Odyssey Literary Analysis

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‘Odyssey’ Literary Critique
Together everyone achieves more! (H) Homer, the author of the Odyssey, wrote the story of the Cyclops who were one eyed monsters, the story is still being told today! (Auth) The story of the Cyclops features Ancient Greek monsters who were the sons of the Titans. (HC) Homer’s story of the Cyclops displays Odysseus as a man who enters a cave, gets trapped, and devises a plan to escape with the men who are loyal throughout the journey back to Ithaca. (TH)
Reflecting on Odysseus’ journey, it is evident that Odysseus is tired, hungry, homesick and ready to return home, when the team discovers the cave of the Cyclops. (TS/CM) Attempting to travel home, Odysseus and the men are eager to return home after being away more than ten years fighting the Trojan War. (CD) This shows that the team is extremely eager and ready to return to Ithaca. (CM) Understanding that the cave is dangerous, he enters with the team. (CD) Odysseus’ decision to enter the cave against the team’s will is arrogant and seemingly careless.(CM) Odysseus’ sloppy decision put the loyal men in danger of losing their lives which forces the team to work together to survive.(CS/CM)
During the journey, Odysseus and the team ignorantly enter the cave of Polyphemus uninvited resulting in their capture.(TS/CM)
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(CD) Odysseus uses extreme cunningness to get Polyphemus drunk and to also get the cave door open to escape. (CM) Odysseus displays cleverness by offering the Cyclops wine to get them drunk and told the Cyclops his name was “Nobody”. (CD) Odysseus shows arrogance when he told the Cyclops his name which resulted in issues for the men later in the journey. (CM) Homer’s story of Odysseus and the Cyclops exemplifies the main theme of wisdom and cunningness to overcomd strength.