Alcinous offers help and aid for Odysseus’ journey. “Odysseus, the godlike survivor, was glad, and he spoke in prayer: ‘Father Zeus, let Alcinous accomplish all that he says’”(Lombardo 105). Odysseus refers to Zeus, the god of lightning and men, as father for the reader to perceive Greeks think the Gods control everything that happens like fathers or father-figures take control of the household. Fathers are role models because they pre determine one’s reputation the moment they are born. Fathers represent respect and reputation itself.
The Greek epic poet, Homer tells the story of the Odyssey which details Odysseus’s journey home after the trojan war. Odysseus and his men face life threatening challenges including his encounters with the Cyclops, Sirens, Scylla, and Charybdis.While facing danger, the gods also tested Odysseus. Despite struggling for 20 years, he eventually prevails and returns to his wife Penelope. Not only does figurative language entertain and help the audience visualize the moments, but it also emphasizes the struggles and pain of the characters. The language depicts society’s values and helps readers understand the significance of social structure and one’s relationship with the gods.
They made an offering to Athena, ironically while she was in the ship disguised as Mentor. This also shows that Telemachus still respects the Gods even though he believes they are against him. “Surely we two have eaten much hospitality from other men before we came back here. May Zeus only make an end of such misery hereafter. Unharness the strangers ' horses then, and bring the men here to be feasted” (Book 4, 33-36).
Homer’s the Odyssey is a classic example of how separation can affect a man’s loyalty and how proving oneself can restore reputation. Odysseus keeps his respect and loyalty toward everyone he befriends. Odysseus is a very loyal man and knows how to keep his promises even through his twenty year journey away from home. Odysseus goes off to fight with the Greeks during the trojan war which happens to take nine years, he then spends a year in Greece and it takes him ten years to finally get back home. “As he wept for a way home, since the nymph was no longer pleasing him.
The chapter “Friends,” is a very good chapter showing friendship. There are many details of how good of friends people can become during a war. Dave Jensen and Lee Strunk weren 't good buddies for a while but they eventually started to trust each other. “In late August they made a pact that if one of them should ever get totally fucked up- a wheelchair wound- the other guy would automatically find a way to end it,” (O’Brien, 62). This quote shows how good of friends they have become.
In the poem, Sonnet 18 written by William Shakespeare, the speaker expresses his deep compassion for his lover by comparing her beauty and presence to summer. In the prologue to the play Romeo and Juliet written by William Shakespeare, the poet portrays that deep compassion can be more precious than life itself. Lastly, in the poem “Annabel Lee” written by Edgar Allan Poe, the passion that the speaker expresses towards his wife never ends even in rough times such as death. Throughout these three poems, it is evident that the power of love can influence people in many positive and negative ways, but even in the toughest of times, the affection towards each other remains. In the poem, Sonnet 18 written by William Shakespeare, the speaker expresses his deep compassion for the love of his life by using romantic phrases to prove the devotion they both share towards one another.
Both Agamemnon and Odysseus, have wives besieged by suitors and a son who, logically, dislikes them. The story of Agamemnon parallels that of Odysseus. But Agamemnon's story turned negative: the suitor killed him and married his wife, though his son, Orestes, avenged his death. This foreshadowing effect is only a brief statement by Zeus in Zimmerman’s interpretation as time is a vital resource in a play while in an epic it is held in excess. Homer’s ability to enhance the epic with secondary characters came from years of oral history and time but pays off tenfold.
As he is the king, he is expected to excel in tasks like stabilising the society, settling disputes, calling council meetings and assemblies. He is also the commander of the Greeks in the war. Book 1 begins with Agamemnon brutally rejecting Chryses’ ransom to recover his captured daughter, Chryseis, which results in Apollo sending a plague on the Greeks. He also threatens to kill the priest if he ever came near the ships. Even after Achilles indicating the fact that Agamemnon is responsible for the plague ( Homer, 2003,Book 1,86-91,6 ), he feels entitled to take whatever prizes and honour he wants without apology (Homer,2003, Book 1, 117-121,7 ).When he tries this with Achilles, he incurs the great hero 's rage, with consequences for the whole army.
Iliad is a focal point in Greek literature and culture. Scholars and critics debate over the status of Iliad as a classic and win the argument over it. Iliad is a poem about wars, the anticipated fall of Troy and death of wrathful hero Achilles. Participation of gods in war and universe and gods being attributed with man like characteristic. All these things clearly mark Iliad as a supreme classic in
Suggesting that humans are in the middle state, Alexander Pope said “Human is imperfect being, “created half to rise, and half to fall … The glory, jest, and riddle of the world!” in his philosophical poem, An Essay on Man. Both Iliad and Beowulf offer insights into the human society that could apply to today’s world where humans still have to choose between safety and glory sometimes and where individuals’ weakness or emotions can result in conflicts or war that can affect a large number of people. Homer’s Iliad places its focus on the story of its major character Achilles, a renowned warrior among Greeks, during the Trojan War. Beowulf highlights the adventure of Beowulf who shows the prototype of masculine qualities in the course of his