He lies and risks other’s lives to let himself live. A hero should be valiant and willing to put others before himself. On his way back from the Trojan War Odysseus and his men had to fight the monster, Scylla, in order to go back to Ithaca. Odysseus wouldn't tell his men that eight of them are going to be eaten. It states in the novel “No mention of Scylla--how to fight that nightmare?--for fear the men would panic ”(pg 278).
Homer’s Odyssey is greatly concerned with nostos, the Greek word for homecoming. The tale follows Odysseus’ journey home to Ithaka, which is greatly affected by the choices made by the characters. Penelope and Odysseus in particular play a significant role in Odysseus’ quest for nostos. Odysseus uses deception and tricks in an attempt to assure his speedy homecoming, whilst Penelope does the same in order to avoid being forced to replace her husband. The couple occasionally thwart their own efforts, such as when Odysseus does not share with his men what the bag of winds contains and when Penelope is caught undoing her work on the shroud for Laertes.
The entire book he is trying to get home, to save his wife from the suitors and to see his son. I believe this is a humongous mental challenge for him because he is trying to get home, but the gods and everyone is fighting against him. Another mental challenge Odysseus faces are his ego and anger issues. Odysseus always seems to choose the hard way out of situations, this results
Time and time again, we see distant relationships between father and son. The strained father/son relationships in Greek mythology goes as far back as the creation of the universe and the gods. From Cronus dethroning Ouranos and Zeus dethroning Cronus to Laius attempting to kill Oedipus, the relationships in Greek mythology is truly harsh. The father/son relationships in Greek mythology is a result of the fight for power. Fathers are willing to go to extreme lengths to ensure that their son will not take over their place as ruler.
In the poem, The Odyssey, Odysseus wanted to make a name for himself and to have everyone know that he is a hero and wanted to always be remembered. His quest was to get home after the ten years of war in Troy, that he tried to get out of by faking he was crazy. After Achilles, the Greek champion died, Odysseus came up with an idea to get into the city and to end the war. He had the Greek army make the “Trojan Horse”, which was just a giant wooden horse that was hollow and he devised a plan to give it to the Trojans as a peace offering. “The horse which Odysseus led up to Troy as a trap filled with men who would destroy great Ilion.” (Homer, The Odyssey, Book VIII, Page 269) When the Trojan’s accepted it, the Greek army sailed away to make the Trojans think they had left, and that night the hidden soldiers got out of the horse and opened the gates to let their comrades in to make a surprise attack on the city and to end the war.
Determination is an important for Odysseus because of long desire to return home. He was held confined on an island all alone. He was tempted many times and fell into temptation in the long covenant of his wife Penelope. Determination is also showed in his thought process; his longing to live For instance, when Odysseus finally goes home, he wanted to hurt the men who had been taking advantage of his wife and he follows through with his plan to kill them. Penelope, Odysseus wife is another example of having complete determination.
Athena: Plot Twister In The Odyssey, Athena is the most influential god and does a lot to change the story. If it weren’t for her, the book would be completely different and probably about Ulysses’s tragic death when he was on his way home instead of him making it home and slaying the suitors. In the chapter, Of What Happened in Ithaca, Athena appeared in the story in the form of Mentes and told Telemachus that he should go seek out his father. “Then said Mentes: “It is indeed time that Ulysses should come back and put an end to such doings. But it is time also that you should do something for yourself.
Throughout the novel Odysseus perseveres through obstacles to get to the main goal, returning home. One conflict he faces is the wrath of Poseidon. “All the gods had pitied Lord Odysseus, all but Poseidon”(840), who continuously drew Odysseus’ ship away from his home land. Nether the less he persevered through
Another aspect that hinders the Achaians is that Achilleus, their best fighter, refuses to fight. With this, the Achaians go into a sort go loosing slump, as the Trojans gain speed and more success. In book two, Zeus’, in order to fulfill Achilleus’ request, sends a treacherous dream to Agamemnon that says, “He might take the wide-eyed city of the Trojans” (92). In the dream Nestor tells Agamemnon that if he attacks Troy immediately at full strength, then it will fall. But, this omen that Zeus sends is a false one, as he sends a message to Troy about the Achaians’ plan, so that the Trojans can defeat them.
It also serves as an example of an epic hero failing to return home, which is known as nostos, thus for Odysseus, the epic hero, it delivers a foil for the successful voyage back to his home, Ithaca. In contrast, in the Oresteia, the myth demonstrates an overwhelming theme of justice. Agamemnons’ death here shows the curse hunting his household from generation to generation, starting from Agamemnon’s father