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The Odyssey, By Odysseus And Odysseus

- Topic #5 Ancient Greeks practiced their religion very seriously and ultimately being accepted by a Greek god or goddess was crucial to a Greek mortals life. In Homer’s The Odyssey, the different relationships between Poseidon and Odysseus, Odysseus and Athena and Telemachus and Athena affect whether or not Odysseus’ will fulfill his nostos – his homecoming. When in trouble or doubt, one prays to a higher being. In Ancient Greece, when mortals were in need of answers, clarification or guidance they would pray to the appropriate Greek god or goddess....   [tags: Odyssey, Greek mythology, Odysseus, Trojan War]

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Odysseus' Journey Home

- During Odysseus’ journey back home to Ithaca, him and his crew encountered many evils and troubles. Almost every one of these took at least one of his men. Scylla is an example of this. This monster took six of Odysseus’ men while on the journey home. Nearly ever was it Odysseus’ fault. His men caused most of the problems that haunted them back to Ithaca. His hardships started when he was sent off to fight in the Trojan War. He had to fight because he had made an oath to Helen’s husband that he would always defend her honor....   [tags: Odysseus, ]

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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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Odysseus and Penelope

- Odysseus and Penelope Odysseus and Penelope are the best two example of what it really means to be human because of their great courage to overcome all obstacles for a greater cause. There is not one true definition on what it means to be human, but the most knowledgeable definition of “human” is to be created in the image of God. The attributes that really set humans apart from all the other animals on earth are imagination, reason, and will. These three human faculties make us who we are because we have the ability to counter plate our own mortality....   [tags: Odysseus, Analysis]

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Odysseus By Homer 's The Odyssey

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

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Comparing Odysseus And Thor ( Film )

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

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Odysseus Is A Man Like No Other

- Throughout literature, the reader often familiarizes themselves with the main character as it experiences changes in the story. In the epic poem The Odyssey translated by Richmond Lattimore, Homer, the author of the epic depicts the story of Odysseus, King of Ithaka and his journey back to his basileia after the decade long Trojan War. Several characteristics are apparent to the reader as Odysseus journey back to Ithaka emerges. His great Homeric leader traits proves to the reader that he is the epic hero of this time in the eyes of Homer....   [tags: Odyssey, Homer, Odysseus, Iliad]

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Odysseus : An Epic Hero

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

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The Odyssey And The Eventual Return Of Odysseus

- Agape, commonly known as parental love, is a driving force behind all conflict and relationships found throughout the tangled plot of the Odyssey. Agape is just one of the six Greek subdivisions of love, however its impact on Homer’s epic is far-reaching and solidifies bonds that perpetuate the plot. The feudal society governing relations in ancient Greece require unique bonds between the vast quantity of kings and lords. This boundless form of parental love progresses the flow of the plot by forming alliances, innating trust/distrust, and molding the reputation of key characters....   [tags: Odyssey, Athena, Zeus, Odysseus]

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Relationship Between Odysseus And Telemachus

- Relationship between Odysseus and Telemachus Many times in stories, an author will put emphasis on relationships to strengthen the reader’s idea about the similarity between the two characters. In “The Odyssey”, Homer introduces us to many relationships, some small and some big. While they are all important, Homer puts some more emphasis on the bigger relationships like Telemachus and Penelope, Odysseus and Athena, and the biggest one, Odysseus and Telemachus. Even though Odysseus and Telemachus have not been together for most of the epic and have never even met each other before, Homer specifies their similarities throughout the poem....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Homer, Iliad]

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Odysseus Fighting with his Allies

- For ten years the great Odysseus has been fighting alongside his allies in Troy, witnessing the horrors of war. Unfortunately, his journey home becomes an enduring trial filled with adversity and temptation and at times delivers sights worse than any battle scene. Odysseus, a war legend and wise man, must face monsters, muses, and gods who test him along the way and bear limitless catastrophes for him. Throughout his journey from Troy to Ithaka, Odysseus must struggle against the limitations of his human nature – specifically against pride, sensuality, and the temptation of curiosity....   [tags: odysseus, troy, curiosity]

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The Fatal Pride of Odysseus

- Odysseus is known as a great war hero and leader who encounters and conquers unimaginable obstacles in his quest to return to Ithaca. This is understandable, given that Homer often uses Odysseus’ point of view in recounting his tortuous ten-year journey. However, beneath the surface is another perspective that is often overlooked, namely, that of Odysseus’ men who accompany him on this journey. Odysseus often glosses over his shortcomings as a leader and accentuates or even exaggerates his successes....   [tags: odysseus, homer, cicones]

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Odysseus Is A True Epic Hero

- In Homer’s The Odyssey, the character of Odysseus is renowned as a noble epic hero. However, is Odysseus’ reputation truly justified by his intellect and cunning. Is he truly one “who for all craft am noted among men, and my renown reaches to heaven” (80). Or is he, as a mortal man, also susceptible to the temptation of pride and boastfulness. Nevertheless, while Odysseus shows instances of rashness and naivety during his journey, such as lingering in the cyclops’ cave and revealing his name to Polyphemus, he evidently matures as a character and epic hero throughout the journey, such as when he disguises himself when he returns to Ithaca and when he devises a plan to defeat the suitors....   [tags: Odyssey, Homer, Trojan War, Odysseus]

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Is Odysseus Truly Loyal?

- Is Odysseus Truly Loyal Has someone you know ever gone on a trip or journey and has not been loyal. In the Odyssey by Homer, Odysseus went on a journey and cheated on his wife Penelope. Odysseus is the king of Ithaca, he left for Troy to fight the Trojans because Paris, a Trojan, kidnapped Helen a Geek. He has been gone for 20 years and is trying to make it back to Ithaca and his wife Penelope. Odysseus is not loyal to Penelope because he sleeps with multiple women , he did not truly care how fast he got home and he does not act very urgent to be with Penelope when he does get home....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Penelope, Telemachus]

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Odysseus Is An Unreliable Narrator And A Liar

- I’ve always admired stories about a character who confronts a foe that is more adept than them and, by the end of the tale, becomes more wise and stronger than what they were in the beginning of the story. It reminds me of what it’s like to grow up; it reminds me of when I was a kid and how I grew up to become who I am today. Therefore, I chose Telemachus as my main focus because his story involves him changing from a gripping, young man to a cunning, mature man. Also, I’d like to point out that I didn’t choose Odysseus because throughout majority of the text, when he is the narrator, Homer reveals that Odysseus is an unreliable narrator and a liar....   [tags: Odyssey, Homer, Trojan War, Odysseus]

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The Odyssey : The Epic Journey Of Odysseus

- The Odyssey narrates the epic journey of Odysseus to get back home. The story is divided in 24 books that starts with the current situation in Ithaca among Telemachus, Penelope and their concern about whether the king of Ithaca is alive or dead, 10 years after the fall of Troy. Since there was not much information about Odysseus’s location, the king’s position was thought to be open between many suitors, who wanted to marry Penelope and rule Ithaca. At this point of the story is where Greek mythology takes place by the intervention of the god Zeus and Athena, discussing Odysseus’s faith....   [tags: Odyssey, Greek mythology, Odysseus, Zeus]

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Odysseus : An Epic Hero

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

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Comparing Odysseus And The Odyssey

- The Odyssey’s protagonist, Odysseus, King of Ithica, husband of Penelope and father of Telemachus was reknown for his craftiness. When Helen is abducted and Menelaus calls upon his allies to honour their oaths and help him to retrieve her. Odysseus tries to avoid going to war by feigning lunacy and starts sowing his fields with salt, as an oracle had prophesied a long-delayed return home for him if he went. However, Palamedes, sent by Menelaus’s brother Agamemnon places his infant son Telemachus in front of his plow....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Iliad, Trojan War]

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Odysseus : A Hero For Triumphing

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

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Is Odysseus Truly A Hero?

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

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Summary Of Homer 's ' Odysseus '

- Summary: Odysseus begins telling his story to the king and queen beginning from when he left Troy and begins with his home island of Ithaca. He tells of how he made Calypso believe that he loved her and then begins filling in details from the Trojan War to being captured by Calypso. He recounts the tails of the land of the Kikonians, the lotus eaters, and then of how the cyclops just wanted to eat all of them and Odysseus had to use trickery in order to escape the island, but is foolish enough to let the cyclops know his real name....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Trojan War, Greek mythology]

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Analysis Of Homer 's ' Odysseus '

- The overall impression of the legendary hero, Odysseus, is one of great honor. His strength, resilience, and ambition, raises a level of respect and admiration among everyone he encounters. His trials and tribulations throughout two decades of death and adventures only amplifies his complex mind. In order to choose a single characteristic of Odysseus, one must strip back all of his strengths and flaws alike to reveal the true core of his nature. Odysseus is illuminated by his audacious essence. This supplies a level of originality and bold decision making that most others do not have the privilege of naturally having....   [tags: Odyssey, Trojan War, Trojan Horse, Odysseus]

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Odysseus Vs. Homer 's The Odyssey

- A person’s mental and physical attributes say a lot about a person. Personalities such as being intelligent and having muscle can have its downfalls. However, one of the main personality traits that can either help or hurt a person is a person’s pride. We see this in the Greek epic The Odyssey. In Homer’s The Odyssey, Odysseus is well-known not only for his, muscle and physical attributes but also his intelligence, courage, and mental attributes and they are all equal when it becomes to the importance of Odysseus....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Homer, Poseidon]

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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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The Hero Of Odysseus From The Odyssey

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

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Odysseus, The Maestro Man

- Odysseus, The Maestro Man Throughout the epic poem of The Odyssey readers are exposed to the man that captures the interest of many, Odysseus. Odysseus is portrayed as a ‘godlike’ man as well being deemed a warrior of his own class, beyond all men in mind and in comparison, the Hugh Heffner of his time. He is everything men aspire to be in many ways as well as being profoundly in touch with his emotions when it comes to women. Odysseus shows this in many different ways from tears for his wife Penelope to the heartbreak for his long-dead mother, Antikleia....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Greek mythology, Hermes]

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The Beginning Of The Story Of Odysseus

- The beginning of the story takes place after the Trojan War. All of the Greek gods have returned home besides Odysseus. He was the only survivor of the Trojan War but now he has been taken captive by the nymph. Calypso has falling in love with him and won’t let him leave. But while this is happening his wife Penelope is watching his kingdom in Ithaca. Athena goes to her father Zeus and begs him to allow Odysseus to come home. She goes to Ithaca to talk to Telemachus. Athena believes that Odysseus is alive and tries to convince him to stand up and find more information about his father....   [tags: Odyssey, Greek mythology, Trojan War, Odysseus]

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Odysseus : The Hero 's Journey

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

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Odysseus: An Interesting Hero in Greek Mythology

- There are many ways that Odysseus showed that he is smart. Odysseus showed that he can solve problems using his intelligence when he defeated the cyclops Polyphemus, defeated Troy with the Trojan Horse, and disguised himself as a beggar in order to sneak into his own castle. He proved himself in Troy by devising a plan to sneak inside the city in a giant wooden horse. He showed he was intelligent when battling the cyclops by feeding him wine to cause him to fall asleep and then stabbing him in the eye....   [tags: odysseus, trojans, cyclopes, polyphemus]

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Odysseus : A Heroic Hero

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

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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 The Book ' Odysseus '

- Joshua.Sikarevich 1-20-14 Book 1: The narrator calls upon the Muse to avail him tell the story of Odysseus. We pick up ten years after the fall of Troy in the Trojan War (the subject of The Iliad). In endeavoring to return home, Odysseus and his shipmates had numerous adventures, but now Odysseus has been isolated on the island of Ogygia for the last eight years, captive of the resplendent goddess Kalypso. We are told that Poseidon, god of the sea, will make Odysseus ' journey home to Ithaka even more arduous (he is exasperated that Odysseus has visually impaired his son, the Cyclops Polyphemus), and trouble awaits the surmounting hero back in Ithaka, additionall...   [tags: Odyssey, Trojan War, Odysseus, Greek mythology]

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Characteristics Of Odysseus From The Book ' Odyssey '

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

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The Journey Of Odysseus By Homer 's The Odyssey

- Journeys we take can be transformative, life-changing experiences. Life itself, in fact, is sometimes called a “journey.” Journeys need not always involve physical travel; one may cover much ground without ever leaving home. Choose two or more characters from the Odyssey and discuss how their travels (physical, emotional, imaginative, spiritual etc.) help to shape, develop, and transform them. Every journey one takes is a life-changing experience that transforms them in some way. Not all journeys are mainly about physical travel....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Trojan War, Homer]

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Odysseus Is A Hero From The Trojan War

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

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Odysseus Vs. Homer 's Odyssey

- Throughout The Odyssey, there is a reoccurring theme of either Odysseus being helped by the gods, or being punished by them. There are certain gods or goddesses that like Odysseus and want to see him get home, and there are some that want nothing less than to see Odysseus die at sea. Some gods have a major impact on his journey, while others have a minor impact, but Odysseus needed both in order for him to get home. We could argue that with all of the gods help, they were the ones who determined the course of events....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Poseidon, Greek mythology]

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Odysseus ' Character Development : Homer 's Odyssey

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

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The Odyssey : A Huge Component Of Odysseus 's Journey Home

- Women in the Odyssey were a huge component of Odysseus’s journey home. Without these women, Odysseus’s home would have broken down, and he would have never gotten home. His wife, Penelope, is one of these women. She stays loyal to her husband and never gives up hope on his return. She is curious about people and tests them to be able to trust them, just like her husband. Another woman is Odysseus’s old nurse, Eurykleia. She may be old, yet she puts forth the efforts and power to assist Penelope with the control over the household....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Marriage, Athena]

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How Is Odysseus A Portrait Of Ideal Human Figure For The Greeks?

- Exam 1 4.) Discuss the specific arête of Odysseus. How is Odysseus a portrait of ideal human figure for the Greeks. How does his interaction with the divine realm (i.e. gods and goddesses) play a role in this portrait. In the Odyssey, Odysseus has many arête characteristics throughout the epic. He is considered a hero and has become the definition of arête in many ways. He exudes valor with the way that he faces danger during his ten year voyage; where he encounters many dangerous situations. He speaks to his men when they encounter another dangerous situation and says to them “Come on, men, this isn’t the first time we’ve run into trouble....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Cyclops, Poseidon]

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Movie Analysis: The Mummy Can Be Compared to Odysseus

- What makes a person a hero. Is it strength and humility or is it simply the courage. In the movie The Mummy, Rick O’Connell can be compared to Odysseus in the movie The Odyssey. Rick and Odysseus have to face many challenges in order to survive. Rick and Odysseus face challenges in many different ways while being tested or simply fighting to the end. They do whatever they can so that they are able to survive. Rick and Odysseus have to sacrifice things like their family and money if they want to survive....   [tags: hero, rick, odysseus]

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The Odyssey By Homer, Odysseus, King Of Ithaca And The Conqueror Of Troy

- To the ancient Greeks the definition of “hero” is very different than it is today. In The Odyssey, an epic poem written by the ancient Greek poet known as Homer, the story of Odysseus, king of Ithaca and the conqueror of Troy, journey home. This journey takes ten years and in those years Odysseus has many more adventures and mishaps. Throughout these happenings, Odysseus is called a hero, a title that he does not deserve. Odysseus shows qualities such as abysmal leadership abilities, courage to the point of hubris and loyalty to his home, but not to his family....   [tags: Odyssey, Greek mythology, Odysseus, Homer]

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Odysseus ' Identity And Its Progression Throughout The Book ' The Odyssey '

- Homer’s famous work, The Odyssey, is the epic tale of Odysseus’ decade-long journey to return home from the Trojan War. It was during the finale of the war, Battle of Troy, that Odysseus employed his celebrated Wooden Horse stratagem. His treacherous journey home is marked by catastrophe after catastrophe, but Homer uses these challenges to develop Odysseus’ character, to humble him and to give him knowledge. This essay will examine Odysseus’ identity and its progression throughout the book; the explanation of the metaphor of “home”; ancient Greek society; and the character development of Penelope, Telemachus and the Suitors....   [tags: Odyssey, Trojan War, Homer, Odysseus]

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Odysseus Is The Only Greek Survivor Of The Trojan War

- Events like these are those that aren’t planned or even thought of but for some reason happen a lot in mythology. On the other hand we have Odysseus, a man who has experienced many twist and turns of fate and has suffered a numerous amount of hardships. According to the book Odysseus is the only Greek survivor of the Trojan War who had not yet returned home or died trying. They explained how he was captive in the island Ogygia by the “bewitching nymph” Calypso who wants him for her husband. Back in Mount Olympus Athena plead to her father to let Odysseus back and to return home....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Trojan War, Greek mythology]

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Odysseus: A Hero

- Odysseus: A Hero Heroism was not an invention of the Greeks. Yet, through the first hundreds years of their civilization, the Greek literature has already given birth to highly polished and complex long epics that revolved around heroes. These literature works gave many possibilities of definition of heroism. The Greeks illustrated heroism to obey the rules laid down by the gods and goddesses, and those who obey the rules would gain honor and fame. The Greeks regarded intelligence as one of the highest gifts that all heroes must posses....   [tags: Greek Gods Odysseus Sophocles Essays]

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Character Analysis of Odysseus in the Odysseus by Homer

- Who was Odysseus. Odysseus was the main character in a story titled The Odyssey; which was written by Homer. In the story, Odysseus is trying to sail back to his home on Ithaca, but on the way home, he encounters a little trouble. Throughout the story he portrays bravery, intelligence, and stays loyal to his crew. Odysseus was brave. He came upon an island of Cyclopes, one-eyed monsters and entered their cave. Despite his crew, who wanted to leave, because they were afraid, Odysseus wanted to stay....   [tags: bravery, intelligence, loyal]

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Is Odysseus a Hero?

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

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The Traits of Odysseus

- In Homer’s The Odyssey, there are a lot of traits displayed that are considered important in ancient Greek culture. These are shown by many different characters, but mostly by Odysseus (he is, after all, the main character in the epic poem). Odysseus is the epitome of a Greek ruler: he has a lot of admirable traits. His only fault is his hubris, but that is overcome and taken care of. Throughout Homer’s The Odyssey, Odysseus displays wisdom combined with strong loyalty and inspiring leadership through the evident trust of his men and the ability to conquer any challenges that he may face along his journey back to Ithaka....   [tags: Homer, Odyssey, Character Analysis]

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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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The Heroism of Odysseus

- The idea of a true hero is varied from person to person, because each viewpoint has a different idea of the personality that makes one a hero. There have been many fiction and non-fiction heroes that show different character traits, which influence people’s definitions of a hero. However, each person’s unique thought about a hero still focuses about one central idea: a hero must prove himself in order to earn his heroic status. This is the cornerstone of all the opinions about heroes because heroes have to show their heroism in order to become who they are in the end....   [tags: Character Analysis]

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No Peace For Odysseus

- No piece of peace in the world of men The Odyssey, written by Homer, is an epic of the great adventures of Odysseus. It tells of the challenging travels form leaving his home to serve in the Trojan War, to his well-deserved return to Ithaca. Odysseus known as “the man of many wiles” endured many challenging tasks as he traveled in search of his once home. Leaving behind his wife Penelope and son Telemachus, he was forced to leave. Around the sixteenth year Odysseus was gone, many believed that their once great leader was left for dead on an unknown country or was never to return to the land of Ithaca once again....   [tags: Greek Literature]

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Odysseus: Not A Hero

- The main character of the Odyssey, Odysseus the King of Ithaca is given a complex personality to an extent where it is hard to identify whether he is a true hero or not. True heroism is only achieved when a person achieves certain qualities that portray heroism. Odysseus is not a hero based on the standards of merciful, selfless, and gentle because of his actions of sacrificing his men, killing the suitors and being ruthless throughout the Odyssey. Along with many others qualities these three are helpful and necessary in a hero....   [tags: literary analysis, Homer]

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Odysseus The Hero

- A hero accepts who he is as an individual, but strives to change himself for the better. In the epic poem, The Odyssey, by Homer, the main character Odysseus is a valiant king who embarks on a life-changing voyage. While traveling from Troy back to his home in Ithaka, King Odysseus overcomes daunting obstacles, and in doing so discovers his place in the world. Odysseus is truly a heroic figure because he demonstrates courage, improves his character, and wins the support of the gods. Odysseus is a hero because he acts courageously while facing the many challenges he encounters....   [tags: Character Analysis]

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Odysseus, A Hero

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

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Odysseus the Hero

- The definition of a hero is unique for every individual; however there are several regulations that majority of individuals can agree on. A hero must exhibit traits such as humility, kindness, and courage. Once the candidate expresses hubris, displays cruelty, or retreats from a formidable challenge, he cannot be considered a hero. Lastly, a hero candidate must overcome challenges that defy the odds. He must deliver a gift to society that benefits society as a whole; such gifts can be freedom, liberty, or hope....   [tags: Character Analysis]

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Odysseus: The Antihero

- Odysseus: The Antihero Often through great literature, there is an epic hero. In the Odyssey, Homer tells the journey of one man’s journey home from the Trojan War. The protagonist of the epic poem Odysseus is often regarded as a great hero. However, Odysseus is not quite the glorious soldier that people often see him as. Odysseus disproves his title of a hero through his pride, his disloyalty, and his bloodthirstiness. Odysseus’s hubris leads him into many troubles and contrasts with all of the heroic deeds he is known for....   [tags: Character Analysis]

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Odysseus: The Antihero

- Often through great literature, there is an epic hero. In the Odyssey, Homer tells the journey of one man’s journey home from the Trojan War. The protagonist of the epic poem Odysseus is often regarded as a great hero. However, Odysseus is not quite the glorious soldier that people often see him as. Odysseus shows that he is an antihero through his pride, disloyalty, and bloodthirstiness. Odysseus returns from a great victory of the Trojan War and the enormous amount of pride he gains gets him into a lot of trouble....   [tags: Character Analysis]

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Odysseus The Hero

- A hero can be described in a multitude of traits with the definition of a hero varying from person to person. When thinking of a hero, a universal description thought upon is someone who accomplishes an epic task for the greater good of a society with only benevolent ideas in mind. Some people we think of the fit this description are police officers, fire fighters, and servicemen. In The Odyssey by Homer, the main character, Odysseus, is considered a hero for fulfilling many heroic traits throughout his journey....   [tags: Character Analysis]

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Odysseus: A Hero

- When we hear the word 'hero,' more than one idea comes to mind. Not only do we think of people that we look up to in our world, but we also think of heroes in the fictional world. To be a hero can mean a variety of different things. Leaders, singers, and even parents can be a hero that someone looks up too. But in the fictional world, a hero is someone who has learned from his or hers journey to come out a changed person. Some characters complete the journey, while others do not quite make it to the end....   [tags: Character Analysis]

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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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Trojan War and The Odysseus by Homer

- Over the course of the ten-year long Trojan War, the character Odysseus is introduced to those who may read it. This particular man is depicted as the main character, the hero, of this tale. In Homer’s Odyssey, an epic hero is one who embodies the ideals and beliefs of the civilization they live in. This hero is the protagonist of the epic, the technical main character. Though like each individual human being these epic heroes and heroines will also bear there own flaws. Odysseus also has his own flaws that hinder him along the duration of his adventures in the Odyssey....   [tags: epic hero, flaws]

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Odysseus in The Odyssey: Hero or Not?

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

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Odysseus in the Epic Poem by Homer

- ... The fact that he still continued to sail across the sea knowing Poseidon was out to get him was very courageous. When he finally arrived home to Ithaca, he and his son, Telemachus, had to fight a houseful of suitors.He still fought them without mercy, although he was outnumbered. While there are several more accounts when Odysseus proved to be courageous, he also shows a great deal of responsibility. Heroes must be responsible in order for anything to get done. A can't decide that when he or she hears a woman crying out for help, he or she doesn't feel like helping anyone that day....   [tags: heroic, brace, respobsible, faithful, strong]

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Odysseus: A True Hero At Heart

- In the epic poem, The Odyssey, written by Homer, a hero named Odysseus is unveiled. A hero is a person who takes charge, who is bold, confident, courageous, and loyal. Many debate whether or not Odysseus earns the title of a hero. Odysseus earns the title of a hero by representing many qualities such as: leadership, bravery, and determination. Odysseus illustrates the quality of leadership. To be a leader, one must be loyal, strong, sharp, and wise. Odysseus demonstrates loyalty while he is trapped on Kalypso’s Island....   [tags: Character Analysis]

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Analysis of Odysseus in the Odyssey by Homer

- "Your intelligence may get you far in your life." In the poem The Odyssey, written by Homer, Odysseus was the main character. He was a young man in search for his home at Ithaca. By the end of his long journey, he had spent approximately twenty years in search for his family and friends. During the lengthy trip, Odysseus shows how determined and extremely intelligent he can be by fighting through unbelievable things throughout the story. While at the land of the dead, Odysseus proved that he is determined by simply just going there....   [tags: fight, determine, intelligent]

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The Epic Of Gilgamesh And Odysseus

- From modern fiction to Greek myths there are heroes in most stories. Every hero follows, at least, one or more aspects of the hero motif. Throughout fictional history, there are some heroes that stood the test of time. Gilgamesh, from The Epic of Gilgamesh, and Odysseus, from The Odyssey, are two heroes that fallow the hero motif. While both Gilgamesh and Odysseus are traditional heroes, Odysseus fallows the traditional hero role more than Gilgamesh. Both Odysseus and Gilgamesh are heroes and share many common events during their story....   [tags: Epic of Gilgamesh, Odyssey, Ishtar, Shamash]

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Odysseus Is Worthy Of The Title Hero

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

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The Complex Odyssey of Odysseus

- According to both Greek and Homeric values humans should have reason, but very often they express passion, which leads to contradictory emotions and obstacles in life. Odysseus, a man with a complex life, struggles with many internal, personal contradictions that have a collective impact on his decisions throughout his existence. The most important contradictions Odysseus faces are loyalty and betrayal; humility and hubris; and wisdom and folly, Throughout the Odyssey Odysseus faces an internal battle between loyalty and betrayal in the presence of numerous temptations....   [tags: Greek Mythology]

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The Curse of Odysseus and Aeneas

- “The gods told you to do it, a likely story”: The Curse of Odysseus and Aeneas As a noun, the Oxford English Dictionary defines a curse as “an utterance consigning, or supposed or intended to cosign, (a person or thing) to spiritual and temporal evil, the vengeance of the deity.” As a verb, the OED says, “to utter against (persons or things) words which consign, or are intended or supposed to cosign, them to evil spiritual or temporal, as the wrath of God or the malignity of fate.” For classic heroes Odysseus and Aeneas, their curses were the result of their lack of foresight and selfish behavior towards their host....   [tags: Homer, The Odyssey]

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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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The Odyssey Of Odysseus And Gilgamesh

- Some people search all their lives for their purpose on Earth and never find it. Whether those individuals do not search hard enough or just merely give up hope, their purpose on Earth will never be defined. If only people were brave enough to take an adventure like Odysseus and Gilgamesh to help them find that purpose, they will find life more enjoyable. Odysseus and Gilgamesh discover their purpose of life through their whimsical adventures. They are two great epic heroes, but Odysseus stands out because of his personality, strength, and his successful journey....   [tags: Epic of Gilgamesh, Odyssey, Meaning of life]

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Odysseus the Epic by Homer

- Ever since the beginning of time men and women have told countless stories of adventure, discovery, and conquest. These stories often divulge the grand adventures of epic heroes. An epic hero is someone with abundant importance whose actions involve perilous journeys and marvelous warrior skills in war or battle (Abram). In Homer’s Odyssey, Odysseus, the king of the great island of Ithaca, is called to fight alongside the Greeks in the Trojan War. The Greeks defeated the Trojans with the help of clever Odysseus’ Trojan horse....   [tags: ephic heroes, zeus, poliphemus]

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Odysseus - Far From a Hero

- In Homer's Odyssey Odysseus is a character who, sometimes behaves like a proper hero and also as a very self-centered character at other points. He earns the respect of his men during the Trojan War by making good sound decisions and caring about the welfare of his men. But, in his adventure home Odysseus is definitely not taking the responsibility of a hero among his men. On almost any page you turn to in the epic, you can find some act of greed or foolishness coming from Odysseus. He plays with the lives of his men with no regard for the well-being or their families....   [tags: Character Analysis]

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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 is Not a Hero for the Modern Age

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

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Odysseus : The Great Hero

- Odysseus the Great Hero Most people believe that Odysseus is a hero in the Iliad due to his victories against the Trojans and for taking over the city of Troy. Through the teachings it is portrayed that way, but he is shown as a hero through other events in the book. Odysseus is not the only hero shown in this epic. Achilles is another main character that shows heroic actions as well. The difference between the two is that Odysseus uses his genius mind and unique thoughts to win battles and get out of traitorous situations, while Achilles uses strength and power....   [tags: Achilles, Iliad, Trojan War, Hector]

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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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Odysseus and His False Heroism

- Odysseus and His False Heroism Once studied in depth, Odysseus, from the epic poem, Odyssey by Homer, is not a hero. Odysseus, although known as a “kingly and wise man” (I, 87) to the gods, clearly does not behave like one. A hero is one that attempts to help others despite putting themselves at risk and is also a good leader. One is not a hero if he is helping just so that he has bragging rights, but is helping because he or she wants other people to be able to achieve their goal, end their pain, or even go home after a long journey....   [tags: Literary Characters]

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Odysseus: The Classic Greek Hero

- An Epic Hero is a person who is a prominent figure in histories and legends. Epic heroes do not posses super powers, but rely on his or her own attributes to combat some sort of battle that a typical person could not accomplish. Such Epic Heroes are read about mostly in tall tales, myths, and legends, but they all own human traits that can relate to the average person. These human traits make it easy for people, such as the Greek people, to associate with the character. Inside Greek mythology qualities of braveness, determination, and decisiveness are prized....   [tags: Greek Literature]

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Odysseus' Heroism in The Odyssey

- ... He was aware of Circe's magical abilities, yet he decided that saving his men was worth risking her wrath. In this situation, Odysseus' fearlessness allowed him to save his men from Circe and prove his heroism. Additionally, Odysseus stays calm and collected when talking to his men in "Sea Perils and Defeat": "Friends, have we never been in danger before this"(lines 153-154). He was able to focus his men when they were petrified by the waves near Scylla. In this case, his courage was shown by his confidence in his men and himself....   [tags: brave, clever, cautious, jeopardy]

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