Polyphemus’ purpose in The Odyssey is to show the two sides of Odysseus – the clever hero and the rash idiot – by providing obstacles for Odysseus to overcome. The way that a person responds to a challenge says much about the person themselves. Polyphemus asks: “But tell me, / Where did you leave your ship? Far / Down by the coast, or close? I’d like to know” (Odyssey.9.274-276), not out of the goodness of his heart, but because he wants to destroy their ship.
Odysseus is an epic hero in The Odyssey, by Homer, in which the reader follows Odysseus in his epic hero’s journey. In the Odyssey, Odysseus like all heroes, just wants to see what’s the next adventure, what’s the next mission. However, in doing so, he gets himself in many dangerous situations and to get out of them he must use trickery. While Odysseus is known for his intelligence, trickery, impressive strength and power, but these trait are just his use of deception and disguise.
Throughout the Odyssey, Odysseus is known through many names from the characters he encounters. For instance, he is known as “raider of cities” (561) implying that Odysseus’ reputation will be known toward other islands that he has blinded a Cyclops. This means that other people will know and they will beware of Odysseus. Odysseus’ idea of heroism is him spreading his name so people would be terrified of him. Odysseus also says he his is “Laertes’ son” (561) which is saying that he is the King of Ithaca and related to the god, Zeus.
"Leadership flourishes with innovation, intelligence, vision, honesty and doing the right things"(Anil Sinha). Mr. Sinha stated that to be a good leader, a person should contain intelligence, imagination and honesty, and should do things in a right way. In the video "Odysseus and the Cyclops" and The Cyclops which is written by Homer from the Close Reader, both talked about a Greek mythology. In the text, the main character called Odysseus, he leaded his crews to a secret island. In the island they met a monster in a cave called Cyclops and have a fight.
In “The Odyssey”, Odysseus is a strong warrior, physically strong and intelligent. A great epic hero who is the King of Ithaca, and was part of the Trojan War. The story begins when the Trojan War is over and he travels back to his home to get back to his wife Penelope and son Telemachus. As he finds his way home from the Trojan War, Odysseus journey to Ithaca is prolonged through a major character flaw in which he cannot control. Through his journey back home, Odysseus makes poor decisions by falling into temptation, and thus people around him suffer from the consequences.
For all those who were before the bravest in battle are lying up among the ships with arrow or spear wounds” (XVI 22), and then pleading with Achilleus to let him go into battle. Patroklos is willing to die, as long as it is for and beside his friends. Whereas, Achilleus has the wrong intentions for fighting in battle. In his fury, his emotions take action, primitively speaking, “ Now I shall go, to overtake that killer of a dear life, Hektor.” (XVIII 114). Having anger in general and furthermore acting upon his anger makes him less heroic.
If he had not done this, life would be much easier for him, because Poseidon would not have had a reason to go after him. Stabbing someone in the eye sounds bad, but cutting someone’s genitals is even worse Then they brought Melanthius out through the doorway into the yard. With pitiless bronze they sliced away his nose and ears, then ripped off his cock and ball as raw meat for dogs to eat, and in their rage (22.475-479). He ordered the maids to clean out all of the dead bodies from the palace, then proceeded to kill them too. I don’t believe the maids deserved to die even though they slept with Penelope’s suitors.
An epic hero is someone who is characterized commonly on their nobility and bravery. However ,there are more attributes epic heros can posses. For example Odysseus, the protagonist in Homer's retelling of “The Odyssey”, shows many forms of excessive arrogance and pomposity. After conquering Troy, Odysseus and his men set off on their way home. Odysseus is tempted by the land of the Lotus-Eaters he desires all that he can benefit by raiding their home.
Odysseus kill all of the Suitors with the help of his son Telemachus. The Suitors treated Odysseus very poorly. The Suitors were trying to marry Penelope and kill their son Telemachus. Odysseus loves his wife and dislikes the fact that these men are trying to get with her and kill his son Telemachus. So, he seeks revenge.
He couldn’t avoid any of the obstacles because they were going to be in his way. Many argue that it’s not Odysseus fault that he had temptations and that he was seduced. That is not true. He brought most things on himself because he was cunning, a good liar, and he had quick thinking. When he stabbed Polyphemus, he brought Poseidon’s hatred on himself because he could have just left without stabbing the Cyclops in the eye.
The cousin asks Iago about Othello striking Desdemona, and like the little weasel he is, he didn’t tell him this was the first time. Instead he told him to follow Othello and watch him because he knows Othello will kill Desdemona that night. Othello is filled with so much jealousy that he can’t see reason. Iago has brainwashed him so much he is to the point of no return. Emilia has tried to tell Othello that Desdemona has been a faithful good wife to him and the moment she leaves, he starts talking trash because he can’t believe it.