On the way home, Odysseus has been tested on his ability to survive and be a good hero. While Odysseus has been gone the kingdom has lost hope that Odysseus is alive. Men have started raiding the kingdom hoping to win Penelope 's heart and rule the kingdom. Odysseus proves himself a good leader due to his experience,
To learn his lesson of humility, Odysseus must first overcome greed by persevering home and prevailing when his crew did not. Then, Odysseus is shown the desideratum of love and lust and its part in human nature through Calypso and Penelope. Lastly, the motivation of hope, especially in situations where there is none, is proven to impel humanity forward exhibited by the lotus eaters and Telemachus. All three of these traits, portrayed through the secondary characters, enlighten the lesson of humanity and the importance of being humble with mortality upon Odysseus on his journey. In epic stories like these, the traits that make us human, both good and bad, make a story worth reading and a life worth
“Quietly, Telemachus goes home and again bears the mockery of the suitors.” (Epic Visit to Nestor, page 727). He did not prove to be courageous to stand in public and make his complaints, until Athena came along and gave Telemachus a needed nudge to store enough confidence within him. Furthermore, before Atehna’s presence by his side, a weakness Telemachus held was that he allowed the suitors to mock and mistreat him, however, though Telemachus holds many inescapable and severe imperfections, he is a man of much strength as well. He is loyal, honest, brave, and devoted. Telemachus, through his actions and doings, proved to be beyond determined and devoted to hold on to his father’s belongings and kingdom and to save his mother from marrying one of the arrogant suitors with harmfully egocentric intentions.
Choices that Odysseus makes is what sets him apart from other heroes. Odysseus will surely, using his wits, return home before it is too late to reclaim his wife and kingdom. Odysseus makes wise and poorly considered decisions in his journey to his beloved Ithaca. He will face many challenges, but he will persevere through them. Through decisions that Odysseus makes shows traits like intelligence and arrogant.
In Homer's The Odyssey, Odysseus focuses his attention on gaining the Greek ideal of kleos while disregarding his men and their safety. After receiving advice to focus his attention on getting him and his men back alive, Odysseus still puts them at danger for his own good. His desire to return home a hero and the advice he receives conflict him, but he ultimately chooses to follow the former. When Odysseus is informed that he can be tied down without wax in his ears to be able to listen to the Sirens, he changes that message and presents it to his men as if only he is meant to listen to the Sirens. He makes this statement based off of his need to be able to say that he had heard the sirens and that he lived through it as well.
Being Determined The Odyssey, by Homer, is an epic poem that is about a hero's journey to come home. In The Odyssey, Odysseus has many obstacles he has to face to find his way home, like Polyphemus the cyclops or Scylla and Charybdis. He finally makes it home and has to prove to his wife that he is truly Odysseus. Throughout The Odyssey, Odysseus has important traits that help him survive resulting in his successful trip back home. In fact, his character traits can connect to others in the world, like determination.
Despite his men insisting on raiding the unprotected cave of its loot and leaving the island, Odysseus decided to wait for Polyphemus, the giant to whom the loot belonged, in hopes of receiving a welcoming gift. “But I would not give way – and how much better it would have been – not till I saw him, saw what gifts he’d give” (9.256-259). Odysseus understands that returning home with more gifts will help deliver to him the glory he so desires. As a result, he seeks any opportunity, dangerous as it may be, in order to receive more gifts. This is problematic, since Odysseus does not always realizes when the risks outweigh the benefits.
Odysseus believes that his words are final and his actions are always right and just, but he often lets his ego take over his rational thinking, causing harm to his crew and tampering with the gods’s plans. His team could have returned home safely for it is the wish of Athena and the other heavenly gods who sit next to her in Mount Olympus, but Odysseus takes it to himself to anger and blind Polyphemus, the monstrous son of Poseidon, loved by his father but hated by the people, thus sabotaging their entire plan. After being blinded by the heroine, Polyphemus throws giant pieces of rocks at Odysseus's ship, almost destroying them all at once. But instead of retreating for safety, Odysseus continues to taunt Polyphemus and “[calls] out to the cyclopes again, with [his] men hanging all over [him] begging him not to”(Book 9, 491-492). His sense of pride and arrogance makes him neglect the pleas of his men even in these dire situations.
Self-control led Odysseus’ men to glory, not dying from the first challenge set upon them. To clarify, Odysseus demonstrated that having restraint is crucial in times of war. For instance, when the trials were completed and the king went back home; he saw that his house was filled with suitors. Odysseus then controlled himself and didn’t take foolish actions, but waited and made a plan. This idea was then further elucidated in the words of Homer, “The stool he let fly hit the man’s shoulder.
While curiosity is projected to be a beneficial way of learning, it can also lead to dangerous situations. The protagonist, Odysseus, experiences the negative effects of curiosity in Homer’s epic poem, The Odyssey, as he embarks on a life changing journey. In the story, Odysseus, the King of Ithaca, is returning from the Trojan War, and instead of going straight to his home, his curiosity takes him on a variety of detours, risking not only his life, but the lives of his crew. When Odysseus finally returns home, his curiosity disappears, and he becomes very focused and determined to remove suitors that have overrun his kingdom. Throughout the epic, Odysseus behaves curiously and wanders with no clear goal of returning home, but later, when he is faced with the task of removing the suitors from his palace, he becomes driven to achieve his goal in order to restore control over his kingdom and be reunited with his wife, Penelope.