Can dishonesty be valuable if it was used to achieve desirable outcomes? Is lying considered justified if it was involved in a dangerous situation? It is not always bad to lie. As children, we were continuously taught to be honest. We have grown to be implanted with the fact that lying is unacceptable but admissible. In Homer’s epic poem, The Odyssey, some might argue that Odysseus’s dishonesty and deceit cause loss of trust and negative consequences. However, Odysseus’s dishonesty and deceit do not always have bad intentions, it can be seen when Odysseus and his men escaped out of Polyphemus’s cave to get out of trouble and when Odysseus received help from his men to get closer to their objective. While lying is looked down upon, people …show more content…
Before leaving The Land of the Dead, Teiresias told Odysseus that they will face destruction and only he will survive to return home. After the prophecy, Odysseus and his men encountered Charybdis and Scylla. To avoid destruction, Odysseus demanded his men to sail the ship quickly through Scylla and hug onto the cliff. Odysseus did not want his men to lose hope and turn against him if they knew that only Odysseus would return home. To avoid his men going against him, “Odysseus does not tell his men of Circe’s last prophecy-that he will be the only survivor of their long journey,” (Homer 716-719). Odysseus’s dishonesty admitted that lying can get you to progress to where you want to be. To get his men motivated, Odysseus did not tell his crew that only he will survive the journey. Instead, Odysseus lied by getting their hopes up of returning home, when in the end he knows that they will not make it back. In order to achieve his objective, he did this to avoid losing everything but to obtain the significant help of his men. So rather than sailing toward Charybdis to lose all his men and the ship, he chose to sail toward Scylla to have a greater chance of coming
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The Greek’s viewed man’s character as flawed. The sum of a man’s human traits is defined as human nature. Human nature is the reason for the evils and the flaws of this mortal life. In The Odyssey, the main character Odysseus constantly demonstrated these flaws while on his journey. He continually struggled on his journey and through life.
In Homer’s epic poem The Odyssey, Homer portrays loyalty as a guiding force in one’s decision making. In “The Test of the Great Bow”, Eumaeus is loyal to Odysseus even after twenty years of Odysseus’s absence. Eumaeus trusts Odysseus enough to allow him to “‘judge what stuff is in [him] / and how [he manages] arms”’ because he desires to please Odysseus (1136-1137). Through this, Eumaeus gives up his free will and allows Odysseus to make his decisions for him.
Odysseus: Perfectly Imperfect In this epic poem, The Odyssey, Homer illustrates that Odysseus’ encounter with the Cyclops exemplifies his curiosity and arrogance, which allows him to defeat the Cyclops despite his weaknesses. A phrase that is commonly known throughout the United States is, “curiosity killed the cat.” Once you pry too deep into a situation in which you’re unwelcomed, the being you’re prodding becomes irritated, and eventually lashes out.
Loyalty Is the Best Policy Imagine a world which had been ruled by a trustworthy leader for decades. The land and people are all at peace, but as soon as the leader turns their back to protect them, many of the once trustworthy and loyal citizens are now betraying this leader. Among all the traitors, some loyalty is still scattered about the land. It's hidden in small and unsuspected ways. This land is called Ithaca, Odysseus' home in the epic poem, "The Odyssey" by Homer.
A virtuous lesson taught throughout The Odyssey is the practice of loyalty. One can pick up acts of loyalty in the literary text when Penelope after twenty years without her husband remained pure and never remarried to another man. Penelope so simply could have lost hope that her beloved husband was not going to return home from the war in Troy. Instead, she felt a sense of hope and continued to be loyal to her husband remaining pure. I practiced this virtuous lesson learned by showing loyalty to a friend recently made.
By examining Circe’s advice to Odysseus, Odysseus’s preparation to fight Scylla, and his agreement to let his crew stop on the Sirens’ island, one can see the intense power of an appetite to have a good reputation even if warned to let it go. In warning Odysseus of all of the obstacles he will encounter on his way home and how he should deal with them, Circe cautions Odysseus that if he wants to survive, he should not fight Scylla. Circe warns, “Scylla’s no mortal, she’s an immortal devastation, / terrible, savage, wild, no fighting her, no defense— / just flee the creature, that’s the only way. /
Throughout the stories of the Odyssey the main character, Odysseus, is known to have a major flaw that almost gets him killed numerous times. One example is shown in the story Cyclops. As he is fleeing from the island he can’t resist the jest of calling Polyphemus to the edge of the cliff and flinging taunts at him from the assumed safety of their boat, in the ocean. Polyphemeus responds by flinging a boulder that narrowly misses the boat. Shortly after, Odysseus decides to test his luck yet again by revealing his true identity to the angry Cyclops.
Odysseus is an epic hero in The Odyssey, by Homer, in which the reader follows Odysseus in his epic hero’s journey. In the Odyssey, Odysseus like all heroes, just wants to see what’s the next adventure, what’s the next mission. However, in doing so, he gets himself in many dangerous situations and to get out of them he must use trickery. While Odysseus is known for his intelligence, trickery, impressive strength and power, but these trait are just his use of deception and disguise.
He has to make a compromise when sailing near Scylla and Charybdis to either lose some men while going closer to Scylla or lose the whole ship when going near Charybdis. Another place where Odysseus has to make a compromise is when Eurylochus and his men are begging him to stop at the island of the sun where Apollo’s
Throughout the story of The Odyssey, Odysseus uses a lot of deceit and dishonesty to get himself out of trouble which leads to the deaths of his men. One such decision was to boast to Polyphemus, which is explained in the quote,“After he had regained his ship, Odysseus could not help shouting
Greed can be a good thing if it is used for the right reasons. For example, greed can be the key that leads to success. If a person wants to achieve recognition, they’ll go extreme measures to make it happen such as inventing something, excelling in their studies, or even being the best. However, in most cases, greed can lead to disaster. Having the desire to obtain something a person already possesses is selfish.
This is just a theory based on what we already know about him, but there are choices Odysseus made in the story that could have easily been able to figure out but choose not to. The example is when Odysseus chose to sail past Scylla instead of Charybdis, he was thinking of doing what Circe said to do “But now I cleared my mind of Circe’s orders— cramping my style, urging me not to arm at all.” The first problem that proves Odysseus was not thinking correctly was choosing to sail past Scylla instead of Charybdis. By sailing past Scylla, Odysseus is guaranteed to lose six of his men, one for each of the 6 heads, instead of Charybdis, a monster that create whirlpools three times a day and can destroy the entire crew if they were to get trapped in the whirlpools. The first choice already have six casualties and requires luck to get past with only six deaths while the second choice can result everyone dead or alive, but requires a
Depending on the circumstances and on the relationship he has with the person he is talking to, Odysseus can guide them into doing what he intends through his clever wording and lies. He often uses his lies for his individual welfare, such as keeping his identity secret or receiving help. Other times, Odysseus lies for the well-being of others, by giving them hope and happiness. Odysseus’s utilization of lie not only reveals his resourcefulness in his cunning, but also his thoughtfulness for others. Odysseus’s lies, which might be seen as only a way to conceal his identity, actual discloses aspects of his and other character personalities we would otherwise not