One instance where Odysseus did not seem to be in a hurry to get home was when Odysseus decided to stay an extra 1 year with Circe when he said, “And there we sat at ease, / day in, day out, till a year had run its course,...” (Homer 10. 514-515). It says right there in the quote “there we sat at ease” showing that Odysseus and his crew we in no hurry to get home, it almost was like they were on vacation and just reaction. Odysseus was with the Phaeacians for a really long time for two separate reasons. One being when he told his story of his journey there, it took a lot of time that was unnecessary: Odysseus decided to tell the Phaeacians his whole story, which took a lot of time, and in that time he could have been using to get home (Homer 9-12).
After his men and him escapes unnecessarily losing two men in the process, Odysseus taunts Polyphemus which leads to him saying “ Hear me Poseidon, sustainer of the earth, god of sable locks. If I am yours indeed and you claim me as your son, grant that Odysseus, sacker of cities and son of Laertes, may never reach his home in Ithaca”(Homer 124) . This quote shows that one of Odysseus’s many flaws is that he allows his pride to take control of his actions and doesn’t clearly consider the consequences. Another instance of Odysseus’s foolish pride is when he crossing the threshold Circe advises Odysseus to
After Odysseus had defeated Troy, he ended up on an island with the beautiful goddess Calypso. He felt obligated to remain with her in a perfect paradise for seven years. However, throughout the entire time he was trapped with Calypso, Odysseus felt that he was wanted elsewhere. Thus, he longed to return to his home and to his dearly loved Penelope. Odysseus’ passion for being with his wife ultimately won the call for him to return home.
In the Odyssey, Odysseus’ absences motivates Telemachus to become more courageous and responsible. Telemachus was scared and frightened to approach the suitors because of his his eagerness for them to leave. Telemachus is worried and has lost his hopes that his father will never return back. “Yet, were Odysseus to return, were they to see him here again, they would not only pray for gold or richer clothes-just faster feet. But he has died by now, died wretchedly” (page 8).
Since Poseidon is the god of the sea, Odysseus and his men, traveling by ship, are doomed from the beginning. Away from home for over two decades, suitors start invading Ithaca, in hope of marrying Odysseus’ wife, and inheriting the role as king. After losing all of his men, it is up to Odysseus to find his way home, and defeat the suitors. “The Journey” reflects on an
The previous quote also shows that Odysseus has a very good reputation with the gods, and it is also the reason that Odysseus escaped the island. The tribulation at sea continues at the beginning of book V with Athena talking to Zeus in the presence of all the other gods except Poseidon about Odysseus returning to his home, Ithaca.
He has been dropped off back on Ithaca by the Phaeacians. On his journey back to Ithaca Odysseus has changed greatly. As the prophecy has said he has returned home on a strangers ship, without his crew, and as a broken man. Odysseus has gone to his loyal swine herder, Eumaeus. This passage that is spoken by Eumaeus represents two themes.
“Like strength is felt from hope, and from despair” (Homer). Odysseus -the reigning king of Ithaca- took part in the Trojan War for 10 long years. He then ventured on for another 10 years to return to to his homeland of Ithaca. On and on he raced to go home but was challenged with many challenges along his journey. Three major events were when Odysseus got caught in the land of the cyclopes, the journey through the ventures, and when he challenges the suitors to a duel to win back his home and wife.
And the story of his family and their life in Odysseus’s absence. Odysseus is selfish and hypocritical person, after twenty-years of being at war he expects to walk in like he has never left. Even once he returns, he continues killing, and demolishing a hundred peaceful suitors. Odysseus leave for the Trojan War twenty-years earlier with men, and returns back to Ithaca with no men.
The culture in the Odyssey was defined by the individuals who lived in it, unlike today's culture where people change who they are to fit in with today’s society. The human communities in the Odyssey wanted to keep peace with the gods and one another. The people thereby depended on leaders and kings who had the wisdom and experience to guide them, such as Odysseus or his father, Laerte. The decisions were made by the majority, those people who held higher rank in the community had more pull in the decision making process, however this system worked against those people who had yet to gain respect in the community. For example, younger men, like Telemachus, had this disadvantage.