The Odyssey, by W. H. D Rouse, exhibits Odysseus’ inconsiderate attempts to get back to his wife, Penelope. As Odysseus departs from Troy, he is always watched by the gods, and usually helped by Athena, who takes on several disguises. The different disguises that multiple characters portray shape the odyssey. Towards the end of the story Athena disguises Odysseus. The Different disguises that Athena and Odysseus convey don't just benefit them, but they also impacts those around them.
In his epics The Iliad and The Odyssey, Homer provides an even-handed portrait of the heroes Achilles and Odysseus. By choosing not to idealize these heroes, Homer provides an insight into the values of ancient Greek culture; both Achilles and Odysseus represent prized characteristics, but also illustrate the dangers of hubris and excessive individualism. Both Achilles and Odysseus cause numerous deaths through their own inflated sense of individualism and pride, but both also illuminate the benefits of their personal strengths when faced with problems throughout The Iliad and The Odyssey. Odysseus, in The Odyssey, thinks he knows what’s best for himself and his men, which on occasion is true, but just as often leads to issues that he could have easily avoided with proper communication. For example, when Odysseus and his crew encounter the Lotus-Eaters, he acts on their behalf, to their benefit: I hauled them back
Throughout the novel Odysseus perseveres through obstacles to get to the main goal, returning home. One conflict he faces is the wrath of Poseidon. “All the gods had pitied Lord Odysseus, all but Poseidon”(840), who continuously drew Odysseus’ ship away from his home land. Nether the less he persevered through
Odysseus agrees to help him when he returns from the underworld. Correspondingly, in Virgil’s The Aeneid, Aeneas is told by the Sibyl that his comrade Misenus had been killed by Triton over jealousy of his trumpeting skills. Also, Aeneas runs into the ghost of Palinurus in the underworld who died while the ship was at sail. Palinurus had fallen asleep and fell overboard into the ocean. Aeneas like Odysseus honors his fallen comrade’s requests of proper burial, and does so immediately upon return from the
This effects Odysseus because when he needs help, he has to rely on the gods to lead him the right way. Although today people and facilities are putting their time and money into researching ways to help veterans, the focus must remain on assisting veterans to regain independence in civilian life. As the world evolves, new methods will come up, which will make it easier for veterans to become self-dependent. In The Odyssey, Odysseus depends on his faith in the gods to restore him to his throne in Ithaca. The Odyssey is an epic poem about the leader of Ithaca, Odysseus.
Odysseus even went as far as to taunt Polyphemus as they were trying to leave the island. However, they found out soon enough that Poseidon would not let the men go so easily and prevented them from returning to Ithaca. The second part of a functionalist interpretation in this episode would then focus on how Prometheus’ actions contributed to the stability of the society in general. The fact that Prometheus was able to steal from the heart of Olympus, from Zeus himself, provided instability in the hierarchy between the gods and
Then directly after their encounters with Scylla and Charybdis they landed on the Island of the sun god, Helios. There, the men disobey Odysseus's warning not to feast on the cattle and then Zeus is forced to send a lightning bolt to destroy their ship only to please Helios. Odysseus is the only survivor now. If he had been a better leader and enforced his rules and been more honest and trusting to his crew then they would have gotten back to Ithaca together and alive.
Due to the challenges he faces, it prevents him from arriving home as early as he thought he would. Although Odysseus in The Odyssey by Homer does not learn life lessons easily and constantly puts himself and others in danger, the challenges that come his way helps him
Eurylochus was the first to be killed by Odysseus and his men due to his actions. When Odysseus and his crew were out at sea, he remembered what Athena told him. Athena told him that no matter the circumstances make sure your men don 't eat any living thing from Helios island and don 't tell them why. Odysseus knew he was approaching the island therefore he told
Negative presentations of hospitality almost always hurts a character in some way. One of the first instances of this is when Odysseus meets Polyphemus of the Cyclops’ Island. Polyphemus does not immediately show hospitality upon meeting Odysseus and his crew, so Odysseus asks for it. “... beholden for your help, or any gifts you give as a custom to honor strangers… Zeus will avenge the unoffending guests… We cyclops care not a whistle for your thundering Zeus… where was it, now, you left your ship…” (Homer 902). Since Polyphemus refuses to give Odysseus hospitality, there is no chance of civility and this will not help Odysseus, only hurt him.