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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

- When telling a story, it is necessary for there to be a main character which is usually a hero. They try to find themselves or fulfill a task in order to be true to who they are. While they are trying to find who they are or fulfill a task to stay true they conquer obstacles that are standing in the way for them to succeed. Some heroes succeed some fail. Odysseus from the Odyssey is a good example of a hero who fulfills his tasks in order to be true to who he is by having a quest or a mission to get back home after the Trojan war to his dear wife and family....   [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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The Odyssey By Homer, An Epic Tale Of A Hero

- ... However, that arrogance brought about his trials and misfortune on his journey home. A clear example of his hubris bringing forth his misfortune can be found in his ordeal with, the son of Poseidon, the cyclops Polyphemos. In this saga with the cyclops, Odysseus manages to escape Polyphemos’ cave with his men by using his clever mind to first intoxicate and then meme the cyclops (The Odyssey). By tricking the cyclops to call him “Nobody” he was able to follow through with his plan and, at the same time, avoid Polyphemos’ older brothers from interfering....   [tags: Odyssey, Trojan War, Odysseus, Poseidon]

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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

- What is the difference between a hero and a zero. Go on Google Images and search “hero.” You may see things like capes, masks, and Superman. It is guaranteed that if you dress like that band go for a walk everyone will say you’re a hero. But is this what really defines a hero. In the epic “The Odyssey” (by Homer) the main character Odysseus is classified as a hero. It is important that we confirm the heroism of a hero or havoc is destined. A hero is deemed heroic if he or she exhibits selflessness, an inspirational personality, and bravery for a righteous idea, person, or thing....   [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

- The English Dictionary defines hubris as “extreme pride and arrogance shown by a character that ultimately brings about his downfall”. Hubris is a fatal flaw in the personality of a character who enjoys a powerful position; as a result of which, he overestimates his capabilities to such an extent that he loses contact with reality. A character that suffers from hubris tries to cross normal human limits, usually violating moral codes. Examples of hubris are found in major characters of tragic plays....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Tragic hero, Tragedy]

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Brave, Strong, Smart, Or Lucky?

- Epic Heros: Brave, Strong, Smart, or Lucky. By definition, bravery is courageous behavior or character. Most stories, including epic poems, are based around the idea of bravery. Many people hold a common misconception about bravery. They believe that bravery is the same as being without fear. But being brave and being fearless are two different things. Many people skydive, do public speaking, ask questions, or enter relationships not because they are unafraid but because they are willing to overcome this fear....   [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

- In the Odyssey Homer tells of the difficulties Odysseus encounters Jon his journey back to Ithaca. The term Odysseus can be used in many different context but holds similar meanings. It can be argued that Odysseus character is a true definition of an epic hero who encounters many dilemmas and challenges along his journey trying to get back to his homeland. A hero is someone who is admired for his or her great accomplishments or someone who is affected by outstanding events. According to the articles the term Odysseus was portrayed as a hero just like the poem by Homer the Odyssey....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Homer, Ithaca]

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Is Jason And Heracles The Worst Hero?

- ... This shows his disrespect to women and marriage as throughout his journeys he used women as tools for his pleasure. Her feelings on Heracles was portrayed in Epistle IX of Ovid’s Heroides. Deianeira expressed in detail of her feelings about Heracles. She felt cheated as he impregnated more women while he was still married. She also explained her thoughts on his other wives and children. This illustrates how Heracles does not care for marriage, and only for his own pleasure. However despite these facts, Deianeira does not decide to persecute him but rather she tried controlling him....   [tags: Odyssey, Greek mythology, Odysseus, Hera]

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Epic Heroes : An Epic Hero

- ... Bravery is the initial item any reader will notice about Odysseus’s character as he goes throughout his journey. Those who have read Odysseus’s tale will understand that Odysseus story is about him traveling home, but began as a war hero. To learn simply that he was a soldier in the ten year battle at Troy is the first example of his bravery. Afterwards there is the task of making the long journey home; here Odysseus had to fend off many monsters and deities such as Scylla, Charbidis, and Apollo....   [tags: Odysseus, Odyssey, Trojan War, Achilles]

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Odysseus : An Epic Hero

- War and time combined together have the ability to ruin someone’s life. Odysseus, who went through war and then spent years away from his family and home still managed to survive after all the experiences he had throughout these long years. He did this simply to get home to his family in Ithaca, his journey set in ancient Greece. Heroicness, among many other things, is often evident in epic heroes, an archetype that Odysseus fits incredibly well. Odysseus’s journey is filled with Greek gods and goddesses, helping Odysseus on his way home to his son, Telemachos, and his wife, Penelopeia....   [tags: Odyssey, Greek mythology, Odysseus, Athena]

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Is Odysseus Truly A Hero?

- According to Dictionary.com a hero is defined as “(in the Homeric period) a warrior-chieftain of special strength, courage, or ability.” In the Odyssey the titular character Odysseus fits this definition exactly. Odysseus is a spectacular hero who goes through 20 years of challenges to return home and then defends his honor by slaying over one hundred suitors who have infested his halls, slept with his maids, engorged themselves on his food, and courted his lovely wife. He was the deciding factor in the conquering of Troy....   [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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The Homeric Hero : A Hero

- ... Odysseus was very knowledgeable in all trades and one of the most educated men in Greece, while Norville was a business graduate from a small college in Indiana. Odysseus was also very proficient in politics due to his position of King of Ithaca and a leader in the Greek army in the Trojan War, while Norville is very poor at politics and was very oblivious about his reason to be appointed president. However, now that one knows the key differences in the stories one can see how similar the heroes actually are....   [tags: Odysseus, Odyssey, Homer, The Hudsucker Proxy]

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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

- A hero is a man or woman that has been recognized for an outstanding achievement. The generic definition of a hero that most people state is someone that does an action for a person out of the goodness of their heart. In The Odyssey, by Homer, Odysseus is a hero according to the definition, but not to most people’s thought of a hero. The only hero, Odysseus is a war hero from the Trojan War. Throughout the book, Odysseus does not do things that are out of the goodness of his heart. He is shown to be selfish and clueless to the needs and views of his crew and others....   [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

- Odysseus is worthy of the title hero, proving that he can overcome any challenge that is thrown his way. Odysseus is a warrior that is on a mission to return to his family and hometown of Ithaca after defeating the Trojans at Troy. Throughout his journey home Odysseus is tempted with riches, pleasure, and even encounters certain death, but nothing can stop him from pursuing his ultimate goal to be reunited with his family. The reason Odysseus is able to prevail through all of the trials and tribulations he will face is because he is a man showing characteristics of courage, strength, ingenuity, patience, and most of all willpower....   [tags: Cyclops, Odyssey, Poseidon, Trojan War]

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The Epic Of Gilgamesh And The Odyssey

- ... Gilgamesh and Odysseus, are both heroes that are heavily effected by their societies culture and values. According to Homer, Odysseus is highly esteemed and praised not for his physical presence, but his cunning ways of outwitting stronger opponents, clearly portraying that strength and power was not what was sought after in the greek culture, instead intelligence and quick wit were what defined Odysseus as a hero, suggesting this was an important attribute in the ancient greek culture. In addition to Gilgamesh, who enables the audience to understand the cultural values of ancient Mesopotamia, the grief and mourning Gilgamesh endures through the passing of Enkindu, suggests that compan...   [tags: Epic of Gilgamesh, Odyssey, Mesopotamia]

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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

- Odysseus is often times considered a hero for triumphing, for living through the many challenges that he has to face over the course of The Odyssey. He defeats the mighty cyclops, he braves years away from home fighting one battle after the other and makes it home alive. Many times he has the chance to give in to death, to end his suffering, however he doesn’t take his chance and he continues fighting. He survives. However Homer doesn’t put it in that light, he doesn’t centralize the idea of life in The Odyssey but rather the idea of death, and all that it brings, or fails to bring....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Achilles, Trojan War]

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Analysis Of The Poem ' Katabasis ' And The Odyssey '

- ... The impermanent of human life is the scorching question for the heroes of these epics, and for Achilles and Odysseus in particular. The human condition of mortality, with all its sufferings, defines heroic life itself. The awareness that one day you must die makes you human, distinct from beasts who are unaware of their inescapable fate and from the immortal divinities. Such deep anxieties about the human condition are organized by Homeric poetry into the framework of katabasis, with those of Achilles and Odysseus serving as the cornerstones of the Iliad and Odyssey respectively....   [tags: Homer, Achilles, Iliad, Odyssey]

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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

- The Odyssey is a story of the struggles of one Greek hero, Odysseus, who had to battle many gravital obstacles, whether created by the Gods or natural issues in order to return home. He is on his way back to Ithaca after being gone for 20 years, without his gilded kingdom. The first ten years he spent fighting in the Trojan War and the last ten years trying to travel home after encountering many difficulties along the way. Odysseus was the king of Ithaca who was married to a beautiful, smart wife Penelopeia and had teenage son Telemachus....   [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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Analysis Of The Poem ' The Odyssey '

- ... . And I thought I would never see you again, once you had sailed for Pylos. Come in, come in, dear child, and let me feast my eyes on the wonderer just home.’ (Homer, Pg. 210). It is this father-like love for Telemachus and his absolute adoration and love for Odysseus that is shown in his involuntary actions during the slaughter of the suitors at the end of the epic poem. Throughout the rest of his involvement in the epic poem, sans his involvement in the brutality in the twenty second book, he is a messenger for Odysseus....   [tags: Odyssey, Homer, Greek mythology, Marriage]

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The Odyssey By Peter Dalby

- ... Meanwhile, Penelope, the long suffering wife of Odysseus is forced to contend with the suitors who have taken residence in her home, taking advantage of her hospitality. Indeed, Penelope and her son Telemachus are described as nearly helpless, and in need of a hero, for the suitors that have taken residence in her home placed tremendous pressure on her to forsake Odysseus and choose one of them to marry (Toohey 47). Penelope, in her desperation tells the suitors that she is preparing a burial shroud for her father-in-law, and will choose when she has completed the task....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Epic poetry, Athena]

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Odysseus : An Epic Hero

- ... When landing on Cyclop island, Odysseus had no idea what was coming. He used his quick reflexes to help his men escape. After losing a few men to the Cyclop’s stomach, Odysseus told his men not to kill him. Instead they needed to injure him so that he could still remove the huge boulder covering the entrance of the cave, as they could not get it to budge. When asked what his name was Odysseus knew better than to give a real name. Not many other men would of thought that would come to bite them but Odysseus saw into the future....   [tags: Odyssey, Greek mythology, 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

- {Imagine seeing horrific tragedies and unspeakable things happen to close friends while traveling across seas, trying to get home to family whom have been absent for close to 20 years.}This is exactly what happens to a war hero named Odysseus, from the epic poem The Odyssey, by Homer, translated by Robert Fagles. In the poem, Odysseus goes off to war in Troy, which lasts a decade. He gets lost on his way home with his crew and goes through a list full of crazy adventures. Odysseus witnesses some very gruesome things, some very pleasant things, and some very strange things....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Cyclops, Trojan War]

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Homer 's Odyssey : A Triumph Of Storytelling

- ... Homer displays his imaginative and creative abilities to represent a scene that appears with glorious detail in our imagination. As well as visiting places of great beauty Homer successfully takes us to the deepest and darkest places of Odysseus’s journey. During his journey through “the pit of the dead” (Homer 137) Odysseus meets Achilles who expresses the horror of the underworld by saying “I would rather be plowman to a yeoman farmer on a small holding than lord Paramount in the kingdom of the dead” (Homer 145)....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Polyphemus, Achilles]

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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 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 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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Analysis Of Homer 's The Odyssey

- ... The ship now with no help from the Gods set sail towards the land of the Goddess Circe. Odysseus and his men end up living there for a whole year living in luxury. Odysseus later uses his strategic skills to achieve a plan on how to avoid the sirens tempting singing. Athena disguises Odysseus as an ancient beggar and sends him on his way (Thornton). He later defeats the suitors after he shows his great strength in an archery competition and reclaims his kingdom. Odysseus is a dynamic character who embarks on a journey to his kingdom where adversity will cause him to use his strategic traits, question the gods, and strain him beyond belief....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Trojan War, Greek mythology]

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Katniss And Odysseus : Epic Hero Cycle

- Tran Michelle Tran Ms. Vyse English 2 15 April 2016 Katniss. and Odysseus. Epic Hero Cycle There are many qualities within certain characters that help them in their quests. Though the characters may vary, the journey and the characteristics, in the end, are similar. Katniss and Odysseus both experienced the epic hero cycle and display similar characteristics. In the Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen was a girl whose purpose was to find a way to support her mother and younger sister. That is until she took the place of her sister as a tribute in the Hunger Games, an annual game held by the ruling Capitol as punishment for previous rebellions....   [tags: Hero, Monomyth, The Hero with a Thousand Faces]

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Characteristics Of Odysseus From The Book ' Odyssey '

- Laney Hutchings 10-18-15 Dottarar Period 5 Characteristics of Odysseus Nowadays, most people think of a hero as a mentally/physically strong person with superpowers and the ability to save people. Odysseus from the book, Odyssey, represents a hero through his intelligence, slightly foolishness, and bravery. During Odysseus’ journey back home to Ithica, him and his shipmates encountered many difficulties along the way resulting in Odysseus getting back home with a few cuts and bruises. Odysseus managed to get himself through dozens of obstacles, and in his often success, he showed intelligence, foolishness and bravery....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Poseidon, Trojan War]

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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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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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Comparing Homer And Virgil 's ' The Odyssey '

- Homer and Virgil were two poets that came from differing societies. Homer, a Greek poet, is most famous for his epic poem The Odyssey. It tells the story of the hero Odysseus’ journey back to back to his homeland of Ithaca after 10 years abroad. He is in a race against time to oust the suitors of his wife Penelope from his court. The Aeneid tells the tale of Aeneas, who is a hero of the Trojan war that is traveling to Italy after the conflict has ended in order to establish a new empire. Aeneas and Odysseus were actually on opposite sides of each other during the Trojan war....   [tags: Odysseus, Odyssey, Roman Empire, Trojan War]

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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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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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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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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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