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The Amazing Leadership of Odysseus in Homer's The Odyssey

- The epic poem The Odyssey by the ancient Greek writer Homer takes us deep into the life of a man called Odysseus. As the reader gets to know Odysseus many sides of his character are exposed through the challenges he faces. Though he and his crew face danger and obstacles every step of the way Odysseus’s character hardly changes. The entire book Odysseus longs to see his wife but he is a good man and a courageous leader. When the times get tough, the tough gets going and that’s exactly what Odysseus did when the Trojan War started....   [tags: The Odyssey]

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The Unheroic Traits of Odysseus in Homer's The Odyssey

- A true hero will go through immeasurable lengths to benefit not him or herself, but the people around them. Heroes are neither selfish nor uncaring. They seek every opportunity they get to help those in need. One must have also gone through the entire hero’s journey to be deemed a hero. He must start off naïve and inept and through his challenges, transform into someone worth calling a hero. Most importantly, a hero is not perfect. He must listen to other’s ideas and utilize them. However, in The Odyssey by Homer, Odysseus disrespects his crew men and the gods’ advice, lets hubris interfere with his men’s lives, and is unfaithful to his wife Penelope....   [tags: odyssey]

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The Odyssey By Homer 's Odyssey

- ... However this also relates to the concept of testing loved ones that is presented towards the end of the Odyssey. This theme is evident not only when Odysseus is disguising himself from his son and his wife (the Odyssey Book 16, p.240-255) but is also shown throughout the entirety of the Odyssey when the gods, particularly Athena, test Odysseus by sending him through various trials and tribulations. Thus the female characters in the Odyssey, especially the Sirens and Circe, offer this prospect of freedom from suffering to Odysseus and support the concept of male weakness and female seduction....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Homer, Greek mythology]

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The Odyssey By Homer 's Odyssey

- Some people are very hospitable while others are not. In Homer’s “The Odyssey” Odysseus is returning home from a war as he is swept off course by Poseidon. Odysseus spends ten years drifting from island to island until he was able to return home. While away from home, Odysseus encounters some places were hospitability was key while some places hospitability was not as important. Therefore, Hospitality is a central motif of the Odyssey that focuses on the behavior of both hosts and their guests. Homer’s depicts several scenes of positive hospitality throughout the story of “The Odyssey “....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Trojan War, Iliad]

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Homer 's Odyssey : The Odyssey

- The Odyssey, an ancient Greek epic poem attributed to Homer, relates to Odysseus’s journey back to Ithaca.1 In the poem Odysseus has had some bad luck getting home, with some of the gods helping him and some hindering him; his journey towards home is a constant struggle. Throughout the epic Homer portrays diverse relationships in Odysseus’s journey. Odysseus experiences a lot of inconsistent emotions; a lot of this is attributed to the physical and mental hell he goes through on this remarkable voyage....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Homer, Epic poetry]

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The Odyssey By Homer 's Odyssey

- The Odyssey A hero is defined as “a person who, in the opinion of others, has heroic qualities or has performed a heroic act and is regarded as a model or ideal.” Homer’s epic, The Odyssey, is mostly focused on pivotal roles like leadership, courage and, patriarchy. Throughout history we notice how male dominance takes place within a society. This is called patriarchy, which is a form of social organization in which the father or oldest male is the head of the family, and descent and relationship are reckoned through the male line; government or rule by a man or men.(OED) That is portrayed in the Odyssey through the actions of the protagonist Odysseus, his journey to get back home, his...   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Trojan War, Penelope]

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The Odyssey By Homer 's Odyssey

- In the Odyssey, the experiences Odysseus faced were caused and influenced by a certain amount of woman who some could say controlled his life. Odysseus’ wife Penelope was always the woman in his heart even though he travelled to many different lands and was offered immortality, wealth or amazing sex he turned them all down in hopes of one day returning to his one true love. Through all his troubles he spent in a total of 10 years lost at sea not including the 10 years due to the Trojan War, he spent 7 with the lustrous Calypso, encountered the godlike beauty Nausicaa and spent another year with the bewitching enchantress Circe....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Greek mythology, Penelope]

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The Odyssey

- The Odyssey details Odysseus’ arduous return to his homeland. Ten years have passed since the end of the Trojan war and Odysseus, the “most cursed man alive”, has been missing and presumed dead by many. (10.79). Throughout the novel, gods play a significant role in the fate of Odysseus and other characters. The extent of the gods’ role though is not unqualified, contrary to Telemachus’ suggestion that, “Zeus is to blame./He deals to each and every/ laborer on this earth whatever doom he pleases” (1.401-403)....   [tags: Homer, Odyssey Essays]

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The Mythology Of The Odyssey

- In the Odyssey there is a distinct relationship that is shared between the mortals and the Gods. In the link with Christian faith, the Gods in the Odyssey are physically present. The Gods help, lend assistance, support and mentor the mortals. They can be ‘compared to that of a guardian angel’ (FORP). In comparison, the gods have their favourites which my result in the negativity towards a mortal from a particular God. As so the mortals are at the mercy of Gods. Majority of the time the mortals benefit greatly from the Gods and can be seen to transform for the better....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Poseidon, Telemachus]

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The Odyssey, By The Goddess

- In The Odyssey, the goddess Calypso offers Odysseus immortality so that he would stay with her and not leave in pursuit of his family. The question being raised is, “If I, like Odysseus, was given the choice, would I choose to remain human. Why or why not?” This question is incredibly complex. Part of the decision would be the immortality issue. Would I like to live forever and not age or live a normal mortal life. To look at it fully, I have to look at all of its parts. To say “like Odysseus” is to say that I have family that I am trying to return to, a wife and a son, and not to mention an entire island that is mine....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Scylla, Love]

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The Mythology Of The Odyssey

- While a majority of the texts in general demonstrate that good things happen to those who listen to the gods and bad things happen to those who do not, there are a few unique cases were certain people were able to address their gods, and receive an answer. These select people hold an exclusive relationship, usually with one god, and even though they do (mostly) whatever their god commands them to do, they still have the ability to hold a dialogue with them. This creates a situation where the God is the listener, and their human is the speaker....   [tags: Human, God, Yahweh, Odyssey]

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Analysis Of ' The ' Odyssey '

- Samantha Carlson Ms. Johnston AP English Literature and Composition 8 September 2015 Journey Essay Most works of literature have their characters embarking on a journey or journeys to reach a desired location whether it is mentally or physically. These journeys do not stand alone but contribute to the piece as a whole. The Kite Runner focuses on Amir taking on life in his suffering country to moving to a land granting great opportunity and ultimately returning home to complete a deed that would stabilize him for the remainder of his life....   [tags: Odyssey, Trojan War, Odysseus, Homer]

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`` The Odyssey `` By Homer

- The Odyssey, by Homer, just a simple search in Google will bring up millions of hits, a similar search on any college’s database will bring up thousands of articles, essays, and reviews of the famous Greek Epic. Pretty good for a tale now well over a thousand years old. However, with such a lengthy history to the story’s name and a huge drawing-factor to anyone stepping into the fields of History or Literature, it seems most everyone has written down their opinions about the text. Sadly, this means that over time writing about it has become clichéd....   [tags: Odyssey, Homer, Odysseus, Epic Cycle]

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The Odyssey, by Homer

- Homer’s Odyssey was written around 700 BC. During this time there was major social and economic change, which brought the development of new cities, as well as new laws to govern them. Political rights and citizenship in Greek society truly defined the roles of women in this time period. All of the laws governing the population of Greece were not only written by men, but also enforced by men. Homer’s Odyssey is the product of a society in which men played the dominant role. Women were held at a very low status compared to men....   [tags: Homer, Odyssey Essays]

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An Analysis Of ' The Odyssey '

- Divulging the Importance of Women Women have not always had power equal to men. When The Odyssey was composed, women’s roles were limited to childbirth and domestic duties. In The Odyssey, Homer foreshadowed how the perception and roles of women would change in the future. Odysseus, who is the main male character in the epic, strongly depended on the female characters. Homer gave women the roles of diverting, comforting, and assisting mortals throughout the story to show his readers that women are an important aspect to men’s lives....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Greek mythology, Telemachus]

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Women in The Odyssey

- Women play an influential role in The Odyssey. Women appear throughout the story, as goddesses, wives, princesses, or servants. The nymph Calypso enslaves Odysseus for many years. Odysseus desires to reach home and his wife Penelope. It is the goddess Athena who sets the action of The Odyssey rolling; she also guides and orchestrates everything to Odysseus’ good. Women in The Odyssey are divided into two classes: seductresses and helpmeets. By doing so, Homer demonstrates that women have the power to either hinder of help men....   [tags: Homer, Odyssey Essays]

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Analysis Of ' The Odyssey '

- One of the most prominent reoccurring themes in The Odyssey is the concept of xenia, in other words, the Greek tradition of showing hospitality to those who are far away from home, or even strangers, since he or she can easily be a god in disguise. In The Odyssey xenia is often the force that seals the fate of specific characters. It is used as a way to show the fear (or lack of fear) of the gods in the characters’ hearts. It is also often tied into the idea of temptation, by showing whether or not a character’s intentions are pure....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Trojan War, Penelope]

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Analysis Of ' The Odyssey '

- The Ancient Greeks sought to define how humans should view their lives and how to create an existence dedicated to the basis of the “ideal” nature. This existence would be lived so as to create an “honorable” death upon their life’s end. Within their plays, both dramas and comedies, they sought to show the most extreme characteristics of human nature, those of the wise and worthy of Greek kleos along with the weak and greedy of mind, and how they were each entitled to a death but of varying significance....   [tags: Odyssey, Trojan War, Odysseus, Poseidon]

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The Iliad And The Odyssey

- ... His place of death is thought to be the Cycladic island of Ios. Whether or not Homer composed both epics, ancient Greek tradition revered him as the leader of learning and first teacher of Greece. In modern times, both the Iliad and the Odyssey are not generally attributed to a single author. There have been times in the past where single authorship carried weight. The best reason for assuming both works were attributed to a single Homer is that the epics are extraordinary. To the average audience, they don’t read like they were pieced together by a collection of individuals....   [tags: Homer, Trojan War, Odyssey, Iliad]

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Analysis Of ' The Odyssey '

- In Greece, on the island of Ithaka, the queen awaits the homecoming of her husband from the Trojan War. However, Odysseus does not return from the war unlike his fellow shield brothers, leaving his wife alone in Ithaka with their son. Penelope is left in a very vulnerable situation because suitors are now coming into her home looking to marry her, as whoever she chooses to marry would become the king of Ithaka. Penelope is forced to adjust to life without her husband, and in a way, fend for herself completely....   [tags: Odyssey, Trojan War, Marriage, Homer]

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Analysis Of ' The Odyssey '

- ... Within the poem Ulysses, written by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Tennyson addresses three key ideals you should consider when you realize that your life is close to its end: live your life to the fullest, keep your life purpose till the day you die, and never think that it is all over, until the day it is truly over. “ I will drink life to the lees” (lines 6 and 7), in other words, Ulysses will live his life to the fullest, till the day he is put to rest. Ulysses will never sit there waiting for something to come to him, he will live life to the fullest and search for a new opportunity every chance he gets....   [tags: Odyssey, Homer, Trojan War, Achilles]

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The Iliad And The Odyssey

- Can two things ever truly be exactly the same. When it comes to epic heroes, I’m not sure. In both the Iliad and the Odyssey, written by Homer and translated by Robert Fagles, the journey of two epic heroes are depicted for us. Achilles, hero of the book The Iliad, is fighting in the Trojan War. Odysseus, hero of the book The Odyssey, is simply fighting to get home. Although both the epic heroes are put through some of the same very tough and difficult situations, it doesn’t mean they are quite the same person....   [tags: Trojan War, Iliad, Achilles, Odyssey]

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The Iliad And The Odyssey

- The Iliad and The Odyssey are epic poems written by Homer, telling the stories of the heroes: Akhilleus, the strongest man in the Akhaian army, fighting in the Trojan War, and Odysseus, the cleverest man in the army, who is trying to get home after that war. The gods often intervene, shaping the lives of the characters. Divine intervention in The Iliad and The Odyssey exists to characterize the statuses of the mortals and the gods. The gods remind the mortals of their power over them through divine intervention, elevating the statuses of the gods and reinforcing their superiority....   [tags: Trojan War, Iliad, Odyssey, Poseidon]

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The Odyssey, by Homer

- The monsters of Homer’s The Odyssey as written by Robert Fitzgerald all share traits in common, but there is always the small differences which make each close encounter more gripping than the last. When the not-so-glorious Odysseus, son of Laertes just manages to elude the cannibalistic clutches of the blinded Kyklops (IX) and takes to the high seas, he becomes arrogant and taunts his nemesis. He does not realize this, but the very words he uttered then sets the holy executioner upon the necks of his crew....   [tags: Homer, Odyssey Essays]

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The Epic Of The Odyssey

- ... Since he wasn’t there, the insolent suitors took advantage of what they once called hospitality for over 3 years. They took over his house and they competed with each other in order to marry Penelope, his wife. Due to this, Athena and Odysseus came up with a plan to get rid of them all by making Odysseus appear like a homeless beggar. The climax is conjugated with forewarnings, more correlative with prophecies. The Odyssey is full of several themes, but there was one that attracted more attention than the others, which was the omens....   [tags: Odyssey, Homer, Odysseus, Epic poetry]

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The Odyssey And The Aeneid

- ... One of such is to “weave” her husband’s burial shroud, “Then in the daytime would she weave at the great web, but in the night unravel, after her torch was set. Thus for three years she hid her craft and cheated the Achaeans,” (Homer 14). While Penelope was dealing with her morals and values on Ithaca, Odysseus was dealing with other women whose lifestyles differed vastly. Calypso is a goddess trapped upon an island floating at sea. When Odysseus arrives, she comments that she has not seen a man in over 100 years....   [tags: Odysseus, Odyssey, Homer, Greek mythology]

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The Odyssey, By Homer

- When talking about Odysseus, people often describe him as heroic, brave, and intelligent. They recall the many incredible feats he achieved like that of outsmarting and blinding a Cyclops. They also mention Odysseus’s brilliant idea of the Trojan Horse that helped the Greeks defeat the Trojans. While Odysseus did show the makings of an excellent leader, his actions continually contradicted them. Throughout the Odyssey, Odysseus’s tragic flaw, hubris, pushes him to act in ways that go against the definition of a good leader....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Circe, Cyclops]

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The Iliad And The Odyssey

- In two of Homers epics, The Iliad and The Odyssey, it can be seen that in his epics he displays his own Homeric and heroic. The honor of every person in Homeric culture was important, but to the hero, his honor was extremely important. Not only does ones heroism and honor define ones social status and ranking, it is also defense mechanism to build within their own persona of themselves. This way of thinking can cause the Homeric characters to feel invincible and untouchable to their enemies with pride of dying with honor....   [tags: Iliad, Achilles, Trojan War, Odyssey]

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The Iliad And The Odyssey

- ... With her guidance duel from Achilles and the Achean commander. This truly starts to show that Athena is not like the women inside the Illiad. In this situation Athena shows yet again that she is not like the other women by convincing oddesueys to bring his men back to fight instead of fleeing.” Agamemnon gathers his troops for attack, but, to test their courage, he lies and tells them that he has decided to give up the war and return to Greece. To his dismay, they eagerly run to their ships....   [tags: Trojan War, Iliad, Odysseus, Odyssey]

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The Iliad And The Odyssey

- The Iliad and the Odyssey give great accounts of Greek history, allowing readers to see inside the world of the gods. With such reading, it’s very obvious to tell that the gods are not how they would appear to be. They rule over Greece and are in almost complete control of the citizen’s daily lives, however, they don’t take this position with respect. Instead, they choose to resort to human-like games in order to get what they want. The female goddesses are the worst offenders of this. Hera and Athena especially choose to interfere with the lives of humans for their own personal gain....   [tags: Trojan War, Iliad, Odysseus, Odyssey]

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The Iliad And The Odyssey

- ... She never gave them a reason to think that she was interested in them because loyalty to Odysseus was very important to her. Penelope used her cunning wits to prolong choosing a suitor to marry. She announced that she was to make a beautiful tapestry for her father in law, Laertes. However, the suitors did not know that she would weave by day and return at night to unweave what she had done for the day. This kept the suitor at arm’s length until Odysseus could return home and assume the throne that awaited him....   [tags: Trojan War, Iliad, Odyssey, Odysseus]

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The Iliad And The Odyssey

- ... But no man gets his life back, not by theft or plunder, once it has flown out from him, passed beyond the barrier of his teeth. My goddess mother, silver-footed Thetis has said two fates may bring about my death. If I remain here, continuing the fight against the Trojans’ city, that means I won’t be going home, but my glory will never die. But if I go back home, my fame will die, although my life will last a long time—death will not end it quickly.” N.p., n.d. Web. In this passage of lines 410-520 Achilles is discussing his fate and how he can either die a well-respected warrior or go home and live a long life with no title or rewards....   [tags: Odyssey, Homer, Iliad, Trojan War]

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Loyalty as Defined in the Odyssey

- Loyalty, as defined in the Odyssey seems to be the constant devotion to someone, the hopefully longing of their return and victory. Homer seems to value loyalty over many of the other human traits, as Eumaeus gets not only Homer’s famous “you” but his own book as well. The swineherd is not the only character that Homer uses to show loyalty, Penelope and Telemachus show unyielding faithfulness to Odysseus throughout the epic poem; as do many other characters even gods. Homer demonstrates the value he places on loyalty through the use of these characters with their devotion to Odysseus....   [tags: Loyalty, Odyssey, ]

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The Odyssey, By Homer

- The Odyssey, by Homer, has withstood the test of time. For centuries, The Odyssey has been read to be studied, and also read to be enjoyed. This great book can be acknowledged as superior art for multiple reasons; The Odyssey is written with superior craftsmanship, it perfectly exhibits Greek literary tradition, and it holds pleasing aesthetic value. However, perhaps the principal criteria that this book meets for being superior art is that it explores numerous complexities of human nature. The first people that read The Odyssey, and the countless individuals that have poured over it in modern days can benefit from reading this inexhaustible epic because it delves into fascinating truths abo...   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Trojan War, Ithaca]

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Oral Commentary on The Odyssey

- This passage is told as a flashback, as Odysseus sits in the palace of the Phaeacians telling the story of his wanderings. Odysseus reluctantly tells his story after King Alcinou notices his weeping during a minstrel, which was about the fall of Troy. So in answer to the King, Odysseus reveals his identity, background and adventures: from Troy, the winds sweep him and his men to Ismarus, city of the Cicones. The men plunder the land and, carried away by greed, refuses to leave until the Cicones turn on them and attack....   [tags: Odyssey, Greece, ]

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Greek Hospitality in The Odyssey

- Greek Hospitality in The Odyssey The Greeks have been known for their hospitality and politeness, especially when treating guests- whether strangers or not. This is demonstrated near the beginning of the Odyssey when Telemachus went to Pylos to visit Nestor. Nestor, not knowing who he was taking into his home as guests, treated them with great honor and respect. "Now is the time," he said, "for a few questions, now that our young guests have enjoyed their dinner. Who are you, strangers....   [tags: The Odyssey]

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Feeling the Power of the Book, The Odyssey

- No one ever told me to read The Odyssey--and that was the greatest educational travesty of my life. I first read it after High School while working at Colonial Motors in West Concord. I didn't "get it" any more than the most confused among you, but what I did do is "feel it:" I felt its primordial power and emotional bareness; I felt another world, another age and another human journey come alive inside of me. It made me feel that I was a part of long and unbroken lineage of humanity searching for truth and purpose in a world--especially my world, a world not always blessed with clarity and opportunity....   [tags: Odyssey, book review, ]

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Analysis Of Homer 's ' Odyssey '

- The goddess Athena intrigues and fascinates readers, compelling an in depth look at the role which she plays within Homers, Odyssey. Throughout the epic poem Athena is depicted as a strong leading voice who aids in helping the development of maturity within Odysseus’s son Telemachus. From persuading Telemachus to hold an assembly, debate what to do about his mother’s suitors, and consider the matter of his father, Odysseus, Athena begins a slow accession into a guiding or mentoring role of Telemachus....   [tags: Odyssey, Homer, Odysseus, Athena]

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Analysis Of ' Homer 's ' The Odyssey '

- Everyone is strong in their individual ways. In Homer’s the Odyssey, the main characters, Odysseys and Penelope, go through trials and have their own way of dealing with them. When I mentioned everyone that includes myself. I use my strengths to overcome challenges just like Odysseys and Penelope. With my strengths of empathy, adaptability, and positivity, I work through problems and trials that stand in my way, similarly Odysseys and Penelope has similar and different ways of dealing with their obstacles....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Optimism, Penelope]

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The Epic Of Gilgamesh And The Odyssey

- Gilgamesh and the Odyssey, two epics of parallel parameters, that extend over a thousand years, the heroes Gilgamesh and Odysseus, the two individual paragons of heroism, immortality and the reverence of super natural gods in both tales. The two different cultures illuminate similarities and contrasts between the two texts, The Epic of Gilgamesh depicts the ancient Mesopotamian culture and values through its hero Gilgamesh, as the Odyssey presents its cultural values through the Hero of Homer’s The Odyssey....   [tags: Epic of Gilgamesh, Odyssey, Mesopotamia]

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Analysis Of Homer 's ' The Odyssey '

- ... 176-178) In book 22 the suitors finally meet their fate by the hand of Odysseus. The suitors demonstrate true hubris because they do not change much from the beginning till the conclusion. It does not seem like they have matured or felt any remorse for their actions. “If you, you’re truly Odysseus of Ithaca, home at last, you’re right to accuse these men of what they’ve done—so much reckless outrage here in your palace, so much on your lands” this comes from Eurymachus who is obviously trying to dig his way out of trouble and still tests Odysseus, which ironically led to his death.(Odyssey 22: 45-49) Eurymachus was obviously only concerned with his well-being and relied on his own arroga...   [tags: Odyssey, Athena, Odysseus, Ithaca]

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Women During The Odyssey By Homer

- ... It is important to note that Odysseus’ relationship with most goddesses throughout The Odyssey involves the act of sex. Athena, on the other hand, personifies both feministic and non-feministic traits, although they are not necessarily masculine traits. This is quite strange, however, as most women are represented as solely feminine and completely inferior to men. Athena is the goddess of wisdom and war. According to Homer, in the Iliad, Athena is portrayed as a fierce and ruthless warrior, characteristics that women were not generally assigned during this time period....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Athena, Iliad]

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The Odyssey And The Eventual Return Of Odysseus

- ... Athena’s decision to guide Telemachus is an example of parental love as Athena clearly is the more prominent player in the game and loves him from a higher position of influence, as she mentors him on his short journey to discover his father. The alliance between Athena and Odysseus plays a pivotal role in the story and is formed through the love of Agape. This form of love is the same love that creates a dangerous rift between Odysseus and Poseidon when our main character blinds Polyphemus, the son of Poseidon....   [tags: Odyssey, Athena, Zeus, Odysseus]

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Theme of Revenge in Homer's Odyssey

- Homer’s The Odyssey is not just a tale of a man’s struggle on his journey home from the Trojan War, but of his struggle from the consequences of revenge. The Odyssey weaves in different characters’ tales of revenge from the gods and what impact revenge actually had on those characters. Revenge is an important underlying theme in The Odyssey because, in essence, it explains why Odysseus’ journey was so prolonged and treacherous. A few examples of revenge in the poem include Orestes’ revenge on Aegisthus, Zeus’ revenge on Odysseus and his men, and Poseidon’s revenge on Odysseus....   [tags: The Odyssey, Literary Analysis]

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The Odyssey And Monkey By Homer

- A home is a place where one lives. In The Odyssey, home is a physical places where one dwells. For Odysseus, his dwelling was in Ithaca, it is where he resides and where the people he care for work and live. His home is a physical place where he has always lived. In Monkey, home is not where the companions were born or raised, but it is where they end up. Each of the companions have a physical home, but they leave them for the journey. When the journey ends they do not return to their original home, but go to the new home they were given....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Ithaca, Penelope]

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The Odyssey And The Color Purple

- In The Odyssey and The Color Purple, the authors show different period of time where women didn 't have the right to have an opinion nor a decision in their own lives. Second wave feminism was not only about the right to vote, etc. It was more of a fight about equal opportunities. Naturally, the differences between the people asking for equal opportunities would become a key point. In The Odyssey and The Color Purple, women’s rights are based on social structural rather than laws that allow women to make their own decisions....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Penelope, Telemachus]

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Analysis Of The Poem ' Katabasis ' And The Odyssey '

- Katabasis , or the descent to the underworld, is a common theme found in a diverse number of epic literatures. The hero journeys to the netherworld or to the land of the dead and returns, often with a quest-object or a loved one, or with heightened awareness and knowledge . This essay takes the convention of katabasis as its point of departure into the literal and symbolic depths of Death and the Underworld within and below the Homeric epic narrative. I will first explore the topic of mortality that katabasis dramatizes, and we will ask what sort of realization this encounter between life and death might offer – or what kind of “gazing” an abyss might be capable to do....   [tags: Homer, Achilles, Iliad, Odyssey]

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Analysis Of Disney 's ' The Odyssey '

- ... The last example comes from a servant from his own land Ithaka, by Eumanios. Most of the various host in the rendered the proper hospitality honor to the guess but from the three main examples the best host was Alkínoös and his daughter Nausicaa. Princess Nausikaa gave him food to satisfy his stomach and put him clothes to cover his naked body, advised him about the attitude of the citizens toward visitors. The Phaiakians preferred not to have contact with others, so for that reason he might not be welcomed in the king’s halls as a guess; as for the princess, she saw no evil on Odysseus and that is why she gave him a warm welcome....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Cyclops, Poseidon]

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Telemakhos' Lesson on Perseverance in Homer's Odyssey

- While in books I-IV of Homer's Odyssey, Telemakhos has learned that perseverance and asserting himself is important when becoming a hero and he still needs to learn about the importance of managing his temper. In these books, Telemakhos has learned about the importance of perseverance when becoming a hero. Perseverance is important to heroes because heroes have to keep going even when they are faced with challenges. Telemakhos learned about the importance of perseverance when he left on his journey to find his father....   [tags: Homer, Odyssey]

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Character Analysis : ' The Odyssey '

- ... All in all, one should take away the idea that encouragement and guidance during a crucial point in one’s life can lead to a positive outcome. The relationship between Telemachus and Mentor begins with Telemachus praying to the god Pallas. He prays, Dear god, hear me. Yesterday you come to my house, you told me to ship out on the misty sea and learn if father, gone so long, is ever coming home … Look how my countrymen the suitors most of all, the pernicious bullies foil each move I make....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Homer, Telemachus]

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The Role of the Gods in the Odyssey

- Religion was deeply intertwined the culture of the ancient Greeks. In their stories, they prayed to the gods to satisfy their needs and offer assistance in their endeavors, and the gods would occasionally appear to select Greeks to give counsel, gifts, or other forms of aid. Alternatively, if the desires or endeavors of a mortal or mortals displeased one or more of the gods, they would also interfere with the fulfillment of their goals. In Homer’s Odyssey, the gods appear to or interfere with both Telemachus and Odysseus, either to help or hinder them in their journeys....   [tags: Homer, Odyssey Essays]

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Analysis Of The Book ' The Odyssey '

- ... Therefore, he needs the encouragement of someone who knew his father intimately. In consequence, Athena sends Telemachus to Sparta because Menelaos is the best replacement of the fatherly mentorship he would have received from Odysseus. Understanding the mindset behind Telemachus’ actions is key to understanding exactly how his emotional troubles should be cured. Consider in the second book where he expresses the problems he faces: “There are two evils. I have lost a noble father, one who was a king once over you here, and was kind to you like a father; and now a greater evil, one which presently will break up the whole house and destroy all my livelihood.” Telemachus conveys to the ass...   [tags: Odysseus, Odyssey, Iliad, Homer]

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Role of Women in the Odyssey

- “A woman cannot be herself in the society of the present day, which is an exclusively masculine society, with laws framed by men and with a judicial system that judges feminine conduct from a masculine point of view” (Ibsen). This saying also applied to the times of the Odyssey, an epic constructed by the blind, eight century B.C.E. poet, Homer. As one of the few representatives of ancient Greek social order, the blind, Homer witnessed women as substandard to men, regardless of their actions; many of them existed as seductresses, prostitutes, or slaves....   [tags: Homer, Odyssey Essays]

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The Odyssey : The Feminine Touch

- Argumentative Essay The Odyssey "The Feminine Touch" The Odyssey is an epic about how Ulysses, the King of Ithaca makes a quest to return home after the Trojan War. Along the way, he encounters a several of obstacles and it takes him twenty years to get home. However, what readers fail to realize is how big of a role women play I this epic. In The Odyssey, women are important because they provide a guidance, a sense of hope, and reasoning to Ulysses. While, Ulysses may be the hero of the story who achieves his Kleos, but the real heroes are the once that go unnoticed....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Penelope, Marriage]

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Images and Symbolism in The Odyssey

- The Sea Odysseus spends so much time sailing home that the sea really takes up a good chunk of his life. This is fitting, since the sea and its perils work much the same way the Odyssey argues that life does, it is full of suffering, but it can’t be avoided. The sea can send blessings like sea breezes to blow him home or obstacles like storms, Skylla and Charybdis, and treacherous islands. Because the sea is ruled by Poseidon, it is also a manifestation of the superiority of the gods and nature over man....   [tags: Homer, Odyssey Essays]

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The Odyssey By F. Scott Fitzgerald

- ... . in the mind’s eye --- if only he might drop from the clouds and drive these suitors all in a rout throughout the halls and regain his pride of place and rule his own domains” (Book 1, Line 134-137). He knew the suitors was doing wrong, but he was too afraid to stop them so he wished that his father would come home and stop them. He knew his father Odysseus would handle them far better than he could so he just let the suitor continue to do whatever they were doing. This showed that people could do anything and get away with and Telemachus wouldn’t stop them at all....   [tags: Odysseus, Odyssey, Homer]

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The Odyssey : A Story Of The Struggles

- The Odyssey is a story of the struggles of one Greek hero, Odysseus, who had to battle many gravital obstacles, whether created by the Gods or natural issues in order to return home. He is on his way back to Ithaca after being gone for 20 years, without his gilded kingdom. The first ten years he spent fighting in the Trojan War and the last ten years trying to travel home after encountering many difficulties along the way. Odysseus was the king of Ithaca who was married to a beautiful, smart wife Penelopeia and had teenage son Telemachus....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Athena, Marriage]

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Analysis Of Homer 's ' The Odyssey '

- Gods in The Odyssey often use prophecy to inform mortal characters of their fates. Once a mortal character is aware of his fate, he is responsible for accepting and fulfilling it, or otherwise facing punishment for his failure to obey the gods. One such example is Odysseus’ failure to execute Circe’s prophecy not to fight Scylla in order to save his shipmates, which results in his loss of six of his best men. Odysseus’ responsibility here for his men’s deaths at the hands of Scylla implores the reader to question Odysseus’ ability to lead his men....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Circe, Leadership]

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Analysis Of Homer 's ' The Odyssey '

- In the ending chapters of The Odyssey Homer bring about many interesting points in which would bring us to believe that in fact Penelope had helped to slay the suitors. Penelope did not physically help to slay the suitors when Odysseus had been in the room killing them. It was Penelope’s actions leading up to this scene that may have helped Odysseus in his successful killing spree of the suitors. For the case of the argument we will discuss points in which it is believed that she had recognized him disguised as the old man, which gave her the ability to help Odysseus....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, KILL, Mind]

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Analysis Of Homer 's ' The Odyssey '

- He is arrogant, self-centered, destructive, and calculative. These are some portray the king of Ithaca. Throughout Homer’s epic poem, The Odyssey, depicts Odysseus as a brave warrior who overcomes the various obstacles to reach his homeland Ithaca. Yet, his egotistical behavior and his ignorances characterizes the king Odysseus as a transitional hero, however having some qualities of a modern hero, but falls short to fulfill that honorable position of being a true hero. A major way Odysseus is portrayed as a self-centered individual is when he encounters a monster that interrupts his journey to his homeland Ithaca....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Cyclops, Athena]

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Analysis Of The Book ' The Odyssey '

- ... This creates a clear distinction between the Odysseus of Shewring’s translation and of Fitzgerald’s translation. Soon after this, Circe offers her bed to Odysseus, and Odysseus promptly refuses. In Fitzgerald’s translation, this makes sense as he is a man of strong will and, for some reason despite his culture being accepting of a husband’s infidelity, refuses Circe’s and all other advances from women. In Shewring’s translation he still holds that culturally unusual value, but he has no strong will to support it, only one that is proof against magic....   [tags: Odyssey, Athena, Odysseus, Poseidon]

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Analysis Of Homer 's ' The Odyssey '

- ... That being things such as fame, wealth of gifts or of animals, or whatever comes with being a war hero. All these things just point towards that he is only looking forward to stuff instead of his real prize which is his wife and son back at home. While proving this argument that Odysseus is only for himself and for the wealth we could be looking at many different lines throughout the whole book. We could look at how Odysseus stopped at basically every island without knowing who and or what was going to be waiting on the island for him and whoever else might stumble up it....   [tags: Odyssey, Cyclops, Odysseus, Polyphemus]

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The Wrath of Poseidon in Odyssey

- Throughout the Odyssey, the struggles of Odysseus are revealed to the reader through the well written epic. His journey is very difficult and he is haunted with the loss of his entire crew and seemingly impossible task of getting home to his family. While journeying homewards, Odysseus makes the mistake of harming the Cyclops, who happens to be Poseidon's son. Poseidon is so angry at Odysseus for the harm he inflicted on the Cyclops, that through the influence of all powerful Zeus, he punishes Odysseus along with his other children, the Phaeacians, who can be seen to parallel as well as contrast with the Cyclops....   [tags: Homer, Odyssey Essays]

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The Odyssey : The Fated Hero

- ... He is a master of minds, weaving stories and lies so artfully together as though he can actually reach inside of a person and make them believe what is favorable to him. Odysseus is, according to Athena, an elusive con artist and a “wily bastard,” which, in the Homeric world, may well be a compliment. Athena is clearly invested in Odysseus, so much so that she “can’t leave [him] when [he’s] down and out: because [he’s] so intelligent and self-possessed.” She is, again, praising him, but the crucial moment is when she confesses that she cannot abandon him....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Athena, Iliad]

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Odysseus By Homer 's The Odyssey

- In Homer 's The Odyssey, Odysseus is known as “the great tactician” (7.256). With the help of the goddess Athena, Odysseus must endure a challenging journey home after winning the Trojan War. Throughout Odysseus ' journey, he has to encounter and defeat many obstacles which prohibit his desired, speedy return home. During this journey, Odysseus learns that once he gets home, he will have to conquer the suitors who have invaded his home. These suitors have attempted to court his wife, raided his food supplies, and completely disrespected Odysseus and his household....   [tags: Odysseus, Odyssey, Athena, Iliad]

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William Shakespeare 's The Odyssey

- ... While reading this direct quote from the epic it is obvious that Telemachus is not a hero, instead he is a coward. He does not believe that he was given the strength because the gods did not grant it to him. To continue on not so good traits of Telemachus he believes his father to be coward. Homer states, I should not have sorrowed so over his dying if he had gone down among his companions in the land of the Trojans, or in the arms of his friends, after he had wound up the fighting. So all the Achaians would have heaped a grave mound over him, and he would have won great fame for himself and his son hereafter....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Difference, Marriage]

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The Odyssey : My Mother

- While reading The Odyssey, I have recognized Odysseus’ traits in my mother. Nevertheless, in distinct situations my mother 's character is kind and quiet, although she can be quiet, she can become fierce if you provoke her by committing an incorrect act. Common for all mothers when their children are in danger they tend to become over protective so that no harm is done to them. If an act is committed toward my sister and I her enraged side will be presented upon you. On the other hand, when my sister and I were young we were playing in the house a broke and antique plate that was a gift to her she became furious and sent us to our room....   [tags: Odysseus, Odyssey, Circe, Penelope]

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The Odyssey And Hymn Of Demeter

- In The Odyssey Book 5, Calypso explicitly likens herself to Demeter. She complains that while the male gods themselves are allowed to have mortal lovers, they hate seeing Goddesses like her and Demeter have affairs with mortals(Odyssey 5.128-60). However, Demeter in the Hymn to Demeter in fact more closely resembles Penelope than she resembles Calypso because both Penelope and Demeter love their family members and choose to challenge the authority in order to achieve family reunion, while Calypso submits to Zeus’s will and finally gives up having a family....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Marriage, Greek mythology]

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Analysis Of Homer 's ' The Odyssey '

- Violence in The Odyssey Violence in literature may take any form, whether it be natural disaster like and earthquake or a human based disaster like war (Campbell). In Homer’s The Odyssey both types are found… whether it’s Odysseus’s hardships like making it home or dealing with the wrath of the god Poseidon. Every violent scene has its own reasons, some are more reasonable than others. For instance, the gods were angered by the disobedience of the mortals. This is more reasonable than the killing of the Cyclops....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Trojan War, Penelope]

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The Iliad, The Odyssey, And Works And Days

- ... In the Iliad, a man is praying to the god Apollo asking him for help for his daughter. The man says “Hear me, lord of the silver bow who set your power about Chryse and Killa the sacrosanct, who are lord in strength over Tenedos, Smintheus, if ever it pleased your heart that I built your temple, if ever it pleased you that I burned all the rich thigh pieces of bulls, of goats, then bring to pass this wish I pray for: let y our arrows make the Danaäns pay for my tears shed” (Bauschatz, 2). In The Odyssey, when Odysseus is speaking with the giant, he tells him to respect and fear the gods “So, good sir, respect the gods....   [tags: Homer, Achilles, Odyssey, Trojan War]

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Learning Temperance in Homer’s Odyssey

- Learning Temperance in Homer’s Odyssey Being a work of importance in the western tradition of philosophy, The Odyssey is much more than some play written by Homer ages ago. Though The Odyssey certainly is a dramatic work and partially intended for entertainment, it also provides insight into the ways of thinking of the time it has been written in. Aside from illustrating the perspective of early Greek philosophy The Odyssey also raises certain questions pertaining to virtues and the morality of actions undertaken therein....   [tags: Odyssey]

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The Odyssey And Enkidu 's Dream

- The Underworld is a place where most souls of the dead live. “The Odyssey”and “Enkidu 's Dream” are two stories that describe how the underworld would be like when one encounters it. The Odyssey describes the underworld as a place filled with unhappiness and misery and that punishment will be served in the underworld to the wrongdoers . While, Enkidu 's Dream describes the underworld ad a very dark, unpleasant and scary place to be in, where no one looks forward to pass away due to it. Accepting fate and having fate plays a major role in both stories....   [tags: Trojan War, Achilles, Odyssey, Odysseus]

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The Odyssey And The Epic Of Gilgamesh

- Mortal and immortal women inspire many of the events that take place in The Odyssey and The Epic of Gilgamesh. For example, without the harlot, who “tames” Enkidu, the story of Gilgamesh would not be, as we know it. A chapter entitled, “Women in Ancient Epic” from A Companion to Ancient Epic by Helene Foley compares Ishtar in Gilgamesh to Calypso and Circe in The Odyssey. By comparing the role of immortal and mortal women in both The Odyssey and The Epic of Gilgamesh, one will be able to discern how the feminine figures have played a pivotal role in shaping the destiny of the epic heroes, as well as, understanding the interrelation amongst the female figures of both ancient epics....   [tags: Odyssey, Epic of Gilgamesh, Odysseus, Ishtar]

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The Odyssey By Homer And Hecuba

- Odysseus (Ulysses in Roman) was one of the great Pan-Hellenic heroes of Greek mythology. Famous for his courage, intelligence and leadership he was most recognized through his resourcefulness and oratory skills. Throughout classical literature and through many authors Odysseus’ characteristics have changed as much as the stories that surround him. The epic and tragedy I will focus on in particular is The Odyssey by Homer and Hecuba by Euripides. The defining characteristics of Odysseus ranges widely as is shown in Homer’s The Odyssey and Euripides’s Hecuba....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Trojan War, Homer]

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Analysis Of The Poem ' The Odyssey '

- There were many customs in Ancient Greece that we no longer follow in todays’ society. One of these customs is hospitality. Todays’ society would not celebrate strangers in their homes by hosting feasts in their honor, but this is exactly what they would do in ancient Greece. During these feasts the food would help denote the hosts social status; the more elegant and erotic the food, the higher you were on the social ladder. When looking at the epic poem The Odyssey, food has much more than a literal representation....   [tags: Odyssey, Homer, Eating, Epic poetry]

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Comparison Of Homer 's ' The Odyssey '

- ... For once, he believed that the name of the person giving him the wine (Odysseus) was named Noman (Homer 111). I believe that Homer put Polyphemus in this tale because he is the son of Poseidon. That is why Odysseus was able to escape fairly easily, so that Homer could show another one of Odysseus’ feats, but also so that there is a reason for Poseidon to get revenge on Odysseus. That may be why Odysseus reveals his real name after he is safe on his boat, which leads to Polyphemus praying to his father to get revenge....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Trojan War, Homer]

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The Odyssey By F. Scott Fitzgerald

- ... When Odysseus and his crew first arrive on Circe’s island, she shows them a lack of hospitality, but after facing the consequences of this, she later is hospitable to them. When his crew first arrives on her island, she shows them no hospitality, and turns many of the men into swine. After seeing her lack of hospitality, Hermes steps in to help Odysseus put an end to Circe’s ways. Odysseus threatens to kill Circe for her doings (Homer 128). From this, she learns the consequences of not being hospitable and tells Odysseus how to get back to his homeland, and turns his men back into humans....   [tags: Odyssey, Trojan War, Telemachus, Odysseus]

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Comparing The Book ' The Odyssey '

- ... For one, Argos only spent a short time with Odysseus, and he still waited for 20 years for him to come back to finally die. That was the love that the dog had for him. I think that Argos also symbolised his wife and son. The whole, family, including Argos waiting for Odysseus to come home. I also believe that Argos symbolises Odysseus. Argos was at him top and prime when Odysseus left (Homer 215). After 20 years, the dog 's health deteriorated. With that, Odysseus’ help also decreased because he was put through so much....   [tags: Odyssey, Trojan War, Odysseus, Homer]

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Analysis Of Homer 's ' The Odyssey '

- As Skylla struck to cast six of Odysseus’s men into Hades, the reader can only imagine the sort of turn the story would take if Odysseus himself were seized. The hero would be reunited with his mother in the underworld, his yearn for home aches more than ever before. But in fact, the hero prevails as does his quest for Ithaca and his wife; for whom he despairs in the heavy prospect of immortality. Because he lives, the test of the heroic code demands a price and an answer to whether or not Odysseus will have his glory and vengeance against the suitors that impede on his territory....   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Marriage, Trojan War]

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Analysis Of Penelope 's ' The Odyssey '

- Penelope’s Cleverness In the Odyssey, written by, Homer Penelope seems, at first, to be portrayed as someone constantly weeping for her husband, while being oblivious to the struggles of her kingdom. However, the story actually portrays her as someone who is in control of her surroundings. Penelope is torn at the thought of not seeing her husband again. Back when Penelope was alive it was not proper for a lady to be with more than one man and Penelope knew this. She did not wish to be with more than one man, so she used her weeping to distract her suitors so she would not be looked at with disgrace in her century....   [tags: Odyssey, Trojan War, Odysseus, Telemachus]

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