An example of him being overconfident is when he taunts the Cyclops. While he is sailing away from the island, he taunts the Cyclops by yelling, “Cyclops, / if ever mortal man inquire / how you were put to shame and blinded, tell him / Odysseus, raider of cities, took your eye: / Laertes’ son, whose home’s on Ithaca” (Homer 484) He was being overconfident because by saying his name, he let the Cyclops know who really injured his eye. Another example of him being overconfident is when he decides to listen to the Sirens. Odysseus puts beeswax in the ears of his men but decides to not do this to himself. He instead has his men tie him to the back of the mast of his ship.
Odysseus also sets the tone of Book 9 by introducing it with him talking about, “the bitter pains I’ve borne,/so I’m to weep and grieve, it seems, still more.[... ]What pains___the gods have given me my share.” (Homer 9.13-16) This sets an expectation by both the audience and Alcinous that the story will be highly hyperbolized to show Odysseus’, pains throughout the tale. So with Book 9 being the first of his part of his journey that he is sharing with Alcinous he is likely to exaggerate the saga to make Polyphemus appear to be barbaric.
The final time Odysseus displays his cleverness during his interaction with Polyphemus is when he escaped with his men by “hanging on for dear life” (Odyssey.9.433) to the underside of Polyphemus’ sheep. However, that is where Odysseus’ cleverness ends. Odysseus lets himself be influenced by the high of victory, and begins to make rash decisions that he hadn’t thought through what the consequences would be. He says that “when we were offshore but still within earshot, / I called out to the Cyclops, just
Even after he was able to free himself and his crew from the cyclops’ captivity, Odysseus exposes himself to Polyphemus and further jeopardizing his men, “ '"Cyclops, if any mortal man ever asks you who it was that inflicted upon your eye this shameful blinding, tell him that you were blinded by Odysseus, sacker of cities. Laertes is his father, and he makes his home on Ithaka" (9.500-505). Odysseus’ inability to control his hubris and be considerate about the lives of his crew validate the idea that he isn’t an admirable hero. His lack of selflessness and humility drives him to make flawed judgments. This deprives him of the title of an epic hero because his tendency to take unhealthy risks causes him to delay his trip back to his homeland of
Odysseus displays his courage when he states,”So we seized our stake with its fiery tip and bored it round and round in the giant's eye” (B9 L.433-34). Odysseus throughout the novel stands up for himself and his crew for the right thing. He displays his leadership when he doesn't let others influence his opinions. Some people may think that Odysseus shows off his courage and wisdom to others
Myths like these often use figurative language to create more intense emotions in the work, as comparing an item to another sends a more thorough message than simply describing it. The Odyssey specifically uses figurative language to effectively share the message to its audience that, when confronted with death, we are reminded of our mortality and humanity. When Odysseus faces monsters and gods, personification shows that nature is stronger than humans. The comparison of a ship to a bucking horse shows how easily nature towers over humans. After Odysseus’s men eat Apollo’s sacred cows, Zeus hurls a lightning bolt down to Odysseus’s ship.
Feeling emboldened by his wonderful scheme, Ulysses began to taunt the giant. Despite his men’s pleas, Ulysses would not yield. His arrogance nearly cost his men their lives, for the Cyclops heard the taunts and threw a colossal boulder towards the ship, falling a little short. In conclusion, Ulysses is like every other well-written character: realistic. Ulysses is like any normal human being, he has his virtues and his vices.
The Odyssey would be less memorable without Homer’s masterful use of figurative language. This poem can only stand the test of time when the figurative language is used to help readers relate to the text no matter what time period they come from. Figurative language in the text has made the story as a whole more interesting and has made countless readers engaged by this tale of, in Homer’s own words, “that man skilled in all ways of contending.” (p. 813,
He couldn’t avoid any of the obstacles because they were going to be in his way. Many argue that it’s not Odysseus fault that he had temptations and that he was seduced. That is not true. He brought most things on himself because he was cunning, a good liar, and he had quick thinking. When he stabbed Polyphemus, he brought Poseidon’s hatred on himself because he could have just left without stabbing the Cyclops in the eye.
He fights to the best of his abilities against many monsters such as Polyphemus, Circe, and the sea monster Scylla. There has been many claims that Odysseus isn’t hero because he lets his crew die. Just because his crew didn’t survive, it certainly does not mean he isn’t a hero. He tries his very best and even test his limits in order to get him and his crew back home. An example of this is in Homer’s ‘The Odyssey” where Odysseus tries to persuade his crew to bypass Thrinacia, the island of the sun god Helios, but they were too stubborn and insisted on landing.
Odysseus’s actions in Book 10 show that while his men can be rather foolish, he still cares for them. This is seen by how he goes back into Circe’s mansion after the first group of men are changed into pigs in order to save them despite the dangers as shown here “how could any man in his right mind endure the taste of food and drink before he’d freed his comrades in arms?” (Homer 242: 10: 424-425). If Odysseus did not care about his men he would not go back to save them despite his helplessness. When he first went to the house of Circe, he didn’t have any way to combat her which meant that he was going on a suicide mission to save his men if Hermes hadn’t shown up to prevent him from dying at her hands. Their actions show that while they
The only reason why the boss approved this was so Crooks could provide entertainment and amusment for the intoxicated raqnch workers. In other words Crooks is seen as a novelty. “Smitty took after the nigger.” “ ‘If he coulda used his feet, Smitty says he woulda killed the nigger.’, He [Crooks] paused in relish of the memory.” Candy who is seemingly a harmless old man “relishes” in the thought of the stable buck being harmed and even smiles in delight at the