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Xenia in the Odyssey

- In the times that The Odyssey was first composed, xenia seemed to be a very important concept and way of life for the ancient Greeks. Xenia was an ancient Greek tradition of hospitality which consisted of a host-guest ritual, which followed a series of steps and a permanent, unplanned agreement of friendship between strangers. In the first four books of the The Odyssey, or the Telemachy, xenia is seen to affect how people interact with one another in every situation where people greet one another....   [tags: hospitality, concept, laws, ritual]

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Greek Hospitality in the Odyssey

- When it comes to hospitality, Greeks stand atop the list of all cultures for their generosity and politeness towards strangers. “Philoxenia” is the Greek word for “the love of strangers”. Philoxenia is demonstrated in several different cases in Homer’s The Odyssey. According to Greek customs, hospitality is respected by the immortal gods. If the Greek code of hospitality is not performed correctly, or not performed at all, the consequences may be very severe, gods may unleash their wrath to whoever does not follow this tradition of thoughtfulness....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Odyssey, Books I - IV

- In reading the first four books of "The Odyssey" we see a lot of different struggles going on but once we focus on Telemachus we begin to capture a more metal picture of this main character. Odysseus's son, Telemachus has lost his father, suitors are pursuing his mother, and he is learning how to grow up without the legendary guidance of his great father. Telemachus appears to be a young, lost boy who is trapped in a world that he has no control over. Feelings of being left behind and not getting the recognition he so rightfully deserves to take over the throne, Telemachus will set out on a journey to find the answers he needs....   [tags: Personal Essays]

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The Honorable Odysseus of Homer's Odyssey

- The Honorable Odysseus When Odysseus returned home to his wife and son, he took a very brutal approach to rid his home of the suitors who had invaded his household. This revenge was also taken out upon the servants and maids who had been unfaithful to Penelope and had slept with the suitors. Some may say this punishment was too harsh, and made Odysseus less than an honorable man. However, Odysseus’s actions were justifiable. Indeed those who occupied the lord’s manor during his absence did so with no honor....   [tags: Homer Odyssey Essays]

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The Odyssey - Comparing The Ro

- Odyssey vs. Rustling Rhapsody Comparison of the Role of Women 'A woman is very unpredictable. She is romantic, sensitive and caring; however, underneath she is convoluted, deceptive and dangerous.'; -Erin Perrizn (1963 -) One would automatically assume that the female character in a heroic story takes the preconceived role of an object at the disposal of the male protagonist. The female character in a heroic story holds the stereotype that she is obtuse, and will repeatedly flock to the most handsome man....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Odyssey, by Homer

- In Homer’s prominent epic, The Odyssey, A male protagonist gifted with immense physical strength and power named Odyssey is traveling back home to Ithaca. Over the course of his 10 year journey across vast and treacherous waters, his physical attributes are not enough to help him reach home. He faces many obstacles that he must overcome. The most important obstacle is temptation. His journey home is full of temptation and will challenge his physical and mental capabilities that he must learn to control, and overcome, so that he can find his way back home....   [tags: Summary, Transgressions, Thematic Analysis]

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Odyssey

- "Furthermore, we have not even to risk the adventure alone, for the heroes of all time here gone before us." (p.1 A Heroes Adventure). This quote from Joseph Campbell tells you the essence of a hero. Odysseus might be a hero in the book but Telemachus was the one who went through the real journey. Campbell defines a hero one as "who has found or done something beyond the normal range of achievement and experience. A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself." (p.1 A Heroes Adventure) Now if you consider the fact that Odysseus was put in this series of predicaments but outside forces that would consider him a hero, wouldn't you....   [tags: essays research papers]

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odyssey

- In Homer’s The Odyssey, many happenings interfere with Odysseus’ journey to return home to his wife, Penelope, and son, Telemachus. Self-determination is a strong characteristic that Odysseus portrays in The Odyssey. The three traits that Odysseus portrays as evidence of his self-determination are: endurance, perseverance, and courage. Odysseus, like most humans, has his doubts of confidence, but seems to overcome them. Out of this great tragedy, he has become a greater man to regain his kingdom and live a long life....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Odyssey

- Homer’s poem The Odyssey depicts the tendency of people to ignore the consequences of their actions. Odysseus punished Penelope’s suitors without thinking of consequences that he would have to endure. He did not acknowledge the consequences because that would prevent him from doing what he wants to do. Odysseus wanted to kill the suitors; they ate away at his fortune. Finding consequences for murdering the suitors would force Odysseus to realize what he is about to do is not a good idea. Odysseus chose to ignore the consequences and killed the suitors anyway....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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Homer's The Odyssey

- Since the beginning of human civilization, women have often occupied inferior roles in society while the dominant role has been played by men. In Homer’s The Odyssey gender roles in Greek society are emphasized showing how men controlled society while women were undervalued and constantly disrespected. Although it may be argued that Homer poses some rather feminist views, it is evident by several elements that The Odyssey is a misogynistic text. First, women in the Odyssey were continually oppressed by men never having true free will....   [tags: ancient Greek epic poems]

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The Odyssey

- Everyone has a home. Regardless of its location, it is a place of acceptance and belonging. In a sense it’s where the heart is. Though in The Odyssey, the concept of home is blurry and for the most part incomplete, it is the most important thing to Odysseus, and he is willing to go through utter hell to return to his home. Telemachus and Penelope reside in an incomplete home. In book one Telemachus speaks to Mentes, the clear-eyed goddess Athena in disguise, “mother has always told me I’m his son, it’s true, but I am not so certain.” Telemachus, although frequently enlightened of his father’s heroic character, knows not the slightest bit about his father, and he has contemplated whether or...   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Odyssey

- The Odyssey is a Greek word meaning 'the tale of Odysseus.'; Odysseus, the King of Ithaca; husband of Penelope; father of Telemachus; and son of Laertes was not able to return home after the war he was once in: the Trojan War. Stuck on an island, he is presumed dead. In his absence, suitors for his wife ruin his house with lavish feasts. This epic poem, by Homer, describes how Odysseus, with the help of the gods, gets home and regains his kingship. Justice is always harsh in the Odyssey; there is either no justice or a lot of it; the punishment however, is always severe....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Odyssey

- The Odyssey The Odyssey is one of the two great epic poems written by the ancient Greek poet Homer. Due to its antiquity, it is not known when or where it was first written, nevertheless, the approximate date and place is 700 BC Greece. Later publications are widespread as the text is transcribed in modern English with no deviation from the original story. The story is set in the lands and seas in close proximity to Greece changing by books as Odysseus, the protagonist hero, recounts of his many fated adventures and misfortunes in a series of flashbacks....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Odyssey

- I found through my reading of the Odyssey that Loyalty played a significant role in its development. Loyalty by its definition means a firm and constant support or allegiance to a person or institution. Homer presents four major illustrations of loyalty, which are given by Penelope, Telemachus, the servants Eumaeus and Philoetius, and Odysseus. Penelope is Odysseus's devoted wife who not only does not re-marry, but also keeps hope that Odysseus is still alive. Telemachus embarks on a journey to find his father, who he has no recollection of....   [tags: Book Review]

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The Odyssey

- The Odyssey is a tale that has changed literature and storytelling. In this tale Odysseus is a Soldier from the battle of Troy trying to get home to his island of Ithaca, where he is king. His wife and son must wait ten years while he is trying to make his way home. In Odysseus’s absence wooer’s, or better known as suitors, learn of his absence and travel to Ithaca to win his wife’s hand in marriage. These men come every day feasting on Odysseus’s food and wine, and give his servant’s orders....   [tags: Essays Papers]

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Homer's The Odyssey

- Hu•bris /ˈ(h)yo͞obris/ noun: excessive pride or self-confidence. Hubris is believed to be the most serious of all seven deadly sins. Some say it was the original sin that led to all others. A word with such loathsome synonyms like arrogance, conceit, haughtiness, pomposity, and egotism was seen as one of the worst possible sins in Greek culture. They believed that no matter your social status those who exhibited it were destined to fall down into damnation. Yet some Grecian heroes seemed to ooze hubris in the form of confidence or cockiness....   [tags: character analysis]

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The Role of the Gods in Homer's The Odyssey

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

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The Theme of Love in The Odyssey by

- Throughout the story The Odyssey there are many themes that represent major parts of the story. The main theme that stood out to me is love which includes loyalty. “Love is a profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person; a feeling of warm personal attachment or deep affection, as for a parent, child, or friend; or a sexual passion or desire” (dictionary.com). “Loyalty is defined in the Webster's dictionary as faithfulness or devotion to a person, a cause or a duty” (Webster’s dictionary)....   [tags: loyalty, relationship, human nature]

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Deception and Disguise in "The Odyssey"

- Deception is defined as a crafty procedure or practice meant to deceive or defraud. People tend to view this as a sinister action. No matter how sinister it can be, it can also be utilized to gain information and knowledge. How a person uses deception varies among different people. Generally, the more clever people tend to utilize deception very efficiently. Odysseus masters deception in the Odyssey by disguising himself. Odysseus isn't alone for Athena also uses disguises. With that being said, disguises allow Odysseus to succeed in killing the suitors....   [tags: Literary Themes]

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Comparing The Epic of Gilgamesh with The Odyssey

- The Epic of Gilgamesh and The Odyssey both are held in high respect by literature analysts and historians alike for the characterization of the hero and his companion, the imagery brought to mind when one of them is read, and the impressive length in relation to the time period it was written in. The similarities that these two epics share do not end with only those three; in fact, the comparability of these works extend to even the information on the author and the archetypes used. However, The Odyssey and The Epic of Gilgamesh contrast from one another in their writing styles, character details, and main ideas....   [tags: literary analysis, heros]

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The Role of Loyalty in The Odyssey

- Intro: There are a wide variety of themes present throughout the Odyssey, written by Homer. Be it hospitality, perseverance, vengeance or power of the Gods, loyalty is truly the theme that brings the whole book together. Being 10 years after the Trojan War, many have forgotten about Odysseus and his men as they constantly brave what the gods throw their way. This essay will be talking about Odysseus and Penelope’s mutual loyalty to one another, the loyal relationships between Gods and men and finally, the loyalty Odysseus’ men show for him until death....   [tags: Homer, Literary Analysis]

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Gift-Giving in Beowulf and the Odyssey

- Gift-Giving in Beowulf and the Odyssey Literature has always been an immensely helpful resource when discerning cultural values in societies past and present. Through the study of noteworthy historic fictional and factual, texts we are able to distinguish parallel characteristics present through many different cultures and time periods. These distinguishing characteristics are one of the main things that help us to determine when and how a society, or world culture as a whole changes as time moves forward....   [tags: Compare, Contrast, Comparative]

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Hospitality's Role in Homer's The Odyssey

- The Odyssey, one of Homer’s Greatest works, presents an ancient Greek society where righteous conducts of hospitality, or “xenia”, are strongly pursued. Various forms of hospitality, generous or callous, depict how civilized the person is. This concept of treating strangers with warmth was taken so seriously because they traveled frequently away from home and needed assistance along their journey to stay alive. Punishments for those who break the unwritten laws of this tradition are to be expected, as well as rewards for those who abide....   [tags: journey, greek, guests]

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Characters in The Odyssey and Ramayana

- In The Odyssey and Ramayana, the authors depict the characters through the eyes of their culture and civilization. In both works, the representation of men and women reflects an ideal that was sought after at the time. Particularly, the texts focus on the relationships between the main characters and the religion, as well as the main character and their familial ties. In The Odyssey, there is Athena and Odysseus while in Ramayana, there is Rama and Sita. Both Athena and Sita represent the idealistic woman which base their actions and thoughts off of their emotions....   [tags: Character Analysis ]

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Spiritual Growth in the Epic of Gilgamesh, Homer's Odyssey, and Dante's Inferno

- For centuries, authors have been writing stories about man's journey of self-discovery. Spanning almost three-thousand years, the Epic of Gilgamesh, Homer's Odyssey, and Dante's Inferno are three stories where a journey of self-discovery is central to the plot. The main characters, Gilgamesh, Telemachus, and Dante, respectively, find themselves making a journey that ultimately changes them for the better. The journeys may not be exactly the same, but they do share a common chain of events....   [tags: Compare Contrast Essays]

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Character Analysis of The Odyssey by Homer

- The Odyssey was written by Homer and is a Greek Epic Poem. It tells the story of how Odysseus returned from Troy after the Trojan War and his adventures and experiences of the journey. In the book, Odysseus is portrayed as a hero by his actions and how he copes with the challenging situations of his trip. Throughout the nearly 10 years traveling, Odysseus showed responsibility, justice, and wisdom in each one of his trials. Responsibility, an important trait of a hero is demonstrated throughout the book constantly for a good reason....   [tags: responsibility, justice, wisdom]

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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 Odyssey: A Journey toward Innovation

- Ever since I was a young girl, I have heard countless tales sung and spun by an even larger number of bards. In fact, it has even become somewhat of a challenge for the local bards to present a tale with which I am not familiar. It was due to this very challenge that I came to hear this particular rendition of the story of Odysseus. As a Trojan, I am familiar with not only the tales surrounding the Trojan War, but also with the stories following its heroes. However, never had I heard the retelling of the life of Odysseus in this particular manner....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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The Theme of Revenge Throughout Odyssey

- Revenge is a reoccurring theme throughout the Odyssey. Nearly every motivation for conflict within the Odyssey is because one of the characters is craving revenge. The three main areas of revenge in the first twelve books are as follows. Initially, Zeus prevents Odysseus and his men from returning home. Poseidon also continually chastises Odysseus throughout the entire story. Finally, the key account of revenge the reader sees in the story is from Telemachus in that he feels the need to make the suitors compensate for their impudence to his house as well as his mother....   [tags: Homer, Literary Analysis]

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The Odyssey: A Summary by Alec Fields

- Odysseus was the king of Ithaca; he had a wife, and a new-born son Telemachus. While his son was still an infant, king Agamemnon declared war on the Troy, and Odysseus was drafted to fight in the Greek army. It was there that he did many heroic deeds, most notably his concoction of the Trojan Horse plan. But this story begins after all that after he offends the god Poseidon and is sent on his journey, his quest, his Odyssey.     Ismarus was sacked by Odysseus and his men. It was plentiful with money, food, and treasure....   [tags: Literary Review ]

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Examining Family Relationships in Literature: Examining Antigone, The Odyssey, and The Iliad

- The human relationship can be interpreted as interpersonal or intimate; stemming from these two classifications are many of the reasons for characteristic development within human nature. By studying literary works we can glimpse into human behavior and learn what actually causes a person’s actions and downfalls. Many of these works have shown the effects a dominant and inferior relationship may cause, ranging from self-independence to parental influence. We’ve seen the defiance of rulers, the mimicking actions of father and son, the comparison of siblings, and the rebellion of a son....   [tags: Literary Comparison, Analytical Essay]

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Literary Term Odyssey Essay

- There are many examples of conflict in this poem. The Odyssey is full of conflict and that it is part of what makes it such an appealing story. Odysseus faces many struggles on his long journey home. Some are external conflicts. It seems as if every time something good happens to him, that is when disaster strikes. Not only does Odysseus face conflict, but so do his wife and son back home. Odysseus also faces several internal conflicts as well. These conflicts cause the reader to sympathize with the characters as well as feel better about the conflicts in their own lives....   [tags: Homer's epic poem]

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The Odyssey Literary Analysis

- “The Odyssey” is an epic poem that tells the story of Odysseus and the story of his many travels and adventures. The Odyssey tells the main character’s tale of his journey home to the island of Ithaca after spending ten years fighting in the Trojan War, and his adventures when he returns home and he is reunited with his family and close friends. This literary analysis will examine the story and its characters, relationships, major events, symbols and motifs, and literary devices. There is a copious amount of major characters in the story....   [tags: Homer's Epic poem]

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Use of Epithets In Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey

- Use of Epithets In Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey Throughout The Iliad and The Odyssey, Homer’s use of the epithet in describing Odysseus becomes essential as a means of characterizing the hero. Homer uses several epithets, or nicknames, along with the name “Odysseus” as the story unfolds in both tales. Three of these include the descriptive epithet “wily Odysseus,” the laudative epithet “Odysseus, the great tactician,” and the patronymic epithet “Odysseus Laertiades.” Besides their obvious descriptive qualities, each of these epithets function to amplify, enhance, or characterize the hero....   [tags: Iliad Essays]

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Women In The Odyssey

- The literature composed during the era when the Odyssey was written was directed by men. Woman characters were valued but the only participated in affairs when they had the permission of men. The men, for the most part, directed the women's lives. The themes used in literature were on the subjects that men would be interested in; combat; warriors, and rulers. Domestic affairs, for the most part, were not noted. There is a immense contrast between the Odyssey and other epic poetry of the period. There are several women characters in the Odyssey....   [tags: essays research papers]

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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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Lack of a Leader in Homer´s The Odyssey

- Leaders are the basis of modern day society. A leader is necessary to keep the citizens in order, and make sure they pertain to the rules. However what happens when there is no leader. Then there is mass chaos, no one is in charge and thus the average citizen is allowed to do anything that they want. Homer displays this in The Odyssey, where the breakdown of society is caused by the loss of a leader, and that causes chaos, aggression, and selfishness from the characters. Homer shows the loss of a leader creates a breakdown of society, by comparing and contrasting the two cities of Sparta and Ithaca....   [tags: Chaos, Disaster]

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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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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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A Life Changing Encounter in The Odyssey by Homer

- Over the course of the Odyssey, Odysseus is on a mission to find glory, until he encounters Achilles. Odysseus’s mission begins to switch from seeking glory to a focus on returning to his homeland of Ithaca. The key reason for this change of heart is based on an encounter with Achilles. During this encounter, Achilles explains that he may have everlasting glory in the mortal world, but “the man [he] was” means nothing in the underworld (11.570). Through Achilles’s experiences, Odysseus sees that reuniting with his son is the most important thing he can do with his life....   [tags: glory, underworld, son]

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The narrative epic, ‘The Odyssey’ composed by Homer between 750 and 650

- The narrative epic, ‘The Odyssey’ composed by Homer between 750 and 650 BC recounts the nostos or homeward voyage of Odysseus If I were you, I should take steps to make these men disperse. Listen, now, and attend to what I say: at daybreak call the islanders to assembly, and speak your will, and call the gods to witness: the suitors must go scattering to their homes. Then here’s a course for you, if you agree: get a sound craft afloat with twenty oars and go abroad for news of your lost father— perhaps a traveller’s tale, or rumored fame issued from Zeus abroad in the world of men....   [tags: Classics]

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The Role of Women in the Odyssey

- The Role of Women in The Odyssey Homer wrote the classic epic The Odyssey more than 2,500 years ago. At that time in ancient Greek society, as well as in the whole of the ancient world, the dominant role was played by men. Society was organized, directed, and controlled by men, and it was accepted that women occupied a subservient and inferior position. Women, of course, were valued, but were expected to possess certain traits and perform certain tasks that men demanded of them. Does Homer's writing in The Odyssey support or refute the common belief of his time regarding women....   [tags: Homer Classic Epics Greek Society Essays]

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Essay on Names in The Odyssey and The Bible

- Importance of Names in The Odyssey and The Bible      Two of the most widely studied ancient works are Homer’s Odyssey and the book of Genesis from the Bible.  Each of these texts provides a unique viewpoint of an early civilization.  In both of the texts, one can learn not only stories about great heroes, but also about the way that these peoples lived and what they believed.  Many interesting parallels can be drawn between the two developing societies shown in the Odyssey and the book of Genesis.  One parallel is the importance placed on names by each culture....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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The Art of Hospitality - The Greeks and the Odyssey

- Each culture treats strangers and guests with distinct differences from every other culture. One of the most hospitable cultures was that of the ancient Greeks, exemplified in Homer’s The Odyssey by both gracious hosts and guests. In Greece and The Odyssey, not only was good hospitality etiquette expected, but the added pressure from the conviction that the gods would punish the host if guests were treated without respect (whether they were poor or rich) further compelled excellent manners. The Odyssey illustrates the proper etiquette when dealing with guests....   [tags: essays research 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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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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The Odyssey: The Use Of Hubris

- “There is no safety in unlimited hubris” (McGeorge Bundy). The dictionary defines hubris as overbearing pride or presumption; arrogance. In The Odyssey, Homer embodies hubris into the characters Odysseus, the Suitors, and the Cyclopes. Odysseus shows hubris when he is battling the Cyclopes, the Cyclopes show hubris when dealing with Odysseus, and the Suitors show it when Odysseus confronts them at his home. To start, within the course of The Odyssey, Odysseus displays hubris through many of his actions....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Good vs. Evil in The Odyssey and The Lord of the Flies

- Good vs. Evil is a prominent theme in both The Odyssey and The Lord of the Flies through the characterization and plot elements. This is shown in both through internal and external conflicts. The theme also makes both stories more compelling, as it can be applied to real life situations. In The Odyssey, Good vs. Evil is present internally in Odysseus. He constantly has to make decisions for the good of him and his men. One example of this is during the persuasion of Odysseus by the sirens to their island....   [tags: William Golding and Homer, theme analysis]

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Archetype of Ulysses in the Odyssey

- We have read an adventurous story called The Odyssey. It was about a hero named Ulysses who goes through many conflicts to get home. He has faced monsters to beautiful women, but he still got home. Ulysses fits the model of an archetype. There are three ways he fits into the model. One way that Ulysses fits into the model of an archetype is that he has a supernatural power. An archetype means an original pattern. Ullyses has the abilities of strength. He is also very clever. Ulysses has alot of strength because he can bend the bow to connect it but no one else could....   [tags: essays research papers]

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

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

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The Odyssey - A Creton Lie

- Gentle waves lap against the Ithacian shore line as Odysseus has finally reached his native homeland. Rumors of the great turmoil that has rocked Odysseus' home land and house has reached him abroad. After hearing the news, he decides to don a beggar's disguise and so forth begins the great test. When the disguised Odysseus in Homer's great epic poem, The Odyssey, converses with her wife Penelope in Book nineteen, he tests her loyalty to her husband' s honor and her love of her missing husband....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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Odyssey

- In Homer&#8217;s epic, The Odyssey, various aspects of the ancient Greeks are revealed through the actions, characters, plot, and wording. Homer uses his skill as a playwright, poet, and philosopher to inform the audience of the history, prides, and achievements of the ancient Greeks, and, also, to tell of the many values and the multi-faceted culture of the ancient Greek caste. The Greeks had numerous values and customs, of which the primary principles are the mental characteristics of an individual, the physical characteristics of an individual, the recreations and pastimes the Greeks enjoyed, the way in which a host treats a guest, the religious aspects, and finally, the Greeks&...   [tags: essays research papers]

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Odysseus's Qualities in The Odyssey

- In the Odyssey by Homer, Odysseus must face many obstacles on his journey. He is only able to conquer them because of his wonderful qualities. He meets, a Cyclopes, Sirens, a six-headed monster, a regurgitating whirlpool, and a group of greedy, lovesick men. Some Odysseus's more important qualities are, determination, cunning, and protecting. One of Odysseus's many qualities is determination. He remains determined throughout the entire saga to get back to his family. During Odysseus's Odyssey he encounters many obstacles, beast, god, and nature....   [tags: Homer]

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The Odyssey

- Odysseys is angry that he has been betrayed by Circe and threatens her to tell him the way home. She tells him that only Tarsiers know the way home. He must go to the underworld to find him. Back in Ithica men taunt Telemachus with his fathers death. Odysseus finds Tarsier, and he tells him that he is blinded by the journey not the passage which is his life and that he must fallow the star and he will run into 2 beasts, Scylla and Charyladis. On the way out of hell he sees his mother. The ship travels through a cave where it is attacked by Scylla, then the ship goes over a waterfalls where the ship and all of the men left after Scylla’s attack get swallowed up by Charyldis leaving onl...   [tags: essays research papers]

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Transforming The Man of Twists and Turns

- Life is unpredictable. We make friends and enemies. We live through separation from our beloveds and rejoice in the reunions. We know the joy of new life and the sorrow of death. Yet, these events do not leave use the same as we were before. With every surprise or event, be it foreseen or unforeseen, our perspectives are altered in some way or another. The Odyssey, a centuries-old epic told by the blind Greek poet, Homer, tells the tale of Odysseus, king of Ithaca, and his incredible transformation as he journeys home from the battlegrounds of Troy....   [tags: Homer's The Odyssey]

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Odyssey, Learning About Himself

- In the Odyssey, written by Homer, Odysseus learned a lot about himself and what he had to do to become a better overall human. The adventures he goes on, I think, opens his eyes to a world in which he thought he was invincible. With the Odyssey, Odysseus learned a big lesson in humility. The greatest example of this is in the last five books or so within the story. He has to dress, act, and live like a beggar in order to regain everything he had lost. While he was a beggar, the suitors treated him horribly....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Perseverance of Odysseus

- In the epic poem, The Odyssey, by Homer, Odysseus goes through many trials while trying to return home from the Trojan War. On his voyage home, he must visit the Land of the Dead, evade the Sirens, Scylla and Charybdis and when he does arrive home, participate in a tricky reunion with his wife, Penelope. All of these examples show that Odysseus has extreme determination and perseverance. Perseverance is an excellent quality that few possess which can spark achievement. In the “Land of the Dead”, Odysseus has to make a complicated potion to bring out the profit Teiresias....   [tags: The Odyssey, by Homer]

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A Comparison of Homer's Odyssey and Oedipus the King

- In the world of literature, there are many similarities and differences between them. These similarities and differences are significant because the reader can learn and thoroughly comprehend them. Two examples of such literature are the epic poems Oedipus the King , written by Sophocles and The Odyssey, written by Homer who were both Greek poets. Oedipus the King and The Odyssey share many similarities. The most important and significant similarity is that both epic poems are involved in a conflict when we first encounter the poems....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Comparing Homer's Odyssey and Everyday Life

- The Odyssey is filled with emotion and adventure. Homer’s ability to show and give the reader a visual of each and every scene gives the story its unbelievable significance. To all the people who read his work there is something to be captured within every sentence, each one different in its own, unique way. Through tales of courage and defeat, friendship and love this book tells of all the values within the life of a single, solitary man, and his journey to attain what is true and dear to him....   [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast Essays]

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The Significance of the Host/Guest Relationship in The Odyssey

- The Odyssey is an epic poem attributed to the now-famous Greek poet, Homer, written approximately in the early sixth century B.C.E. The poem shares the tale of the wily adventuring solider, Odysseus', return from the Trojan war to his wife and home in Ithaca. The poem details his misadventures, the efforts of his son, Telemachus, to find him, and revenge on his wife's suitors. While many themes run through this poem, the most prevalent is that of hospitality. The Host-Guest relationship is significant in the Odyssey as it acts as one of the main thematic devices used by Homer and examples of good hospitality versus bad hospitality and their results serve as the main plot elements throughou...   [tags: World Literature]

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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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The Odyssey

- During the night Odysseus tosses and turns, worrying about the outcome of his encounter with the suitor. Athena appears to himin a dream and promises that he will aid in the struggle. Penelope also unable to sleep and prays to Artemis, begging that she be rescued from marriage to another man, even if it means her death. In the morning Odysseus appeals to Zeus for a sign of his favor and is answered by the rumbling of thunder and lightning. Others notice the sign and a general mood of imminant danger sets in....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Great Athena: Manipulation of Odysseus

- The Wayne family returns from the theater on a rainy night, unfortunately though, the shortcut they take is Gotham’s notorious “Crime Alley.” A stray mugger holds up the Wayne Family and takes all of their money, but feeling that it is not enough, he shoots and kills both Dr. Thomas and Martha Wayne. That night, Bruce vows to avenge his parents and wage war against crime. However, unbeknownst to Bruce, his very own father pulls the strings. Thomas connects him with Officer Gordon and Alfred Pennyworth, supplies him with the necessary tools and fabricates his own death in order to harden his son into a crime fighting machine....   [tags: Batman, Iliad, 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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A Comparison of the Role of Women in Homer’s Odyssey and Iliad

- The Role of Women in Odyssey and The Iliad The Iliad and Odyssey present different ideals of women, and the goddesses, who are presented as ideal women, differ between the two epics. The difference in roles is largely dependent on power, and relations to men, as well as sexual desirability and activity. The goddesses have a major role in both epics as Helpers of men. They have varied reasons for this.  One is a maternal instinct. This is displayed in the literal mother-son relationships of Aphrodite and Aeneas, Thetis and Achilles, and the protective instinct that Athene displays in Book 3 of the Iliad when Pandarus arrow shot an arrow at Menelaus and she "took her stand in front and ward...   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Homer: Blind or Captive

- ... He is most famous for composing The Iliad and The Odyssey. The Iliad is about the Trojan war and The Battle of Troy. In the beginning of the book Achilles fights with the chief king whose name is Agamemon, about a female slave, the soldiers gave her to him as a prize. The chief king takes the female slave and Achilles leaves the war. Achilles starts fighting again when Patroclus, Achilles close friend, is killed. Achilles kills the person who killed Patroclus. The Iliad ends there before Achilles dies from an arrow shot into his heel, and before the trojan horse is sent into Troy....   [tags: The Odyssey, ancient Greek poets]

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Essay About Love in Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey

- The Importance of Love in Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey   Homer’s Iliad was a tragedy illustrating the despair and useless suffering associated with war.    Homer's Odyssey was an epic tale of long suffering resolving in triumph.    Though there were a great many differences between the two works, there was an underlying theme of love which ran through both.     Not just the physical manifestation of infatuation, but the kind of love that makes one willing to die for another             The events portrayed in the Iliad were set in motion by love.    Paris' love for Helen and her love for Paris, resulting in Helen deserting Menelaus and leaving with Paris for Troy.    Helen, consumed by h...   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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The Odyssey in Oh Brother, Where Art Thou

- The Odyssey in Oh Brother, Where Art Thou The movie O Brother, Where Art Thou is a wonderful movie that was directed by the Coen brothers. The movie features a cast of talented actors, the movie has also won several awards. The book The Odyssey is a timeless classic and it was written by the mysterious bard Homer. The book tells the tale of our hero Odysseus as he attempts to make it home to his wife. There are many ways to relate the movie plot and characters, to Odysseus's journey in The Odyssey....   [tags: Film Movie O Brother, Where Art Thou]

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The Nature of Women Portrayed by Circe and Calypso in The Odyssey

- The Nature of Women Portrayed by Circe and Calypso in The Odyssey In Homer's composition, The Odyssey, the roles women play are very significant. The best examples of the true nature of women occur when Odysseus encounters Circe and Calypso. These two characters illustrate the thoughts and feelings of how women how a woman feels and how they think. As the quote states, Circe and Calypso illustrate how women really can be crafty, intelligent, sneaky, disloyal, and cruel. In contrast to battles with men, Cyclops, or animals, sexual battles with women are sometimes much more difficult to win....   [tags: Papers]

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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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How important is Book 11 to the overall meaning of The Odyssey?

- How important is Book 11 to the overall meaning of The Odyssey. The overall significance of Book 11 to the epic is that it shows how things change over time (Anticleia's death, the suitors at his home), which can be missed if someone is not around. It also shows us that the Ancient Greeks believe in destiny and intervention from the gods. The sacrifices and prayers from Odysseus and the attention he pays to Teiresias about returning to Ithaca show this. If he did not pay attention to Teiresias he may have done something to displease the gods (such as killing the 'Sun-gods' cattle and sheep)....   [tags: Classics]

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Odysseus's Personality in Odyssey by Homer

- There once was a man who used all of his Zues given abilities to save himself and his men more than once. He was never fearful of any situation that was to come. He was brave and ready to take on any challenge that was ahead of him. That man was King Odysseus of Ithaca, a man who used his wits to get out of any situation. Odysseus's wise use of his wits helped him survive for 20 years on the dangerous trip home. These wits of his were heroic, intelligent, and he was very well respected. Odysseus showed that he was heroic in countless situations....   [tags: heroic, intelligent, respected]

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Humble Life of Ulysses: Homer's Poem

- One of the greatest honors that a writer can behold is creating such an amazing piece of literature that resounds year after year. It is inherently known that Homer’s The Iliad and The Odyssey are some of these amazing texts. Alfred, Lord Tennyson wrote about The Odyssey in his famous poem Ulysses. Ulysses is Latin for Odysseus, the main character in Homer’s epic poem. In that poem, a man who has fought in the battle of Troy is on his way home, but it isn’t an easy travel. He is faced with many obstacles, and his home is being destroyed....   [tags: homer, ulysses, the odyssey, trojan war]

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Odyssey

- Telemachus is unsure about his role as prince. He has always been told he is Odysseus son, but it isn’t etched in stone. His mother could be deceiving him all along. Telemachus is still a young boy and is trying to grow into an adult. He has the potential to become a worthy king. This would be a very difficult task with no one that supports or loves you. Even the finest leaders need help and acceptance from others. He has to learn to work together with the people of his palace and turn it into something great....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Telemechus in The Odyssey

- The people who raise a child influence that child’s values. Telemechus in “The Odyssey” is the son of Odysseus, a hero from the battle of Troy. After Telemechus was born, Odysseus left for battle leaving Telemechus, and his wife, Penelope, for a sum of twenty years. Telemechus had to learn to become a man at a very young age because he had to uphold the position of the man in the household. He developed a way of modernized thinking for this time in Greece, this includes his disbelief in the gods or their power over human beings....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Jourody Journey of Homer's Odyssey, Joyce's Ulysses and Walcott's Omeros

- The Journey of Homer's Odyssey, Joyce's Ulysses and Walcott's Omeros      This essay explores how the theme of the journey, pervasive in Homer's Odyssey, find expression in James Joyce's Ulysses (1922) and Derrick Walcott's Omeros (1990), epics written in very different historical periods.  Common to all three epics is a plot structure that involves a protagonist who longs for home but who must first endure a life-altering change before he returns. The theme of the "journey" provokes an image of both a natural and spiritual quest occurring simultaneously, both significantly viable because each passage contributes equally to the manifestation of the maturing male identity....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Loyalty Conflicts between Family and State in Homer’s Odyssey, and Sophocles’ Oedipus the King and

- Loyalty Conflicts between Family and State in Homer’s Odyssey, and Sophocles’ Oedipus the King and Antigone Everyday we are faced with hundreds of decisions. Some of the decisions take very little time and are made without a second thought. Other decisions hold more at stake and can tear a person in two while trying to make the final decision. The basis of many of the hardest decisions is the conflict between family and state. The decision between pursuing a career and starting a family first is an example....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex]

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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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Odyssey Criticism

- Douglas Steward is a very highly regarded writer. In his works that focused on, "The Disguised Guest," he explains his views of Odysseus' self struggles that appear when he arrives back home. His point of views toward the mental and physical struggles that Odysseus goes through are hard to disagree with. He puts a strong emphasis on the effect that others are going to have on him, when he reveals himself. I strongly believe that is something every individual has a struggle with, whether it is coming out of a disguise or just something that is not usual to others....   [tags: Douglas Stewart]

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Images and Symbolism in The Odyssey

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

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