He used it to outsmart many of the characters, which is most likely why he made it home after the many obstacles he faced. At the Cyclops Island when Odysseus and the 12 chosen men talk to The Cyclops, they can tell he is no good. When the Cyclops asks where their ship is, Odysseus tells him it has been wrecked so the Cyclops doesn’t try to wreck it himself or take his men. Odysseus tells Cyclops, “My ship? / Poseidon Lord, who sets the earth a-tremble, / broke it up on the rocks at your land’s end” (9.
Nevertheless, Penelope nor her son give up their faith and continue to wait for Odysseus. Odysseus must quickly return home, to rule his kingdom and not give up his loyalty to Penelope, and Telemachus. On his way, he encounters many events that proves his heroism and fearless characteristics. Knowledge is one of the most well-known characteristics of Odysseus shown in the event where he blinded the cyclops as well as arrogance. Finding himself and his crew trapped inside a big cave with a gicatic cyclops, Odysseus carefully chooses
He is called into his adventure when someone speaks to Oedipus that he is not he real son of Polybus. One man that Oedipus has met at a feast prompts him into an adventure for truth. Oedipus is a notable tragic hero. Tragic hero comes from a noble family, very limited in thinking that leads the hero to mistake, and the fate is determined and chosen by the gods because tragic hero is an individual who could endure the misfortunes in his or her fate. Oedipus also did not choose his fate, but he managed to accept his fate.
He first featured in Homer’s epic the Iliad but his main feature was in the Odyssey (Griffen, 1987:45) The primary sources in which heroes feature. One can only understand the cause for heroes through looking at the epics which they feature in respectively (Sillk, 1965: 1). Both Odysseus and Aeneas features in the Iliad by Homer, but their greatest contributions are made for Aeneas, through Virgil’s Aeneid, and for Odyssey’s through Homer’s Odyssey. One can see the difference in Greek and Roman hero’s through understanding the creation of them (Trypanis, 1987:88) 2 The Life of a Hero The journey of Aeneas through
In the Odyssey, Odysseus experience imprisonment and war in order to return to his wife- Penelope; he faced the wrath of Poseidon, which prevented his journey home, but eventually he was reunited with his wife. Like in Percy Jackson, Percy experienced many troubles in order to save his mom. He went all over the country of the United States to save his mom, also made a trip to the underworld, and eventually made a trip up to Olympus. Both Percy and Odysseus found the strength within themselves to be brave based on their relationships with their wife and mother respectively. While they are alike in ways of their bravery nevertheless, are different for what their conflicts are, and how they got in these
Lotus-eaters, Polyphemus, sirens and suitors were all slain and outwitted by Odysseus, King of Ithaca and victorious fighter in the trojan war, but no one ever realizes that Odysseus could never have completed his trials without the help of goddesses, Athena and Circe. Homer’s famous epic, The Odyssey although thousands of years old shows a masculine-feminine balance through the imperative involvement of Athena and Circe in Odysseus' return home. The Odyssey tells the tale of the strong, godlike Odysseus on his voyage home from battle. What people don’t focus on are the women in his life like, Athena and Circe that give him the capability to endure a threatened homelife and the long journey home. Athena has always had a soft spot for Odysseus
At this point in The Odyssey, Odysseus has just escaped the Kyklops with his men (although he lost some throughout the process) and has set sail onward. He looks back and decides to taunt the Kyklops and tells him that he: “Odysseus, raider of cities, took your eye” after fooling with the Kyklops that his name was “Nohbody.” Later in his journey, Odysseus’ spiritual growth is obvious. When he arrives on Phaiakia, Athena hides his from common sight so that the people won’t find out that Odysseus is alive. “Meanwhile, on his island, his father’s shore, that kingly man, Odysseus, awoke, but could not tell what land it was after so many years away; moreover, Pallas Athena, Zeus’s daughter, poured a grey mist all around him, hiding him from common sight - for she had things to tell him and wished no one to know him…” pg. 235-236 This shows that Odysseus is behaving more with care and prudently because he understands he has to stay in disguise to discreetly receive the information he needs in order to know what is going on with the suitors and whom he could trust.
The Iliad, a poem written by Homer, almost 3000 years ago is known as a classic in the world of English literature today. This epic poems storyline revolves around the Trojan War fought between the Trojans and Greeks. Many characters are introduced throughout The Iliad, but there are two characters that stand out from the rest. These two archetypal characters represent and embodies the values their society admires and aspires to. These heroes follow the heroic code, a code which consists of having qualities of a leader, fighting for arete, and having the ability to accept his fate.
All the warriors appear in the Iliad join the battles as they value glory more than their life. Trojan War initially starts by the Trojan prince Paris as he kidnap Helen, the wife of Menelaus, the king of Mycenaean. Since the conflict is actually between Paris and Menelaus, other Greek warriors including Achilles and Odysseus did not need to join the war. Still, the warriors decide to join the allies to secure their pride and kleos. Achilles says “If I hold out here and lay siege to Troy, my journey home is gone, but my glory never dies.
There is no better way to analyze this relationship than looking at heroes from different styles of literature – particularly the mythical hero in Prometheus, the tragic hero in Antigone and the epic heroes in Gilgamesh and Enkidu. While Prometheus is almost completely divine, Antigone is completely human. Gilgamesh and Enkidu both straddle the middle ground between these two characters, as they are both godly and mortal. The types of mediation that are present across these genres also differs. While Antigone acts as a mediator through her words and actions, Prometheus is an intermediary due to his principal action of stealing fire, and his personality.