Fernette Ferdinand Professors Colwell and Rodgers IDH 1110 October 21, 2015 Odysseus Stages of the Hero’s Journey One of Campbell’s Stages of the Hero’s Journey, is challenges and temptations. Which is what Odysseus faces many time, through fighting with Polyphemus the cyclops, and the many suitors that he defeated. But even when odysseys faces many circumstances, he always conquers his quest through his cunning and clever ways. Ultimately, Odysseus is forced to make allies and enemies in the special world, and he has to pass certain tests and challenges that are part of his training in his journey to get back home to his family. When Odysseus faced the cyclops, he stated “We are Achaeans on our way home from Troy, but by the will of
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.
Trapped against their foes, fighting to survive. The common problems while trying to fight for your life. In the book The Odyssey by Homer, the main character Odysseus has just began to return home from Troy after fighting in the Trojan war.
In the Epic, “The Odyssey,” written by Homer, is the story of a man named, Odysseus, and his experiences and his exploration told through many episodes within the story. Odysseus, as the leader of his men, he lacks qualities of humility, empathy, and focus, which overall prevents him from being qualified as a good leader. In not having humility, it causes Odysseus to often lose focus. During the episode, “The Cyclops,” Odysseus and his men escape the island in which Polyphemus, the cyclops, was keeping them held captive, rather than thinking of his men and immediately leaving, Odysseus takes the time to gloat and risks their safety. (Cyclops.
heartbeat high now at the chance at the chance of action, and drawing the sharp sword from my hip I went along his flank to stab him where the midriff holds the liver” (The Cyclops. 289-293). The way Odysseus acts shows that he has anger and that he can not handle anger well because he almost kills the only way they could leave the cave. Boasting could lead to angering others against a person which is what Odysseus seems to do. For example, after Odysseus boast that he defeated the Cyclops “The blind thing in his double fury broke a hilltop in his hands and heaved it after us… that washed the ship stern foremost back to shore” (480-485).
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
Odysseus cried out to the Gods that he doesn’t need them. He then chose to not make a sacrifice to the Gods, to thank them for their help in the Greeks victory. Odysseus shows his hubris again when he blames the Argives situation solely on his men and calling them “mutinous fools” taking zero responsibility. In this scene Odysseus is self-centered, and displays obnoxious behavior while disrespecting all his men. His arrogance is most prominent during his encounter Polyphemus.
Also, to dramatize the situation and emphasize the morality of the crew, Homer says "[the crew] put their backs in the oars, escape grim death." This passage shows how, while Homer considers Odysseus heroic, Odysseus may not follow expectations because of his pride and willingness to endanger his men. In this passage, Odysseus continually taunts Polyphemus' against his crew's wishes, and thus risks their lives. However, throughout the reading, Odysseus' claims to have great affection for his crew and wishes to protect them; thus, Odysseus' actions in this scene highlight an inconsistency in Odysseus' character and heroic nature. Because of this inconsistency and Odysseus’ prideful and
The Odyssey In Homer’s epic, The Odyssey, Odysseus is bestowed with great abilities. But along with this potential, he is cursed with great arrogance. Conveying that even the labeled ‘perfect’ among us have fatal flaws that causes pain and suffering among the ones closest to them. The author, Homer, uses Odysseus’ arrogance to create a melancholic atmosphere to convey the idea that arrogance is a fatal flaw that will lead those around them to pain and suffering.
An epic hero is someone who is characterized commonly on their nobility and bravery. However ,there are more attributes epic heros can posses. For example Odysseus, the protagonist in Homer's retelling of “The Odyssey”, shows many forms of excessive arrogance and pomposity. After conquering Troy, Odysseus and his men set off on their way home.
In the beginning of the book Odysseus is impulsive and arrogant. After Odysseus blinds and defeats the Cyclops, he cannot contain himself. Out of pure impulsiveness and the inability to be humble, Odysseus yells out to the Cyclops, “If any man on the face of the earth should ask you/ who blinded you, shamed you do so–say Odysseus,/raider of cities, he gouged out your eye,/Laertes’ son who makes his home in Ithaca!” (Homer 9.556-562). Odysseus is so impulsive he has to scream out his name to the gods and the Cyclops.
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.
Odysseus was a man of great stature and strength; however, Odysseus was not only physically strong, but mentally strong as well (Olson). We can see Odysseus’ mental strength, or cunning, and bravery when he is in the den of Polyphemus and devises the plan to save him and his crew by calling himself nobody and stabbing out the cyclops’ eye. He also recognizes that he
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
Naturally, he has much to be proud of: his sexy and loyal wife, his bravery, and his victorious battles from the Trojan War and beyond. However, his arrogance creates a weakness in his character that negatively impacts himself and the people around him. The evolution in Odysseus’s personality turns him from an arrogant flaunter to a humble man, and demonstrates that the strifes he encounters during his journey home is not simply new experiences, but also his beginning of a profound revelation. Starting from the middle of the mountain, Odysseus’s new transformation will allow him to soar to the top with eagle