In the epic poem The Odyssey, written by Homer, the main character is Odysseus of Ithaca. The story takes place after the Trojan War, which Odysseus took part in. Odysseus was forced to leave his newborn son, Telemachus, and his loving wife Penelope at home. After fighting for ten years, Odysseus and his men began their voyage back home to Ithaca. Troubles with the gods, however, delayed his arrival for yet another ten years. Odysseus fought through the hardships and always kept things in order. Because Odysseus is fearless, loyal, and very wise, he is considered to be a great leader and hero. Odysseus never fails to show his fearlessness. When he and his men arrive at the island of the Cyclops, Odysseus shows no fear toward the beast. After losing a few of his men to Polyphemus, the youngest of the Cyclops, Odysseus decides that he needs to do something about it to protect himself and the rest of his men. Odysseus quickly comes up with a plan, and gives the Cyclops a large cup of wine, which makes it sleep. While Polyphemus is asleep, Odysseus grabs a stick, and stabs it in the eye, causing it to go blind. He and his men are able to escape, and set sail once again. The quick thinking of Odysseus saved his life, and his men’s lives. Another example of Odysseus’ fearlessness is shown while he is down in the land of the dead, Hades. Odysseus was sent to Hades by the goddess Circe, to find Tiresias. The journey from Circe’s Island to Hades was a difficult one. He had to travel through raging storms and terrible winds. However, Odysseus and his men managed to make it to the entrance of Hades alive. When his men tried to follow him, Odysseus said that he must go alone. His men begged for him not to go, because they just knew that Odysseus wouldn’t return alive. Hades is a place where no other mortal would think of going, but Odysseus did. He went down into the fiery depths not knowing what he would encounter there. Odysseus did not know that since he had been gone, his mother had committed suicide, and he learned of her death in Hades. The grief of losing his mother was terrible. He could never feel the touch of his mother again. Odysseus knew that he had to leave Hades, even though it meant leaving his mother behind forever. He knew that he had to get home no matter what he had to do. Odysseus fought on for his wife, for his son, and now, for his mother. He didn’t give up even after losing his very own mother. The bravery of Odysseus is unfathomable. Another great trait of Odysseus was his loyalty. Odysseus never turned his back on anyone; he was always a loyal man. Odysseus met many beautiful goddesses, such as Calypso and Circe, but he always told them of his love for his dear wife Penelope. Penelope never stopped being the reason for Odysseus to return home to Ithaca. Even though Penelope was older-looking than and not as beautiful as the immortal goddesses, Odysseus still chose his love. He couldn’t imagine life without his dearest Penelope. The goddess Circe required Odysseus’ love to escape her island. Even as he lay with Circe, Odysseus thought of Penelope. He thought of how he would soon return to her, and that gave him hope. The temptation of the goddesses couldn’t break Odysseus down; he was strong enough to stay loyal. Not only was Odysseus loyal to his…
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…
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…
“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…
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…
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…
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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…
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…
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…
In the Odyssey Circe gives advice to Odysseus, this helped him from accomplishing his goal. This choice makes everything more better for everyone later on because it saves people’s lives. In “The Sirens; Scylla and Charybdis” Odysseus and his men return to Circe’s island, where Circe warns Odysseus of the bad things that await them. Circe then gives Odysseus advice on what to do to avoid everything. She warns him about the sirens and how to avoid their song, she then also points them in the direction…
In this essay I will be talking about whether the statement, “the female characters in book 5 and 6 are more important than Odysseus” is true.
In the books 5 and 6 we meet the female characters, calypso, Athena, Ino and Nausicaa. They all play a significant part in on helping Odysseus find his way home.
Calypso: Calypso is a nymph who lives on the island of Ogygia. She found Odysseus near death and took him in to her home and cared for him. She keeps Odysseus prisoner there for seven…