The main thing that interests me the most about the story of Odysseus is the incredible about of influence that the gods and goddess have upon the fate of Odysseus. Some play the role of guides that aid Odysseus throughout his journey while others are bent on his destruction. Athene was probably the most influential on Odysseus' fate. When Poseidon, who has a bitter grudge against Odysseus, attempted to kill him by wrecking his ship, Athene came to save him from the wreckage. Due to her favor towards him, she is also able to convince other gods to help him as well.
He turned the small boat towards the wave to avoid capsizing, after riding the wave for a few minutes, it dissipated and he turned back towards Ithaca and went on his way. With that there were no more annamolies, until after Helios the titan of the sun had drove his chariot to its highest point in the sky. A giant landmass of green was slowly moving towards his ship. At first glance Odysseus observed he thought to be patches of sand towards the closest part of the mass. As he watched the mass slowly draw near he
Desperate to end the punishment, Cepheus tied Andromeda up to a rock as a sacrifice to the sea monster. But as Perseus was passing by on his journey home from slaying Medusa, he saw the young maiden crying for help and instantly fell for her. Perseus bravely went towards the creature and using Medusa's head as a weapon, turned the creature into stone. He then saved Andromeda from her confinement and took her to his home to become his wife. (Merriam Webster's Encyclopedia of Literature) Perseus' action represents an act of heroism.
When he returns to Ithaca he learns to control his hubris by replacing it with patience. Athena, the goddess of war and strategy, disguises Odysseus as a beggar because it is wisest to arrive in Ithaca without anyone being able to recognize him. This helps him create an element of surprise when he decides to confront the suitors and to deal the dangers of them possibly striking at him as soon as he walks into his home. In the time he spends as a beggar, he endures the abuse
What does Achilles ask of his mother when Briseis is taken from him, and how does his mother react? When Briseis is taken, Achilles goes to his mother weeping and asks her to go to Zeus to assist the Trojans to surround and overpower the Greeks. Once the Greek soldiers have been killed, they will be able to know and appreciate Agamemnon for what he is, and further allow Agamemnon to see how foolish of him to dishonor Achilles, the best fighter among the Achaeans. When Achilles’ mother heard of her son’s
In The Odyssey by Homer, gods and goddesses play a crucial part in making sure the hero is where he needs to be. The book is about a war hero, Odysseus’ son named Telemachus, who voyages to find his father, who was presumed dead. At the same time, Odysseus, who is alive, was imprisoned on Calypso’s island. He was set free due to the power of the gods here and he makes his way back home. Along the way, he and his crew encounter a lot of different enemies like cyclops, sirens and more.
“Do you go upon this quest and I swear with Zeus as witness that I will give up the Kingdom and Sovereign to you.” (Hamilton 164). Beowulf, on the other hand, went on his quest to save a kingdom that needed help to defeat the great monster Grendel. “Follower and the strongest of the Geats—greater /And stronger than anyone anywhere in this world— /Heard how Grendel filled nights with horror/And quickly commanded a boat fitted out, /Proclaiming that he’d go to that famous king,” (Raffel 110-114). The different character traits between these two characters suggest a difference in culture too. Beowulf goes on quests to earn pride and help others, while Jason does it to promote Greek lifestyle and get a reward, besides pride.
Throughout The Odyssey, it is evident that the divine harness the ability to both help and hinder common civilians, most notably of these civilians are Odysseus and Telemachus. The divine intervention in Odysseus’ life displays that godly powers can impact the lives of humans in many different ways. For example, just after Calypso had sent Odysseus off to his journey home, vengeful Poseidon sees him approaching an island and unfortunately for Odysseus the powerful god decides to “give him a rough ride in, and will” (V, 300). Poseidon’s godly powers called for vigorous “Hurricane winds...on which Odysseus’ knees grew slack, his heart/ sickened” (V,305-308). Out of rage for the pain that
Roderigo is the first character Iago befriends. Roderigo’s place within Iago’s plan is just financial. Iago makes Roderigo believe that, he can help Roderigo in persuading Desdemona to leave Othello for Roderigo. Once Roderigo completes his purpose within Iago’s plan, Iago kills him. The next person Iago gets close to is Cassio, Othello, and then Desdemona, Iago basically works his way up the ladder in order to make it to his top priority which is Othello.
Like the myth says, the god Poseidon was the second son of Cronus and Rhea but like his brothers and sisters he was later swallowed by his father, but later saved by Zeus. The Greek god Poseidon was an important character in the movie The Odyssey, Poseidon was the god of the sea,earthquakes and horses.In the movie the Odyssey, Poseidon allowed Odysseus and his men to sail across his ocean. Poseidon was helped Odysseus and his men fight the Trojan War because they built the Trojan horse to represent Poseidon, until Odysseus was ungrateful of Poseidon helping them win the Trojan War, so Poseidon wants to show him a lesson; no man is capable of doing things without the gods. Not only was Odysseus ungrateful about him helping them win in the Trojan war
After setting sail we see a case of Odysseus 's enemy the god of the sea Poseidon return and disrupt the journey by producing a storm that nearly kills him. However, we see two allies come to aid one being goddess Ino who gives Odysseus a veil that will keep him safe as well Athena who rescues him from the jagged rocks. In conclusion this book five of the Oddessy we see a prime example of a hero who in the special world, encounters tests, allies, and enemies.