Eurylochus said, “But if he flares up over his heifers lost, wishing our ship destroyed…” (Homer), so he guessed that Helios would punish them, but he did the deed anyways. Next, Eurylochus shouldn't have killed the cattle because of the promise. Eurylochus and the men promised before
MYP Assessment - Polyphemus v. Odysseus The lawsuit should move forward. This is because the soldiers wanted to steal Polyphemus’s food and sheep, and Odysseus could have just left the cave without ever encountering the Cyclops and saved the lives of his men. Odysseus says that the soldiers were pleading, “‘Why not take these cheeses, get them stowed, come back, throw open all the pens, and make a run for it? We’ll drive the kids and lambs aboard. We say put out again on good salt water!’”(988).
Later, Odysseus's homecoming was further delayed by his crews actions, who were warned not to kill Helios’s flock. However, they were tempted and killed the cow anyway. His crew's actions hurt Odysseus’s journey. Finally, a temptation described in The Odyssey was the proposed killing of Telemachus. When Antonius proposed ambushing him at sea, Amphinomus resisted the temptation and convinced others to do the same.
Without him saying that, they may not of been able to get out. Another example where Odysseus shows quick intellect is when they are at Circe’s island. He shows quick thinking here because he has to save his crew from being held captive and being turned into pigs. He thinks quickly in this situation by eating a herb that makes him unable to get any spells put on him. By doing this he can convince Circe to turn his men back to normal.
In the quote below Odysseus says that they will all die even if they try to run. “ Fight your way out, or run for it if you think you’ll escape death (1285-1286).” Odysseus is saying that they will all die. This quote supports that he is not a hero because heroes do not kill people unless absolutely necessary. Odysseus kills people because he wants to and that is not hero
"Come, we'll remove the noblest of these cows for offering to the divine beings who own the sky… Better open your lungs to a huge ocean unequivocally than waste to skin and bones on a forlorn island!" The men want into their allurements and have a dining experience. In the event that the men had obeyed and evaded the dairy cattle, they would have still wound up kicking the bucket from starvation. In any case, the men would've wound up biting the dust and starvation appears like a considerably more tormenting and long approach to kick the bucket than suffocating. This additionally demonstrates that the crewmembers were destined to pass on.
As the story continues, the men would come far and hard forward to land. However, the world would trick the men into thinking that help has come. That the ounces of help for them would be swept away by the ocean waves. The men live in a world that did not consider them, the lives of the men as important. Though a couple of the men on the boat would try to reassure themselves that help would come.
Odysseus sacrificed many of his men just to see this “ caveman”. Many lives would have been safe if Odysseus had listened to his men and had taken the sheep and cheeses for the rest of the voyage. Another example of how dangerous Odysseus is when
The lack of communication throughout the whole journey home will eventually lead to mistrust and betrayal of Odysseus by his crew. Following Scylla and Charybdis they reach the island of the god of the sun, and because of the crew’s spite for Odysseus they don’t follow his directions not to harm the cattle of the Sun. Just in the events of the journey back to Ithaca alone the reader can see how Odysseus’ inability to be a strong leader leads to the dismantling of a good relationship between him and his crew, which leads to a much more difficult trip. Odysseus’ inability to be a great leader for the group leads to a lot of conflict among the crew members. Some point
It was for the strange reason that he was cruel, that the poor fellow never killed a man who asked for mercy, or committed a cruel action which he could have prevented.” (White 339) All of these strange feelings contradicting each other inside him cause him to have a lot of problems growing and changing. He is unable to grow as a person for most of the story after due to his own inner struggles, but he does change his mind about and regret many things, like when he killed Gareth and Gaheris, “’You couldn't help it.' 'I could have helped it.' He was in his customary religious misery. 'It was my fault.'"