Polyphemus And The Anti-Tragic Heros In Homer's Odyssey

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Polyphemus is an abnormal creature who plays a key role in the plot of the Odyssey. His death is the most interesting and unique in the entire epic. Odysseus finds himself trapped inside the Cyclops’s home with the rest of his crew and must think of an escape plan because each day more of his crew gets eaten. Polyphemus is smart because he knows that Odysseus won’t kill him in his sleep for they’d be stuck in the cave since a huge boulder is blocking the door. Although, no one expects Odysseus to get him drunk and then stab him in the eye; in order to get Polyphemus to open the door afterward, his crew and he hid under sheep. This entire adventure is a lot of exciting action that makes the reader much more intrigued in the overall story. Also, this encounter causes Odysseus’s trip home to be much longer because he told Polyphemus his name. Unknowingly, this attack leads the Cyclops to curse Odysseus’s name to the one god that dislikes him already, Poseidon, Polyphemus’s dad. Him being Poseidon's son makes his supernatural presence and power very strong. Another prominent supernatural character that makes the Odyssey a great epic is the Goddess Athena. Telemachus, Odysseus’s son, goes out on a journey to find his father, but Athena stops him and tells him to return to Ithaca. She also tells him not to return to his mother straight away because he will be murdered by the suitors. She is a very important supernatural aspect because she saves his life and leads him to where his father is, which lets the story’s plot unravel. She also helps Odysseus stay away from the suitors and in turn keep his life. She turns him into a beggar to fool the others and to get Penelope back safely. This leads to a majority of the action because it allows Odysseus, Telemachus, and others who help to defeat all of the suitors and traitors without enduring harm to themselves. A
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