Internal Conflicts In The Odyssey

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People face conflicts every day of their lives. We all come across at least one incident in our lives that is challenging and we struggle to make the decisions. In The Odyssey, Odysseus is on his journey home from Calypso's Island to the Cyclops to Poseidon. While back in Ithaca his wife, Penelope, and family gets swarmed by hundreds of suitors. Through numerous examples of suffering, Homer demonstrates how one must overcome their obstacles to achieve success. INTERNAL CONFLICT During the trip to the Underworld, Odysseus faces an internal conflict. He first finds out about his mother's death. He tries but fails to embrace his mother, lamenting to his audience, “Three times I rushed toward her, desperate to hold her, three times she fluttered through my fingers, sifting away like a shadow, dissolving like a dream, and each time the grief cut to the heart, sharper” (11, 235-238). He cannot physically grasp her body, as he cannot mentally, …show more content…

What is the main idea of this paragraph? Start the first sentence saying what your paragraph is going to be aboutUntil the very end, they show loyalty to Odysseus. They follow him through many dangers, such as their meeting with the dreadful Cyclops and the encounter with the Lotus-Eaters. They all band together to help each other through these difficult times. While in Cyclops' cave, however, some of the crew members are eaten alive by the giant Cyclops. Moreover, when the ship leaves the Circe’s island, Zeus causes a great storm that violently tosses the ship about to punishes his crews killing the cattles and then strikes it with lightning and destroys it, causing all of the men except Odysseus to drown. Despite the fact that the crew is responsible for their own deaths, Odysseus blames himself for his mismanagement. He regrets how he fell asleep, not watching his starving men. Odysseus returns home to his kingdom, but his crew members were never able to see their home ever

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