Another example takes place immediately after Odysseus tricks the cyclops into saying his name is “nobody” in the quote,”I tied them silently together, twining cord of willow from the ogre’s bed; then slung a men under each middle one to ride there safely, shielded left and right. So three sheep could convey each man,”(Applebee, 908). This plan Odysseus comes up with works very well and allows them to escape without the cyclops knowing they're gone, it also allows them to steal his sheep. This shows how Odysseus’s dishonesty and cleverness can get his men and him out of trouble. Another example of how his cleverness helps him is when he goes to the underworld to talk to telemachus.
However, it also shows that although Jack is becoming a savage he still has civilization in him. This is demonstrated when Golding uses the word “shuddering” because although Jack was laughing he seemed uncomfortable and frightened. This shows that Jack has not lost himself completely because he still has trouble killing others without feeling guilty or sick. Finally, when Jack says “ You should have seen it” he is really trying to influence Ralph and the boys to brutally kill the animals on the island. This encourages the rest of the boys to become hunters since they too want to feel the sense of power that Jack appears to have.
This shows an act of foolishness as leader because he did not notify his men of the dangerous obstacle coming towards him, but just keeps put to leave his men to fend for themselves. An example of Odysseus’ arrogance is when Odysseus brags to Cyclops and yells out, “O Cyclops! Would you feast on my companions? Puny am I, in a Caveman’s hands? How do you like the beating that we gave you…” (L. 390-392).
By singing beautifully, Circe attracted, and tempted, all the men to herself except for, “Eurylochus, who feared a snare” (IV: 563-564). This demonstrates how Eurylochus resisted temptation, which in turn, saved all of his men who were tricked by Circe’s enchanting sorcery and turned into pigs. Eurylochus stayed strong and ran to tell Odysseus, who stayed with and talked to Circe, eventually saving his men. If Eurylochus had fallen into the temptation like the rest of the men, they would all have been doomed and turned into
1st paragraph- Mahatma Gandhi once said: “Anger is the enemy of non-violence and pride is a monster that swallows it up.” Pride is seen by many as a weakness but pride is what encourages many to prove themselves. Odysseus’ major flaw is believing he is greater than any other human, sometimes even the gods. Odysseus demonstrates this weakness when he encounters the Cyclops and enrages him by trespassing into the one-eyed beast's cave. When Odysseus finally escapes he yelled his name to the Cyclops, out of pride, when he could have used a decoy name. Zeus decides to teach Odysseus a lesson for hurting his son and provides many obstacles for Odysseus on his journey home.
Even though he is not entirely good, he still, with all his defects manages to get back home to his family and kingdom. The first display of Odysseus imperfection was his pride. After heroically saving his companions from Polyphemus by deceiving him with the name “Nobody” (147.405-410), Odysseus pride becomes inflated endangering the lives of his companions as they escape from the Cyclops. He states, “[they] could not persuade the great heart in me… in the anger of my heart I cried to him” (150.500). He says “big heart” before telling him to “tell him that [he was] blinded by
He used it to outsmart many of the characters, which is most likely why he made it home after the many obstacles he faced. At the Cyclops Island when Odysseus and the 12 chosen men talk to The Cyclops, they can tell he is no good. When the Cyclops asks where their ship is, Odysseus tells him it has been wrecked so the Cyclops doesn’t try to wreck it himself or take his men. Odysseus tells Cyclops, “My ship? / Poseidon Lord, who sets the earth a-tremble, / broke it up on the rocks at your land’s end” (9.
Usually, epic heroes share common character traits such as loyalty, courage, and bravery. In Homer’s Odyssey, it is my belief that Odysseus is heroic mostly because he was brave. For example, when Odysseus and his men went to the Cyclops, Odysseus told the Cyclops that his name was “no one.” He made sure that the Cyclops fell asleep while his men made a sphere. Then they used the sphere to shoot it thru its eye. While the Cyclops had the sphere in its eye, the Cyclops made an exit for Odysseus, even though the Cyclops didn’t know they would escape.
This confrontation shows how his concealment is another example of his typical resourcefulness, which he uses as a defence in this situation because he is unsure whether this unknown person is trustworthy or not. Odysseus’ heightened sense of awareness of possible enemies is a result of his constant confrontation with danger on his journey home. Being one step ahead of everyone else helped him to survive. For example, when he and his men are faced with having to escape the cave of the cyclops, Odysseus’ idea to blind the cyclops saves them from death; however, this action also caused a delay in his homecoming, because Poseidon—the father of the cyclops—punishes him by causing storms, thus elongating his homecoming. This is one instance in which Odysseus’ resourcefulness has ambiguous consequences, which raises the question that perhaps his saving grace could also be a negative trait in certain situations.
For example, Odysseus showed his dauntlessness when he went to the Island of the Cyclopes. When he had visited the Island of the Cyclopes he had saved his men’s lives. “Now came the time to toss for it: who ventured along with me? whose hand could bear to thrust and grind that spike in the Cyclops’ eye, when mild sleep had mastered him?” (1217). This quote reveals how despite the danger in fighting the Cyclops, he was brave enough to confront him.