“Like strength is felt from hope, and from despair” (Homer). Odysseus -the reigning king of Ithaca- took part in the Trojan War for 10 long years. He then ventured on for another 10 years to return to to his homeland of Ithaca. On and on he raced to go home but was challenged with many challenges along his journey. Three major events were when Odysseus got caught in the land of the cyclopes, the journey through the ventures, and when he challenges the suitors to a duel to win back his home and wife.
This passage appears after a time when Odysseus has undergone a significant amount of hardship. Odysseus’s journey begins during the Trojan War, where he is a warrior and a general throughout all ten years of the conflict. Odysseus possesses normal physical attributes, however his superior intelligence allows him to contribute greatly towards the Greek’s victory. Despite his success, the loss of many of his friends due to the continuous violence as well as the general discomfort associated with war certainly would be challenging for any man. In addition, Odysseus is a king and had given up a life of peace and pleasure back home.
Odysseus went on a long journey to get back home to his wife and son. He was the leader for the Trojans and led them into battle he even led some into victory. Odysseus had a Son back home and a Wife back home his wife was starting to loose hope, but his son wasn’t. Odysseus and his family finally got all back together and never left each other’s side. **** Odysseus had a great life before the gods made him go to war.
Odysseus And The Kraken My men were exhausted , From fighting Polyphemuüs the Cyclops. We were ready to leave the island, until Polyphemus came out of his cave. I knowing that the beast was angry, I thought to myself and Decided to make the beast even angrier. "No Man", but he, Odysseus, who had blinded you.”, I said After that, My Men and I Left the beast’s island, I now know that I Odysseus will make it to Ithaca. My Home, Where my wife penelope and my son telemachus,who I haven't seen for 20 Years, waiting for me to arrive in Ithaca.
Nevertheless each and every one of them were set out to do something no matter how long it took or what happened in between. I believe that these man were given a sense of false free will and were never really in control over their one destiny. They are just the Fates puppets while they mastered them as they wished. Odysseus was a man of great power who convinced Achilles to join the war when Thetis hid him disguised as a women but not only did he do this but he also sailed on a journey that made him take 10 years to come back to his beloved wife, Penelope. With the aid of the goddess Athena he sailed back to Ithaca but he infuriated Poseidon which made him have many obstacles that would lead to 10 years of wondering.
When Odysseus yells out his real name to the Cyclops, as Odysseus and his crew of men were trying to escape the cave of the Cyclops “Cyclops-if any man on the face of the earth should ask you who blinded you, shamed you so,-say Odysseus raider of cities” (Homer, 21) Odysseus can be rather arrogant at times. Odysseus did not want the credit of stabbing a Cyclops in the eye go to “Nobody”. So, he told Polyphemus his real name. Odysseus wanted everyone to that it was he who took down the mighty Cyclops. However, like many other heroes, they are not perfect all the time.
“Heroes need monsters to establish their heroic credentials. You need something scary to overcome.” Written by Margaret Atwood a writer (BQ). The epic poem The Odyssey is about a man named Odysseus who is trying to get back to his homeland of Ithaca. Odysseus has been fighting in the Trojan war for ten years and runs into many Gods, Goddesses and some monsters who may help him, or endanger him. In Homer’s The Odyssey, Odysseus is an epic hero because he is on a quest, has superhuman intelligence, and performs brave deeds.
They killed the guards and signals were sent for the rest of the Greeks troops. The Trojans were awakened by the surprise, and the Greek defeated them and won the war (Homer, book 4). While trying to return home, Odysseus and his ships stopped in Cyclopes island to get more provision. While trapping the sheep into the cave they encounter Polyphemus, who trapped the men and Odysseus in his cave with a large boulder. Polyphemus refused to give
The consequence of his decision is that shortly after Polyphemus devours most of his men but this bolsters him to conjure a plan to escape. After he successfully exits the cave by blinding the cyclopes, he and his surviving men board the ship. As a result of his pride, he calls out to the monster, "If anyone asks who put out your eye, tell them it was Odysseus of Ithaca!”(Hinds 109). Considering the fact Polyphemus is the son of Poseidon, the cyclops calls out to him and therefore starts the troublesome voyage for Odysseus back home. When he returns to Ithaca he learns to control his hubris by replacing it with patience.
The main conflict Odysseus runs into is the Cyclops. The Cyclops traps Odysseus and his crew in his cave and devours four of Odysseus’ men.”Neither reply nor pity . . . made his meal of the men.” Odysseus who became enraged by this stabs the Cyclops in the eye.
In the poem, The Odyssey, Odysseus wanted to make a name for himself and to have everyone know that he is a hero and wanted to always be remembered. His quest was to get home after the ten years of war in Troy, that he tried to get out of by faking he was crazy. After Achilles, the Greek champion died, Odysseus came up with an idea to get into the city and to end the war. He had the Greek army make the “Trojan Horse”, which was just a giant wooden horse that was hollow and he devised a plan to give it to the Trojans as a peace offering. “The horse which Odysseus led up to Troy as a trap filled with men who would destroy great Ilion.” (Homer, The Odyssey, Book VIII, Page 269) When the Trojan’s accepted it, the Greek army sailed away to make the Trojans think they had left, and that night the hidden soldiers got out of the horse and opened the gates to let their comrades in to make a surprise attack on the city and to end the war.