Like Poseidon, Zeus would affect Odysseus’ journey and bring him off course. Odysseus goes to the land of the Cicones and raids it, and steals many things. This is what causes Zeus to be mad at Odysseus. Afterwards, when Odysseus is sailing away he explains to Homer how “...doomed appeared to us, dark word of Zeus for us, for our evil days”(Homer 684). Since Odysseus and his men did malicious actions Zeus intends on punishing them.
His main quest is to become a god again, A seeker searches for a better life like how Hercules searches for a better life rather than being with mortals. Hercules fears that he wouldn't fit in. A seeker is afraid of conformity like Hercules when he didn't fit into the small town he lived in and everyone hated how he was different. His main dragon was Hades. A seeker flees from their dragon like how Hercules did, up until he changed his was because he knew Meg was in trouble.
TS1 (Thesis): In The Odyssey, Homer depicts Odysseus’ real foe as the theme of temptation with displays of hubris and lustrous goddesses, which portrays the importance of being vigilant to not submit to temptation. ST1: Homer depicts that Odysseus is determined to get home, but Odysseus succumbs to temptation when he leads his crew into the cyclops lair, eats the cyclops’ food, and demands for a gift, resulting in a protracted journey home. 1: Homer displays Odysseus as recklessly brave when he requests, “we’re at your knees, in hopes of… a guest-gift”(9.300) from the cyclops. 2: It is apparent that Odysseus has given into the temptation to be arrogant when he declares for the cyclops to give them, “a guest-gift,” after Odysseus and his men have broken into the cyclops lair, showing even further Odysseus’ isn’t vigilant to
Homer, was a great bard who travels from villages telling many villagers his famous epic. The Odyssey of Homer, Homer’s epic creates a theme around Dolos:Trickery. Trickery can be used to escape from life threatening situations. He uses irony, when Odysseus, is trying to escape the one-eyed cyclops Polyphemus by using “the trick of nobody”. He then foreshadows how Odysseus’s homecoming will be, using the sirens voices as a symbolic message.
A Man of Loyalty, Patience, and Determination In the epic poem The Odyssey, written by Homer, Odysseus’ heroic deeds are recounted through a narrative that describes his arduous journey from the Trojan War to his homeland of Ithaka. This journey makes Odysseus an epic hero. An epic hero is a brave and noble character who is admired for his achievements. Traits of an epic hero are necessary for the journey Odysseus goes on to reach his homeland. Loyalty is a trait exhibited when Odysseus jeopardizes his own life and goes to rescue his crewmen on Kirke’s island.
Iros, a man who had recently mocked Odysseus, is unwittingly at Odysseus’ disposal, doomed to whatever fate his foe willed upon him. However, Odysseus chooses to spare Iros’ life rather than “drop him dead on the spot”. Even when Odysseus eventually sets out to cleanse the suitors from his home, he never goes after Iros, truly sparing his life. It is these specific actions that added depth to Odysseus’ heroic character and demonstrated the true makeup of a
Consequently, similarly to Odysseus’s run in with Polyphemus, his greediness and loss of integrity, causes him to put himself and others in danger. As Odysseus first arrives at the Cyclops's cave, he insists on sticking around, saying “not till I saw him, saw what gifts he’d give.”(9.258). Even after he learns of how dangerous Polyphemus has the potential to be, Odysseus still won’t relinquish. Odysseus is placing himself in harm's way, as well as his crew, when he makes this decision, . A man with integrity does not need a guest-gift to assure his importance, nor does he cause others suffering for the gain of
In addition to that, Odysseus is less merciful to others who have wronged him while Harry Potter, though he has suffered much, shows great mercy. Odysseus as soon as he comes home tells his son, “ I came to this wild place, directed by Athena, so that we might lay plans to kill our enemies” ( Homer 1080-1082). Odysseus had such vengeance on his mind that he would start planning as soon as he had come home, yet it seemed that he would spare not one of them, no matter how great or little their involvement. Harry Potter, on the other hand, could have hunted down the rest of Voldemort’s followers, but he left them alone to look for forgiveness and what is right. Finally, Odysseus was a great fighter known for his bow and arrow skills while Harry Potter was just a wizard.
When Odysseus yells out his real name to the Cyclops, as Odysseus and his crew of men were trying to escape the cave of the Cyclops “Cyclops-if any man on the face of the earth should ask you who blinded you, shamed you so,-say Odysseus raider of cities” (Homer, 21) Odysseus can be rather arrogant at times. Odysseus did not want the credit of stabbing a Cyclops in the eye go to “Nobody”. So, he told Polyphemus his real name. Odysseus wanted everyone to that it was he who took down the mighty Cyclops. However, like many other heroes, they are not perfect all the time.
Clearly, my appearance at lord Hades’ island has angered him, but how will I calm him down?” Ulysses was getting anxious. His hands were sweaty, his heart beating so loud, he could hear it himself. Hades, sensing Ulysses nervousness, thought of a deal. “Sacrifice 108 souls to me, so I can become more powerful. Sacrifice strong souls, souls that can fight in my army, then I shall relent and allow you to build this grave,” Hades bargained.
Unferth challenged Beowulf upon his arrival because he was jealous of anyone who attained fame and glory. Beowulf had also promised to rid Grendel, who had been tormenting Hart. It is possible to say that Unferth challenged him in such a belligerent way because Unferth himself was not able to defeat Grendel. His embarrassment of his failure is what prompts him to act so contentiously. Unferth’s challenge to Beowulf beckons the question in the reader’s mind if whether or not Beowulf will be able to defeat Grendel.