The setting of this story is the cave that the Cyclops lived in. The setting gives a feeling of despair and darkness which was not important to the story. Attributes Odysseus shows are leadership, courage, cunning, but also a lack of self-control. The main fallible Odysseus shows is taunting the Cyclops even after he had defeated
The Greeks believed that cleverness was the ability to be able to solve problems by outsmarting the enemy ore using your wit. Odysseus shows that he is clever multiple times. One of the first times he shows his cleverness is when he is in the cave of Polyphemus. Firstly, he gets the giant cyclops drunk, but does not kill him at that point because he knows that he cannot move the boulder away from the mouth of the cave. Also, he tells Polyphemus that his name is Nohbdy, so that the cyclops does not have any information about him.
The Ancient Greek practice of “xenia” is highly valued, and in Homer’s The Odyssey the practice of “xenia” is vital to receive good one’s fate. For example, the cyclops, Polyphemus, does not value “xenia”, so instead of welcoming Odysseus and his crew, the monster decides to eat the men. As a consequence, he lost his sight, which was primarily from Polyphemus 's blatant disregard for the Ancient Greek practice. His fate could have easily been avoided if he had not eaten his visitors.
However Odysseus, despite being a good man, does not display honor and dignity when he refuses to forgive the suitors, then slaughters them all, and has an affair with Calypso. Since Penelope can react to tough situations with grace and poise, she is more admirable than
However, as Polyphemos attacked the ship with rock, Odysseus again made to yell back to the beast. Around him, his crew muttered, “‘Godsake, Captain!/Why bait the beast again? Let him alone!’” (Book 9, Lines 537 - 538) All the crew wanted was to get out safely.
For Riddick to say this is a crack in the hard and un moving man that is described as a monster that feels nothing and cant be killed. As the movie comes to a close, Riddick Is faced with a choice fight or flight. He had the option to run and hide on some far off planet but, he choses to save his friend and stop the main villains. This is why I think Riddick is a hero. However, in most scenes in the movie he has proven that he is not a hero.
At first glance of the story, it can be easy to mistake Harrison himself as the breakaway hero. After all, he is first described as "a genius and an athlete, is under-handicapped, and should be regarded as extremely dangerous" (Vonnegut 197). Not to mention his parents are two of the main characters, and this idea brings the "child saving the parents (along with everyone else) in need" trope to life (think Harry Potter avenging the deaths of his parents). Harrison 's looks and sheer strength were said to have awed those of even Thor, the god of thunder (198). What makes him unable to be the hero, however, is his selfishness and delusional attitude.
Through his careless acts and help from the gods, Odysseus is evidently not a hero. Odysseus is not a hero due to his irresponsible and illogical actions. As soon as Odysseus and his crew escape from the island of the Cyclopes, Odysseus foolishly shouts to Polyphemus, a Cyclops, that “if any mortal
1. Aristotle once stated, “a man doesn’t become a hero until he can see the root of his own downfall (bisd303.org).” Oedipus epitomizes a true tragic hero in both his past and his actions, although he did not have any control regarding his fate. He had excessive pride and self-righteousness; he dares to compare himself to the gods in saying “you pray to the gods? Let me grant your prayers (33).”
Furthermore, though he claims himself the enemy of those who submit to Zeus, he also argues that sympathizing with Zeus’s enemy—in this case himself—is “a load of toil and foolishness” (14). He believes that it is, and presumably was, unintelligent to align oneself in opposition to the king of the gods. Finally, although he lauds the benefit he gave specifically to the originally “Senseless” humans (16), he later seems unhappy that he chose humans, saying they are useless to him. In the middle of delineating all the good, admirable things he did for them, he laments that humans have “no invention / To rid me of this shame”
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.
The most compelling evidence is how Mr. Hundert changed Sedgwick grade on the essay in order for him to compete in the prestigious Julius Caesar competition. It turns out that Mr. Hundert lied and what he did was wrong. He simply broke the universal moral code or moral truths which states not to lie, for this reason he also broke Kant theory, because it states that whether or not breaking a rule produces good consequences it is not a relevant factor in determining the moral quality of the act. This was very strange to me because out of everyone I thought that he would have the strongest moral code, but after seeing that he ran away with the other boys after hitting the baseball though the headmaster car window I should have started questioning
Titus Bell English 12 Odysseus demonstrates god like qualities in “The Odyssey” he shows intelligence and he also shows the ability to inspire his men. One example, is he tricks the Cyclops Polyphemus. Another example is when Odysseus was able to keep his men together through most of the journeys. Finally he tricks the suitors by doing something that no other man can do.
A trickster is “someone who tricks or deceives people especially in order to get something” (Merriam-Webster). Examples of the trickster archetype can be found in the Odyssey by Homer. For example, while Polyphemus has trapped Odysseus and Odysseus’ crewmates in his cave, Odysseus tells the Cyclops “Here, Cyclops, try this wine-to top off the banquet of human flesh you’ve bolted down” (Homer 222 lns. 388-389)! Enjoying the wine, the Cyclops demands for more, just as Odysseus anticipated he would.
Odysseus one of the greatest Greek heroes of the ancient world. The myths of Odysseus are told before and after the Trojan War. The Trojan War lasted 10 years. After the fall of Troy, it took Odysseus ten years to return back to his home. Everyone believed that Odysseus was dead, and his wife and son must deal with suitors.