The Odyssey Theme Squib In Homer's epic, The Odyssey, Perseverance is an important, and over-arching subject in the story. Odysseus & Thought Odysseus have never been the kind not to persevere. Perseverance is the bed rock of the story. Odysseus, throughout the story has gone through hard ship, over and over again. Odysseus has never given up, and has always stayed true ot his one goal, getting home to Ithaca. Calypso’s Imprisonment. One example that I give that suggests that Odysseus is extremely perseverant is his time on Calypso’s island. He was Calypso’s captive for around seven years. And throughout that, he stayed true that he will get off the island. Here are some reason that might reinforce the idea that Odysseus remained perseverant …show more content…
“My lady goddess, here is no cause for anger. My quiet Penelope—how well I know—would seem a shade before your majesty, death and old age being unknown to you, while she must die. Yet, it is true, each day I long for home…”, (Homer 56); (2) To expand, Odyssey always knew that he would get himself home, “She enchants him and wants him to stay and become her husband, but eventually Athena persuades Zeus to command her to let him return to Penelope.”
At first, he was rash, impulsive, and prideful. However, the changing point in his life was the enormous journey he had to undertake. By the end of the epic, Odysseus was patient and humble. An example of his former self was when he set sail for home right after the war. He felt as though he didn’t need the gods, and he didn’t sacrifice anything in their name.
Loyalty is a very typical theme found in many pieces of literature. Homer's story “The Odyssey” conveys this abundant use of loyalty by displaying the adventures and temptations the main character of this story goes through to stay loyal to his spouse. Adventures The protagonist of this story, Odysseus, went through many adventures throughout 10 years to make it home to his wife, Penelope. For instance, during his journey, he was captured by Calypso (Homer 562).
Odysseus shows perseverance through sailing for 20 days knowing that it's not going to be the end of his journey. After Odysseus escaped the island on his boat a storm came and washed them up on an island and they were on their way to find out if the Cyclopes were nice or not “On the third day,Odysseus and his company of men set out to learn if the Cyclopes were friends or foes. ”(#70 book
“ Cyclops,try some wine./ Here’s liquor to wash down your scraps of men.” (9; 810- 811) Through Odysseus’ persistence, he was able to keep going, never giving up. Though he knew the dangers of different events, he remained in a solid state of mind. For example, when he was with the sirens, he commanded his crewmen to have him be placed on the ship’s mast, held by a labyrinth of rope.
Determination is an important for Odysseus because of long desire to return home. He was held confined on an island all alone. He was tempted many times and fell into temptation in the long covenant of his wife Penelope. Determination is also showed in his thought process; his longing to live For instance, when Odysseus finally goes home, he wanted to hurt the men who had been taking advantage of his wife and he follows through with his plan to kill them. Penelope, Odysseus wife is another example of having complete determination.
One particular instance is how, after being imprisoned on Calypso's Island for seven years, he persisted in attempting to escape in order to return home. Athena eventually intervened on his behalf, and he was eventually freed. His ongoing attempts to flee over a period of seven years demonstrate how he persisted and never gave up. Another instance of Odysseus' perseverance is when he won back his kingdom and wife by defeating his enemies and “While he had arrows he aimed and shot, and every shot brought down one of his huddling enemies.”(pg 612) It took a lot of effort to be able to win back his old life, but he didn't give up until he showed his perseverance.
Perseverance is an essential trait for reaching your goals. Many dreams start far from reach, but perseverance changes dreams into reality. Throughout The Odyssey, there are many examples of perseverance. Odysseus and I share the trait of perseverance throughout our everyday lives. I displayed perseverance when I fasted meat and chocolate for a month.
The Odyssey and The Outliers portray that perseverance is essential to living a happy and successful life because conflicts are overcome and dreams are followed. Some will argue that overcoming conflicts does not take perseverance; However, in The Odyssey, after Odysseus and his men defeat the cyclops, Odysseus gives his men a pep talk to help encourage and inspire them. When Odysseus says, [“by courage, council and intelligence, we escape away”](210-211). He is reminding his men that they persevered through the trials they faced against the cyclops.
Odysseus’s traits help him achieve his goal of returning to his home. Odysseus and his men have a lot of willpower to continue traveling after some dangerous and life risking experiences with cannibals, lotus-eaters, cyclops and many more creatures that could of killed Odysseus and his whole crew. Odysseus's confidence and epic hero traits only increase as the story goes on, his confidence in his men increase as he starts noticing how strong and powerful his men can be, and also shows confidence in
The odyssey, an epic told by Homer in ancient greece, has many major themes following odysseus’s adventures. While Odysseus is sentenced to never return home after the Trojan War. He is overcoming challenges to return home to his wife penelope and his son Telemachus. Throughout the story major themes of loyalty, hospitality and vengeance are hidden within the plot. The story continues to show his heroic side with three major traits.
Odysseus used his patient as he fought other monsters and gods too. Odysseus in The Odyssey showed many values and had many characteristics. The value he used the most was patience. Odysseus stayed patient while he was away by not losing hope and not giving up. This is shown in many of his actions.
In life, people always encounter troubles. Sometimes it take a few days to fight through it, but sometimes it takes a few years. But at the end, no matter how big or small the trouble is, hard work always will lead to good rewards. Homer’s epic poem, The Odyssey, perfectly demonstrated this idea. In the epic poem, the main character Odysseus demonstrated hard work and dedication to get to his family, but all the troubles and stresses that he have gone through make him appreciates his family even more when he reunites with them.
He could have left and kept going straight for home but he instead went back to save them, this leading into another quality of Odysseus. Bravery. Throughout his venture he has stayed courageous, getting past the Cyclopes, Circe, and sirens. Now, he does have a multitude of great qualities but, despite all of the good that he has done, Odysseus still has flaws.