I think that Odysseus, from the “Odyssey”, and Rainsford from “The Most Dangerous Game” both are heroic. They both are not very heroic and make some bad decisions near the start. Odysseus just walked right into a cave at the Trojan War, not seeking the cave out first to see if it was safe. (Homer. page 898-899) Rainsford was not really that heroic at the beginning of the book though. I think that both characters were very brave. At the beginning of the story Odysseus left his home of Ethica to got participate in the Trojan War. (Homer, page 895-897) I also think that Rainsford was very brave because at the beginning Rainsford sailed to an island that many sailors feared. But he went there just to do some hunting. (Connell, Richard. …show more content…
Odysseus is very skilled with a bow and arrow. At the end of the book when Odysseus finally returns to Ethica after being gone for about 15 years, Odysseus takes a bow and arrow and shoots all of the men that were taking advantage of his palace without missing a single arrow. (The Odyssey) Rains ford was a very good hunter, which meant that he was a very good shot with a rifle, there is not specific moment of this happening, it just says in the book that he was a hunter going to hunt at an island, and that he was also a very good hunter. (Connell, Richard. pages …show more content…
Odysseus was very smart and quick witted. When he first arrives at the island and stumbles into the cave with Polyphemus the cyclops. (Homer. Page 898-899) Some of his men got eaten and he and his and his remaining men were trapped in the cave and unable to leave, this was a very dumb move by Odysseus. (Homer. page 903-904) However, he soon found a way to fix it. Odysseus offered the cyclops a bowl of wine that was very concentrated and did not have any water in it. (Homer. page 905-906). Humans did this because without the water it was way too strong. Odysseus gave the cyclops the wine as an apology for breaking into his house, Odysseus hand the cyclops the bowl of wine saying if was from Nobody. The cyclops then drank the bowl of wine and asked for another one. The cyclops drank another one. After he downed several more he was extremely drunk. (Homer. page 905-906) Odysseus used this opportunity to spear him in the eye, blinding them. Odysseus and his men then hid under really thick sheep. The blinded cyclops then began to yell for help saying, ‘Nobody blinded me”. (Homer. page 907, line 317) This allowed them to escape. (Homer. page 906-908 ) Rains ford was intelligent because at the end of the book when he was hiding in the tree avoiding Zaroff (the man who was hunting him trying to kill him just for fun). Zaroff had let Rainsford off several times without killing him, but this time Zaroff was finally gonna open fire. So Rainsford
This made all the other Cyclopes think he was okay. Odysseus once again shows his intelligence when he asked Polyphemus to “try this wine”. (9: 388) Polyphemus then had 3 bowls of the wine, which made him pass out almost immediately. The After introducing himself to the Cyclops, Polyphemus ate two of Odysseus’ men. Instead of immediately reacting by attacking
Homer’s Odyssey, a Greek epic poem, introduces mythological creatures, like the sirens, to an audience that becomes highly influenced and mesmerized by these creatures that it inspired new piece of literature. For example, Margaret Atwood dedicates a whole poem to the sirens, which is the first mentioned in The Odyssey as creatures that lures sailors to their death, but ,unlike the Odyssey, it is written in the point of view of the sirens. Even though the depiction of the sirens are distinct and told in different point of view, both pieces of writing, Homer’s Odyssey and Atwood’s “ Siren Song”, have similar elements of cleverness. Homer describes Odysseus as wise, which is a characteristic needs to help the crew escape disasters and deaths.
Clever, heroic and cocky. these are the words that come to my mind when I think of Odysseus from the Odyssey. Although some people think Odysseus is not a hero nevertheless he is because he always did his best to save, help and was loyal to his men he also never gave up on returning back home to Ithaca to be with his wife Penelope and his son
THE ODYSSEY Intro The Odyssey by Homer translated by Robert Fitzgerald. Odysseus the hero, he made it through alive. Odysseus left his wife and newly born son at home so he could go fight the battle of Troy. For his return home he faces many trouble to get home and be with his wife and son.
After getting Polyphemus drunk, Odysseus explains what his crew did to inflict pain onto the Cyclops, “I drew it from the coals and my four fellows/gave me a hand, lugging it near the Cyclops/as more than natural force nerved them; straight/forward they sprinted, lifted it, and rammed it/deep in his crater eye” (374-378). Odysseus thought that shoving a colossal plank into Polyphemus’ eye could not suffice the task, so he ignited it in flames to create more affliction. Not only did the Cyclops get drunk, but got blinded with a plank, the pity for Polyphemus was created. While the Cyclops bellows in pain, Odysseus illustrates the incident, “Eyelid and lash were seared; the pierced ball/hissed broiling, and the roots popped” (383-384).
The epic The Odyssey and the movie O Brother, Where Art Though has similar events and characters. Both the poem and the film seem to have characters that have the same qualities or roles. They also have some events that are similar, such as Big Dan T’s death by the burning cross and Polyphemus loses his vision by the flaming spear. Many characters have the same roles in The Odyssey as the characters in O Brother, Where Art Though. An example of similar characters is the blind railroad conductor and Tiresias.
In the epic story the Odyssey by Homer, Odysseus is returning from the Trojan war, and on his way home he finds many obstacles ahead of him. Odysseus is the ruler of Ithaca and he is trying to return home to his land. Many creatures try and stop him from achieving his goal of returning home, but he and his crew have to push through and get home. Odysseus portrays bravery and courage leading his crew through these tough challenges. Odysseus heroically leads his crew and himself through dangerous obstacles, but also foolishly endangers them during the journey home.
“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up” (“Thomas A. Edison“). This quotation by Thomas Edison illustrates that giving up will not get one anywhere; along with giving up is the loser’s way out. Edison inspirational quote also reveals that mental strength is necessary to endurance and. The soldiers never gave up, and they persevered to win the war with Odysseus as their leader. In Homer’s
An epic hero is defined as “a brave and noble character in an epic poem, admired for great achievements or affected by grand events”. One well known epic hero is Odysseus from Homer’s epic poem, the Odyssey. Although he is well known and often used as an example of an epic hero, Odysseus is far from a perfect epic hero. He often fails to protect his crew from harm and returns home without them. Odysseus’ behavior and lack of control over himself and the crew result in the crew being put into difficult situations that could have been avoided had Odysseus controlled them better. In The Odyssey, Homer uses characters who must face various difficult challenges to expose Odysseus’ poor leadership skills, arrogance and inquisitiveness.
He has to overcome his foes and his environment. In the cavern with the cyclops, Odysseus must fight to survive. He and his men have to use wit and strategy to escape the cave. After the first attack on his men Odysseus knew he would need to develop a plan to survive. Odysseus and his men are put in danger as they encounter their foe:“Neither reply nor pity came from him, but in one stride he clutched at my companions and caught two in his hands like squirming puppies to beat their brains out, spattering the floor” (Homer 903).
The odyssey, an epic told by Homer in ancient greece, has many major themes following odysseus’s adventures. While Odysseus is sentenced to never return home after the Trojan War. He is overcoming challenges to return home to his wife penelope and his son Telemachus. Throughout the story major themes of loyalty, hospitality and vengeance are hidden within the plot. The story continues to show his heroic side with three major traits.
Odysseus was capable of deeds of great strength and courage which was shown in many instances throughout the epic poem The Odyssey, in book 9, line 288 - 292 “ I drew it from the coals and my four fellows gave me a hand, lugging it near the Cyclops as more than natural force nerved them; straight forward they sprinted, lifted it, and ramped it deep in his carter eye.” In the quote it proves that he is capable of deeds of great strength and courage due to his actions in lines 288-292 as he comes up with a plan to escape the cyclop by blinding it. Odysseus found a tree and sharpened it and put it in fire with his men and hid it. Later on they gave the Cyclops wine to get him drunk and eventually the Cyclops passed out and roasted the stick a second time and attacked the Cyclops where Odysseus and his men blinded the Cyclops. With him and his men working together to escape the island as soon as possible.
There are few fictional characters who so accurately depict the ancient archetype of a hero as Odysseus. In Homer’s The Odyssey, translated by Robert Fitzgerald, Odysseus is departing from the Trojan city of Troy in order to reach his home country of Ithaca. Throughout the course of his journey, Odysseus is faces multiple challenges testing his leadership, vigor, and wit in order to prove himself to be a true hero. He accomplishes this by bringing about multiple heroic feats and upholding the impuissant and helpless.
“Just so that eyeball hissed around the spike.” Odysseus shows rash behavior because of the Cyclops killing of his men. The conflict is resolved when Odysseus and his crew are able to escape the Cyclops. The result of the resolution was that no more of his men would be killed by the Cyclops. Odysseus ran into conflict but wisdom and cunning helped him resolve them.