Guile In The Odyssey

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The Odyssey is a story filled with adventure, bravery, and peril.(H) The Odyssey was written by Homer, a blind poet, in the 8th century, and it was intended to be a sequel to The Iliad, another story written by Homer.(HC) The story is based around the Greek gods, which were commonly believed to exist when Homer wrote The Odyssey.(HC) The Odyssey inspires perseverance in continued hardship and love for family, ideas which are as relevant today as they were when The Odyssey was written.(CM) The Odyssey takes place after the Trojan War, a violent war fought against the city of Troy.(H) Odysseus, a war hero, struggles to return home with his men.(CD) Odysseus acts with much bravery, as is shown in his conflict with Polyphemus, however he sometimes allows his pride to get the best of him.(CM) Odysseus often shows guile, being the mind behind the Trojan horse. (CM) Odysseus tries to work together with his men so they can get home.(CD) This does not work well at times, as his men act somewhat mutinous.(CD) Overall, Odysseus maintains a very strong motivation, and he displays usefulness in difficult situations.(CM)…show more content…
One of the common themes in The Odyssey is that we must fight through difficulty.(H) Many things, such as Polyphemus, Scylla, and Charybdis, hinder Odysseus on his journey, but, no matter what happens, he always keeps going.(CD Another frequent theme is that we must pursue what we desire.(CM) Odysseus is seen many times going headlong into danger solely to return.(CD) His passion and desire to see his family give him the strength to keep going.(CM) The theme of the subplot with Polyphemus is that greed can lead to misfortune.(CM) Odysseus and his men wait in Polyphemus’ cave for Polyphemus to give them a gift, all the while eating his food.(CD) Odysseus and his men were met with misfortune because of their greed, as they ended up becoming trapped in the cave by Polyphemus.(CM) Many of the prevalent themes are applicable to heroes and modern people
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