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’s men try to shush him, in fear of another boulder, but he could not be stopped in his moment of triumph. As the men feared, this second taunt brought a second boulder hurtling their way,
Having narrowly avoided disaster using his wit, Odysseus had gotten out of a pinch once again. Unfortunately, it is here where we are introduced to a new side of Odysseus, and while it is only this once that we truly see it, it proves to be more costly than most other unfortunate events that befall him. While his crew rows their ship away from the island, Odysseus begins hurling insults at Polyphemus and taunting him for losing (Book 9, Lines 530-536). These actions, prideful in nature end up proving quite costly. Initially, they seem to have again avoided disaster, as after the first insult, Polyphemus throws a massive rock at the ship, narrowly missing it.
Homer’s The Odyssey is a story about a man named Odysseus and his journey and misfortune that occurs while trying to return home. Due to its origins in oral improvisation, The Odyssey is characterized by many paradoxes. However, these paradoxes can and do function within the context of the story. One paradox in The Odyssey is how Odysseus is constantly praised as an incredibly capable hero, yet he seems to always need a god to help him out of trouble.
In Book 9, Odysseus demonstrates that cleverness is one of his strengths, but also that arrogance, or hubris, is a major weakness for him. For example, Odysseus demonstrates his cleverness on the cyclops island of Polyphemus. When he arrives on the island and Polyphemus asks for his name, Odysseus says that his name is “Nobody,” which confuses Polyphemus. After Odysseus blinds him, he yells “Nobody’s killing me” (224). His cyclop friends are also confused and think he is ridiculous.
He is also a careful planner (Young-Eisendrath, Dawson 255, 259, 260, 264). He demonstrates this when Calypso is upset with him because he is leaving her for Penelope. She asks if she can compare to Penelope, to which Odysseus replies that Calypso is beautiful, but he still yearns for home (Homer 719). He also demonstrates this when he stabs Polyphemus, the Cyclops, blinding him, then tells him that his name is Nohbdy (Homer 727), which prevents Polyphemus from knowing his name and, when Polyphemus tells other Cyclopes that he was stabbed, prevents people believing he stabbed Polyphemus, as Polyphemus says “Nohbdy” stabbed him (Homer 728). However, Odysseus also has weaknesses; he is prideful.
The Odyssey is a story of a soldier returning from war and facing many obstacles along the way. The Odyssey has many things in common with actual soldiers returning from a war. Several million soldiers have had many different and difficult obstacles returning from war. The Odyssey has many difficult obstacles that are similar to that of a soldier of any time period.
In The Odyssey, Odysseus’s journey to his home of Ithaka was abundant with challenges. These challenges were often very dangerous, both to Odysseus’s life, and his mission of returning home. The most dangerous ones being the Lotus-eaters, the Cyclops Polyphemos, and the Sirens. Out of all these challenges, the most dangerous was facing the great Cyclops Polyphemos. Some people may think that the Lotus-eaters or the Sirens were more dangerous than Polyphemos, but they were not.
He becomes over confident and his actions almost always lead to consequences. “‘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 homes on Ithaca!’” (Homer 457-460). Odysseus’s ego shines through in this instance. He decides that he needs to have the last word and that everyone should know who blinded the great Polyphemus, so he reveals his name to the cyclops.
he thundered out, 'now who are you? Where did you sail from, over the running sea-lanes? Out on a trading spree or roving the waves like pirates, sea-wolves raiding at will, who risk their lives to plunder other men?'” Odysseus and his crew become frightened, but despite this, Odysseus shows the heroic trait of bravery by answering back confidently, “The hearts inside us shook, terrified by his rumbling voice and monstrous hulk.
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.
Truth of the Odyssey In the book The Odyssey, there is a hero, Odysseus. He was a great leader and was very strong. There are many truths in the book including the beliefs and geography. This makes the story more interesting because it makes the reader feel like they can experience this themselves.
Throughout the story, Odysseus demonstrates his courage that ultimately allows him to survive. One of these moments was during his journey back to Ithaca, where he faces a race of man eating giants called the Cyclops. Odysseus originally stops his ship there to relish a feast while on his journey back to Ithaca, but while doing so, out of curiosity explores the island. Soon, he finds a deserted house and decides to wait of the owner. The owner was unknowingly one the Cyclops, named Polyphemus.
In one of the episodes, Odysseus encountered Polyphemus: a Cyclops who held Odysseus and his men captive. Despite the wishes of his crew, Odysseus did not kill the Cyclops; Odysseus knew that if the Cyclops were to die, the men would not be able to move the boulder blocking the exit. Instead of killing Polyphemus, Odysseus blinded him by driving a sharpened staff into his eye. Blinded, Polyphemus sat by the exit blocking any passage; the men were faced with another issue: how would they slip away? Odysseus knew that in order to escape he needed to devise a carefully thought out plan, so he “drew on all [his] wits, and ran through tactics, reasoning as a man [would] for dear life, until a trick came–and it pleased [him]” (Homer 993).
For centuries people have been trying to figure out one main question. Is there more in reality than can be perceived by the senses? Prime Reality is asking if it is an open or closed system? Is matter eternal? Are there gods, one God, or nothing.
Odysseus does this because he is prideful and haughty and wants Polyphemus to know who Odysseus was and that Odysseus defeated him. However, by doing so, he alerts Polyphemus of their location, and the cyclops hurls a massive boulder at the men, causing, “a giant wave that washed the ship stern foremost back to shore” (III: 484-485). This shows that Odysseus’ pride and honor which causes him to boast to others about his victories and their losses, is very dangerous to him and his crew. Instead of taking the easy way out, Odysseus decides to show off to the cyclops, who nearly washed them back to shore and kills them because of Odysseus’ foolish arrogance. Figurative Language: 1.
Polyphemus began to eat Odysseus’ men and they were trying to escape and so they stabbed the cyclops in his eye and got away. As they were sailing away the cyclops was throwing boulders at their ship but could not aim because of his eye. Odysseus thinks he is a badass and calls out to the cyclops telling him his name and this is where his mistake was made. Boasting is typically seen as disrespectful to a lot of people, and in return Poseidon, god of the sea, seeks vengeance for is son by setting Odysseus and his men further off course from home. If Odysseus decided to not boast and just get away, then he would have probably been home eight years