Through this comparison, Homer shows that both the poet and the hero cannot achieve greatness without pain or help, but instead need to suffer and need the help of an external guiding hand in order to achieve greatness. Both Odysseus and Demodokos reach their
When people study the story enough they can see their favorite characters through thin veils. On the whole, The Odyssey is a story of wit, bravery, and determinism. This story teaches people to think outside of the box and to persevere no matter what they are trying to do. “survive alone, bereft of all companions, lost for years”(Homer 973), and to, “make a fair sacrifice to Lord Poseidon”(Homer 974). Tiresias told Odysseus what he had to do to survive and he guided Odysseus, set him on the right path and told him of the hardships he would have to face.
The strength of the relationship between god and mortal greatly affected a mortal’s life. In Homer’s The Odyssey, the different relationships between Poseidon and Odysseus, Odysseus and Athena and Telemachus and Athena affect whether or not Odysseus’ will complete his nostos. God and humans shared many similarities. Like humans, gods experienced feelings of happiness, love, loneliness, anger and jealousy. Homer makes it evident that no mortal should ever underestimate the power of a god.
The next angle of perfection to be analyzed is slightly more personal to humans in general as it deals with perfection in oneself and not our thoughts, philosophies and ideologies. Taking perfection in terms of the perfect person can be considered as a difficult topic to approach as different people may have different views of what the perfect person should be. For example there have been distinctions made between what Germany led by Hitler during the Second World War and what colonial powers such as Britain thought were the perfect race. Hitler’s Germany was inspired by a newfound love for Aryanism; the idea of the German people being the “master race” in the world. Whereas in Britain the British were considered to be superior than other races
Persistence is an adjective that describes Odysseus. In The Odyssey Homer describes Odysseus as a type of person that never gives up and it is almost like as if he is very admirable. He goes through a journey that is full of many difficulties in which he is shown as a very strong person. Homer shows this when Odysseus is trying to get back home to Ithaca. The way Homer describes Odysseus is by explaining him with a lot of persistence.
Poseidon, god of the sea constantly throws obstacles at Odysseus because Odysseus blinded his son, Polyphemus. Athena, on the other hand, tries to help him make his journey back to Ithaca. Odysseus, showcases two important characteristics of a hero in The Odyssey: grand events affecting him, and bravery. First, one characteristic that Odysseus shows throughout the story includes bravery. Odysseus shows bravery in many points throughout the poem.
In his journey to find his way home, Odysseus and his crew encounter many obstacles that hindered his success which leads to the transferring of responsibility. The epic poem written by Homer labeled The Odyssey proves that society struggles with exercising responsibility through Odysseus’ crew, the main character Odysseus, and
Since honesty is one of the basic elements of morality in ancient greek culture, people would expect the praise toward this virtue in the Odyssey by Homer. However, it is palpable that deception could be a better policy in this book-- even the greatest person tells lies and conceals identity. Odysseus,the main character of the story who has been considered as a heroic figure is constantly staying in his disguise, even with numbers of positive connotations about deceit. Homer portrays Odysseus in this way in order to emphasize the wise and immortal aspects as one of the core characteristics of Odysseus, all through the revelation of deception. In the Odyssey, disguise is highly practical and successfully serves as a wise way to encounter strangers, test loyalty and search for help.
He was able to defeat Polyphemus by taking a chance and stabbing him in the eye. Odysseus also survived after Zeus destroyed his ship and the curse the gods brought upon him. In the end, he was able to achieve his main goal of getting home by learning how to stay loyal. Even after all these years, The Odyssey was written, people today still shows these heroic characteristics that Odysseus and modern day hero, Bethany Hamilton, showed by focusing on what they want to accomplish in
Every society strives to be perfect, but the truth is most cannot make the sacrifices necessary to achieve perfection. Every society contains too much conflict since different people's’ views and emotions are constantly clashing with each other. These conflicts are the reason why a utopian society cannot be created. In order to have a perfect society, everyone in that society has to have similar motives to eliminate conflicting ideals. Societies have to be willing to sacrifice certain traits, such as emotions and the truth to obtain perfection, but first, they must ask themselves, “is it really worth giving up these traits?” In Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, he uses Christian symbolism and Shakespearian allusions to portray to the reader that it is not worth sacrificing the truth for a “happy utopian society”.