Since Calypso delayed Ulysses and got him off course, he runs into some major disasters. This puts his life and his crew’s lives into danger as well. They run into calamities such as a six headed monster, Neptune’s storm, Jupiter’s attack, and cyclopes. Calypso’s narcissistic enterprise also costed Ulysses more time without his son, the next time Ulysses would see his son he’d be much older. This puts a lot of stress on Telemachus because he’s trying to keep his mother and Ithaca stable, while handling his father’s disappearance, trying to hold on to his father still being alive, hearing from Minerva that his father could still be alive.
Odysseus, a man who was known for his adventures, but do we really understand the attributes needed for an epic hero? The King of Ithaca had a very concealed past where it is hardly ever noted that his men were mistreated by their captain and all of Odysseus’ mistakes affected those around him. Odysseus, on several occasions did his men wrong and along his journeys, he became very willful and big headed. In The Odyssey by Homer, Odysseus has several misfortunes such as losing all of his men and being stranded and not returning home for 20 years, but evidently all of these problems were caused by the mens lack of trust in Odysseus and Odysseus being too stubborn and full of pride. The crew had a very important job in the quests that Odysseus
Lotus-eaters, Polyphemus, sirens and suitors were all slain and outwitted by Odysseus, King of Ithaca and victorious fighter in the trojan war, but no one ever realizes that Odysseus could never have completed his trials without the help of goddesses, Athena and Circe. Homer’s famous epic, The Odyssey although thousands of years old shows a masculine-feminine balance through the imperative involvement of Athena and Circe in Odysseus' return home. The Odyssey tells the tale of the strong, godlike Odysseus on his voyage home from battle. What people don’t focus on are the women in his life like, Athena and Circe that give him the capability to endure a threatened homelife and the long journey home. Athena has always had a soft spot for Odysseus ; maybe it’s because they are so similar or maybe it’s because she loves homecomings, either way Odysseus couldn’t have reconnected with his family without her.
He does not deserve the credit for his getting home from the war at all. Odysseus doesn’t deserve the title of a hero because he made bad decisions that affected his crew poorly, Athena did almost all of the work in getting him home, and he cheated on his wife multiple times throughout his journey home. My first reason why Odysseus does not deserve the title of a hero is because he made
The land of Hades, or the land of the dead, is another place they travel to. Throughout all of the places they went, Odysseus expects his men to follow him whether he is doing right or wrong. Odysseus’ men have clear tension with Odysseus, and almost never agree with him. After 20 years, Odysseus finally sees his home again. He soon discovered that he was not welcome, and the suitors of Ithaca are trying to replace him.
A hero is someone who is revered for his or her exceptional achievements and bravery. Anyone who puts themselves before others not for recognition or an award, but because it is the right thing to do, is a true hero. In "The Odyssey," written by Homer is an epic poem about a man named Odysseus and his crewmates competing against the power of the gods to return to their homeland, Ithaca. Throughout his journey, he loses almost all of his men, but Odysseus finally arrives home, concluding his prolonged twenty-year voyage. Odysseus must battle the suitors that have taken his wife Penelope, and may soon kill his son Telemachus.
This pride of his is what got him and his men into their situation in the first place. It is obvious in the book and the movie that everything that happened could have been prevented if Odysseus would not have tried to take all the credit for the defeat of the Trojans. During the movie and the book Odysseus’s arrogance, ego, and pride get in the way of him and his men getting home. If it weren't for him they could have all made it home to Ithaca instead of just Odysseus by himself twenty years after he first left
Unfortunately, they did not believe that “nobody” did it and laughed at him. The choice of his name is also significant in the fact that Odysseus is unknown. Back in Ithica is well known for his royalty and bravery in the Trojan War. Presumably, Odysseus being away from home for more than twenty years feels forgotten. He understands that people back home think that he has died.
To illustrate this, one needs only to look towards his character flaw, his hubris. So prideful was he at the beginning of his journey that he calls out his name to a Cyclops he blinded, “I shouted to him: ‘Cyclops, if ever anybody asks thee who put out thine eye, tell him it was Odysseus, the son of Laertes, conqueror of Troy.’” (Homer 117). He shouted his name because he couldn’t stand the thought of the Cyclops not knowing who blinded him, when before Odysseus knew that doing so would have repercussions, like taking a ten year detour. At the end of his journey, Odysseus once more demonstrates his pride by slaying all of his wife’s suitors because they’ve insulted his pride by taking advantage of his hospitality, “Odysseus searched up and down the hall to see if any suitor could be found alive… Not one survived” (Homer 279). His pride here is shown by his overreaction to the suitors’ attempts at, what they thought was, a widowed woman by slaughtering them all, even those who spoke for Odysseus and tried to support him.
Even though she does not explicitly mean the open sea, she implies that men waste countless hours and die only focused on the dream they were chasing, never realizing the good they had already achieved. Therefore, men die with a void in their life because they were consumed with the dreams ahead of them, so they never took the time look at what they had actually accomplished. Even God, the Watcher, is aware of this fruitless waste of the days of men. Her use of symbolism depicts a vivid picture of what a men’s pursuit of the American Dream is