Odysseus, the legendary Greek king of Ithaca or the Hero of Homer's poem, “The Odyssey”. The god that never back downs from a challenge or repeatedly faces mythological creatures with ease. Also risking his life for the safety of his crew. For instance, Odysseus faces the Cyclops Polyphemus, travels to the Underworld, overcomes the temptation of the Sirens(singers), outmaneuvers the monsters Scylla(underwater monster) and Charybdis(sea monster), and leaves behind the beautiful Calypso(nymph). All these feats required a great amount of bravery and skill, two traits Odysseus was honored for in antiquity.
However, Zeus saw the two sides of the gods’ feelings towards Odysseus. “‘Great Odysseus/ who excels all men in wisdom... it’s the Earth-Shaker, Poseidon, unappeased,/ forever fuming against him..’” (1.78-83). Zeus created an equilibrium so that Poseidon could take out his anger on Odysseus through punishment, and Athena receives the duty of making sure Odysseus gets home to Ithaca.
Poseidon exclaims to Zeus, “Zeus, Father, I will lose all my honor now / among the immortals, now there are mortal men / who show me no respect—Phaeacians, too, / born of my own loins” (Od. 13.145-48)! This exclamation shows that the act of tending to every needs and granting hospitality to anyone has offended Poseidon and he wants retribution against the slight made by the Phaeacians. Zeus replies to
The Cyclops savagely murdered Odysseus’s men. After he is done, Odysseus and his men make a plan to leave. There plan is to get the Cyclops drunk and stab his eye out, so he cannot see and they can escape. Once they got him drunk on the floor, Odysseus and his men drive a piece of tree into Polyphemus's eye. The Cyclops was screaming in pain.
The King Peleus of the Myrmidons had just decided to get married to a sea nymph named Thetis. Many guests came to the wedding to the wedding including mortal and the Gods of High Olympus. One of the gods that had not been invited, Eris the goddess of discord, arrived with thirst for vengeance. When all she did was place an golden apple on a table and leave, people became confused. There was
While Odysseus and his men were leaving the island of Thrinacia they were hit by a thunderstorm. “the son of Saturn [Zeus] raised a black cloud over our ship, and the sea grew dark beneath it.” (Homer). Zeus struck down upon Odysseus’ ship because they had disrespected Helios by consuming a couple of his sacred cows which didn’t make him happy. Helios reported them to Zeus demanding that they be punished for their actions and Zeus complied by killing everyone but Odysseus.
“Just so that eyeball hissed around the spike.” Odysseus shows rash behavior because of the Cyclops killing of his men. The conflict is resolved when Odysseus and his crew are able to escape the Cyclops. The result of the resolution was that no more of his men would be killed by the Cyclops. Odysseus ran into conflict but wisdom and cunning helped him resolve them.
Hades: God of the Underworld Greek mythology is the stories of Gods and Heros and Monsters. It was used in Ancient Greece to explain the unknown why it rained,and why the earth shook. It also provides the Gods backstory and their powers. One of the Gods is Hades King of the dead whose parents are Cronus and Rhea. Hades brothers are Poseidon and Zeus,Hades powers were wealth and riches (“Hades”).
Zeus was the youngest son of six children from Cronus and Rhea. Zeus’ five other siblings were swallowed by Cronus to ensure him from being overthrown. When Zeus was born, Gaia and Rhea tricked Cronus by switching the infant with a stone. Cronus then swallowed the stone thinking it was Zeus, however he was hidden away and raised behind the scenes. When Zeus reached manhood he forced Cronus to disgorge his siblings and then released Cronus’ siblings from Tartarus.
His high courage and excellence wounded the cyclops allowing time to run. The cyclops then bellowed “Nobody is killing me!”(224). Thanks to Odysseus quick and clever name he was able to prevent Polyphemus from getting help because the other cyclops just thinks that “nobody” is attacking him. After that, Odysseus again use his metis to escape.
The snake on the end of the staff represents the devil. No other animal makes you think of the devil like a snake does. In Young Goodman Brown, the staff is brought into the story when Goodman Brown meets the man in the woods. “But the only thing about him, that could be fixed upon as remarkable, is his staff, which bore the likeliness of a great black snake, so curiously wrought, that it might almost be seen to twist and wriggle itself, like a living serpent.” (par. 13)
Odysseus, the king of Ithaca, is a man that is looked at as a celebrity by humans because of his skillful fighting, and by the gods because of his intelligence and wits. The king went through numerous tasks and obstacles to get back to his homeland. One task in particular proves his power and the love he has for his loyal and wise wife, Penelope. Looking at lines four hundred fifty-one through four hundred seventy-one, the moment Odysseus, while disguised by the God Athena, proves to the suitors and workers that he is the rightful husband, king, and lord by stringing his own bow and shooting it through twelve axes; the task was quick and perfect for Odysseus.
Throughout his voyage, Poseidon delayed him of returning home by providing strong storm on the sea which caused the ship to destroy. Poseidon did not only delay his homecoming, but made him face different dangers and also saved him from the Trojan war. Zeus was the king of the gods who intervenes in dispute between gods and also men. He also has the power to make other gods do what he pleases. In his role in odyssey, he sent Hermes to order calypso to release Odysseus to return to Ithaca.
Hades sat upon his throne and pondered upon his thoughts. It had taken thousands of years for the god of the Underworld to realize how exceptionally dull the Underworld had become and he had not an idea of what to do. The dark lord had suffered and been victorious many times. As an infant, the king of darkness had been swallowed, and promptly regurgitated, by his own father; found himself saved by his clown of a brother, and had assisted in the defeat of the mighty Titans. However, it was a feeling of boredom that brought his ultimate defeat.
Now I must go to look for the destroyer of my great friend. I shall confront the dark dear spirit of death at any hour Zeus and the other gods may wish to make an end (Q 65-68). Here, Achilles shows fearlessness and audacity in his acceptance of death. However, he accepted his fate, to avenge the killer of his friend Patroclus.