Odysseus’ Weaknesses In the epic poem, The Odyssey, Homer reveals that Odysseus’ encounter with the Cyclops magnifies his curiosity and hubris, allowing him to defeat the Cyclops despite his weaknesses. Odysseus shows he is a weak leader when he displays signs of curiosity because he wants to see the Cyclops that dwells in his cavern. After climbing to the cavern of the Cyclops, Odysseus alongside his men enter the home of the Cyclops and examine the belongings inside: “My men came pressing round me, pleading: ‘Why not take these cheeses, get them stowed, come back, throw open all the pens, and make a run for it? We’ll drive the kids and lambs aboard. We say put out again on good salt
Temptation is like a trap, it tries to make you do bad deeds that will affect you. The story The Odyssey by Homer, Odysseus was forced to fight in the Trojan War. After the battle Odysseus sailed back to Ithaca, his homeland facing many temptations they could not resist in doing. Odysseus and his men faced many challenges, but most of the challenges were due to their temptations. For example, Aeolus the god of wind, gave Odysseus a bag filled with wind.
Prophets and prophecies abound in Western literature. From the ancient texts designed for people of all walks of life— such as Homer’s Odyssey and Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex, to more modern works targeted to specific audiences— such as the Harry Potter and Gregor the Underlander series, authors have employed the literary device of prophecies to entice the reader to stay with the story. Instead of telling the reader outright what is going to happen, or how a situation will play out, the author offers a prophecy of some kind to the reader. Such prophecies are generally ambiguous, and often the reader is left confused as to what is actually going to happen. By using this technique, the author piques the interest of the reader yet allows for the
The ending of the epic poem The Odyssey is when Odysseus come back from his journey and he comes home and finds out the wooers who has taken over his home. After he killed them anyone involved with the wooers plot was severely punished. I think that Odysseus has justified his actions against all the suitors. As Odysseus finds out that all the lazy suitors are sitting around feasting on livestock. Odysseus comeback to a bunch of suitors in his house.
Homer’s Odyssey and the movie Oh Brother Where Art Thou are mirror images of each other. The characters in both stories go through events that display similar themes. For example, when Odysseus arrives at Helios island, his men show a lack of discipline and control within themselves. The crew were told by Odysseus not to hurt the cattle of the sun god when they were to arrive at the island.
Menelaus and Agamemnon are an example of men who taker power for granted. The two royal sons took advantage of the situation especially, since they detested Ajax for innumerable reasons. Apart from being someone who clearly took no one’s orders, Ajax was also in love with Menelaus wife. “Ajax did not join the expedition / because that woman was a wife of yours” (ll. 1333-34). With this in mind, they never could defeat him.
In Part II of the epic poem, “The Odyssey”, the author, Homer, uses foreshadowing to convey the central idea that although it is human nature to be faced with temptations, you must resist certain temptations in order to achieve what you truly desire, and failing to do so will keep you further from your goals. Firstly, Homer writes, “I had forewarning from Tiresias/ and Circe, too; both told me I must shun/ this island of the sun, the world's delight./ Nothing but fatal trouble shall we find here” (Homer 839), which foreshadows the dire consequences of Odysseus and his men entering Helios’s island and disturbing the cattle. Odysseus chooses to ignore Tiresias and Circe, by the request of Eurylochus. Nevertheless, Odysseus reminded everyone,
Books, movies, and TV shows tell the story of heros that have gone through adventure, aid, trials, and defeat; they are the key to writing an epic Epic. But from looking at a glance, how could a Greek poem from thousands of years ago be relevant to a 2005 film about a billionaire's rise to fight crime and justice? Surprisingly, there are many connections between these two works of film and literature. What both two of these works have in common is that they use the Hero’s Journey plot circle.