Odyssey Project In the epic, The Odyssey by Homer, Odysseus is harmed and helped by the gods. Mortals and gods interact and affect each other’s lives. Aeolus and Athena are gods/goddesses that try to help Odysseus on his journey. The main god who wants to harm him is Poseidon, and Zeus is a god that both harms and helps him. Poseidon, the God of the sea, has a grudge against Odysseus because of the blinding of his son, Polyphemus. Polypehemus asks his father to cast a curse on Odysseus, “Should destiny intend that he shall see his roof again among his family in his father land, far be that day, and dark the years between. Let him lose all companions, and return under strange sail to bitter days at home.” Poseidon hears and tries his best to fulfill his sons wish. Posedion’s bitterness causes him to generate a storm which eventually wrecks Odysseus' ship. Poseidon does whatever he can to keep Odysseus from reaching home, Ithaca. He keeps Odysseus from Ithaca for about twenty years. Athena is the god that helps Odysseus the most in his journey. She is known as “the hope of soldiers” because she is the goddess of war and wisdom. She first gives Odysseus the courage to stab the pointed olive tree in the Cyclops eye. She later uses her powers to disguise Odysseus as an elderly beggar so that he can spy on his wife's suitors and evaluate the character of each man he comes across. Athena also helps Odysseus and the other three men that help him, to defeat the 118 suitors. After they’ve won the battler, Athena then makes Odysseus and his wife, Penelope younger and healthier. Zeus…
Five Hundred Pages of Greek Mythology
Mrs. D’s class used The Odyssey as an example of Greek mythology. The Odyssey shows all thirteen steps of the hero’s journey and the four functions of Greek mythology. Even though this book is five hundred pages long, it is an exemplar of Greek mythology, which is in contrast to most other Greek mythology stories that tend to be short.
In the book The Odyssey the main character Odysseus is an exemplar of the hero’s journey. To begin, the initiate is…
Advanced Freshman English 4th
17 March 2014
The Odyssey Essay
When you think about Greek Epic leader, Odysseus will most likely come to mind. Odysseus is the main character in Homer's poem "The Odyssey,” which is a narrative poem that describes Odysseus' adventures and obstacles in his quest to return home to Ithaca, where he is king, from the Trojan War. Odysseus has been gone for two decades. All the other chieftains have returned, however, Odysseus' whereabouts are unknown…
Honors English 10 Period 5
30 November 2014
After reading The Odyssey it is evident that no matter what obstacle he and his
men face, big or small, Odysseus' character remains the same. In the epic poem The Odyssey
Homer explores and describes the life of a man named Odysseus. Many of Odysseus' godlike
traits are evident throughout the many challenges he and his men face. Odysseus is a very clever,
brave, and strong man.
Throughout this epic…
During the era of The Odyssey, hospitality played a vital role in the ethics of society. Travel was immensely tiring and many travelers needed places to stay. Therefore people were expected to provide hospitality and in turn, were often rewarded in some type of way. People were expected to treat traveling strangers with food, shelter and entertainment even if they were unaware of the possible danger. Also, people were very wary that if they failed to offer hospitality the Gods would unleash punishment…
In the epic poem The Odyssey, in books 1, 2 & 9, Homer showed that Odysseus had admirable traits even though at times his actions brought pain and suffering to others. By some of his characteristics, he showed us that he is a warrior at this time in his life. His intelligence and his courage were admired by all the characters in The Odyssey. Odysseus demonstrated his intelligence in Book 9 when he didn’t tell the Cyclops his real name because everyone knew who he was. An example…
17 December 012
Homer was in some ways a ghost, he believed he was a blind bard, or a storyteller. David Adam Leeming says that some people believed there are two Homers, or that Homer was a legend. Homer is famous for writing the Iliad and the Odysseus. The story of the Odyssey takes us through the seven stages of a Greek soldier’s journey of getting home after the Trojan War.
The first stage in Odysseus’ Call to venture home to Ithica. Odysseus…
“It is not what an author states, but what he or she whispers that is important.” In other words little details in a work are actually important in fully understanding it. Two works that prove this quote true are The Odyssey by Homer and “Ithaka” by Constantine Cavafy.
The Odyssey by Homer proves that this quote is true in many ways. There were many events in this poem where little details could teach the reader a lot. One was when Odysseus and his men went to The Land of the Lotus Eaters. Though…
November 4, 2014
The Odyssey, a great epic, told us the story of Odysseus and his adventures. Its
characters , their problems, obstacles and their morals weave their way into our live
as well. The morals and beliefs of the Greeks represent to us through stories and
incorporate themselves into our mind. I believe the Odyssey to be an allegory, meaning
it has two parts of interpretation to it. The obstacles, problems and goals relate to our
modern day lives. It…
Odyssey Essay 1/18/13 Period C
Throughout the history of mankind has looked for guidance from a godlike being or beings. In the Greek epic The Odyssey composed by Homer, mortals’ lives are affected by the presence of the gods, who watch over and even intercede…
heroes, lust and war, fantastical adventures and heartfelt emotions, the Odyssey is one of the supreme epics of all time. Centered on Odysseus’ ten year journey home, the poem is filled with suspenseful and emotional scenes of the human experience. As a mother and son earnestly await the return of their beloved, Odysseus has to struggle through treacherous trials and tribulation to reach his native soil and his family. But Odysseys’ preparedness to live a life away from home before the Trojan War, his…