Odysseus’s Leadership Based on Odysseus’s experiences, decisions, and actions throughout the Odyssey, he demonstrates that overall, he is a good leader. He showed his cleverness and bravery. Odysseus also made decisions in order to help himself and his crew. First of all, Odysseus made decisions in order to help himself and his crew. When he and his crew reached the island of the Lotus Eaters, the natives gave some of them lotus. The lotus made them lose the desire to return home. Odysseus knew they had to leave before anyone else ate the lotus so he “brought them back, back to the hollow ships, and streaming tears- [Odysseus] forced them, hauled them under the rowing benches, lashed them fast and shouted out commands” (214, 110-113). Instead of leaving his crew members behind or waiting until more ate the lotus, Odysseus forced them back to the ship himself. By doing this, he prevented the others from being hypnotized and allowed them to continue their journey to Ithaca. Another example of when Odysseus made a good decision is when he and his crew encountered Scylla. Circe told Odysseus that Scylla would eat six of his men and Charybdis would kill either all or none of them. He chose to avoid Charybdis and not risk his entire crew being lost. Also, as they approached Scylla, Odysseus chose not to tell his men about the monster “for fear the men would panic, desert their oars and huddle down and stow themselves away” (278, 242-243). He wanted to keep his crew focused on rowing rather than distract them with the fear of Scylla. Odysseus showed that he was brave when he rescued his crew from Circe. Immediately after Eurylochus told him that Circe captured his men, he went after them. Even after being warned that he may not return to the ship, Odysseus did not hesitate to leave. “At that report [Odysseus] slung the hefty bronze blade of [his] silver-studded sword around [his] shoulder, slung [his] bow on too and told [Eurylochus] ‘Lead me back the same way that you came’” (238, 287-290). He planned to confront Circe knowing that she had powers. This shows that he is fearless and willing to risk his life for his crew. He also demonstrated his bravery when leading Telemachus, Eumaeus, Philoetius in their battle against the suitors. They were greatly outnumbered, but in order for Odysseus to reclaim his home, they had to kill the suitors. Odysseus devised a plan in which he would disguise himself as a beggar while Telemachus hid the weapons. He stated “If they abuse me in the palace, steel yourself, no matter what outrage I must suffer” (347, 305-306). Not only was he brave enough to fight them, he was also brave enough to endure their taunts before the slaughter began. I think this was the hardest task for Odysseus throughout the entire story. Unlike the previous fights, he had to have…
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…
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…