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Homer's Odyssey: Themes of Homecoming and Reunion

- Theme of Homecoming and Reunion in Homer's Odyssey The theme of The Odyssey is one of homecoming and reunion with loved ones. Though the proem of the epic states that Odysseus' own purpose is simply the fight to save his own life and return his shipmates home safely, the gods of Olympus are the unknown captains of this journey. It is an epic story of the making of men, mainly Odysseus and Telemakhos. Homer methodically details the struggles set forth by the gods. The contests of Odysseus' wisdom, honor, piety and prudence....   [tags: Odyssey essays]

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Essay on Homer's Odyssey: Foreshadowing the Homecoming

- The Odyssey: Foreshadowing the Homecoming The majority of the Odyssey is an account of Odysseus’ adventures trying to reach his homeland of Ithaka. Several of these adventures are false homecomings, the most prominent of which is his imprisonment on Kalypso’s island. This false homecoming is strikingly different from what one would expect of Odysseus’ real homecoming, but similar enough for parallels to be drawn between the two. Homer uses this false homecoming to foreshadow Odysseus’ true homecoming....   [tags: Homer Odyssey Essays]

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Women in The Odyssey

- Women play an influential role in The Odyssey. Women appear throughout the story, as goddesses, wives, princesses, or servants. The nymph Calypso enslaves Odysseus for many years. Odysseus desires to reach home and his wife Penelope. It is the goddess Athena who sets the action of The Odyssey rolling; she also guides and orchestrates everything to Odysseus’ good. Women in The Odyssey are divided into two classes: seductresses and helpmeets. By doing so, Homer demonstrates that women have the power to either hinder of help men....   [tags: Homer, Odyssey Essays]

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Women 's Influence On The Odyssey

- Women play an influential role in The Odyssey. Women appear throughout the story, as goddesses, wives, princesses, or servants. The women in “The Odyssey” dictate the direction of the epic. Homer the blind creator may have contrived the story with the aim to depict a story of a male heroism; but the story if looked at from a different angles shows the power women have over men. The Sirens and women that posses the power of seduction when ever they are encountered take the men off their course, and lead many to their death....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Trojan War, Greek mythology]

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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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Analysis Of ' The Odyssey '

- ... Despite having been discovered, Penelope’s ruse had successfully stalled the suitors for three - almost four - years. This would not be the last time she used her guile to delude the advances of her suitors. Nearing the end of the work Penelope proposes a challenge to these men, that who ever had the ability to string her husband’s bow and shoot the arrow through twelve axe sockets in line would be worthy to marry her. “ ‘ Suppose this exile put his back into it / and drew the great bow of Odysseus - / could he then take me home to be his bride?’ ” (21.354-356)....   [tags: Odyssey, Trojan War, Marriage, Homer]

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The Strong Character of Penelope in Homer's Odyssey

- The Strong Character of Penelope in Homer's Odyssey   Homer's Odyssey is a story of the homecoming of Odysseus after the Trojan War.  Odysseus left his wife, Penelope, and their young son, Telemachos, almost twenty years before the telling of this story to fight in the Trojan War.  His absence places Penelope in a rather precarious position.  Faced with many different circumstances, both good and bad, Penelope is on her own to decide the path she wishes to take.  Depending on her decisions, the situations could either be filled with wonderful opportunities or perilous dangers....   [tags: Homer 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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Oral Commentary on The Odyssey

- This passage is told as a flashback, as Odysseus sits in the palace of the Phaeacians telling the story of his wanderings. Odysseus reluctantly tells his story after King Alcinou notices his weeping during a minstrel, which was about the fall of Troy. So in answer to the King, Odysseus reveals his identity, background and adventures: from Troy, the winds sweep him and his men to Ismarus, city of the Cicones. The men plunder the land and, carried away by greed, refuses to leave until the Cicones turn on them and attack....   [tags: Odyssey, Greece, ]

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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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Odysseus By Homer 's The Odyssey

- In Homer 's The Odyssey, Odysseus is known as “the great tactician” (7.256). With the help of the goddess Athena, Odysseus must endure a challenging journey home after winning the Trojan War. Throughout Odysseus ' journey, he has to encounter and defeat many obstacles which prohibit his desired, speedy return home. During this journey, Odysseus learns that once he gets home, he will have to conquer the suitors who have invaded his home. These suitors have attempted to court his wife, raided his food supplies, and completely disrespected Odysseus and his household....   [tags: Odysseus, Odyssey, Athena, Iliad]

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Free Essays on Homer's Odyssey:Discussion of the Final Volume, Book XXIV

- The Odyssey: A Discussion of the Final Volume, Book XXIV Homer’s epic, The Odyssey is the classic story of the homecoming of the warrior and king Odysseus. It is one of the most enduring pieces of literature known to man. The lessons and tales from the epic are unforgettable. However, there are several difficulties that the contemporary reader has with The Odyssey. These include issues such as difficult language, tangential stories, and the verse style it was written in. However, the focus of this paper is the final volume of the epic....   [tags: Odyssey essays]

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The Odyssey : My Mother

- ... The crew members got greedy and believed it was more than just wind so the crew members decided to open the bag causing for their destination to be modified. My mother on the other hand did not encounter the same experience, however, she is determined to provide my sister and I with an ameliorating lifestyle than what she had as a child. My mother having grown up in a poor environment, wanting to get out of that lifestyle, she set a goal to enhance her children 's life. My mom wanting to achieve her goal assures that my sister and I have all things necessary to be successful....   [tags: Odysseus, Odyssey, Circe, Penelope]

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Learning Temperance in Homer’s Odyssey

- Learning Temperance in Homer’s Odyssey Being a work of importance in the western tradition of philosophy, The Odyssey is much more than some play written by Homer ages ago. Though The Odyssey certainly is a dramatic work and partially intended for entertainment, it also provides insight into the ways of thinking of the time it has been written in. Aside from illustrating the perspective of early Greek philosophy The Odyssey also raises certain questions pertaining to virtues and the morality of actions undertaken therein....   [tags: Odyssey]

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Analysis Of Homer 's ' The Odyssey '

- ... The sense of dramatic irony here suggests that readers know Odysseus’s concern with Penelope’s innocence amidst his absence; yet his war tactics corrupt that of his own. As he recalls this event to the Phaecians, Odysseus says to Circe “’I mount no bed of love with you upon it. / Or swear me first a great oath, if I do, / you’ll work no more enchantment to my harm.’” (Homer 10.385-87). The deal he makes in order to protect himself and his men signifies that his disloyalty to Penelope is the only path he can take in order to reclaim Ithaca....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Marriage, Trojan War]

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The Odyssey By Homer, Homer

- ... 180-185) Alkínoös treats the stranger, Odysseus, as though he is a member of his family rather than a stranger by allowing him to sit in his favorite son’s chair. His action appears to be done out of the kindness of his heart, but he most likely also wantsed to appease the gods. With Odysseus’ concealed identity, Alkínoös is unable to judge the stranger by his hero status, which represents true hospitality. Alkínoös not only welcomesed Odysseus, but lets him stay in his house. Alkínoös’ wife, Arêtê calls on her maids “to make a kingly bed, with purple rugs/ piled up, and sheets outspread, and fleecy/ coverlets in an eastern colonnade” (VII....   [tags: Odyssey, Trojan War, Xenia, The Strangers]

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The Women Characters Of Homer 's Odyssey

- ... She sets Telemachos in motion when she visits Ithaka, telling him to go seek news of his father from Nestor and Menelaos. As a divinity, she has the power of transformation, so she very logically disguises herself as a man, Mentes, to visit the house of Odysseus and urge Telemachos to depart. She instructs him in his preparations for the voyage, and shames him for tolerating the suitors: "How insolently they seem to swagger about in their feasting/ all through the house. A serious man who came in among them/could well be scandalized, seeing much disgraceful behavior." (p....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Athena, Homer]

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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 Odyssey, By Odysseus And Odysseus

- ... Poseidon was aware that it is forbidden for him to kill Odysseus but he would make sure that Odysseus’ trip home would not be pleasant. Poseidon was extremely frustrated that the Phaeacians had demonstrated xenia to Odysseus and helped him return to Ithaca. He fulfilled the prophecy mentioned in Book eight and turned the Phaeacians ship to stone. Fearful of what might happen next the Phaeacians knew they had to sacrifice to Poseidon. The god of the sea disliked Odysseus as they both shared the same trait of being strong-willed men....   [tags: Odyssey, Greek mythology, Odysseus, Trojan War]

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Analysis Of Homer 's Odyssey By Homer

- ... / If some god hits me hard as I sail the deep purple, / I’ll weather it like the sea-bitten veteran I am. / God knows I’ve suffered and had my share of sorrows / In war and at sea. I can take more if I have to (5:15-24) By examining the careful word-choice Odysseus uses to get out of the tempting proposal, it is evident that Odysseus is dangerously cunning, a trait that he shares with his wife. The immortal sea witch Circe is the other beautiful goddess that stumbles across Odysseus’ path....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Greek mythology, Homer]

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Similes From Homer 's Odyssey

- Similes are, in the broadest sense of the word, a way for writers to express a certain idea by comparing and connecting two elements in order to give the reader a better understanding of the situation. One can argue that no author uses this literary device better and with such artistry than the Greek poet Homer. The epic similes found in Homer’s Odyssey are so complex, that they introduce a level of sophistication to his poetry that still has us studying his work centuries later. More specifically, there are two pairs of similes that, when examined, have a close relationship with one another....   [tags: Odyssey, Trojan War, Odysseus, Homer]

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Homer's Odyssey as a Moral Epic

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

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Analysis Of Homer 's Odyssey, The Nymph Calypso

- ... . . . . . . . . . . . . Penelope, once they reached the upper story, fell to weeping for Odysseus, her beloved husband, till watchful Athena sealed her eyes with welcome sleep. (Od. XIX.677,79-81) In light of this, Calypso’s complaint about the unfairness of the gods becomes ill-founded. “’Hard-hearted / you are, you gods. You unrivaled lords of jealousy— / scandalized when goddesses sleep with mortals…’” (Od. V.130-32) The gods are acting not to stop Calypso from keeping a mortal man, as she claims, but to reunite Odysseus and Penelope....   [tags: Greek mythology, Odyssey, Odysseus, Zeus]

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The Role of Women in Homer's The Odyssey

- The Role of Women in Homer's The Odyssey Women form an important part of the folk epic, written by Homer, The Odyssey. Within the story there are three basic types of women: the goddess, the seductress, and the good hostess/wife. Each role adds a different element and is essential to the telling of the story. The role of the goddess is one of a supernatural being, but more importantly one in a position to pity and help mortals. Athena, the goddess of wisdom, is the most prominent example of the role; in the very beginning of the story she is seen making a plea for Odysseus' return home, and throughout the first half of the book she assists him in his journey....   [tags: Papers Odyssey Homer Essays]

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Use of Disguise in Homer's Odyssey

- The Use of Disguise in Odyssey     In Homer's Odyssey, the use of disguise to help convey a false identity assists the characters in accomplishing their plans.  Without the use of disguise it would thwart Odyssey’s attempts at arriving back to his homeland. Each disguise has its own individual purpose, for example Athene's image as Mentor to advise Telemachos.  The main intention being to assist and encourage Telemachos into searching for news of his long lost father without revealing her true identity of divinity.  Being old and wise, and more specifically male, enables Athene to place more power behind the words spoken by Mentor.  This is since men were received with greater influence...   [tags: Homer, Odyssey Essays]

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The Odyssey

- The Odyssey The Odyssey is the story of the homecoming of another of the great Greek heroes at Troy, Odysseus. Unlike Achilles, Odysseus is not famous for his great strength or bravery, but for his ability to deceive and trick (it is Odysseus's idea to take Troy by offering the citizens a large wooden horse filled, unbeknownst to the Trojans, with Greek soldiers). He is the anthropos polytropos, the "man of many ways," or the "man of many tricks." His homecoming has been delayed for ten years because of the anger of the gods; finally, in the tenth year, he is allowed to go home....   [tags: Papers]

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Use of Disguises in Homer's Odyssey

- Use of Disguises in Odyssey        The characters' use of disguises in Homer's Odyssey is a crucial element that helps to catalyze the victory of good over evil.  Each disguise is unique, created for a specific purpose.  Before she talks to Telemachos, Athena disguises herself as a wise old man in order to ensure that her words carry weight and are taken seriously.  She knows that she must assist and encourage Telemachos into searching for his long lost father without revealing her divine nature, so she assumes the guise of Mentor because men were generally given more credibility in those days.  In a similar vein, Odysseus disguises himself as a homeless man in order to exude anonymity s...   [tags: Homer, Odyssey Essays]

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The Odyssey : An Epic Tale Of One Man 's Expedition For Nostos

- ... Mother, why do you grudge our own dear minstrel/ joy of song, wherever his thought may lead?/ Poets are not to blame, but Zeus who gives/ what fate he pleases to adventurous men/… Odysseus was not the only one at Troy/ never to know the day of his homecoming./ Others, how many others, lost their lives!’/ The lady gazed in wonder and withdrew,/ her son’s clear wisdom echoing in her mind. (Od.1.397-400 & 405-407) Penelope, Telémakhos’ mother, is stunned at the fact her son has spoken out to her; her son is known to be quiet and detached (show proof of his characteristics) and it surprises her but she then again gets overwhelmed with Odysseus’ absence and leaves the room. Telémakhos also ha...   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Family, Athena]

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Deceptive Females of Homer's Odyssey

- The Deceptive Females of Homer's Odyssey      Homer's Odyssey is probably the most famous and well-known epic of all time. This tale relates the adventures of the archetypal hero, Odysseus. Odysseus' long journey home takes him to many different places where he encounters many different monsters and creatures, but there are certain recurrent elements throughout. The most common themes in the Odyssey are forgetfulness, willingness to risk pain for pleasure, and sexual temptation.   When comparing the Sirens episode with Odysseus' other adventures, one can observe an emergence and repetition of these themes....   [tags: Homer, Odyssey Essays]

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Disguises in Homer's Odyssey

- Disguises in Homer's Odyssey      In Homer's Odyssey, disguises help convey a false identity that assist the characters in accomplishing their plans.  Each disguise has its own purpose, such as Athene's image as Mentor to advise Telemachos.  Her purpose was to assist and encourage Telemachos into searching news of his long lost father without revealing her true identity of divinity.  Being old and wise, and especially male, helps put more power behind the words spoken by Mentor because men were received with greater influence than women were.  Similar, Odysseus, through his clever use of false storytelling and disguises as "nobody" and a vagabond, is able to safely return to Ithaka and s...   [tags: Homer Odyssey disgody]

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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 on Homer's Odyssey: Penelope's Enduring Faithfulness

- Penelope's Enduring Faithfulness in Homer's Odyssey Penelope, the wife of Odysseus, can be contrasted in various ways to the other characters in Homer's poem The Odyssey. In many ways, Penelope embodies the "ideal" woman, in that she conforms to the values and ideals of her society. These ideals include faithfulness, loyalty, willpower, long-suffering, pride in one's home and family, and hospitality to strangers. The majority of the other characters in the poem lack one or more of these attributes....   [tags: Odyssey essays]

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Free Essays on Homer's Odyssey: Telemachus

- Telemakhos of The Odyssey Telemakhos, Odysseus's son, finally realizes that in order to preserve his estate he must fill in his father's shoes and grow up. Telemakhos not only needs to do this for himself, but for his father who is still alive. Telemakhos became a man his father would be proud of. Twenty years ago Odysseus left for Troy, leaving Telemakhos without a father figure since he was an infant. He grew up a mommy's boy not knowing his role in the kingdom because Odysseus was far away....   [tags: Homer Odyssey Essays]

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The Qualities of Odysseus in Homer's The Odyssey

- ... Odysseus displays courage in many events throughout “The Homecoming”. He shows courage when he takes the bow in his hand to try hitting the target despite what the suitors were saying: “Now flashed arrow from twanging bow clean as a whistle through every socket ring, and grazed not one, to thud with heavy brazen head beyond.” (The Test of the Bow, Page 429, Lines 216-219) He also shows courage as he says, “So much for that. Your clean-cut game is over. Now watch me hit a target that no man has hit before, if I can make this shot....   [tags: courage, intelligence, strength ]

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- The Men of The Odyssey: Heroic or Disloyal. In Homer’s The Iliad, Achilles’ shield is described in great depth. On one portion of the shield, there is fashioned a scene with a golden herd of straight-horn cattle. They are being led along a fruitful riverside by a group of four golden shepherds and nine hounds. Two lions approach the herd, and mutilate a mighty bull. The shepherds can do nothing but watch, as they dare not approach the predators. This scene is crucial in understanding the behavior of Odysseus’ men in the sequel to this epic, (The Iliad, p....   [tags: Odyssey essays]

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The Women from The Odyssey, The Wife of Bath, and Sir Gawain

- The Women from The Odyssey, The Wife of Bath, and Sir Gawain      Until recently, the role of women in literature has seemed to reflect the way they were treated in society. Women were seen as secondary to men, and their sole purpose in life was to please a man’s every desire. This is not the case in three specific literary works. The Odyssey, The Wife of Bath, and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight use the actions of its women characters to greatly enhance important thematic elements. The women in each of these works use feminine psyche to persuade men to do things that men of the time would not usually do....   [tags: Odyssey Wife Bath Sir Gawain Essays]

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Different Notions of Home Obtained in The Odyssey by Homer

- ... As a result, Poseidon curses Odysseus never to return home. Due to this curse set on Odysseus by Poseidon, Odysseus faces many obstacles and challenges that impede him from ever reaching home, which is what he deeply longs for. Throughout this fantastic journey, Odysseus constantly refers to his deep desire to return home to his wife Penelope and his son Telemachus. Several of times Odysseus repeats this extreme desire to return home however, it takes him about twenty years to be able to accomplish this....   [tags: journey, film, spaceship]

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Telemachus in The Odyssey

- Through modern culture, most people are familiar with the whole storyline of The Odyssey. Odysseus leaves Troy and embarks on an epic journey filled with adventure and fantasy. However, most readers are unaware that there are actually two journeys that are unfolding simultaneously throughout Homer’s epic. Telemachus’ journey greatly differs from that of his father, Odysseus. While it might not be filled with as much adrenaline and adventure as his father‘s journey, Telemachus’ quest is certainly one that should be noted since the first four books are dedicated to him....   [tags: Character Analysis]

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Odyssey

- The legend of The Odyssey tells the fortunate homecoming tale of the Trojan war hero, Odysseus. In the poem, there were similarities, yet many contradictions. There were many great women that had conflicting personalities and adverse motives, but also they were alike. There were many great men that hold successful fortune, but here were also ones that failed. With these oppositions they helped Odysseus to get back home to Ithaca, whether they wanted to or not. These women from the novel that have opposing qualities, yet help Odysseus get home and finish off the suitors, are Penelope and Clytemnestra, Circe and Calypso, and Eurycleia and Melantho....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Odyssey

- Many forms of popular culture today are inspired by themes, characters, and other references in various types of classical literature. John Denver's song 'Calypso'; is about the relationship between men and women, and he bases this comparison on the relationship between Kalypso and Odysseus in Homer's the Odyssey. In 'Calypso'; Denver portrays women in general as being superior to men by using the beautiful and enchanting goddess, Kalypso, from Homer's epic. John Denver encompasses all women in his song by providing Kalypso as a universal symbol....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Contributions of Homer's Book XXIV

- Greek literature, in particular, Homer’s Odyssey, remains a masterpiece because of its structure. Additionally, an abundance of wisdom pours forth from its pages. Aristophanes and Aristarchus, two Greek critics, claimed that Homer’s Odyssey ended with the lines, “Rejoicing in each other, they returned to their bed, the old familiar place they loved so well” (XXIII: 337-338). While, at first glance, Book XXIV appears unnecessary, entirely omitting it leaves Homer’s work unfinished. Book XXIV features a wonderful study of the human condition....   [tags: Greek, Odyssey]

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Gender Roles in The odyssey by Homer

- Early ages of Greece introduce the norms Homeric society, including the division of genders. Masculinity was portrayed as the better and bigger trait that was found in men because it depicted strength and authority. Femininity on the other hand was portrayed as frail and weak for their submission and compassion. It was the norm for women to answer to the men in charge who made all the decisions. The epic poem, “The Odyssey” written by Homer illustrates Telemachos and Penelope have a controlling male dominant relationship, symbolizing the ideal gender roles in Homeric society, where as an Odysseus’ encounter with Arete shows a controlling female dominant association, representing a complexity...   [tags: Society, Relationship]

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Comparing the Odyssey and Medea

- While home is usually represented by a physical shelter such as a house, Homer and Euripides in their respective novels The Odyssey and Medea show that home has much more significance as a state where one can comfortably express the values and beliefs that define one’s identity. Both authors use protagonists who are far away from home. These characters often associate with and depend upon other characters they meet. Since they live under the influence of others, it is not surprising then to find that the two protagonists lose their individual identities....   [tags: Seperated from Home]

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Greek Xenia in The Odyssey

- All throughout The Odyssey there are scenes of good and bad xenia, or hospitality. It can be seen that hospitality is extremely important in the Greek culture, both how someone treats their guests and how the guests treat the host. A closer look chronologically into the good, then bad examples will show how one acts affects the actions that are brought upon them when they either follow or disobey Zeus' Law. Right at the beginning of The Odyssey, the reader is shown the hospitality that Telemachus has....   [tags: hospitality, culture, treat, guests, actions]

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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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Gender in the Odyssey

- Odysseus' values and character traits serve as a paradigm of the ideal Homeric Greek man. The "god-like Odysseus" is crafty, valiant, wise, and eloquent. He gains much of his knowledge through travel, the meeting of different cultures and peoples and learns from suffering and mistakes. He is an aristocrat and a warrior of all warriors. We first learn of many of these traits in Homer's Iliad. Agamemnon, the commander of the Greek army always calls on Odysseus for assignments that required someone cunning and brilliant....   [tags: World Literature]

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Telemachus’ Odyssey

- Through modern culture, most people are familiar with the whole storyline of The Odyssey. Odysseus leaves Troy and embarks on an epic journey filled with adventure and fantasy. However, most readers are unaware that there are actually two journeys that are unfolding simultaneously throughout Homer’s epic. Telemachus’ journey greatly differs from his father, Odysseus. While it might not be filled with as much excitement and adventure as his father’s journey, Telemachus’ quest is crucial to the overall storyline....   [tags: Story and Character Analysis]

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Telemachus’ Odyssey

- Through modern culture, most people are familiar with the whole storyline of The Odyssey. Odysseus leaves Troy and embarks on an epic journey filled with adventure and fantasy. However, most readers are unaware that there are actually two journeys that are unfolding simultaneously throughout Homer’s epic. Telemachus’ journey greatly differs from that of his father, Odysseus. While it might not be filled with as much adrenaline and adventure as his father‘s journey, Telemachus’ quest is certainly one that should be noted....   [tags: Character Development, Analysis]

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Ideals of the Elite in The Illidad and Ther Odyssey by Homer

- The document that I chose to write about is The Odyssey by Homer. Homer is believed to have lived during the 8th century B.C.E and was considered the greatest and last of the epic poets in ancient Greece. With the knowledge of writing almost nonexistent due to the fall of the Mycenaean civilization the only thing that kept Greek traditions and culture alive were stories also known as poems shared from one generation to the next. During Homers time Greece was believed to be in the dark ages during this time the wealth was limited and the population was shrinking....   [tags: Poem, Greece, Journey]

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Free Will of the Gods in "The Odyssey"

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

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The Role of Penelope in The Odyssey

- The Role of Penelope in The Odyssey The character of Penelope in Homer's Odyssey reflects the faithful wife who waits twenty years for the arrival of her husband. Only a strong woman could sustain the stress, anxiety and confusion resulting from the chaos of a palace with a missing king whose fate is unknown. Her responsibilities and commitments toward the man she loves are particularly difficult to keep, under the strain of the situation. Although she does not actively pursue an effort to find him, her participation in the success of Odysseus' homecoming can be seen in her efforts to defend and protect the heritage, reputation and the House of Odysseus in his absence....   [tags: Papers]

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The Act of Storytelling in The Odyssey

- The Act of Storytelling in The Odyssey In The Odyssey, the act of storytelling plays a significant role in revealing the story of Odysseus. Each storyteller reveals a part of the past of Odysseus and his heroic deeds. Each of their stories gives insight into what a hero should be, according to the standards of the Greek society, and they each reflect a different aspect of a hero. When pieced together, each story becomes part of a whole, however, each has a different function within the epic. Some may not contribute to the hero directly, but teach a moral or lesson to the audience listening to the story....   [tags: Papers]

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Women in Homer's The Odyssey

- Homer's The Odyssey Women are important to the plot and overall theme of the Odyssey. In fact, without many of the women there would not be a complex plot to this epic poem. In the narrative and in Greek society women played a variety of roles, as mothers, herons, and many other strong roles yet, they were treated as less significant, and were made to be loyal and submissive to men. The women were required to wait on and sulk for love, as Penelope did for 20 years. In Greek society, the women had very little authority but the little control that they did have was sort of a sexual power, which at times they could use to outwit the men....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Essay on Women in Iliad, Odyssey, and the Bible

- Role of Women in Iliad, Odyssey, and the Bible Much is known of men in ancient civilizations, from the famous philosophers and mathematicians of Greece to the patriarchs and subsequent kings of the nation of Israel. It would seem, however, that history has forgotten the women of these times. What of the famous female thinkers of Ancient Greece, the distinguished stateswomen of Rome. What power did they hold. What was their position in societies of the distant past. A glimpse into the roles and influence of women in antiquity can be discovered in such ancient masterpieces as the Iliad, the Odyssey, and the Hebrew Bible....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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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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Aeneid and Odyssey - A Comparison between Aeneas, Achilles and Odysseus

- Aeneid and Odyssey - A Comparison between Aeneas, Achilles and Odysseus        A comparison between Virgil's hero, Aeneas, and the Homeric heroes, Achilles and Odysseus, brings up the question concerning the relevance of the difference between the Homeric heroes and Aeneas. The differences in the poets' concerns are explained by the fact that Virgil lived many years after Homer, giving Virgil the advantage of a more developed literary and philosophical society than Homer had at his disposal....   [tags: comparison compare contrast 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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Ancient Greek Philosophers

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

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

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

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The Value of Cultural Relativism: Comparing Peace Corp Volunteer Floyd Sandford’s African Odyssey and Anthropologist Richard Lee’s Dobe Ju/’hoansi

- Even a student that has been educated for only four weeks in anthropology can admit that their viewpoint has changed since acquiring their knowledge. Studying a foreign way of life and unfamiliar customs sheds light on the impact that one’s own culture has on their thoughts. Anthropology is valuable because has the ability to remove the shock and misunderstanding that occurs when examining an alien worldview. The value of cultural relativism, the principle that one culture should not be judged by the standard of another culture, is illustrated in the comparison of Peace Corp volunteer Floyd Sandford’s African Odyssey and anthropologist Richard Lee’s Dobe Ju/’hoansi....   [tags: anthropology, culture]

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Fate And Free Will : Honors World Literature

- Vy Vu Fate and Free Will Honors World Literature Dr. Sanderson Fate and Free Will Marilyn Monroe once said, “I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they 're right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.” Is fate subjected to one’s actions or is there another force that intervenes. Two choices to pick from, but each decision will result in a different ending....   [tags: Odyssey, Trojan War, Homer, Vietnam War]

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Theme of Power in Harold Pinter's The Homecoming

- The Theme of Power in The Homecoming Author: Sarah Marchant In Harold Pinter's "The Homecoming" one of the important themes is power. Many of the characters try to exert power. Many of the characters try to exert power over others through various means such as sexuality and intelligence. The use of violence within the household is believed by the men to be the most important tool of power. However, when Ruth, the only woman in the play, enters, she appears to defeat the men's power, but not with violence....   [tags: Harold Pinter Homecoming Essays]

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The Amazing Leadership of Odysseus in Homer's The Odyssey

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

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The Unheroic Traits of Odysseus in Homer's The Odyssey

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

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The Odyssey By Homer 's Odyssey

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

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The Odyssey By Homer 's Odyssey

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

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The Odyssey By Homer 's Odyssey

- In the Odyssey, the experiences Odysseus faced were caused and influenced by a certain amount of woman who some could say controlled his life. Odysseus’ wife Penelope was always the woman in his heart even though he travelled to many different lands and was offered immortality, wealth or amazing sex he turned them all down in hopes of one day returning to his one true love. Through all his troubles he spent in a total of 10 years lost at sea not including the 10 years due to the Trojan War, he spent 7 with the lustrous Calypso, encountered the godlike beauty Nausicaa and spent another year with the bewitching enchantress Circe....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Greek mythology, Penelope]

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The Odyssey

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

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The Mythology Of The Odyssey

- ... For example when Athena appears as a mentor to Telemachus, she is encourages him to push on in the journey. However as she speaks, she suddenly forgets her disguise. From saying ‘a god who wills it can bring anyone safely home however far away he may be’ to then saying ‘and for myself I would…’ (Homer, Odyssey 3.33). This shows the switch to personal language and shows how even though she is disguised her connection with Telemachus is so strong that she forgets sometimes (Gaunt). The Gods can also be compared to the humans....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Poseidon, Telemachus]

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The Odyssey, By The Goddess

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

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The Mythology Of The Odyssey

- ... It states how “Pallas Athena, harboring kindness for the hero, (…) came up to greet him there, for all the world like a young girl” Athena appearing in front of Odysseus, unbeknownst to him, demonstrates her dedication to his mission, and personally seeing to it that he makes it to his native land. This is in contrast to the way Athena interacts with Penelope, Odysseus’ wife. Instead of appearing to Penelope in person, similar to the way she usually does with Odysseus, Athena simply sends Penelope a dream to inform her that Telemachus shall return....   [tags: Human, God, Yahweh, Odyssey]

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Analysis Of ' The ' Odyssey '

- Samantha Carlson Ms. Johnston AP English Literature and Composition 8 September 2015 Journey Essay Most works of literature have their characters embarking on a journey or journeys to reach a desired location whether it is mentally or physically. These journeys do not stand alone but contribute to the piece as a whole. The Kite Runner focuses on Amir taking on life in his suffering country to moving to a land granting great opportunity and ultimately returning home to complete a deed that would stabilize him for the remainder of his life....   [tags: Odyssey, Trojan War, Odysseus, Homer]

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`` The Odyssey `` By Homer

- ... This, as he points out is how the story is more a poem, as it plays out with the hero meaning something more than just a heroic character. This point is of course used to support the argument that the story is more of a poem; although, one can argue that a story can very well take place without a hero being in the starting portion of a book. Norcott-Mahany does bring up the idea that it is not Odysseus that the story truly means to convey the message to. Instead, readers should focus more on the words and moral of the story rather than the story itself....   [tags: Odyssey, Homer, Odysseus, Epic Cycle]

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The Odyssey, by Homer

- Homer’s Odyssey was written around 700 BC. During this time there was major social and economic change, which brought the development of new cities, as well as new laws to govern them. Political rights and citizenship in Greek society truly defined the roles of women in this time period. All of the laws governing the population of Greece were not only written by men, but also enforced by men. Homer’s Odyssey is the product of a society in which men played the dominant role. Women were held at a very low status compared to men....   [tags: Homer, Odyssey Essays]

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An Analysis Of ' The Odyssey '

- ... Not only does Athena physically help the mortals, she also assisted them emotionally. Oenen noted, “Indeed, I feel that Athena is best understood as the persisting memory of Penelope inside Odysseus’ psyche. It is this memory that often counsels him, makes him change is attitude, and spurs him on in desperate situations” (224). If it were not for the consistent memory of Penelope in Odysseus’ head that Athena gave him, he would have stayed on the island with Calypso or surrendered after his rough days at sea....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Greek mythology, Telemachus]

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Analysis Of ' The Odyssey '

- ... “He [Antínoös] reached under the table for the footstool his shiny feet had rested on—And this he held up so that all could see his gift” (Homer 324) By calling the footstool Antiínoös throws at Odysseus a “gift,” shows some of the terms of xenia—The trading of gifts and favors in order to create a special bond with a guest. Compared to the Phaiákians or Nestor and his sons, the suitors’ pitiful “attempts” at xenia are so horrible, that the reader does not see them as attempts at all. Another reason that hospitality is so important in The Odyssey, is it shows how the fear of the gods affects the decisions of the characters....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Trojan War, Penelope]

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Analysis Of ' The Odyssey '

- ... Despite the warning from Odysseus that they will all be doomed should they kill any of the sacred cows upon the island, they fear the death without remembrance and honor much more so then they fear the potential wrath of the gods that Odysseus has spoken of. This recklessness stands as their final temptation the crew faced as it resulted in each of its members’ death but it was far from their only opportunity in which they faltered. Even in their early adventures, Odysseus’s men could be seen to waver in their determination to return home....   [tags: Odyssey, Trojan War, Odysseus, Poseidon]

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The Odyssey, by Homer

- The monsters of Homer’s The Odyssey as written by Robert Fitzgerald all share traits in common, but there is always the small differences which make each close encounter more gripping than the last. When the not-so-glorious Odysseus, son of Laertes just manages to elude the cannibalistic clutches of the blinded Kyklops (IX) and takes to the high seas, he becomes arrogant and taunts his nemesis. He does not realize this, but the very words he uttered then sets the holy executioner upon the necks of his crew....   [tags: Homer, Odyssey Essays]

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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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The Iliad And The Odyssey

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

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