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The Amazing Leadership of Odysseus in Homer's The Odyssey

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

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The Unheroic Traits of Odysseus in Homer's The Odyssey

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

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The Odyssey By Homer 's Odyssey

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

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The Odyssey By Homer 's Odyssey

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

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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

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

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The Odyssey

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

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The Mythology Of The Odyssey

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

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The Odyssey, By The Goddess

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

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The Mythology Of The Odyssey

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

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Analysis Of ' The ' Odyssey '

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

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`` The Odyssey `` By Homer

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

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The Odyssey, by Homer

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

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An Analysis Of ' The Odyssey '

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

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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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Analysis Of ' The Odyssey '

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

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Analysis Of ' The Odyssey '

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

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Analysis Of ' The Odyssey '

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

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The Odyssey, by Homer

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

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The Iliad And The Odyssey

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

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The Iliad And The Odyssey

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

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The Odyssey, By Homer

- ... Let him lose all companions, and return under strange sail to bitter days at home”(Book 9, lines 578-585). All of these misfortunes come about, indicating Polyphemus’s prayer was answered. Thus, had Odysseus just stayed quiet, he and his entire crew could have probably gotten home right away. Odysseus also neglects to listen to the advice of Circe. While in her home, Odysseus and his troops were given shelter, food and water, and helpful tips to get home. She advises them to leave using the course that includes Scylla’s cave....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Circe, Cyclops]

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The Iliad And The Odyssey

- In two of Homers epics, The Iliad and The Odyssey, it can be seen that in his epics he displays his own Homeric and heroic. The honor of every person in Homeric culture was important, but to the hero, his honor was extremely important. Not only does ones heroism and honor define ones social status and ranking, it is also defense mechanism to build within their own persona of themselves. This way of thinking can cause the Homeric characters to feel invincible and untouchable to their enemies with pride of dying with honor....   [tags: Iliad, Achilles, Trojan War, Odyssey]

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The Iliad And The Odyssey

- ... These men have come to Penelope’s home in order to force her into a marriage but she welcomes them, feeds them, and gives them a place to stay. Her generosity is again later displayed when a stranger with news of Odysseus enters her house. “But come, women, wash the stranger and make his bed/…bathe him and rub him down with oil/, so he can sit beside Telemachus in the hall, enjoy his breakfast there” (401 L 364, 369). She gave this stranger the ultimate welcoming gift by sitting him next to her son, the prince....   [tags: Trojan War, Iliad, Odysseus, 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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The Epic Of Gilgamesh And The Odyssey

- ... Gilgamesh and Odysseus, are both heroes that are heavily effected by their societies culture and values. According to Homer, Odysseus is highly esteemed and praised not for his physical presence, but his cunning ways of outwitting stronger opponents, clearly portraying that strength and power was not what was sought after in the greek culture, instead intelligence and quick wit were what defined Odysseus as a hero, suggesting this was an important attribute in the ancient greek culture. In addition to Gilgamesh, who enables the audience to understand the cultural values of ancient Mesopotamia, the grief and mourning Gilgamesh endures through the passing of Enkindu, suggests that compan...   [tags: Epic of Gilgamesh, Odyssey, Mesopotamia]

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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

- A home is a place where one lives. In The Odyssey, home is a physical places where one dwells. For Odysseus, his dwelling was in Ithaca, it is where he resides and where the people he care for work and live. His home is a physical place where he has always lived. In Monkey, home is not where the companions were born or raised, but it is where they end up. Each of the companions have a physical home, but they leave them for the journey. When the journey ends they do not return to their original home, but go to the new home they were given....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Ithaca, Penelope]

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The Odyssey And The Color Purple

- ... We hear about their beauty, their important sons, or their affairs with gods but we hear nothing about these women 's accomplishments in their lifetime. The Color Purple falls upon feminism due to underlining the differences between Celie, the ugly one, Nettie, the pretty one, and Shug, the seductress. Nettie was wanted by Mister because she was beautiful, her father wanted to get rid of Celie because she was the ugly, spoiled one. Celie believes she is ugly until Shug forces her to face her beauty, her smile, and her strength but still the Mister wanted to get rid of her....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Penelope, Telemachus]

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Analysis Of The Poem ' Katabasis ' And The Odyssey '

- ... The impermanent of human life is the scorching question for the heroes of these epics, and for Achilles and Odysseus in particular. The human condition of mortality, with all its sufferings, defines heroic life itself. The awareness that one day you must die makes you human, distinct from beasts who are unaware of their inescapable fate and from the immortal divinities. Such deep anxieties about the human condition are organized by Homeric poetry into the framework of katabasis, with those of Achilles and Odysseus serving as the cornerstones of the Iliad and Odyssey respectively....   [tags: Homer, Achilles, Iliad, Odyssey]

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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

- Argumentative Essay The Odyssey "The Feminine Touch" The Odyssey is an epic about how Ulysses, the King of Ithaca makes a quest to return home after the Trojan War. Along the way, he encounters a several of obstacles and it takes him twenty years to get home. However, what readers fail to realize is how big of a role women play I this epic. In The Odyssey, women are important because they provide a guidance, a sense of hope, and reasoning to Ulysses. While, Ulysses may be the hero of the story who achieves his Kleos, but the real heroes are the once that go unnoticed....   [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

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

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Analysis Of Homer 's ' The Odyssey '

- ... Therefore, Odysseus is also fully responsible for the consequences of failing to bring Circe’s prophecy to pass, which Circe predicts would be his men’s deaths. Although Odysseus tries to diminish his own role in steering his shipmates safely past Scylla, he retains responsibility for any harm she inflicts upon them by not fully confiding Circe’s prophecy to his men. He recounts to the Phaecians the commands that he shouted at his men as they approached her crag, revealing his attempt to exonerate himself and make his shipmates responsible for their own lives....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Circe, Leadership]

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Analysis Of Homer 's ' The Odyssey '

- ... The dream may have been Penelope’s way of acknowledging that she had known that Odysseus had returned without coming out and directly saying it. During the night of Penelope and Odysseus’ discussion as him disguised as the old man many conversations of important significance had arrived. Not only had Penelope mentioned her dream, but she also had asked Odysseus what he had been wearing the last time that he had seen him when entertained in Crete. Penelope had given him a test that would have proved most difficult for any man who may have actually seen what Odysseus had been wearing....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, KILL, Mind]

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Analysis Of Homer 's ' The Odyssey '

- ... A modern hero would have consider the safety of others instead of gaining this huge reputation that concerns him more than making it home. He is not overcoming his hubris that would make him a modern. He is not learning from his mistakes as today’s modern hero. Additionally, Odysseus is driven to return to his homeland, but his selfishness gets in the way of acting in a heroic manner. When he first encounters the Cyclops in the cave, and demands Polyphemus to follow the tradition of xenia, it characterizes Odysseus in a king like manner that a modern hero would not act....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Cyclops, Athena]

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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

- 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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The Odyssey : My Mother

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

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Learning Temperance in Homer’s Odyssey

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

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The Odyssey And Hymn Of Demeter

- ... Penelope’s steadfast love to Odysseus is probably the reason why she can wait for her husband in such a long time. Someone may argue that Calypso is also like Penelope and Demeter because Calypso also shows her love to Odysseus. However, Calypso’s “love” is more like sexual desire. Calypso holds Odysseus on her island for sever year, and “in the night, true, [Odysseus] would sleep with her in the arching cave - he had no choice - unwilling lover alongside lover all too willing…” (Odyssey 5, 170-172)....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Marriage, Greek mythology]

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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 Underworld is a place where most souls of the dead live. “The Odyssey”and “Enkidu 's Dream” are two stories that describe how the underworld would be like when one encounters it. The Odyssey describes the underworld as a place filled with unhappiness and misery and that punishment will be served in the underworld to the wrongdoers . While, Enkidu 's Dream describes the underworld ad a very dark, unpleasant and scary place to be in, where no one looks forward to pass away due to it. Accepting fate and having fate plays a major role in both stories....   [tags: Trojan War, Achilles, Odyssey, Odysseus]

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The Odyssey And The Epic Of Gilgamesh

- ... Thus, “Athena’s nature is true to her origins . . . she is a warrior goddess who possesses the highly prized masculine qualities of strength and cunning in battle” (Cohen 62). Odysseus’s character within the epic is the embodiment of Athena’s nature. It is not through the sheer strength of Odysseus, but through his metis that he is able to survive his long and perilous journey. Perhaps, the most striking of connections is that of the seductress that forces the epic heroes to submit to the female life force....   [tags: Odyssey, Epic of Gilgamesh, Odysseus, Ishtar]

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Analysis Of The Poem ' The Odyssey '

- ... While, Odysseus’ shipmates get punished with death, Odysseus is punished with a delayed journey back to his wife and a palace overrun by suitors. The best example of food as a form of temptation is when Odysseus and his men reach the land of the Lotus-eaters. Odysseus sends crew members out into the land to discover who lived there. When the crew members found the Lotus-eaters they convinced the other members to eat the lotus. Odysseus has to physically haul his shipmates away in order to leave the island....   [tags: Odyssey, Homer, Eating, Epic poetry]

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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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Analysis Of Homer 's ' The Odyssey '

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

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Analysis Of Penelope 's ' The Odyssey '

- ... In the Quote one is able to notice that Penelope is trying to get a spark out of her son, to see how he would reply to her after having found out that her husband is said to be on the island from the god Theoclymenus. Penelope realizes that her son said that he did not speak to Odysseus but she senses that her son may be lying to her. Moments after Penelope voiced how she wished for her husband to be home her son “shock with a lusty sneeze like a thunderclap resounding up and down the halls” (17.602-03)....   [tags: Odyssey, Trojan War, Odysseus, Telemachus]

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Analysis Of The Poem ' The Odyssey '

- ... In Book IX: In The One-Eyed Giant’s Cave, of The Odyssey, an epithet is immediately used in the introduction of Odysseus - a “great teller of tales,” who begins to recall his journey (Homer, 136). Already, he has been distinguished as the sole narrator of the remainder of his and his crew’s travels. In addition, the mention of Odysseus’ skill for storytelling is supported further in the next major epithet, in which he describes himself: “I am Odysseus, son of Laertes, known to the world for every kind of craft—my fame has reached the skies.” (Homer, 137)....   [tags: Odyssey, Homer, Epic poetry, Iliad]

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The Odyssey By Homer. Homer

- ... In this quote, we see that many men were lost, but they could have been lost to death or these men could have been lost due to settlement. For example, in the poem it states, “...lost any wish to come back..al they now wanted was to stay where they were with the Lotus-eaters, to browse on the lotus, and to forget all thoughts of return” (Odyssey 112). Here we are able to see that many of Ulysses 's men do not want to leave this island of the lotus-eaters and prefer to stay on this island. This story is a metaphor for men that find an island that has bountiful supply of nutritious food as well as good company....   [tags: Odyssey, Homer, Odysseus, Trojan War]

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Female Characters Of ' The Odyssey '

- In the era of Homer, women played a very specific role in society, and even in literature. Women of this time were basically put in a box, and expected to never step out of line. If they did go against the arbitration of men, then they were faced with serious consequences. However, female characters play a huge role in both aiding, and delaying Odysseus’s journey home. I will proceed to analyze, and interpret the actions and intentions of every major female character in The Odyssey. The first major female character that is introduced in this epic is Penelope....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Athena, Greek mythology]

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Analysis Of Homer 's The Odyssey

- Although Homer’s The Odyssey is a tale of Odysseus’s heroic quest to return to Ithaca, the women in it play an equal, if not more important role. The saying “behind every great man is an even greater woman” rings true throughout The Odyssey. In Ancient Greek culture, one’s glory is based off of the geras they acquire; for men that glory included women. In Penelope, Odysseus found the perfect match, both intellectually and hospitably; she is clever, cunning and faithful. Penelope, along with other mortal and immortal women such as Athena, challenge the view of women during this time because Homer presented Penelope as a strong woman rather than the submissive character she is expected to be....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Trojan War, Iliad]

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The Epic, The Odyssey By Homer

- The epic, The Odyssey by Homer, follows the adventures of Odysseus and his Telemachus, attempting to regain control over their home on the island of Ithaca. Since the epic was usually told orally from a bard, it contained descriptions of modern Greek traditions and ideologies. The Odyssey describes the differences between a civilized and uncivilized country. The many islands Odysseus travels to, demonstrates the differences between “civilized” and “savages” countries. Throughout The Odyssey, there appears to be distinct differences between the lifestyles of those who classify themselves as “civilize” and “savages.” The conditions of each lifestyle can best be understood when compared to eac...   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Trojan War, Homer]

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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 '

- ... Because of his outcry and Polyphemus telling Poseidon about this attack Odysseus can then “collect” his kleos. He can make claims to this fame. Odysseus overcame many trials that made him stand out amongst other warriors. One of these trials was escaping from Polyphemus’s lair during which he blinded the cyclops in the process of fleeing. Another trial he overcame was that of withstanding the song of the sirens. To do so, he made his crew tie him to the mast of the ship and told all of them to clog their ears with wax....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Trojan War, Poseidon]

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Analysis Of The Poem ' The Odyssey '

- ... . And I thought I would never see you again, once you had sailed for Pylos. Come in, come in, dear child, and let me feast my eyes on the wonderer just home.’ (Homer, Pg. 210). It is this father-like love for Telemachus and his absolute adoration and love for Odysseus that is shown in his involuntary actions during the slaughter of the suitors at the end of the epic poem. Throughout the rest of his involvement in the epic poem, sans his involvement in the brutality in the twenty second book, he is a messenger for Odysseus....   [tags: Odyssey, Homer, Greek mythology, Marriage]

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Analysis Of Homer 's ' The Odyssey '

- ... Athena saves Odysseus by calling for peace. This shows that civilizations preference towards the elite is a beneficial to the society as a whole. Without Athena 's interference Ithaca would have descended deeper into a lawless society which would have caused a spiral of continuance vengeance. This shows that without favoring the rich civilization would fall into chaos. Homer begins the epic in Ithaca with Penelope and Telemachus, Odysseus ' wife and son, to suggest that the epic is not just about Odysseus ' suffering but also about his families....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Trojan War, Homer]

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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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The Odyssey By Homer, By Robert Fitzgerald

- ... Unable to return home for two decades and stranded in the unknown, Odysseus and the remains of his crew wandered about the islands until he encountered Scylla a monster, and his ship was scattered and in ruins. Even when his ship was wrecked, he still paddled to shore, which shows that he was still hopeful and persevering. Coincidentally, the Gods then made it so Odysseus would be taken care for on Ogygia, an island where a dangerous nymph, Calypso lived. There, she gave him hospitality and he was imprisoned there for seven years, until the gods decided that the time was right for his return home....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Marriage, Trojan War]

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Analysis Of Homer 's ' Odyssey '

- ... Farewell. / But if you only knew, down deep, what pains / are fated to fill your cup before you reach that shore, / you’d stay right here, preside in our house with me / and be immortal.” (Lines 227-230). These lines create the impression that Calypso is attempting to lure Odysseus with the warning of the battles and agony he will face as he heads on his way home, and contrasting those agonies with the pleasure he would receive on the off chance that he stayed with her. This isn’t the first that Homer reveals to us the concept of deceitfulness, as he utilized this idea when he spoke of Penelope’s web....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Trojan War, Homer]

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Analysis Of Homer 's The Odyssey

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

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The Odyssey By Peter Dalby

- ... Meanwhile, Penelope, the long suffering wife of Odysseus is forced to contend with the suitors who have taken residence in her home, taking advantage of her hospitality. Indeed, Penelope and her son Telemachus are described as nearly helpless, and in need of a hero, for the suitors that have taken residence in her home placed tremendous pressure on her to forsake Odysseus and choose one of them to marry (Toohey 47). Penelope, in her desperation tells the suitors that she is preparing a burial shroud for her father-in-law, and will choose when she has completed the task....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Epic poetry, Athena]

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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 Odyssey By Homer, Homer

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

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The 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 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

- {Imagine seeing horrific tragedies and unspeakable things happen to close friends while traveling across seas, trying to get home to family whom have been absent for close to 20 years.}This is exactly what happens to a war hero named Odysseus, from the epic poem The Odyssey, by Homer, translated by Robert Fagles. In the poem, Odysseus goes off to war in Troy, which lasts a decade. He gets lost on his way home with his crew and goes through a list full of crazy adventures. Odysseus witnesses some very gruesome things, some very pleasant things, and some very strange things....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Cyclops, Trojan War]

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Cultural Values Of Homer 's Odyssey

- ... This includes frequent inclusion of asides in the text. Penelope, and the Twelve Maids, can then express their feelings, hidden in the original, in “imaginary space outside cultural constraints” (Khalid & Tabassum 19). This allows for women in Homeric culture to be finally “heard” as well as seen in the narrative (Nunes 238). As a result, the conventional faithful wife is replaced with a “woman with conflicting desires and impulses” (Neethling 127). This can be considered a challenge of one of the major cultural values of the text....   [tags: Odysseus, Odyssey, Narrator, Homer]

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Analysis Of Homer 's The Odyssey And The Lliad

- ... Odysseus is very proud of his son, who show such potential, and Telemachus is likewise proud of his father, who have earned fortunate reputations as warriors who defended their territory bravely. But however, the only way this father-son affection was achieved was through long distance. Odysseus and his son spent more time apart than they did together, and it is through the long distance that they develop respect and love for one another. In The Iliad, you learn that Priam is a worthy warrior who has received is retirement from battle after having fifty sons and fighting fearlessly in the Trojan War....   [tags: Achilles, Iliad, Odysseus, Odyssey]

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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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