Odysseus the Brave Hero In Homer's “The Odyssey”, the protagonist, Odysseus is fighting in the 10 year war against Troy. They win the war and now he and his men are trying to get back to their home, Ithaca. He angers the god of the sea, Poseidon, and now he has a god as an enemy. Poseidon sends waves after waves blowing him and his crew to islands, each having a conflict like monsters and goddesses.
The Unstoppable Odysseus Odysseus and his men had came upon an island where they stayed and feasted on wine and wild goats for three days. After the third day Odysseus and his men stormed the main island where the Cyclopes lived. The Cyclopes did not live by rules or had any sense of hospitality; they aren 't god fearing men. Cyclopes lived off the land, farming and they had their herd of sheep that they took extremely well care of. They were huge, bigger than any men they were creatures to big to be any man.
After Odysseus leaves from the underworld he goes back to Aeaea. On the island of Aeaea he gives Elpenor a proper burial and spends a night with Circe. One their last night with Circe, Circe tells Odysseus and his men all of the obstacles they will face on their way back to Ithaca. As Odysseus sets sail he faces his obstacle early in his journey home. Odysseus and his men come to the Sirens, the Sirens have a song that they sing or play that makes men go under their spell.
He would have his vengeance, that much was for certain, but he 'd have to be cautious in his approach. Unfortunately, if not Athena, the rest of the Olympians would likely mutilate him if he attempted to kill Odysseus, though a mere mortal hardly deserved the honor of being slain by him anyway. Such acts were beneath him, the lord of earthquakes and the sea, and besides, it was far more fun to torment his quarry rather than kill him outright. However, manipulating the sea on which Odysseus and his men were so conveniently situated at present, or encouraging a few sea monsters, perhaps...such tactics held merit, and Poseidon felt very pleased with himself for concocting such a plan. Although his main domain was the sea, Athena could not reasonably hold him responsible for all that lurked in it—after all, no one, not even a god, could be everywhere at once.
Paul O’Sullivan Poseidon: Poseidon is the son of Rhea and Cronus and younger brother of Zeus. He is the god of the sea and father of Polyphemus and seeks revenge on Odysseus for blinding his son. Ogygia: Ogygia is the island where Odysseus was held captive for seven years by Calypso and kept him from returning to Ithaca. Mentor: Mentor is the son of Alcimus and is regularly impersonated by Athena. When Odysseus, the king of Ithaca, goes to serve in the Trojan War, Mentor takes care of his home and becomes the guardian and teacher of his son Telemachus.
Like Poseidon, Zeus would affect Odysseus’ journey and bring him off course. Odysseus goes to the land of the Cicones and raids it, and steals many things. This is what causes Zeus to be mad at Odysseus. Afterwards, when Odysseus is sailing away he explains to Homer how “...doomed appeared to us, dark word of Zeus for us, for our evil days”(Homer 684). Since Odysseus and his men did malicious actions Zeus intends on punishing them.
But, after angering Poseidon by blinding his one eyed cyclops son, Odysseus must go through brutal situations to get home thanks to the fuming god. The theme, the search for justice, is very prevalent in this text because of the fight between Odysseus and the suitors, the reunion of Odysseus and his wife Penelope and when Odysseus visits his father Laertes and Athena must restore peace because of the fight that breaks out there. To begin, the theme searching for justice is shown clearly when Odysseus returns home and kills the suitors. The text states, “Odysseus took aim and hit him with an arrow in the throat.
While Odysseus and his crew are slowly moving away from Cyclopes Island, Odysseus tells Polyphemus that he is “Odysseus, Laertes’ son,” whose home “lies on Ithaca” (Homer 459 and 460). Because of his arrogant decision to tell Polyphemus the truth of his origins, he essentially dooms him and his crew. Polyphemus, who is Poseidon's son, asks of his father to punish Odysseus for his arrogance, whom grants his prayer. In cessation, Odysseus’ haughty decision to tell Polyphemus his whereabouts leads to his utter
Odysseus was a hero of the Trojan war, Aeneas a hero of Troy and Rome, Oedipus a king who accidentally married his own mother. They were all to a certain extent ordinary people who went through harsh life changing events throughout their journey to become the heroes society thought them to be. Even though they went through many challenging obstacles created by the gods themselves at times, they all seem to always accomplish what they were set to accomplish. Almost as if it was by bear fate. Nevertheless each and every one of them were set out to do something no matter how long it took or what happened in between.
He was tempted to steal food, and succumbed to staying longer than was necessary. This set off a sequence of events that led to Poseidon seeking vengeance on Odysseus. This simple action caused chaos for him and delayed his return to Ithaca by many years. It also caused havoc for others, such as the Phaeacians. Later, Odysseus's homecoming was further delayed by his crews actions, who were warned not to kill Helios’s flock.
Odysseus blinded Poseidon’s son, Polyphemus. Poseidon vowed to get revenge for his son so throughout the entire story, Poseidon tries to prolong Odysseus’s journey. Luckily, Athena finds Odysseus charming and is always there to help him and his son. Athena helps Telemachus find his father and once he does, the duo
When they get back to the boat and Odysseus yells out to the Cyclopes his name. Which means a harder journey for Odysseus and his men because Polyphemus is Poseidon's son. In this book Odysseus shows his pride when he yells from the boat and almist gets him and his men killed. In the movie Odysseus pride is most shown when he blames her situation solely on his men.