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Odysseus in The Hero and the Goddess and Calypso and Circe

- Odysseus in The Hero and the Goddess and Calypso and Circe   Reflections on the experience of Odysseus as related to Jean Houston's The Hero and the Goddess: The Odyssey as Mystery and Initiation and Alicia LeVan's Calypso and Circe      On the lush, luxuriant island of Ogygia, Odysseus spends seven years of his ten year journey home with the beautiful seductive nymph Calypso, who virtually possesses him and compels him to live a sensual but vegetative existence.  For ten years, surrounded by men, he lived out the male heroic ideal of warrior, then spent several years further testing himself against otherworldly obstacles....   [tags: Goddess Calypso]

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Calypso in the Caribbean

- Pansy ENG 401 Dr. Champagne December 11, 2013 Calypso in the Caribbean “She say she don’t like bamboo/but she don’t mind meh cane/She say cane juice real sweet/it does reach to she brain” are song lyrics from the calypso song “Sweet Cane Juice” sung in Roger McTair’s short story, “Visiting”. According to Britannica Encyclopedia, calypso is “a type of folk song primarily from Trinidad though sung elsewhere in the southern and eastern Caribbean islands. The subject of a calypso text, usually witty and satiric, is a local and topical event of political and social import, and the tone is one of allusion, mockery, and double entendre”....   [tags: music, Roger McTair, Visiting, Trinidad and Tobago]

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Music, Rhythm, And Blues, Soul And Calypso

- Early 1960s, a mix Caribbean musical style of jazz, rhythm-and-blues, soul and calypso surfaced from the cultural setting of the urban underclass of Kingston, Jamaica, then later gained ground in Africa in the 80s. Public opinion about African reggae artists is that, they are either illiterate or abuse illegal substances. While such stereotypes hold true for some, here is a man whose career has broken the barriers of such stereotypes with a career of pre–and post–‘born again.’ I am waiting in a music studio at Martin Luther’s Street in Lansing, Michigan....   [tags: Reggae, Bob Marley, Rastafari movement, Peter Tosh]

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Calypso and Circe in Homer's Odyssey

- Calypso and Circe The islands of Circe and Calypso in Homer’s Odyssey are places where Odysseus’ most challenging problems occur. In contrast to battles with men, Cyclops, or animals, sexual battles with women are sometimes much more difficult to win. These two female characters are especially enticing to Odysseus because they are goddesses. Though it is evident that Odysseus longs to return to Penelope in Ithaka, it sometimes appears that he has lost vision of what life was like with a wife, a son, and with thousands of people who regard him as King....   [tags: Homer Odyssey Essays Papers]

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The Mastery of Poseidon, Athena, and Calypso in The Odyssey, by Homer

- “A god is a difficult thing to master.” Homer means that gods can be mastered. Homer does not say that gods cannot be mastered. Basically, Homer says that although it is difficult, it is possible to master a god. Odysseus masters certain gods like Athena and Calypso, but he fails to even be friendly with other gods like Poseidon. Mastery is different for each God. Mastery of Athena is to receive her help, while the mastery of Calypso is to talk with her so there will be no future problems, but it seems Odysseus does not master Poseidon because Poseidon forces Odysseus to voyage for a long time....   [tags: classic, homer]

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Analysis Of Homer 's Odyssey, The Nymph Calypso

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

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Odysseus Is Not The Hero

- There is a hero in every story, the Odyssey is no different, Odysseus is the portrayed hero in this epic but Odysseus is not the hero. The characteristics that make a hero are courage, humility and selflessness and Odysseus doesn’t meet all the criteria. Although Odysseus was incredibly courageous and cunning that isn’t enough to classify him as the hero of the story. He wasn’t selfless, he may have longed to go home to his family and homeland, but these thoughts were contradicted by his actions....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Calypso, Cyclops]

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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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Calypso and Circe, Important Women of Homer's Odyssey

- Calypso and Circe, Important Women of Homer's Odyssey Of all the themes in the Odyssey, the one that seems to stand out is Odysseus's struggle to return home. There are many reasons why his journey is deterred, the most obvious being the women he encounters. Of the women, their are two that truly represent "the different aspects of creative and destructive feminiinty." (Taylor, 571) Calypso is a woman who carries the "true appeal" of a woman, beauty. She offers Odysseus eternal life, and an end to physical suffering....   [tags: Homer Odyssey womody]

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Music And Its Political And Cultural Influence

- Calypso Music and its Political and Cultural Influence When looking at music from Latin America, there are vast differences in the styles and types of music found. From Mexico’s mariachi to Brazil’s congado, music in Latin America is very different with each style having its own flavor. Each country possesses music that illustrates its history, and cultural evolution in its music, rhythm, and lyrics. For the southern and eastern Caribbean that music is Calypso. With its direct origins to African music and song, Calypso is intertwined with history and cultural evolution....   [tags: Atlantic slave trade, Slavery, Africa, Caribbean]

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The Desire To Live In An Utopian World

- Involuntarily, humans want, or in some cases need, to live in an utopian world. Calypso, a nymph and a goddess in Greek mythological times, was lucky enough to live in one of these perfect societies, even though it was short-lived. An author states in her online article, “She is a Goddess with several functions, a complex character, and as an individual she represents the dual nature of the feminine as both light and dark in a subtle, integrated/harmonious/in accordance way” (LeVan, par. 2). Her life was made complete by means of Odysseus, a mortal who washed onto the island and later became her prisoner....   [tags: Greek Literature]

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Minor Characters which Shift the Plot of Odyssey by Homer

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

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The Odyssey And Hymn Of Demeter

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

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Female Obstacles Faced By Odysseus

- Female Obstacles Faced by Odysseus in his Journey Home Odysseus’ journey home from Troy was seen as a long and tiring expedition, with many obstacles to overcome. The character of Odysseus that readers have come to know is broadly based on how he handled these difficulties through his way back from the Trojan War. He encountered many women who acted as the obstacles, making the journey home even longer. Odysseus’ travels home were not going to be short and he knew that, but encountering Calypso, the Sirens and Circe did not make it any better....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Trojan War, Greek mythology]

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Analysis Of Homer 's The Odyssey

- In the Odyssey, the reader was shown magnificent and spectacular landscapes. Some of these landscapes had similar aspects to them, yet each was unique. Furthermore, each culture was inexplicably connected to the civilization living there. In Homer’s The Odyssey, the landscapes of Calypso’s island, Phaeacia, and the Cyclops’ island, introduced the reader to the culture living in each landscape. Furthermore, it was apparent that the landscape and the culture were interdependent, each having a profound similarity to each other....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Trojan War, Ogygia]

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The Double Standard: Women Cast into the Shadow's of Men

- From the 12th century B.C. to today women have been pestered by the double standard. They have had to endure constant reminders that it is a man's world and they are just living in it. While women have tried to and continue to fight the double standard through various feminist movements overtime the problem still persists. The "war on women", as some like to call it, is nothing new and judging by how long the double standard has been around, it seems unlikely that the bar of equality between men and women will ever be perfectly just....   [tags: The Odyssey, The Canterbury Tales]

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Analysis Of Homer 's ' Odyssey '

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

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The Role of the Gods in the Odyssey

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

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The Good, The Bad, And The Beautiful

- The Good, the Bad, and the Beautiful There was no shortage of powerful female characters throughout the Archaic world. In fact, many of the most widely renowned figures in history are found in the works of Homer and other authors from this time period. These women often play an influential—and essential—role in the story. However, despite the presence of multiple powerful and strong-willed women in works such as Homer’s Odyssey, the most significant of these characters were created as hinderences to the male hero by means of their sexuality....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Circe, Athena]

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An Analysis Of ' The Odyssey '

- Divulging the Importance of Women Women have not always had power equal to men. When The Odyssey was composed, women’s roles were limited to childbirth and domestic duties. In The Odyssey, Homer foreshadowed how the perception and roles of women would change in the future. Odysseus, who is the main male character in the epic, strongly depended on the female characters. Homer gave women the roles of diverting, comforting, and assisting mortals throughout the story to show his readers that women are an important aspect to men’s lives....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Greek mythology, Telemachus]

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Homer 's Odyssey : The Odyssey

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

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The Odyssey, 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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Women During Dark Age Greece

- Women have not always been given power equal to men. During Dark Age Greece, the times The Odyssey was composed, women’s roles were almost limited to childbirth and domestic duties. In The Odyssey, Homer foreshadowed how the perception and roles of women would change in the future. Although the main character in The Odyssey, Odysseus, is a man, he would have never made it to Ithaca without the presence of the female characters. All the women in this epic are unique to one another, but they all come together to create the picture of the ideal woman we all know today....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Greek mythology, Telemachus]

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Analysis Of Homer 's ' The Odyssey '

- Homer’s epic, The Odyssey is one of the most influential tales to date. It is believed to be written during the twelfth century B.C.E and since then Homer continues to leave his audience in awe as he tells the story of Odysseus’ journey home after the Trojan War. This classic piece of Greek literature serves as a symbol for Greek culture. For example, Homer the relationships between host and house guest/parent and child/man and woman as well as the moral rules of ancient Greece. As the audience reads this epic they join Odysseus on his journey home and they are taught about the definition of heroism but, what is often over looked in this epic is the admiration he shows for women throughout t...   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Gender role, Greek mythology]

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Analysis Of Homer 's ' The Odyssey '

- Traits can be embodied in a number of ways: to make one villainous, heroic, and even admirable. Certain characteristics can make an individual more admirable, depending on the society. This was the case in Homer’s fictional epic poem, “The Odyssey,” in which one can see how the ancient Greeks’ preferred some traits over others. The character traits that were most admired in ancient Greece were, intelligence, loyalty, and pride/reputation because To begin with, Odysseus frequently uses his intelligence as his main tool for overcoming his external conflicts....   [tags: Ancient Greece, Odyssey, Greek mythology, Circe]

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The Odyssey And The Epic Of Gilgamesh

- Mortal and immortal women inspire many of the events that take place in The Odyssey and The Epic of Gilgamesh. For example, without the harlot, who “tames” Enkidu, the story of Gilgamesh would not be, as we know it. A chapter entitled, “Women in Ancient Epic” from A Companion to Ancient Epic by Helene Foley compares Ishtar in Gilgamesh to Calypso and Circe in The Odyssey. By comparing the role of immortal and mortal women in both The Odyssey and The Epic of Gilgamesh, one will be able to discern how the feminine figures have played a pivotal role in shaping the destiny of the epic heroes, as well as, understanding the interrelation amongst the female figures of both ancient epics....   [tags: Odyssey, Epic of Gilgamesh, Odysseus, Ishtar]

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The Connection Between Odysseus And Penelope

- Marriage is a commitment taken by two people to love and honor each other for life. however, what happens when a husband and wife have been separated by unforeseen circumstances. In Homer’s “The Odyssey” Odysseus is unable to return home after Poseidon send him off course. Odysseus is then separated from his wife for over ten years. While gone, Odysseus commits adultery with other women during his marriage to Penelope. Therefore, is there a connection between Odysseus and Penelope’s marriage in today’s society....   [tags: Marriage, Adultery, Trojan War, Odyssey]

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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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Music in the Caribbean

- Music is “The art of arranging sounds in time so as to produce a continuous, unified, and evocative composition, as through melody, harmony, rhythm, and timbre” ( Farlex, Inc 2013). Caribbean music has its own unique history, is very diverse with each island having its own unique genre of music. With so many different types of music out there and different performing artists these artists are looking for ways to make money by becoming popular. Music in the Caribbean was first developed by the Neo Indians around 1600 the Neo Indians died taken their culture and music....   [tags: Development, Genres, Effects]

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Brazil And Caribbean Culture

- Within Brazil and the Caribbean lies a racial mixture of cultures. Since the 1930's the people have, overall, enthusiastically adopted the notion that racial and cultural mixture defines this regions national identity (Samba 1). This region consists of a very historic background which has shaped the beliefs and customs of celebration, music and dance. Sugar cane was brought to the "new world" by Christopher Columbus on his second voyage in 1493 (Umbilical 99). The introduction of this new crop would bring about dramatic change the Caribbean....   [tags: Culture Brazil Caribbean]

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The Greeks' Fears in The Odyssey by Homer

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

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Moral And Ethical Dilemmas Of The Ramayana

- In everyday life, we must overcome the challenges that test our strength and will as well as to accept the ramifications that come in handling the situation. These events are known as moral and ethical dilemmas and in certain reading selections, the main characters are faced with fulfilling a parent’s desire, putting your life at risk, challenged to explore who you really are, and choosing to whether or not disclosing or doing something is the right thing to do. To begin with, fulfilling a parent’s wish could not only put you in danger, but others as well....   [tags: Ramayana, Rama, Hanuman, Odyssey]

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Analysis Of Homer 's Odyssey By Homer

- Homer’s Odyssey effectively demonstrates the numerous societal roles played out in Greek culture with a stress on the expectations of the two sexes, particularly those of females. Two main factions of women, categorized according to their differing levels of prestige, are used to represent the different ancient Greek women. The lower level is the common mortal woman, separated into women of sovereignty like Penelope and the everyday women like the housemaids. The higher level is the immortal goddess— ranging from well-known Pallas Athena to nymphs and witches like Circe and Calypso....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Greek mythology, Homer]

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Odysseus By Homer 's The Odyssey

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

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Patriarchy and Misogyny: What a Grand Ole Time

- When you think of ancient Greece, you probably think of togas, polytheism, epic heros, and olives. But do you how women were treated or veiwed. There is quite a lot of evidence displayed throughout manyplays, epics and other documents. Oedipus the King and The Odyssey are two ancient Greek works of literature that exemplify their society perfectly. Ancient Greece was a patriarchial society where women were treated as objects and sex symbols and misogyny was often present. In the play Oedipus the King, Oedipus the main character exhibits some misogyny shortly thereafter blinding himself and finding out he fulfilled the prophecy of murdering his father and marrying his mother....   [tags: Oedipus King, The Odissey]

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Free Essays on Homer's Odyssey: Book 5

- Odyssey Book 5 The beginning of the Odyssey portrays the chaos in Ithaca and the uncertainty and turmoil of Odysseus family as they have longingly awaited his return. Book 5 finally introduces Odysseus and his captor Calypso. The beginning of the novel illustrates how Odysseus is torn between the charm and will of Calypso and the love and loyalty to the family he has left behind. Calypso is described as beautiful; her island as a virtual Eden and her home a magnificent palace that awes even the gods themselves....   [tags: Homer Odyssey Essays]

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Real Strong Women: Women of Power in the Ancient Works

- From the role of the wily seductress, to the submissive housewife, to the raging warrior, women were a focal point of Ancient Greek works. Although they are often looked over and considered, the roles they played in their culture were undeniably important. Women may have been thought to have far less worth than a man, however, their undeniable power and influence in Greek society cannot be overlooked. The substantial position they held is verified in numerous texts of the era, including the works of Homer, Virgil, and Ovid....   [tags: Greek epic, Homer, Ovid, Virgil]

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The Epic Of The Odyssey By Homer

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

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Is Jason And Heracles The Worst Hero?

- Final Exam Arveen Mayordomo CLAS 2520 D01 Student Number: 7695759 Although Jason and Heracles both accomplished amazing feats, the way they treated women would make them the worst heroes in Greece because they besmirched the sanctity of marriage and disrespected women. Jason abandoned Medea, who loved him and sacrificed many things for his success, and Heracles was unfaithful and defiled many women in Greece, using them for his own pleasure. Although Odysseus had an affair with two other women, he can still be considered the best hero as he treated women with respect and relentlessly attempted to return home to his wife in Ithaca....   [tags: Odyssey, Greek mythology, Odysseus, Hera]

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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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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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Women During The Odyssey By Homer

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

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Insight Into Odysseus

- What picture of Odysseus does Homer create in the first part of Book 5 of The Odyssey. Book 5 is the first book in The Odyssey where we are introduced to our hero, Odysseus, although we have already formed some opinions of him through the Telemachi. The opening scene of book 5 brings us to Mount Olympus, where the Gods are holding a meeting when Athene, Zeus’ daughter brings up Odysseus’ plight. We learn that he is kind, generous and law abiding, although Athene states he “might just as well devote his days to tyranny and lawless deeds” as everyone in Ithaca (as well as the Gods) seem to have forgotten all of the good he has done in his absence....   [tags: Greek Literature]

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Rise of Odysseus

- Epics were originally oral and later became narratives. The basic guideline for epics is long narrative poems that are about a serious or worthy event. In this case the epic has to do with the events of a hero that represented an entire nation. The events of this hero are dramatic and tae place in a vast amount of area, which makes it more worthy. The epic poem also includes super natural human beings, another requirement for epics. In Homers The Odyssey Trans. Robert Fitzgerald. New York: Vintage Books, 1990 the use or these epic requirements employ the tale in a exceptional fashion....   [tags: Greek Literature]

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

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

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Portrayal of Women in Homer's Odyssey

- The Odyssey:  Portrayal of Women How does Homer portray women in the epic, The Odyssey?  In order to answer this question you must look at woman and goddesses as two separate groups of "people".  This is because they are portrayed in tow separate ways.  You see, a regular woman like Penelope is looked at as beautiful but has very few rights.      If we first look at Penelope we see how beautiful she must be, because we know that she has a lot of suitors staying at her house and they all want to marry her.  It is not until later on that we find out how low in society mortal women are.  The first time this is shown is when Telemukus has to choose one of the suitors to be his mother...   [tags: Homer Odyssey womody]

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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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Like Father Like Son

- THESIS STATEMENT Throughout the epic the Odyssey the theme like father like son is demonstrated through Telemachus following in his father’s (Odysseus) footsteps. PURPOSE STATEMENT It is evident that through extensive research on the Odyssey, Telemachus evolves into a character similar to his father Odysseus in this epic. INTRODUCTION Imagine ten grueling years of constant bloodbath at war. After all that horror facing journeying on vicious waters: battling a sea monster, traveling to the underworld, and angry gods attempting to wreak havoc everywhere you go....   [tags: Character Analysis, Telemachus, Odysseus]

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Lust in Homer's The Odyssey and Aristophanes’ Lysistrata

- Lust in Homer's The Odyssey and Aristophanes’ Lysistrata Lust is defined as an intense longing or a sexual desire. It is a common theme in literature; particularly in classic Greek literature. The reason it is so prevalent in literature is that is prevalent in our daily lives. Everyone lusts after something or someone. It is an interesting topic to examine closely, and classic literature is an excellent medium for such an investigation. Two works I have studied, in which lust is a theme, are an epic, Homer's The Odyssey, and a play, Aristophanes’ Lysistrata....   [tags: Odyssey Lysistrata Homer Aristophanes Essays]

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The oddyssey in popular culture

- 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” parallels with a number of the themes in Homer’s the Odyssey. The Odyssey’s themes involving Odysseus’ journey back home and the aid of gods and goddesses directly influence “Calypso.” The first stanza in Calypso is influenced by Odysseus’ journey to back to his homeland. The first couple of lines compare a dream to sailing on the ocean where at times it is crystal clear and calm while other times like riding on the “crest of a wild raging storm”....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Degradation of Women in Caribbean Music

- As one moves past the initial onslaught of rhythmic beats that calypso has to offer, it is difficult to miss the way in which it reverberates with negative and demoralizing images of women to their male counterparts. Whether it is within the lyrics of Sparrow’s “Drunk and Disorderly” or Square One’s “My Ding-a Ling”, an ample number of verses are often dedicated to making lewd comments about the female body and the suggestive body language described through thinly veiled rhymes and puns, can be offensive depending on the listener....   [tags: Music]

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Feminism and the Power Struggle of Women in Ancient Greece

- Feminism and the power struggle of women in Ancient Greece Women are a very prominent part of the Greek society. Their role has influenced and shaped the Greek society to a very large extent. Women have been shown in many different lights in the Greek works of Odyssey and Iliad which we have covered in our class. The works that I will be citing in this essay, namely Homer’s poems Odyssey and Iliad talk about many prominent women such as Helen of Troy, Penelope and also many other Goddesses. Homer’s poems talk about the various traits of Greek women and portray their characteristics by describing their traits and the events they were involved in....   [tags: Greek Literature]

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Comparing The Aeneid And Homer 's The Odyssey

- We have read two myths of great heroes this semester, Virgil’s The Aeneid and Homer’s The Odyssey. In both of these tales we get to go along with two great heroes on their journey home and all of the troubles that they face. Although these stories tell us about two great heroes and their journey there are a lot of differences. In this paper I will compare and contrast scenes from both myths and suggest a reason that this borrowing was appropriate for what Vergil was trying to do with his version of the myth....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Trojan War, Poseidon]

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Penelope and Odysseus, Ideal for Each Other

- Prompt: Penelope is the ideal woman for Odysseus. What are some common characteristics that they share. How many couples can remain faithful to each other even when they have been separated for twenty years. In The Odyssey by Homer, Penelope overcomes numerous obstacles to wait for Odysseus’s return while he struggles to overcome the perils of his journey and return to Penelope. By overcoming these challenges, Penelope and Odysseus demonstrate their shared characteristics of loyalty and cunning that make them ideal for each other....   [tags: Loyalty, Cunning, Marriage]

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Analysis Of The Poem ' Iris '

- Iris The iris is the name of colored part of the eye. Inside the iris is the pupil, and surrounded by it is the sclera. In Greek mythology, Iris was the name of the goddess of the rainbow. She was also a messenger to the gods. Iris was also responsible for replenishing the Earth with tranquility after a time of disruption. Inside the eye, the iris had gotten its name because it is full of color and hue, representing many shades in the rainbow, which the goddess Iris was in charge of. Pan Pan is the name of movie released in 2015 displaying the journey of a young orphaned boy who is magically sent away to Neverland....   [tags: Greek mythology, Trojan War, Dionysus, Zeus]

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Epic Take Home Test By Siena Stroh

- Epic take home test Siena Stroh Question number nine The great rooted bed in the Odyssey symbolizes the strength of Odysseus and Penelope marriage and the bond they have between. The bed has withstood everything thrown at it as did Odysseus and Penelope. Their marriage is strong like an olive tree. The olive tree is also a symbol of Athena the goddess of wisdom and peace. Since Odysseus had carved their bed from the Olive tree when they were first married and has built their castle around the bed....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Marriage, Trojan War]

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Analysis Of Homer 's The Odyssey

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

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Sappho 's `` Deathless Aphrodite ``

- Can a simple emotion such as love be regarded as one of the greatest weapons to create or attain power. It’s a renowned fact that human beings are by nature designed to need, crave, and even require love as part of their survival mechanisms. It comes to no surprise that one of the first accounts of antique poetry maintains love and the craving for it as its main theme; thereby, reinforcing the deep importance that it upholds in the lives of many individuals. Sappho’s “Deathless Aphrodite” clearly epitomizes the suffering and bitterness that arises from an unrequited love....   [tags: Love, Interpersonal relationship, Romance]

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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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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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Chapter Analysis: Odysseus by Homer

- 1) Odysseus leaves for war in Troy and has trouble coming back, because Poseidon is upset with Odysseus. Athena goes to Ithica to try to help Telemachus (Odysseus’s son). Telemachus’s mother has so many suitors at her palace wanting to marry her. Telemachus and Athena (disguised) go to an old family friends house and asks for help. Athena tells Telemachus to go find his dad. (2-3) There was an assembly for the suitors and everyone. They are making Penelope marry someone. She says she will pick someone after she is done weaving something....   [tags: war, gods, prophet]

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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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Buy Essays Online: Flaws of Society and Man Revealed in Odyssey

- Flaws of Society and Man Revealed in Odyssey        Society is formed around morals, but society is ruined by the flaws of the citizens.  Man has come a long way since the time of Homer, yet there are still many blemishes prominent in man, which binds man to society and society to man.  Homer uses Odyssey to address and analyze these flaws of society and man such as man's distrusting spirit, man's survival based on others' misfortune, and man's nature to gain unworthy assistance through pity.  These vices are universal, and no one, not even the immortals, may eliminate them.             One of the main flaws with man is their distrusting spirit.  Even Odysseus himself, is distrustful...   [tags: Odyssey essays]

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The Hero’s Journey in Homer's The Odyssey

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

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Threatening Women of Homer's Odyssey

- The Threatening Women of Homer's Odyssey         Aristotle called this poem 'a story of character' which is very true, as the analysis of people in the Odyssey id detailed and they are carefully depicted. Though the women still remain a fairly mysterious force that test Odysseus' determination for 'nostos' (hero's return home), requiring the man whose words are "like snowflakes" to use every trick he has to evade their threat, his civility not allowing him to strike them. In the Underworld, Agamemnon made it very clear in his enlightened state (consider the wiser Achilles who now regrets his noble death - "rather work the soil as a serf...than be King of all these lifeless dead" 11.490), a...   [tags: Homer, Odyssey Essays]

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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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The Strength in Mortality

- The Strength in Mortality During his monumental journey, Odysseus grows from a gallant young warrior to a wise and mature adult. Odysseus initially finds himself fighting for a name, this is equivalent, for humans, to the immortality of the gods. Odysseus concludes that the death-defying mortal life, with its danger and relationships of love, is far superior to a purposeless and shallow immortality. Every courageous attempt towards his ultimate goal of returning to Ithaca and Penelope is tempered by the adventurous nature of the event....   [tags: Papers]

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The Odyssesy

- Do gods and goddesses need to intervene for Odysseus or anyone. The gods and goddesses in the Odyssesy intervene often like a human parent on a child's life. The immortals intervened when sending Odysseus home, quenching the wrath of Poseidon, and settling the suitors' xenia abuse on Odysseus' house. Maybe it is the hamartia of humanity to have the gods and goddesses to show our own hubris. The gods and goddesses oftenly intervened in getting Odysseus home. Matthew Bolton points in a article to Great Neck Publishing that Athena petitions to Zeus in setting Odysseus free from the island nymph goddess Calypso....   [tags: Literary Analysis]

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The Odyssesy

- Do gods and goddesses need to intervene for Odysseus or anyone. The gods and goddesses in the Odyssesy intervene often like a human parent in a child's life. The immortals intervened when sending Odysseus home, quenching the wrath of Poseidon, and the abuse of the xenia on Odysseus' house. Maybe it is the hamartia of humanity to have the gods and goddesses to show our own hubris. The gods and goddesses often intervened in getting Odysseus home. Matthew Bolton points out that Athena petitions Zeus to set Odysseus free from the island nymph goddess Calypso....   [tags: Literacy Analysis]

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Grounded in Love

- How does love govern a family. It governs husbands to return to their wives, to go on a journey to home. We have all been on a journey. A journey, however, does not usually include coming home. The Odyssey is Odysseus’s journey home to his family. Home is where the family is. While the relationship in a healthy family is communication, there are some instances in the Odyssey where there is an unhealthy relationship. In the Odyssey, are the families that are portrayed ‘rooted and grounded in love?” The loving relationship of family had valuable impact on Odysseus, that he made the journey home, while other families became scattered....   [tags: Literary Analysis]

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The Odyssey By Homer Is An Epic That Depicts The Life And Journey Of Greek War

- The Odyssey by homer is an epic that depicts the life and Journey of Greek war hero Odysseus, who left for war twenty years prior and had yet to return to his home ten years after the end of his battle in the Trojan War. On his first attempt to return home he was shipwrecked and was the only survivor he landed on the island of Ogygia where he was held captive as a sex slave by the the beautiful goddess calypso who was in madly love with him. Also depicts the many roadblocks he faced with on his journey home which mostly includes his many Encounters with various women....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Athena, Woman]

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Comparing and Contrasting the Journeys of Odysseus’ and Telemachus’ in The Odyssey

- Odysseus’ and Telemachus’ journeys or nostos were both very similar and different. They parallel each other in some ways but they are also completely different at other times. Telemachus starts as a younger, less mature boy, and without the presence of his father during his childhood, he becomes a timid, shy and spineless boy who is greatly pampered by his mother. He has even more to achieve, being the son of a world-famous father, and this is a very difficult reputation to live up to. His journey, and after that the killing of the suitors who took advantage of him really show how his journeys and problems throughout the book mature him from being a shy, timid boy into a mature man....   [tags: The Odyssey, compare and contrast]

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Xenia Is The Ancient Greek Concept Of Hospitality, The Generosity And Courtesy

- Odyssey Essay “Xenia is the ancient Greek concept of hospitality, the generosity and courtesy shown to those who are far from home and/or associates of the person bestowing guest-friendship.” This concept includes the guest reciprocating the generosity and kindness to the host. In Homer’s The Odyssey the concept of Xenia is prominently shown throughout the story and used to both help and hinder the characters’ journeys. In most cases, the hospitality displayed between the characters mutually benefits both host and guest....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Trojan War, Greek mythology]

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Female Characters Of The Odyssey And The Epic Of Gilgamesh

- The Odyssey by Homer tells the account of the celebrated king Odysseus and of his great feats on his way back to Ithaca, much like the Epic of Gilgamesh expresses the feats of the great king Gilgamesh and his friend Endiku. These male characters are exemplified in their incredible feats and capabilities. However, many of these deeds would not be possible without the help of the female characters. The seemingly perfect male characters have their greatest weakness in women and many of their pitfalls are a result of encounters with women....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Epic of Gilgamesh, Epic poetry]

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The Exploration at the End of the World

- The Exploration at the Edge of the World Darwin called it a red and green dragon. It was basking in the sunlight. It heeded the explorer no attention, finding his presence an inadequate reason to move. This is the encounter that inspired Jacques Cousteau’s adventure into the Archipelago and underwater depths of the Galapagos Islands (Cousteau and Diolé). Jacques-Yves Cousteau was born on the French Island of St. Andre-De-Cubzac, on June 11, 1910. He was a sickly child. Diagnosed with Enteritis, the inflammation of his intestines, he was confined to his bed on many occasions....   [tags: Jacques Cousteau, Galapagos Islands]

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

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

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Analysis Of Homer 's ' The Odyssey '

- Violence in The Odyssey Violence in literature may take any form, whether it be natural disaster like and earthquake or a human based disaster like war (Campbell). In Homer’s The Odyssey both types are found… whether it’s Odysseus’s hardships like making it home or dealing with the wrath of the god Poseidon. Every violent scene has its own reasons, some are more reasonable than others. For instance, the gods were angered by the disobedience of the mortals. This is more reasonable than the killing of the Cyclops....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Trojan War, Penelope]

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The Odyssey : A Story Of The Struggles

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

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Analysis Of Homer 's ' The Odyssey '

- As Skylla struck to cast six of Odysseus’s men into Hades, the reader can only imagine the sort of turn the story would take if Odysseus himself were seized. The hero would be reunited with his mother in the underworld, his yearn for home aches more than ever before. But in fact, the hero prevails as does his quest for Ithaca and his wife; for whom he despairs in the heavy prospect of immortality. Because he lives, the test of the heroic code demands a price and an answer to whether or not Odysseus will have his glory and vengeance against the suitors that impede on his territory....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Marriage, Trojan War]

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The Art of Storytelling in The Odyssey

- The Odyssey is a classic example of great literature, read and enjoyed both under the bright lights of the classroom and the cozy warmth of the home—this idea is well-known. Yet, there exists a question as to how Homer's “story of a man never at a loss” has managed to maintain the attention of the world to this day. C.S Lewis hints at the answer in his book, The Horse and His Boy: “For in Calormen, story-telling (whether the stories are true or made up) is a thing you're taught, just as English boys and girls are taught essay-writing....   [tags: Homer, Greek Classics]

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