In utmost adventurous stories the author provides an explanation of the hero's journeys, fights, revenges, and returning to their hometown. The Odyssey, Odysseus goes on a long trip with his men and all of them have died except for himself. The main character was about to sail through the Sirens and he had to warn his men by saying, "Then we die with our eyes open if we are going to die or know what death we battle if we can"(Homer 581). Since the Sirens use their voices to lure men into their death, he had a tactic that helped them sail through easily: Odysseus took some beeswax and started to roll it up until it softens so no one listens to their songs, but himself. However, he is not trying to go overboard, so mentions, “They tied me up, then, plumb amidships, back to the mast, lashed to the mast, and took themselves again to rowing”(Homer 582). Odysseus was being an Epic Hero for risking his own life, but prevented himself from dying, and protecting many lives. He was also really smart …show more content…
Penelope, his wife, was supposed to choose a new husband since everyone thought the king of Ithica was dead. Odysseus was enraged and said "You yellow dogs...you took my house to plunder...you dared bid for my wife while I was alive..."(Homer 610). Athena aided him while he kills all the suitors, his son,Telemachus, Eumaeus, and other faithful herdsmen. “...Odysseus looked around him, narrow-eyed, for any others who had lain hidden while death’s black fury passed”(Homer 613).This expresses how much power and determination Odysseus use when it comes getting revenge on something important. The ordinary man would not remain standing in a world full of Gods, Goddesses, and Monsters. His connection with his crew members were valuable to him and from the men that died in different locations, he realized that he could not lose
In Homer’s The Odyssey numerous characters demonstrate multiple archetypes throughout the narrative, including Odysseus who acts as both a hero and a trickster. Odysseus’s heroic qualities can be seen when he and his crew reach the island of the Cyclopes. Here he proclaims, “...I’ll make the crossing / in my own ship, with my own company, / and find out what the mainland natives are” (Odyssey 9.71-73). He acts on behalf of his crew to help them survive along their journey.
Since the inception of literature, heroes have been created to embody the most important traits of a culture. In The Odyssey, an epic poem composed by Homer in Ancient Greece, Odysseus is an epic hero, representing the classic values of Greek rulers and warriors through his long journey back from the Trojan War. Including his time in Troy, Odysseus was absent from his estate in Ithica for twenty years, during which his son Telemachus grows up in a home where arrogant suitors abuse his hospitality, consume all of his resources, and attempt to court Penelope, believing that she will lose hope that her husband Odysseus will ever come home. Odysseus' nostos, or return trip, has been prolonged by Poseidon, the Greek sea god who begrudges him for
Persistence is the will to go on. A trait that is necessary to get through life’s obstacles. A person does not fight a lion by giving up, the person fights, with a will to succeed. Persistence is important. Living through life’s tough obstacles requires persistence.
“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, the will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.” - Isaiah 43:2 Salak and Odysseus are so strong that death is not an option and they will fight through the entire journey to reach the end. Odysseus has just fought in the Trojan war which lasted a decade. Now that the war is over he goes on a journey home to Ithaca, which unfortunately lasts longer than expected, eighteen years.
When Penelope is retrieving Odysseus’s bow, she opens the door by inserting the key “aiming straight and true” (Od. 21. 55). Odysseus then uses the bow, with the arrow “aiming straight and true” (Od. 21. 468). The repetition of the line show the connection between Penelope’s and Odysseus’s interactions with the bow. The true in “aiming straight and true” refers to the arrow staying true to the course the archer plans.
An epic hero is someone who is characterized commonly on their nobility and bravery. However ,there are more attributes epic heros can posses. For example Odysseus, the protagonist in Homer's retelling of “The Odyssey”, shows many forms of excessive arrogance and pomposity. After conquering Troy, Odysseus and his men set off on their way home.
Throughout the story, Odysseus demonstrates his courage that ultimately allows him to survive. One of these moments was during his journey back to Ithaca, where he faces a race of man eating giants called the Cyclops. Odysseus originally stops his ship there to relish a feast while on his journey back to Ithaca, but while doing so, out of curiosity explores the island. Soon, he finds a deserted house and decides to wait of the owner. The owner was unknowingly one the Cyclops, named Polyphemus.
Also, to dramatize the situation and emphasize the morality of the crew, Homer says "[the crew] put their backs in the oars, escape grim death." This passage shows how, while Homer considers Odysseus heroic, Odysseus may not follow expectations because of his pride and willingness to endanger his men. In this passage, Odysseus continually taunts Polyphemus' against his crew's wishes, and thus risks their lives. However, throughout the reading, Odysseus' claims to have great affection for his crew and wishes to protect them; thus, Odysseus' actions in this scene highlight an inconsistency in Odysseus' character and heroic nature. Because of this inconsistency and Odysseus’ prideful and
Rhyanna Bristow Mr. Rowsey English 1, Period 2 10 March 2023 The Odyssey Essay We are greedy. Humans have an innate desire for things they cannot have. As a result of this, we are often overcome with feelings of temptation, a strong desire to do or have something. Both Odysseus and his crew encounter numerous circumstances in Homer's "The Odyssey" in which temptation ultimately prevails.
Archetypes Ethan Sodikromo The Journey - The Odyssey (Homer) Background- Odysseus is a great Greek hero who was glorified in the Trojan War. However, on his return trip to his kingdom(of which he is king), he incurs the wrath of Poseidon, who leads his ship astray. He then spends 10 years trying to return home, fighting of many mythical beasts and incurring the wrath of a few more gods.
Odysseus’ need to be glorious in such a dangerous encounter demonstrates his engrossment in kleos, while he risks the safety of both him and his men. Odysseus “commands [his] men” very often, as they follow his instruction and are subconsciously being sacrificed for Odysseus’ own prestige. Odysseus is considered a hero, abounding with bravery and glory from the Trojan War. Odysseus still remains unsatisfied, keeping determined and set on achieving the greek ideal of kleos and being regarded as illustrious. Odysseus uses his men to fulfill his wants and doesn’t regard them at all.
In the book called The Odyssey by Homer, it mainly follows the story of a king of a village called Ithaca, hundreds of years ago-This man, is named Odysseus. Odysseus goes through many adventures after the victory of the Trojan War. However, this is where Odysseus, is not being as strong as a great war hero and a king as he should be. Although Odysseus was seen as a very strong person, physically and mentally, he lacks the appreciation and the care of his crew throughout the trials and didn’t think through many of his actions thoroughly and how they would affect not only his crew but people around him.
“Home is where the heart is,” has been a quote that has been reiterated through generations and has proven to be true. In several myths the main character leaves home, but always returns. An example of this would be The Odyssey, a story that was written down by Homer in the 750 B.C. In this story the main character Odysseus leaves Ithaca to fight in the Trojan war and then makes it his priority to return back home (Holt McDougal 1204-1265). Another example would be John Carson from the folktale The Three Advices, written by Crofton Croker.
The Odyssey is a good example of how epic poetry is defined by archetypes. It was written by Homer and is about the journey that a man named Odysseus takes to find his way home after the Trojan War. The Odyssey and its characters are highly impacted by archetypes, or character traits that are created and recreated throughout literature, such as the companions, the evil figure with the ultimately good heart, and the loyal sidekick. Odysseus’ men were the Achaeans that fought with him in the Trojan War.