I have seen many a strange things since our editor sent me to join Ajax’s, son of Telamon, unit at the beginning of this war. But nothing compares to the events of the past seventy-two hours. It all began with a long battle between Ajax and Odysseus over who would inherit Achilles’ panoply. Odysseus was declared the winner after giving an incredible speech. Just in the neck of time too, as we were supposed to leave for home the next day.
In the epic poem, The Odyssey, Homer displays vulnerability and human mortality during Odysseus’ journey back home to Ithica. Figurative language is used to do so in the story, among other reasons such as using visualization and helping the audience understand the key points of the story. In The Odyssey, Homer used figurative language to show the audience that humans are vulnerable and completely mortal.
In The Odyssey, the Cyclops is a monster because of his key differences from mere human beings, specifically his lack of wit and of morals. Depicting these qualities as monstrous support that cleverness and a general regard for human life were heavily valued in Greek culture.
Throughout Homer’s The Odyssey the after-effects of war, both on veterans themselves and their loved ones are shown. The events during war and the effects of war worsen the mental health of those involved in it. The way that war changes people as depicted in The Odyssey by having detrimental effects on their mental health is similar as compared to today’s world, however veterans are more emotionally closed and more recognized to have to deal with trauma caused it than depicted in The Odyssey.
The Odyssey is a well known epic that brings the reader through the tale of how Odysseus and his family reunited. Odysseus spent twenty years away from his son, Telemachus, and his wife, Penelope. He was away for ten years at Troy and spent the other ten years on his journey back to his native land, Ithaca. Within the epic, author Homer reveals characters of gods and goddesses throughout the poem who impacted the families journey. One importantly, was the goddess of wisdom and war, Athena. She stayed present through the entire book playing a very important role in the story as she mentored both Odysseus and Telemachus in their journey to reach each other and regain their place in the palace. Above all Athena is the true hero in the Odyssey as multiple times she would be admired for her noble guidance, strategies, and loyalty.
Violence is a common and reoccurring pattern in Greek literature. Famous and honored Greek heroes all share a common characteristic: they are brutal and murderous. Within Homer’s The Iliad and The Odyssey these are the types of heros that attain kleos and honor. In Greek culture, the best way for a hero to get kleos and honor were through acts of violence.
The Greeks are known for constructing tales of great heroes who accomplish what seems to be impossible feats. Two of the most well known of these heroes are the protagonist of Homer’s novel the Odyssey, Odysseus King of Ithaca and the mighty demigod hero Hercules son of Zeus. These two characters are like an orange and tangerine. That is due to both of them having a plethora of similarities as well as differences ranging from traits, to accomplishments, and history.
In the Odyssey, Homer beautifully illustrates Odysseus’ qualities that make him a hero. While reading the Odyssey, a reader learns of the hardships Odysseus and his crew face on their treacherous journey home from the Trojan War. They experience dangerous traveling conditions and terrifying monsters, and only Odysseus makes it out alive. This was a journey full of unfortunate events and learning opportunities. Odysseus proves he is a true hero by showing throughout his endeavors that he is clever in his actions, devoted to the people around him, and good hearted in all aspects of his life.
While Andrei Konchalosvsky attempts to stay true to Homer’s The Odyssey, he extracts certain scenes which minimizes Odysseus’ incisive and prideful comportment. After Odysseus and his men impale the cyclops’s eye, the film simply shows them quickly sneaking out once the boulder is out of the way. However, in the epic poem, the audience is proffered evidence on Odysseus’ cunningness by describing how he devised a plan to use the sheep to escape the cave. In addition, the film also doesn’t provide the same impact, as the poem, when Odysseus is shouting back at the cyclopes as the boat escapes. The epic poem highlights Odysseus’ petulant and prideful attitude because even though Polyphemus, the cyclops, had given him a warning he continued
In the epic poem, the Odyssey, our hero Odysseus goes on an incredible journey enriched with power, monsters, storms and various other drama and adventure. One popular archetype, the journey, is commonly used to symbolize the trials we tend to all face in life. The name of the book fits it justly because "The Odyssey" translates to "the journey". The challenges he faces throughout the story appear to represent life lessons anyone can take to heart.
Throughout books 21-22 of the Odyssey, Odysseus changes by becoming more determined. In the beginning of book 21, Odysseus comes up with plan on how to get Penelope back. The plan seemed quite difficult, almost impossible, but Odysseus was determined to make it happen. “...when the time comes, those gentlemen, to a man, will be dead against giving me bow or quiver.” (21.95-96). Odysseus’ speech in this quote reveals that Odysseus has become more determined as he seems more invested and excited in this plan. The author used speech in this example because it helped develop his character by helping the audience understand how determined he was and how important this plan was to him. Whereas in his other plans he was not very emotional or excited
Even though the Odyssey is one of the most significant pieces of literature left from Greece, it works against most Greek values. Unlike other epics such as the Iliad, also written by Homer, the Odyssey depicts the image that strategic thinking can overpower physical strength. This story's influence was most likely unwanted in Greek society by authority figures, as it demolished everything they stood for, which was making sure men always aspired to be the strongest warrior. Odysseus, the protagonist, does not fit this Greek-warrior archetype, because he is as wise as he is strong, if not even more so. Odysseus, 'his great mind teeming', embodies the concept of will-power, and demonstrates the superiority of the mind over physical strength, time and time again. He s rewarded in the end with what he desired the most.
The Odyssey is a tale of a great hero trying to get home. An epic hero. An epic hero is a courageous and honorable person. Homer’s character Odysseus exemplifies this in many ways. No matter what is thrown at him he never stops trying to get home, getting past a Cyclopes, the Lady Circe, and sirens. He even gets through the Underworld and lives. Despite this, Odysseus does have faults about him, though not as many as there are qualities. He is a worldwide symbol, an archetype, of both nobility and bravery. Odysseus, the epic hero of the Odyssey, a great leader with many attributes as well as flaws, is no ordinary man.
Screams of rage filled the air as I ran down with the men. My neck was sweaty already from the sun beating down on the armor that was there to protect me. The sun created a shine from all the men around me dressed in thick silver armor. Their swords or bow and arrows were pointed ahead of them, ready to kill. As the first wave opponent hit, blood splattered all over the clean sand, making it turn crimson and camouflage with the red liquid that spilled on it. My hair itched at my neck under my armor, for it was put into a bun I would blend in with the men. Luckily, the soldiers were allowed to wear a scarf around their mouths, covering their mouths and nose from the frequent sand storms. I rushed into the war. Now that the war had begun, the
Homer’s Iliad is one of the earliest depictions of war ever written. At face value, the epic is the story of Achilles’ rage, beginning with his honor being insulted by Agamemnon and it continues with the death of his best friend, Patroclus. Yet, the Iliad showcases so much more. It illustrates two very different perceptions of war: one one hand glorious honor and victory, and on the other, the the jarring horror of death and destruction. Homer, in his poem, incorporates scenes in which the characters contemplate how meaningful war and violence really is; a thought which, tragically, many individuals in today’s world contemplate every day. Despite having been written nearly two millenniums ago, the Iliad’s themes still ring true today and further illustrate how human nature has not changed.