Loyalty In Odyssey

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The Importance of Loyalty and the Consequences of Disloyalty Throughout the epic “The Odyssey” Odysseus, the ruler of Ithaca, experiences true disloyalty and loyalty throughout his twenty year journey and even returning home. His one desire was to get home as soon as possible, no matter what it took. He had setbacks throughout his miserable journey, and those setbacks were because of the difference between loyalty and disloyalty. Even in the years of 750-700 BC, people throughout the universe shown that they to can be independable which Homer was trying to portray in this book. Homer also portrayed that even the most respected and most powerful people are disloyal as well, as shown in the characters of the high nobles of Ithaca. Although …show more content…
He seen his old war friend, Agamemnon, who gave him advice on returning home. “Never be too trustful, even of your own wife.” (Homer 151). He stated this towards Odysseus because when Agamemnon got home he experienced disloyalty from his wife. His wife was cheating on him and when he got home, the guy who was having an affair with his wife stabbed him and killed him. Sometimes, even family can be disloyal as well. A little of disloyalty leads into a huge aspect of disloyalty. People will do anything to get what they want, even if they have to lie or be unfaithful to those who truly love them. The consequences of disloyalty is losing trust from people, one can't trust another if they aren't loyal. Though, throughout this book there was shown a lot of disloyal people, loyalty was shown as well. Odysseus was disguised as an old beggar when he had arrived in Ithaca. One of Odysseus’s trustworthy swineherds was brought attention to Odysseus. “... and my eyes are filled with tears, because you bring Odysseus to my mind… I still have hopes of my unhappy master; I still think he may turn up from somewhere and drive these suitors headlong through the palace.” (Homer 271). This warmed