The story of Odysseus would not exist if not for the strong female characters that all become a part of his journey. One of the women is the nymph, Calypso, who is forever banished to the island of Ogygia for her father’s wrongdoings. Odysseus ends up stranded on the island with her for seven years after being shipwrecked and lost at sea by Poseidon. Calypso ultimately acts a temptress to Odysseus, and serves as a constant reminder of everything he longs for back at home. Calypso means “to cloak”, which is basically what she is doing by hiding Odysseus away from the rest of world.
Book 8-12 1. For Circe, I love that Odysseus claims he wants to go home, but he stays with her for a year! How badly does he want to get home? And do you think Circe is dangerous? What do you think this episode says about relations between men and women?
The Odyssey of Homer is about the hero Odysseus who starts an adventure to return to his home and kill the suitors who woo his wife and squander his wealth. Meanwhile, his son Telemachus searches for news of his father from his father's friends, and teams up with his father to kill the suitors. All the suitors are killed and Athena protects Odysseus and Telemachus from the suitors' parents. Honor and pride are the most important aspects of life and hubris leads to destruction. Honor and pride are considered important and must be defended.
Saving Others, Selflessly The word “hero” usually brings to mind a knight slaying a dragon or a firefighter rescuing someone from a burning building. But does one have to save a life to be considered a hero? Oftentimes, we assume that heroism is limited to physical bravery. This term, however, implies the notion of helping and inspiring others: a teacher cultivating a love for learning or a paraplegic Olympian reaching out to youth with disabilities. Because heroes range from Olympians to teachers, not all are famous--in fact, many remain unrecognized.
Humanism and Heroism Odysseus showed lots heroism and humanism throughout his dangerous journey. His humanism was shown with encounters that delayed his journey and that endangered it. Also Odysseus showed heroism when he took down dangerous obstacles that took his ca down. Another way his heroism was shown was steering his crew away from danger and back home. Calypso showed lots of affections towards Odysseus and held him as a prisoner.
Jackson Mitschke 11/15/15 “Homeward Bound” in relation to The Odyssey by Jackson Mitschke Picking theme songs for movies can take long thought and requirement; choosing a theme song for a movie based on The Odyssey would stand as no exception. Many things would have to be considered for similarities between the song and The Odyssey. These things could include structure, lyrics, themes, and the overall tone of the song and the epic poem. Each specific detail would need to be considered or one small difference might not make it an ideal theme song.
Odysseus, the fabled hero from The Odyssey, and Che Guevara, the renowned revolutionary, both endure the stages of the hero’s journey of Trials, Allies, and Enemies, the Road Back, and the Supreme Ordeal, however Guevara’s journey gave humanity the strength to fight for one’s values, no matter the consequence. Both of the heroes face the stage of the Trials, Allies, and Enemies. Some of the many tests Odysseus faces include Poseidon drowning him, but thankfully Odysseus makes friends with a mermaid, Nausicaa, and King Alcinoos. All of them help to bring him home. To illustrate, Odysseus describes his journey to Scheria to King Alcinoos, “There I was stranded for seven long years.
In Homer’s epic, “The Odyssey” he illustrates to the readers a compelling love between Odysseus, the King of Ithaca and his wife Queen Penelope. The couple is separated because of the Trojan War when Odysseus leads his men into battle. Prior to Odysseus’ departure, he communicates to Penelope that if he doesn’t return to Ithaca within 10 years or if he should parish; then she should find another man to marry, become King and raise their infant son, Telemachus. Penelope is distraught at the very thought of him not returning, but gently replies that she will wait upon his return or until Telemachus grows a beard before remarrying. The author takes us on Odysseus’ journey back to Ithaca, but no matter the situation he encompasses, Penelope
Gender equality: as big a myth as the Greek gods themselves. Misogyny dates back to millenia ago, finding its place in society then as it does now. Ancient Greece literature is no exception, as Homer’s The Odyssey shows. Homer illustrates for readers how traditional gender roles limit women, evidenced by the numerous examples of inequality between men and women.
Memory and forgetting play a huge role in Homer’s Odyssey, it seems to be something that reoccurs in the text many times. Whether it is Odysseus himself forgetting, or his men forgetting, it always seems to make their journey back to Ithaca an even longer, and harder process. First, who is Odysseus? He is said to be hated by the gods throughout the story.
Question 4 Most of the women in the Odyssey were seen to have a lot of power. The most obvious example would be Athena, the daughter of Zeus, and a powerful goddess in her own right. Throughout the story she provided divine assistance to Telemachus and Odysseus.