Odysseus is willing to sacrifice himself and leave his other men on the boat as he feels it is his duty to get them back. Once Odysseus reaches Circe she tries to put him under her spell but he objects because of the potion Hermes gave him and The Odyssey describes “ But I, I drew my sword sheathed at my hip and rushed her fast as if to run her through” (10. 357-8). This excerpt shows that Odysseus is not afraid to fight and get his men back regardless of who it is. He will do whatever it takes to continue home and get back to Ithaca.
/ Poseidon Lord, who sets the earth a-tremble, / broke it up on the rocks at your land’s end” (9. 187-188). After Odysseus men are eaten by the Cyclops, they come up with a plan to hurt him so they could escape. When they stab the Cyclops in the eye, the Cyclops calls the other Cyclopes. When they approach they ask who ruined him and the Cyclops answers, “Nobody, Nobody's tricked me, Nobody's ruined me!” (9.
Eventually, Odysseus is the only one that holds strong and resists the cattle, partially due to the fact that he was the only person that knew what the true consequences were. In the story, after many days of hunger, the men break down and Eurylochus convinces them to disregard what Odysseus told them about the kine, telling his companions to, “cut out the noblest of these cattle for sacrifice” and feast on the others (VII: 884-885). This dreadful decision ended up costing the men their lives, showing that if only they did resist the temptation like Odysseus, they would not have had such a gruesome ending. Because Odysseus did this, he survived and made his way to an island where he could eat as much as he wanted, showing that resisting temptation pays
There are three major examples within the poem, including the death of the Albatross. After realizing that the killing of the ship’s large, magical bird results in bad luck, the crew members take the law into their own hands. They discipline the Mariner by placing the Albatross around his neck. This is a sign of shame that the members convince themselves the Mariner is entitled to. They do not follow rules of their hometown or the captain of the ship itself instead, they follow their own instincts.
Out to sea again!’ My men were mutinous, fools, on stores of wine, Sheep after sheep they butchered by the surf, and shambling cattle, feasting” (lines 46-50). As the men had disobeyed Odysseus on going back to sea, the fugitives escaped and brought an army that had killed several men. This shows that people do get lost on their way home, as it was the intent of delaying what overwhelming things the men might face when returning to Ithaca, which is prominent in future
Odysseus keeps his men from hearing their tune and they make it past. Next, he goes by the beast Scylla and the whirlpool Charybdis. Five men are eaten, and the rest go to the island of Helios Hyperion, the sun (Homer, Odyssey). Circe warned him not to eat the cows but rather they did at any rate. When they cruise away, Zeus demolishes their boat to rebuff their irreverence (Homer, Odyssey).
Odysseus’ men object, “sheep after sheep they butchered…. while fugitives went inland running to call to the arms the main force of Cicones” (Homer lines 48-51). Odysseus’s men disobey him and end up having a surprise attack. The crew believes that the gods will forgive their actions if they conduct rituals and sacrifices. The men make a proposal to “..cut out the noblest of these cattle, for sacrifice to the gods who own the sky, and once at home, in the old country Ithaca….
Every hero has a call to adventure when they go into action. It some cases the call is refused which is another part. The call says their lives are going to change whether they know it or not. Beowulf decides to accept the call when he prepares a ship to leave his homeland. Beowulf travels to Hrothgar’s kingdom and explains his plans to kill Grendel.
Ironically, after Jack leaves Ralph notices a ship on the horizon and looks towards their signal, but due to Jack’s actions there is none. Rationally, he runs towards the fire to see what happened and there he stumbles upon Jack. Out of anger he screams at him saying “There was a ship. Out there. You said you 'd keep the fire going, and you let it out!” (Golding 76).
Notwithstanding that Odysseus still have a weakness which is proud. However his still have meritorious abilities to be a hero and a leader. Odysseus’s discernment, scheme, and authority help himself and his men united as one and escaped from death. Although Odysseus saw his crews keep dying in his own eyes, but he didn't get crazy or give up, because he knew that there are still men behind him and followed him. This reminds me a quote which wrote by Ronald Reagen stated that, “There are no great limits to growth because there are no limits of human intelligence, imagination, and wonder,”(Ronald