliad, Achilles, Trojan War, Odyssey]

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Odysseus Cannot Return Home in Homer's Odyssey

- Odysseus Cannot Return Home in Homer's Odyssey     Webster's College Dictionary defines home as: An environment offering security and happiness" and "a valued place regarded as refuge or place of origin." Anyone can build a house but the emotional security a home provides is created by the people who live there. In Homer's Odyssey, the Greek hero Odysseus leaves his home in Ithica to fight in the Trojan war. The Odyssey tells the story of his treacherous journey back to Ithica, and the turmoil he experiences....   [tags: Odyssey essays]

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Free Essays: The Charater of Odysseus of Homer's Odyssey

- The Charater of Odysseus of Homer's Odyssey The most admired classical hero is most certainly Odysseus, the mythological Grecian subject of Homer's epic tale, The Odyssey. This legendary figure displays excessive amounts of brains and muscle, seeming almost superhuman at times. He embodies the ideals Homeric Greeks aspired to: manly valor, loyalty, piety, and intelligence. The popularity of Odysseus transcends time. To this day he remains greatly admired as both a hero and an ordinary man who must deal with great adventures and retrieving the life he once had....   [tags: Odyssey essays]

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The Cunning and Deceitful Women of Homer’s Odyssey

- The Cunning and Deceitful Women of Homer’s Odyssey One of the most famous works from the early Greek era is Homer’s Odyssey. It details the journey home of a war hero, Odysseus. His homecoming entails many adventures, each presented as a separate episode that he must overcome. Though the varied episodes differ in terms of characters and settings, most are based on similar patterns of plot and theme. The themes that are most emphasized are forgetfulness, a willingness to risk pain for pleasure, and female temptation....   [tags: Odyssey essays]

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Voyage and Psychological Development in Homer's Odyssey

- The Voyage and Psychological Development in Homer's Odyssey       Homer's Odyssey arguably stands out head and shoulders above any other piece of epic literature produced by Western civilization for nearly three millennia. Most remarkable is the extent to which the Western hero archetype is to this day still a result of the molding that occurred upon the character of Odysseus so long ago. In imagining a police lineup of the most profoundly influencing protagonists of Western epic poetry, surely Odysseus would impress in stature and roguish airs far beyond the others for is not the gray-eyed Athena, daughter of rain-bringing Zeus himself, bound in devotion to this mortal hero....   [tags: Odyssey Buy Essay Online]

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