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The Amazing Leadership of Odysseus in Homer's The Odyssey

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

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The Unheroic Traits of Odysseus in Homer's The Odyssey

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

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The Odyssey By Homer 's Odyssey

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

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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 Homer 's Odyssey

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

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The Odyssey

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

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The 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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Analysis Of ' The ' Odyssey '

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

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The Odyssey, by Homer

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

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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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The Odyssey, by Homer

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

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The Iliad And The Odyssey

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

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The Iliad And The Odyssey

- Can two things ever truly be exactly the same. When it comes to epic heroes, I’m not sure. In both the Iliad and the Odyssey, written by Homer and translated by Robert Fagles, the journey of two epic heroes are depicted for us. Achilles, hero of the book The Iliad, is fighting in the Trojan War. Odysseus, hero of the book The Odyssey, is simply fighting to get home. Although both the epic heroes are put through some of the same very tough and difficult situations, it doesn’t mean they are quite the same person....   [tags: Trojan War, Iliad, Achilles, Odyssey]

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The Iliad And The Odyssey

- ... After reading Book I of the Iliad and Achilles testament to Agamemnon some might feel that his refusal and anger sprung solely from Agamemnon’s threat to take his prize, Briseis. Communal honor was vital to the Homeric hero 's status; his whole world revolved around his relationship with his family and city. If he lost the personal honor or glory that was accorded him by his community, he felt that life had lost its meaning. Achilles, for example, feels that he has lost his honor when Agamemnon takes Briseis from him....   [tags: Iliad, Achilles, Trojan War, Odyssey]

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Loyalty as Defined in the Odyssey

- Loyalty, as defined in the Odyssey seems to be the constant devotion to someone, the hopefully longing of their return and victory. Homer seems to value loyalty over many of the other human traits, as Eumaeus gets not only Homer’s famous “you” but his own book as well. The swineherd is not the only character that Homer uses to show loyalty, Penelope and Telemachus show unyielding faithfulness to Odysseus throughout the epic poem; as do many other characters even gods. Homer demonstrates the value he places on loyalty through the use of these characters with their devotion to Odysseus....   [tags: Loyalty, Odyssey, ]

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The Odyssey, By Homer

- The Odyssey, by Homer, has withstood the test of time. For centuries, The Odyssey has been read to be studied, and also read to be enjoyed. This great book can be acknowledged as superior art for multiple reasons; The Odyssey is written with superior craftsmanship, it perfectly exhibits Greek literary tradition, and it holds pleasing aesthetic value. However, perhaps the principal criteria that this book meets for being superior art is that it explores numerous complexities of human nature. The first people that read The Odyssey, and the countless individuals that have poured over it in modern days can benefit from reading this inexhaustible epic because it delves into fascinating truths abo...   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Trojan War, Ithaca]

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Oral Commentary on The Odyssey

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

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Greek Hospitality in The Odyssey

- Greek Hospitality in The Odyssey The Greeks have been known for their hospitality and politeness, especially when treating guests- whether strangers or not. This is demonstrated near the beginning of the Odyssey when Telemachus went to Pylos to visit Nestor. Nestor, not knowing who he was taking into his home as guests, treated them with great honor and respect. "Now is the time," he said, "for a few questions, now that our young guests have enjoyed their dinner. Who are you, strangers....   [tags: The Odyssey]

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Feeling the Power of the Book, The Odyssey

- No one ever told me to read The Odyssey--and that was the greatest educational travesty of my life. I first read it after High School while working at Colonial Motors in West Concord. I didn't "get it" any more than the most confused among you, but what I did do is "feel it:" I felt its primordial power and emotional bareness; I felt another world, another age and another human journey come alive inside of me. It made me feel that I was a part of long and unbroken lineage of humanity searching for truth and purpose in a world--especially my world, a world not always blessed with clarity and opportunity....   [tags: Odyssey, book review, ]

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Analysis Of Homer 's ' Odyssey '

- The goddess Athena intrigues and fascinates readers, compelling an in depth look at the role which she plays within Homers, Odyssey. Throughout the epic poem Athena is depicted as a strong leading voice who aids in helping the development of maturity within Odysseus’s son Telemachus. From persuading Telemachus to hold an assembly, debate what to do about his mother’s suitors, and consider the matter of his father, Odysseus, Athena begins a slow accession into a guiding or mentoring role of Telemachus....   [tags: Odyssey, Homer, Odysseus, Athena]

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Analysis Of ' Homer 's ' The Odyssey '

- Everyone is strong in their individual ways. In Homer’s the Odyssey, the main characters, Odysseys and Penelope, go through trials and have their own way of dealing with them. When I mentioned everyone that includes myself. I use my strengths to overcome challenges just like Odysseys and Penelope. With my strengths of empathy, adaptability, and positivity, I work through problems and trials that stand in my way, similarly Odysseys and Penelope has similar and different ways of dealing with their obstacles....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Optimism, Penelope]

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Telemakhos' Lesson on Perseverance in Homer's Odyssey

- While in books I-IV of Homer's Odyssey, Telemakhos has learned that perseverance and asserting himself is important when becoming a hero and he still needs to learn about the importance of managing his temper. In these books, Telemakhos has learned about the importance of perseverance when becoming a hero. Perseverance is important to heroes because heroes have to keep going even when they are faced with challenges. Telemakhos learned about the importance of perseverance when he left on his journey to find his father....   [tags: Homer, Odyssey]

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Theme of Revenge in Homer's Odyssey

- Homer’s The Odyssey is not just a tale of a man’s struggle on his journey home from the Trojan War, but of his struggle from the consequences of revenge. The Odyssey weaves in different characters’ tales of revenge from the gods and what impact revenge actually had on those characters. Revenge is an important underlying theme in The Odyssey because, in essence, it explains why Odysseus’ journey was so prolonged and treacherous. A few examples of revenge in the poem include Orestes’ revenge on Aegisthus, Zeus’ revenge on Odysseus and his men, and Poseidon’s revenge on Odysseus....   [tags: The Odyssey, Literary Analysis]

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The Odyssey And Monkey By Homer

- ... You wanted them to enjoy their time and even like it more than they would their own home. Home was important to every Greek. “Look at my wise Penelope. She falls short of you, your beauty, statute, she is mortal after all and you, you never age or die… nevertheless I long—I Pine, all my days—to travel home and see the dawn of my return. And if a god will wreck me yet again on the wine-dark sea, I can bear that too, with a spirit tempered to endure (Fagles 159).” While Odysseus is enslaved on the Calypso’s island, he is offered way more than he could ever receive in Ithaca....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Ithaca, Penelope]

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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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Role of Women in the Odyssey

- “A woman cannot be herself in the society of the present day, which is an exclusively masculine society, with laws framed by men and with a judicial system that judges feminine conduct from a masculine point of view” (Ibsen). This saying also applied to the times of the Odyssey, an epic constructed by the blind, eight century B.C.E. poet, Homer. As one of the few representatives of ancient Greek social order, the blind, Homer witnessed women as substandard to men, regardless of their actions; many of them existed as seductresses, prostitutes, or slaves....   [tags: Homer, Odyssey Essays]

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The Odyssey : The Feminine Touch

- ... Athena 's first act of help actually was when she pleads to Zeus to let Ulysses reach home Athena states "O Majesty, O father of us all, if it now pleases the blissful gods that wise Ulysses reach his home again .... He must warn off that wolf pack of the suitors who prey upon his flocks and dusky cattle" (Page 4 line 106-120) this is where it all starts with Ulysses embarking in a journey back to his kingdom and his family. She also helped guide Telemakohs, Ulysses son in decision-making when he had to start taking over his father 's kingdom so she tells him these encouraging words "Listen now to what I say: at day break call the islanders to assembly, and speak your will, and call the...   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Penelope, Marriage]

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Images and Symbolism in The Odyssey

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

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The Odyssey : A Story Of The Struggles

- ... Eventually this is discovered and these men begin to demand that Penelopeia picks a husband. Odysseus’s teenage son, Telemachus, is prudent but yet still tries to defend his mother or himself and is constantly overpowered and taunted by these men. Athena then comes to Telemachus in disguise as Mentes, to give him advice to go searching for his missing father. She tells him that he is not dead, but a prisoner somewhere in the sea. If given the word he has died, Telemachus must come home to plan a funeral and find a suitor to marry his mother....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Athena, Marriage]

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The Wrath of Poseidon in Odyssey

- Throughout the Odyssey, the struggles of Odysseus are revealed to the reader through the well written epic. His journey is very difficult and he is haunted with the loss of his entire crew and seemingly impossible task of getting home to his family. While journeying homewards, Odysseus makes the mistake of harming the Cyclops, who happens to be Poseidon's son. Poseidon is so angry at Odysseus for the harm he inflicted on the Cyclops, that through the influence of all powerful Zeus, he punishes Odysseus along with his other children, the Phaeacians, who can be seen to parallel as well as contrast with the Cyclops....   [tags: Homer, Odyssey Essays]

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Odysseus By Homer 's The Odyssey

- ... Odysseus succeeds in charming her and is taken to the castle. During his journey to the castle, Athena informs him that “a foreign man will get no welcome here” (7.35). However, once there at the castle, Odysseus is able to use the story of his travels to gain sympathy and respect from the Phaiakians. He tells them both his successes and especially his mistakes (9.570). He gains their sympathy by talking about all of the awful things that have happen to him. He throws himself entirely to their mercy (7.160) and it works....   [tags: Odysseus, Odyssey, Athena, Iliad]

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Learning Temperance in Homer’s Odyssey

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

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Analysis Of Homer 's ' The Odyssey '

- 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 And Enkidu 's Dream

- ... The Odyssey presents a more elaborated description of the underworld compared to “Enkidu 's Dream”, which will convince people that death is a fate for all the living and punishment will be served to the offender . The Underworld in The Odyssey is a miserable place where the dead wail around and can only speak to Odysseus if they are allowed “to sip the black blood”(82) by Odysseus 's will . The underworld also a place where all sinners are punished. Odysseus went to the underworld to visit Tiresias, the the blind prophet, despite how horrific it may be so he can foretell Odysseus 's eventual fate and give him information about how to get to his homeland....   [tags: Trojan War, Achilles, Odyssey, Odysseus]

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The Odyssey By Homer And Hecuba

- Odysseus (Ulysses in Roman) was one of the great Pan-Hellenic heroes of Greek mythology. Famous for his courage, intelligence and leadership he was most recognized through his resourcefulness and oratory skills. Throughout classical literature and through many authors Odysseus’ characteristics have changed as much as the stories that surround him. The epic and tragedy I will focus on in particular is The Odyssey by Homer and Hecuba by Euripides. The defining characteristics of Odysseus ranges widely as is shown in Homer’s The Odyssey and Euripides’s Hecuba....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Trojan War, Homer]

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Female Characters Of ' The Odyssey '

- ... It is not the suitors who are at fault, but your own mother, who knows more tricks than any woman alive. It’s been three years now, almost four, since she’s been toying with our affections. She encourages each man, leading us on, sending messages. But her mind is set elsewhere. (Homer 304) Penelope is a staple in Ithaca, and is seen as royalty. She is a testament to women of this era in that she is not pushed around by men. The unknown writer for a website that analyzes the role of women in the art of ancient Greece writes this about Penelope,” One of the points that can be made of the story is that even though women are weaker than men there are tools available to keep them from being o...   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Athena, Greek mythology]

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The Odyssey, An Epic Narrative By Homer

- The Odyssey, an epic narrative by Homer, Illustrates the countless hardships and lessons one must undergo and learn throughout the journey of life. This journey was shown by following the story of a Greek man named Odysseus. The goal of life, according to Homer, was to reach self-actualization and become infallible in each of the seven virtues (hospitality, obedience, loyalty, courage, respect, empathy, and humility). Odysseus, once the king of Ithaca, was a great and brilliant man who was in fact superior over many people in regards to life’s virtues....   [tags: Odyssey, Trojan War, Homer, Odysseus]

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Analysis Of Homer 's ' The Odyssey '

- Within Homer’s epic, The Odyssey, vary aspects of ancient Grecian culture are revealed throughout the actions of the characters and throughout the plot of the poem. Homer’s use of poetry and philosophy provides his audience with a sense of Grecian history while creating an entertaining piece of literature. The Greeks’ values and customs primary revolved around the mental, physical, religious aspects of the individual as well, as their view on life. The most prominent of the Grecian values was the mental aspect, Greek’s value an individual’s intellectual abilities....   [tags: Odyssey, Greek mythology, Zeus, Homer]

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Analysis Of Homer 's The Odyssey

- ... “Thick, luxuriant woods grew round the cave/ alders and black poplars, pungent cypress too” (5. 71-72). The island had a magnificent effect on those who saw it, as shown through the lines, “Even a deathless god/who came upon that place would gaze in wonder/ heart entranced with pleasure” (5. 81-83). Later in the book, Calypso was depicted as “a joy to the eye” (5. 255). This correlation showed that both Calypso and the island had a mysterious and awesome presence. Moreover, the comparison was further extended to the idea of the wild nature of both island and nymph....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Trojan War, Ogygia]

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Homer 's Iliad And Odyssey

- Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey are supposed to be the most convenient epic ever written in any literature. Himself being blind, approach of Homer in developing such epic is nothing less than adventurous. This study is going to set the frame of review of Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, Sophocles Oedipus Rex having been compared with Prometheus Bound by Aeschylus. Iliad is nothing but a notary of love and treachery. Myrsiades is of this view if Paris would not have been licentious in its character in eloping with gorgeous Helen, in no way the novel would have been framed....   [tags: Trojan War, Odyssey, Sophocles, Achilles]

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Odysseus, An Unconventional Hero Depicted in The Odyssey

- An Unconventional Hero According to Greek mythology, a hero is one who values glory above life itself and honorably dies in the battle during his prime period of his life. After the gods and demi-god of Greece, heroes probably are the most admirable figures in society. However, Odysseus seems to defy the conventional definition of a hero. He is overwhelmed with tremendous obstacles and difficulty, often beyond that a normal man could endure but he determines to stay alive rather than die young....   [tags: Homer, Odyssey Essays]

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The Theme of Leadership Portrayed in The Odyssey and the Books of Samuel

- Built-in qualities such as intelligence, good looks, height and so on are not necessary to become a good leader. Anyone can cultivate the proper leadership qualities. In order to excel in their leadership a good leader must possess qualities such as self awareness, courage, confidence, innovation, fairness, openness, and dedication among others. Odysseus in The Odyssey, and Samuel, Saul and David in the Books of Samuel, display these characters. However, at some occasions they fail to do so. That is to say, leaders, being it great or small, chosen by God or people, are not completely perfect....   [tags: the odyssey, bible]

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The Realtionship of a Father and Son in Homer’s Odyssey

- The Odyssey tells the story of Odysseus and his both literal and figurative journey home to Ithaka. When the great king, Odysseus travels to Troy on the account of war, many obstructions hinder him from returning home. During his absence, his deprivation of being a father to his son, Telemachus, causes great disappointment. Without a father, his son strives to grow and mature yet he has not the slightest idea of where to. However, as Telemachus struggles to reach manhood and his father struggles to return to Ithaka, their seemingly separate journeys are connected....   [tags: Homer, Odyssey]

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The Odyssey By Arthur Ashe

- Arthur Ashe, a renowned tennis player who contributed his later life to research for AIDS, once said, “True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost.” By stating this, Ashe expresses that a true hero does not look to win against people but will help them along the way. The Odyssey, an epic centered around a so called “hero,” from the Trojan War, narrates the struggles and difficult decisions the main character Odysseus makes in order to get back to his son Telemachus and wife Penelope....   [tags: Odysseus, Odyssey, Trojan War, Achilles]

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The Odyssey, By Robert Fagles

- ... Part of his plan was to lie about his name, so if any other cyclops were to ask who did this to him, he wouldn’t know it was Odysseus. In book 9, lines 408-411, after Polyphemus asked Odysseus what his name was, Odysseus replies with, “So, you ask the name I’m known by, Cyclops. I will tell you. But you must give me a guest-gift as you’ve promised. Nobody - that’s my name. Nobody - so my mother and father call me, all my friends.” (3) Odysseus does this because later, after he blinds the cyclops and his friends ask him who did it, Polyphemus replies with, “Nobody, friends’ - Nobody’s killing me now by fraud and not by force!”(4) To the other cyclops’, it sounds like Polyphemus is alone a...   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Cyclops, Trojan War]

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The Realtionship of a Father and Son in Homer’s Odyssey

- With time come change, change in the human experience. That fact applies no differently to literature, specifically reflected through reading ancient prose with a modern lens. A relevant example is the relationship of a father and son in Homer’s Odyssey. Through characterization on the surface, this significant relationship appears quite distinct in contrast to such relationships today. However, these quite humane and sentimental relationships are no different than those experienced today—those of a father and son....   [tags: Homer, Odyssey]

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The Odyssey

- Socrates, a Greek philosopher stated, "Look death in the face with joyful hope, and consider this a lasting truth: the righteous man has nothing to fear, neither in life, nor in death, and the Gods will not forsake him” (Socrates). This explains the basis for Greek beliefs that can be carried over to values and qualities of them. As in this, Homer, the author of The Odyssey, portrays many Greek values that make up a righteous man or as, Homer’s character Odysseus, an epic hero. The Odyssey is the story of King Odysseus' return from the Trojan War to his kingdom of Ithaca....   [tags: Socrates Odyssey Epic Poem]

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The Trials of Odysseus Depicted in Homer's Odyssey

- Picture a water-logged, bearded man floundering about in the ocean, yet never failing nor drowning. This is Odysseus, King of Ithaka, trying to survive. In The Odyssey by Homer, characters in the story were impacted by significant events, and emerged either more joyful, or more depressed than before. Telemakhos journeyed on a long voyage to find his father, enduring much pain in the process that eventually lead to reunion with his father. His father, Odysseus himself, the great Greek hero, suffered practically all his life, yet he returned to his home as the rightful king....   [tags: Homer, Odyssey Essays]

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Deception and Disguise in Homer’s Odyssey

- Homer’s Odyssey challenges the common view on deception as employed only maliciously. Both a mortal, Odysseus, and one of the most revered goddesses, Athena, have the common noble goal of bringing Odysseus back home to his family after nearly two decades of absence. To achieve that goal, they mainly use deception and disguise in various forms that their physical and mental powers allow. Odysseus is famous for wittily deceiving others through verbal means, fact noted by Menelaus and Helen of Troy (Book 4)....   [tags: literary analysis, homer, odyssey]

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Vengence In the Odyssey

- Vengance in the Odyssey      Vengeance is the main theme in the Odyssey, it is what all the conflict in the story is for every conflict in the story is caused because of each characters thirst for vengance. The three characters that show this most greatly are as follows. Poseidon through his constant punishment of Odysseus throughout the story. Secondly Telemachus' need to make the suitors pay for disrespecting his house as well as his mother and the lack of his ability to become or even be seen as a possible heir to his fathers thrown....   [tags: Odyssey Essays]

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The Importance of Hospitality Illustrated in Homer's Odyssey

- Far removed from our individualistic society today is the ancient Greece portrayed in The Odyssey, by Homer, where hospitality and good will are the way of things. As decreed by Zeus himself, those who wish the favor of the Gods must welcome foreign and domestic with hospitality. A man was supposed to offer the best of his food, his home, and his knowledge before ever asking for his guest’s name or why he was there. There is a sense that those of high status are the main givers of hospitality, but they are not the only ones commanded to offer hospitality....   [tags: The Odyssey, society, common courtesy]

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Odysseus' Desire For Glory in The Odyssey, Homer

- Odysseus displays his desire for glory through his careless actions during his encounter with the Cyclops Polyphemus. The desire for glory Odysseus displays is shown through the words he speaks to Polyphemus. He is a clever character but makes rash decisions that affect the outcome of his original goals and intentions. While Odysseus is trapped inside of the cave of the Cyclops, he begins to taunt Polyphemus. “I called back to the Cyclops, stinging taunts: So, Cyclops, no weak coward it was whose crew you bent to devour three in your vaulted cave—with your brute voice....   [tags: Homer, The Odyssey Essays]

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An Analysis Of Homer 's The Odyssey

- In ancient Greece, one would fall into one of the two major classes: civilized and uncivilized. In order to fall into the class of civilized, one must abide by Ancient Greek expectations and societal norms; disregard of these rules would defines one as uncivilized. One’s class would then decide not only their way of living but also their perspective image and worth. In ancient Greece, civilization was important to the Greeks to prove their nation was gaining power and flourishing. Anyone whom displayed uncivilized behavior was labeled as barbaros; consequently diminishing their worth to the nation....   [tags: Ancient Greece, Odyssey, Odysseus, Ancient Rome]

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Women 's Influence On The Odyssey

- ... However, neither his strength nor his cunning can free him from Calypso. He is doomed to remain there until the gods intervene. Women’s irresistible charm leads Odysseus to disaster. These temptresses who hinder Odysseus are contrasted with the women who help Odysseus in his journey homeward. One example is Nausicaa, the Phaeacian princess. The shipwrecked Odysseus washes up on the Phaeacian shore. He comes across Nausicaa and her maids washing clothes. He beseeches her for help. Nausicaa kindly helps Odysseus by providing him with a bath, clothing, and food....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Trojan War, Greek mythology]

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The Epic Of The Odyssey By Homer

- ... The Olympian deity becomes infuriated at the sight of Odysseus attempting to reach the land of the Phaeacians. Throughout the epic, gods play the role of savior and tormentor. If Poseidon had not decided to attack Odysseus the story would have developed radically different. There would have been no life-threatening obstacle, but simply a path home. Of course, this simply cannot occur. Hence, the fact it’s an epic. Readers are left to evaluate the motives behind the gods’ actions. Calypso’s justification is her love and Athena’s is her admiration....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Trojan War, Greek mythology]

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The Hero Of Odysseus From The Odyssey

- ... Unfortunately, they stumbled upon a Cyclops that had no intention of being nice. His name was Polyphemus who was the son of Poseidon. He took Odysseus’s men and ate them every night and would keep Odysseus and his men hostage. Odysseus made a clever escape and blinded the Cyclops. When Odysseus finally made it back on the ship with the remaining men that went along with him, Odysseus got a little too angry and shouted from the ship to Polyphemus and insulted him. Polyphemus prayed to the god, Poseidon and cursed Odysseus....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Trojan War, Greek mythology]

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The Odyssey, By Horace Mann

- As Horace Mann once stated, “Even the choicest literature should be taken as the condiment, and not as the sustenance of life. It should be neither the warp nor the woof of existence, but only the flowery edging upon its borders.” The Odyssey, one of the best known and most stupendous of ancient literature, should also be regarded as the flowery edging to society and existence. Even though Odysseus contains qualities such as bravery and perseverance, he abides to a different moral standards as modern society....   [tags: Trojan War, Odyssey, Odysseus, Ancient history]

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The Journey Of Odysseus By Homer 's The Odyssey

- ... From these lines, one can see that despite the actions of the nymph Calypso, Odysseus remains faithful to his wife Penelope. This is somewhat far from his warlike nature in Troy. This journey somehow softens the heart of Odysseus. In fact, after hearing the famous Harper’s account of the Trojan War and how the Trojan horse ravage the city of Troy and how Odysseus “fought the grimmest fight”2, it is almost unexpected that the “great Odysseus melted into tears/ running down from his eyes to wet his cheeks”3....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Trojan War, Homer]

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Life Is A Journey From The Book ' The Odyssey '

- Life is a Journey. When I was a little girl, I used to like to imagine how different my life would be if I were a princess. I wanted the big cupcake dresses, the beautiful sparkly tiaras, and castles (or mansions) to be staples on the journey I call life. My reality, however, wasn’t much like a princess’s. I didn’t have such glamorous things in my life growing up because of the fact that there was no way that I was ever going to be royalty. My life was more similar to that of a warrior’s such as Odysseus’s from the book The Odyssey....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Debut albums, Friendship]

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Characteristics Of Odysseus From The Book ' Odyssey '

- ... Additionally, Odysseus outsmarts the suitors with a disguise. “A public tramp who begged around the town of Ithika, a by-word for his insatiable swag-belly.” (18.1-3). This is important because since Odysseus was in the disguise of an old beggar, the other men did not think it was possible to shoot the arrow perfectly. Although Odysseus shows intelligence in many different ways, he is actually fairly foolish. First off, when Odysseus is granted a bag of storms and winds as a gift from Zeus, he does not tell his shipmates what it holds, they open it for quite the surprise....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Poseidon, Trojan War]

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Homer’s Odyssey and the Odyssey of Our Lives

- Homer’s Odyssey and the Odyssey of Our Lives        Homer’s Odyssey is a magnificent mythological tale. This work was presumably created after his encounter with goddess Athena. Although Odysseus’ journey is filled with unrealistic adventures and mythical powers, some principles behind this story can relate to our everyday lives. Odysseus’ adventures in Odyssey relate to the heroism, intellect, and ruthlessness that are in our lives.     Odysseus’ determination of returning home will help him prevail....   [tags: Odyssey essays]

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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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A Call For Help By Homer 's Odyssey

- ... This allows for the men to prepare for the other reasons that they should assist him in searching for his father. At this time their house is full of suitors ready to take Penelope’s hand, so Telemachus continues, “They squander everything./ We have no strong Odysseus to defend us,/ and as to putting up a fight ourselves- / we’d only show our incompetence in arms” (II, 62-65). The suitors are pillaging through the home of Odysseus without any consideration to either his wife or son, and they have no defense against them....   [tags: Odyssey, Trojan War, Odysseus, Homer]

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The Role of Women in Ancient Greece as Depicted in Homer’s The Odyssey

- The Role of Women in Ancient Greece as Depicted in Homer’s The Odyssey Women as Citizens For this informative report I will attempt to point out the roles women and how they are viewed in ancient Greece. I will then show how these views are present in Homer’s "The Odyssey." How are women, goddess or mortal, conveyed in "The Odyssey?" "The Odyssey" was written around 700 BC during the Archaic period (750 – 550 BC). This was a time of great economical and social change in Greek history due to massive migration that led to the development of new city-states (called the polis) as well as laws to govern them....   [tags: Odyssey]

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The Odyssey Exhibits at Least Four Characteristics of an Epic Poem

- In The Odyssey, the reader can find at least four characteristics, which help prove it is an epic poem. For thousands of years, people have enjoyed the entertainment of epic poems. The Odyssey is an epic poem.The Odyssey contains characteristics of an epic poem. The setting of the Odyssey is immense. The gods and goddesses of ancient Greece intervene frequently in the Odyssey. Odysseus exemplifies a special kind of pride. Throughout the Odyssey, Odysseus undertakes a difficult journey. . One characteristic is the vast setting that Odysseus experiences throughout his journey....   [tags: Homer, Odyssey Essays]

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Similes From Homer 's Odyssey

- ... The second simile describes the unmasked reunion between father and son, when Odysseus unveils his identity to Telemachus: Like the cries of birds- Sea-eagles or taloned vultures- Whose young chicks rough farmers have stolen Out of there nests before they were fledged. (Lombardo 246) It shows the reader the piteous cries the pair shed after being apart for so long– Telemachus was separated from his father because of the Trojan War, and the simile is used to express the deep sense of longing that has been stored up after so many years....   [tags: Odyssey, Trojan War, Odysseus, Homer]

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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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Odysseus in The Odyssey

- Odysseus in The Odyssey Odysseus is the main character in an epic poem called the Odyssey. 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. In this poem we see a man being broke and rebuilt, through constant irony his faith was damaged and without the help of Athena he probably would have given up on his journey. Through his hard work and wise spirit he finally does achieve his goal....   [tags: Papers Odyssey Homer Essays]

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Search for Immortality Depicted in The Epic of Gilgamesh and The Odyssey

- Through the many of mankind’s tales of adventure the search for immortality is a very common theme. Many heroes have made it the objective of their travels and adventures. This is no different in The Epic of Gilgamesh and The Odyssey. The heroes in both are tempted by the offer of immortality, however each of them turns it down for their own reasons. In The Odyssey, Odysseus rejects the offer of immortality from the goddess Calypso long after he discovers the true nature of the afterlife after travelling to Hades....   [tags: Epic of Gilgamesh, The Odyssey]

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The Birth of the Gods in Homer's Odyssey

- The Birth of the Gods in The Odyssey     Prehistoric man did not question his existence and reality - he just lived as one with nature. When prehistoric man awakened from this simple existence into the world of intelligence, he began to question his existence and reality. Homer’s The Odyssey demonstrated man’s attempt to cope with their own nature through the illusion of the gods, by using them to carry their burdens of hopelessness, helplessness, and fallibility.     The characters of Homer’s The Odyssey struggled with the ineffable reality of the world, therefore they created gods that could carry the burden of their hopeless quest for understanding....   [tags: Odyssey essays]

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Telemachus in The Odyssey

- Telemachus in The Odyssey The first four books of the Odyssey are sometimes known as 'Telemachy'. It is a self-contained section that could in fact be easily removed, allowing the story to begin with Odysseus without damaging the plot. They deal with Telemachus' struggle and coming of age through his travels and quest. Telemachus is sent on his travels because although he has grown to adulthood, when Athene first visits him in book one, he is somewhat pathetic, lonely and very much a young boy and is not strong enough to remove the suitors from his father's palace: "Sitting disconsolate among the Suitors, imagining how his noble father might come back out of...   [tags: Papers Odyssey Essays Papers]

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Homer's The Odyssey

- I. Preliminary Information A. The name of the book I read is The Odyssey Translated by W.H.D. Rouse. B. The author of the book is Homer. C. The name of the book's publisher is New American Library. The novel was published in New York City. D. This book was published in August 1999. The original year is not known. E. The edition of this book is Signet Classic. F. The book's translator is W.H.D. Rouse. G. This novel has 271 pages. H. This book is a work of non-fiction. II....   [tags: Analysis Odyssey]

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The Character Odysseus in Homer's Odyssey

- The Character Odysseus in Odyssey "Odyssey" is an epic story that has been a significant piece of literature since it was first composed and will remain so for ages to come. One of the reasons it has been so is because of the hero, Odysseus. Odysseus is one of the first Greek mythic heroes renowned for his brain as well as his muscle. Indeed he is a man with an inquiring mind, and he is also a man with outstanding prowess and bravery" (123helpme.com/assets/3603.html). "We also must not forget that he is a top-notch athlete which only adds more to this seemingly insuperable character....   [tags: Odyssey essays]

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Analysis Of Homer 's The Odyssey ( Homer ) And The King Of Ithaca

- ... It is also noteworthy that he is tying the men with such cautiousness and thoroughness. In this instance Odysseus is exhibiting selflessness on account of him affirming the safety of his men before his own. In Book 21, Odysseus is reuniting with Eumaeus and the cowherd and giving them instructions. “Tell the women to lock their own door tight. Tell them if someone hears the shock of arms or groans of men, in hall or court, no one must show her face, but keep still at their weaving.”(21.86-92)This portrays his selflessness because he is thinking about the safety of the woman instead of his potential death....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Circe, Hero]

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

- ... Every day she gets lonelier as she awaits for the sight of her husband. The narrator describes, “So she went up to her chamber softly lit, accompanied by her maids. Once there, she wept for Odysseus, her husband” (19. 696-698). She may of felt lonely, yet she never moved on with her life. She kept the beauty of Ithaca the same throughout the twenty years Odysseus was gone. This helped Odysseus remember so much of what he has missed when he returned. Penelope has a curiosity for people. In order for her to have trust in them, or if she wants to know if the person is hiding something, she will trick the person into something to find out the truth without the person knowing....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Marriage, Athena]

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Technology and Human Evolution in the Film, 2001: A Space Odyssey

- In the science fiction film, 2001: A Space Odyssey. The director, Stanley Kubrick, portray his masterpiece in an ambiguous understanding where he examines topics such as extraterrestrial life, the dealings with technology and the human evolution. Throughout the movie, Kubrick depicts the facade, monolith as an instrument in awakening intelligence. Moreover, the protagonists go through a drastic change of struggle to explore on the idea of technology and extraterrestrial life. In the opening scene, a mysterious black monolith is bestowed upon the prehistoric apes....   [tags: 2001: A Space Odyssey, films]

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Odyssey by Homer: The Famous Arrow Shot Contained Therein

- The Greek mythology is – and always was – a synonym for incredibly silly gossip. Here is such a pathetic effort from the bottom drawer of the storage cabinet that houses antique junk. As a special annoyance to us archers, bow and arrow have been misused in the plot for a silly trick shot, as we learn from that insane story. The myth called ‘Odyssey’ is the second epic besides the ‘Iliad’ that is attributed to the poet Homer. Written down in the late 8th century, the Odyssey belongs to the oldest and most influential works of the cultural heritage of literature in the Occident....   [tags: greek mythology, odyssey, homer]

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Xenia and Hospitality in Homer’s epic The Odyssey

- “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling” (1 Peter 4:8-9). Hospitality can lead down a path of happiness and joy when ensued. In Homer’s epic The Odyssey, Xenia is an important factor in the foremost important character’s journey home. The role of xenia in the odyssey when followed can be very beneficial and when not followed, deadly. When abiding by xenia, Telemakhos and Odysseus make great steps towards regaining the power from the suitors in Ithaka....   [tags: Xenia, Hospitality, Homer, Odyssey, ]

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The Portrayal of Women in Homer's Odyssey

- Does Homer exhibit gender bias in the Odyssey?  Is the nature of woman as depicted in the Odyssey in any way revealing. Upon examining the text of the Odyssey for differential treatment on men and women, it becomes necessary to distinguish between three possible conclusions.  One, differences in treatment reflect the underlying Homeric thesis that  women are "different but equal in nature,"  Two, different treatment  of men and women in the text reflect a thesis that women are "different and unequal in nature" -- arguments about misogyny fall in here but a host of other interpretive possibilities are possible too....   [tags: The Odyssey by Homer]

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The Art of Manipulation in Homer's Odyssey

- The Art of Manipulation in Homer's Odyssey   They sit, entranced in the magic of his words. He pauses. On the edge of their seats, they await in silence his next utterance. The one spoken of is not a bard or man refined in the art of song, but rather a warrior scarred and hardened through intense conflict. He has a special mastery of the spoken language that enraptures his audience and a gift that endows him to command and persuade them without physical force. This man is a manipulator of words, a subtle combatant....   [tags: Homer Odyssey]

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