Overcoming Obstacles In Odysseus In Homer's Odyssey

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In The Odyssey, by Homer, Odysseus has dealt with many obstacles set forth by the gods and goddesses, in order to overcome his flaw of hubris and become a better person. Now, twenty years after the Trojan war, Odysseus returns to his home in Ithaca and finds that his beloved dog, Argus, once strong and brave is now old, weak, and treated like garbage; his son has grown up without him; and that his wife, Penelope, is sought after for marriage by men whom have vitiated his home and belongings. This infuriates Odysseus and forces him to face the karma and consequences of his hubris of his younger self. After Odysseus meets his son, Telemachus, for the first time, Odysseus must now take back his rightful place, but he must do so as a beggar, which is sad and humiliating for his son to watch: “ ‘If they make fun of me in my own courtyard, let your ribs cage up your springing heart, no matter what I suffer, no matter if they pull me by the heels or practice shots at me, to drive me out. Look on, hold down your anger. You may even plead with them, by heaven! In gentle terms to quit…show more content…
Nevertheless, Odysseus overcomes his hubris at the end of The Odyssey and returns to his rightful place as a father, a husband, and as a nobleman in Ithaca. Odysseus’s twenty years worth of karma depicts the reality of the saying, “what goes around comes around”. In ways such as when he vitiated and stole the Cyclops’s belongings and in return, his home and belongings were vitiated as well; and when he cheats on Penelope with Calypso, and afterwards, many men sought after Penelope for marriage Odysseus mistreated others and the same was done to him in the end. Treating others how you want to be treated is one of the ulterior messages in this story because when you treat others badly, you may get twenty years worth of
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