Modern literary scholars of The Odyssey have argued that Odysseus is a hero. Although closer perlustration shows that he is not a hero because he came back from war with no men, he’s selfish, a hypocrite, and he killed innocent people. The Odyssey tells the story of Odysseus and his journey to and from the Trojan War. And the story of his family and their life in Odysseus’s absence. Odysseus is selfish and hypocritical person, after twenty-years of being at war he expects to walk in like he has never left.
Edgar Allan Poe is a famous writer who has gone through multiple devastating and disastrous times throughout his life. He has had a terrible experience throughout his years of living, and he has never experienced it with his true parents or family. Poe was an innocent man who only wanted to a famous writer like many others because of his stories, poems, and written figures. After years of practice, Poe published more stories including the “Tell Tale Heart.” It included images of blood, death, and creepy descriptions of the characters. Over Edgar’s life, he was influenced with multiple things which affected many of his reads like “Tell Tale Heart,” such as the memories of blood from women’s tuberculosis, the rejection of men’s company towards
He saved peoples lives, and he took risks for other people and he also showed his soldiers respect. These arguments are invalid though, because in the end Odysseus was the only survivor left out of his entire crew. He saved peoples lives yes, but they would be killed sooner or later. He didn't even care enough about his troops even to trust them. He didn't tell them what was in the bag that Aeolus gave them.
This sequence of events changes his view and molds Odysseus’ character in regard to his surviving friends and family. For example, Odysseus taunted Polyphemus and incited the wrath of Polyphemus and Poseidon, which led to the deaths of all his crewmembers. That was incredibly unwise, and not worthy of a leader who is responsible for the protection protect of his men. However, Odysseus learns his lesson, and realizes that he needed to grow through his horrifying experience of the earlier deaths. By the time Odysseus finally returns to his home, he not only has a burning desire to avenge his family by killing the suitors, but he also attained a greater understanding for the suffering of others.
In the book called The Odyssey by Homer, it mainly follows the story of a king of a village called Ithaca, hundreds of years ago-This man, is named Odysseus. Odysseus goes through many adventures after the victory of the Trojan War. However, this is where Odysseus, is not being as strong as a great war hero and a king as he should be. Although Odysseus was seen as a very strong person, physically and mentally, he lacks the appreciation and the care of his crew throughout the trials and didn’t think through many of his actions thoroughly and how they would affect not only his crew but people around him. At various times throughout the story, mainly through the trials, Odysseus made many decisions and forced his crew to go through many potentially lethal situations without preparing his own crew, or situations that were just a waste of time.
While odyssey’s crew is stranded without his leadership and advice, they are unsure where to go due to lack of knowledge and no mentor to lead them. His crew was “wailing and crying besides sailing ship”(10.433) no knowledge . They are missing Odysseus , the leader who is going to guide them in war and then back home. Odysseus is a devoting leader despite his his narcissistic actions and Through out his crew’s tough journey they always dependent on Odysseus to guide them through the right path. odysseus’ life is blessed by Zues, all his knowledge abilities are blessing from the gods .Even before Odysseus came to life he was predestined to become an honored charismatic leader who is greeted by his crew with tears of happiness and relief due to the many blessings that were given to him by the gods.
Yet, Odysseus ignores them and respond to the monster by shouting “Kyklops,/if ever mortal man inquire/how you were put to shame and blinded, tell him/Odysseus, raider of cities, took your eye:/Laertes’ son, whose home is Ithaca!” (Book 9, Lines 548 - 552) Odysseus makes a very large tactical mistake; he tells Polyphemos’ that his is “Odysseus … Laertes’ son.” Odysseus demonstrates recklessness and selfishness because he wishes to take credit for “put[ing] Polyphemos to shame”. In addition by saying “raider of cities” it give him a more self-important look. All of which is extremely egoistical, not to mention
“Rumor went round the town, and noised abroad the terrible fate that had befallen the suitors; as soon, therefore, as the people heard of it, they gathered from every quarter, groaning and hooting before the house of Odysseus.” (336). Citizens have lived without their king for so long; they no longer rely on him. Instead, they find anger in the fact that he had mercilessly slaughtered their kin, rather than praise their king and his journey to return to them. In their eyes, he is not a hero; instead, he is a killer. These views are soon quelled as Odysseus openly shows remorse for his misdeeds, as instructed by the gods, and reconciles with his people.
Scott described this society in his last novel "Tender is the Night". Scott's reputation wasn't a nice one at all, he had a really bad reputation as he was viewed as an irresponsible writer who liked to party and drink a lot. In 1925 he had completed his most famous and respected novel "The Great Gatsby", and a year later he had published a collection of short stories and this was the most productive and successful period of Scott's life. His next decades where it was full of misery and chaos, Scott began to drink excessively, and Zelda began to suffered her first mental breakdown. Scott and Zelda fought for their unsuccessful battle to save their marriage but it didn't work.
In the book the Odyssey, we learn many things about Odysseus and his personality. We first find him held captive by Calypso. All of Odysseus’ crew has died but we are told it is not his fault. His failure to avoid temptation ensures his crew’s eventual death throughout the journey. Odysseus is a man of many great characteristics, but also has some faults that he learns from throughout the book.
His body had one wound, with no courage behind it. With barely any time to rest, the next battle rolled in like a fierce storm. However Henry regretted his mistakes from the last battle, this time determined not to repeat his previous actions. He fought so spectacularly, he caught the lieutenants eye “The lieutenant was crowing. He seemed drunk with fighting.
Basically, ever since Finny broke his leg, he has never been wanted or accepted by any regiment of the army. Since Finny is not able to fight, he had begun to start telling himself that the war was just a joke, made up by fat, old men. These actions by Finny were sparked by jealousy, and the author did this to stir empathy of the story. If you were in Finny’s shoes, wouldn 't you probably think the same way? To have this very important war raging on, and you are not physically capable to fight for your own country?