The Odyssey is a classic tale of the hero, although some heroes are not what they are depicted to be. In the first four chapters of The Odyssey, by Homer, we are introduced to Telemachus, these books appropriately introduce us to Homer's work as well as lead us into the rest of the book. We have a mental image of Odysseus as a brave warrior and a noble husband, he is described as the ideal person. The view of the readers towards Odysseus is a positive one, we hope that he will return home to his wife and son, unfortunately, when we finally meet him he comes off as arrogant and cocky. These books introduce us to Homer's work as we see with the introduction, as he introduces us to Telemachus rather than his father, Odysseus, who is the main character.
“The Odyssey” is an Epic Poem which discusses the life story of Odysseus. The main focus of the poem is the journey of Odysseus and his way back home. Certain events distract him, most importantly; his encounter with the Gods, Goddesses. It takes Odysseus all of what it takes to head back home, including his bravery and intelligence. These qualities in Odysseus not only help himself but his men survive through the chaos of the journey called “The Odyssey”.
With the aid of the goddess Athena he sailed back to Ithaca but he infuriated Poseidon which made him have many obstacles that would lead to 10 years of wondering. In this tale we have Zeus knowing that odysseus was destined to suffer and have a difficult time going back home but nevertheless, at the end of the journey he was going to return home regardless of what happened in the journey. How he returns is up to him because
Not only he did lose his beloved wife, but he also lost his freedom in life. His main drive to succeed was his determination to find and regain Imoinda. Therefore, following Imoinda’s death Oroonoko was not capable of achieving his plan and taking revenge from those who did him wrong because he lost the motivation to fight. There is no one left for him to fight for and preserve; for him there is nothing worth fighting for
What defines an epic hero? First of all, the word epic is defined by Merriam Webster as “a long narrative poem in elevated style recounting the deeds of a legendary or historical hero.” Additionally, an epic hero is described as “a brave and noble character… admired for great achievements and or affected by grans events.” Odysseus “Son of Laertes and gods of old…master marine and soldier…formidable for guile in peace and war” will forever be remembered as an epic hero for “[his] fame has gone abroad the
No person is truly one or the other. One of the main conflicts in Beowulf was one's internal struggle. Many choose to run in cowardly fear when faced with danger. Others attempt to help such as Wulfgar when he tells his comrades “We must go to him while angry flames burn at his flesh, help our glorious king” [Lines 778-780]. When faced with such danger, many warriors turn to cowards, yet Wulfgar continues to fight for his king.
In The Aeneid, readers are immediately introduced to Aeneas, a warrior from Troy who is leading his men in a quest to found what will eventually become Rome. He is shown to be a strong leader, and his men look to him for guidance. In fact, later in the story after they have been brought to Carthage, his men tell the queen, Dido, that they view Aeneas as the “greatest of all men in virtue and in deeds of war.” They also refer to him as “our king.” Aeneas certainly does look to provide for his men, going out to get them food when they are stranded in Libya. In addition to its emphasis on leadership, this story also contains message regarding the
In the Odyssey by Homer, one heroic trait that Odysseus shows his preeminence which articulates the Greek cultural value of leading your men to victory. For example, the theme is made apparent when Odysseus visualizes “Bow to stem, trying to put heart into them, standing over every oarsmen, gently” (782, book 12). This shows that Odysseus knows his men can overcome the fear of dying and can save themselves. This is important because Odysseus’ trait is guidance and he strongly portrays that. Another example is when Odysseus, and his men are yet again on the threshold of demise by a whirlpool Heavyweight named Charybdis.
Telemachus Growing into a Strong Mature Man Samuel Ullman, an American businessman and poet, once said, “Maturity is the ability to think, speak, and act your feelings within the bounds of dignity.” Samuel’s words hold true in Homer 's The Odyssey. In this extraordinary poem, Telemachus, the Son of Penelope, queen of Ithaca, and Odysseus, king of Ithaca. While Odysseus is at war fighting, Telemachus losing fait about his father coming home. He soon starts to question that he could be dead or alive. Regardless of Telemachus undoing, he shows that he grows from a boy to a man throughout The Odyssey.
Odysseus In "The Odyssey", Odysseus of Ithaca is put in many difficult situations on his journey. Some people may say that Odysseus was a good leader, they are wrong. I say that Odysseus was a bad leader in the long run, all of his men died because of him and the men were not loyal to Odysseus. Odysseus was selfish and he sometimes had too much pride in himself which got the men and him into trouble. Odysseus was also a clever and cunning man, but he was not a good leader to his men.
When he entered, he was foolish and weak, constantly battling his inner demons. At the beginning the thoughts of war constantly clawed at the youth, chewing away at his bravery. But as time, battles and losses came and passed he grew stronger. There are always three sides of a battle, your side, the opposing side and the biggest threat of all, your own internal side. Henry concurred his not only his part in the war, but his own war, and became no longer a boy,
In Homer’s The Odyssey, Trojan War hero Odysseus exhibits perseverance in the ten years of war and leads his men on the long journey home. Odysseus has to endure the frustrations of the war and the negligence that the gods show to him in his most desperate times. The pain he goes through exhibits his love for the special ones in his life, and it gives him the strength to make it home. Odysseus is challenged during the ten year war, but he will not give up, which proves how he is a true hero. The hero shows how he is a true hero through his actions and not his words.