Gods And Goddesses Vs. Humans In Homer's Odyssey

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God’s and Goddesses vs. Humans
In times of difficulty who we choose to blame says a lot about our own disposition--whether we choose to blame ourselves for our own actions, or we choose to blame a higher force for putting us in difficult situations. In the classic tale “The Odyssey” by ancient Greek poet, Homer we see a lot of similar situations to this when the main character, Odysseus, is put in various difficult circumstances because of the Gods. After the Trojan war ends, it takes Odysseus 10 years to get back to his home partly because the Gods put up numerous obstacles in order to make his journey home prolonged and gruesome. Although the Gods were partly at fault for his journey being long and difficult they never controlled Odysseus, therefore what happened to Odysseus was ultimately because of his own actions.
Odysseus’ heroic journey was put to a screeching halt, when Goddess, Calypso seduced Odysseus and imprisoned him on her island because she was madly in love with him. The quote “...my wife Penelope is nothing like so tall or so beautiful as
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After composing a clever plan, Odysseus defeats the bloodthirsty monster and just as he is about to leave, his hubris gets the best of him and he begins to call out to Polyphemus mocking him, “If someone asks who did this, the name is Odysseus!” After Odysseus has finished mocking him, Cyclops cries out to his father, Poseidon to never let Odysseus get home. This results in Poseidon making Odysseus’ journey much longer. The events that transpired could have all been avoided if Odysseus wouldn’t have let his hubris get in the way. His actions were the reason his journey was prolonged because if he would have just left as he was initially planning to, he would have gotten home a lot sooner. Poseidon behaved fairly punishing Odysseus for his own actions to which he admitted
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