Odysseus is tempted by the land of the Lotus-Eaters he desires all that he can benefit by raiding their home. Homer writes, “Then I sent out two picked men and a runner to learn what race of man that land sustained”(92-93). In line 94 Odysseus then learned that his decisions were made in vain, because Odysseus’ men “.. fell in soon enough, with the Lotus-Eaters,” Odysseus took his pride from defeating Troy and turned it into arrogance. This then created problem with Odysseus and his crew and their ability to get back home. One would think that Odysseus would not run into a conflict like he had already endured, but as stated in lines 458-459 Odysseus didn’t learn.
In “The Odyssey”, Odysseus is a strong warrior, physically strong and intelligent. A great epic hero who is the King of Ithaca, and was part of the Trojan War. The story begins when the Trojan War is over and he travels back to his home to get back to his wife Penelope and son Telemachus. As he finds his way home from the Trojan War, Odysseus journey to Ithaca is prolonged through a major character flaw in which he cannot control. Through his journey back home, Odysseus makes poor decisions by falling into temptation, and thus people around him suffer from the consequences.
When Telemachus arrives to Nestor, in search of answers, he abruptly became timid and hesitant toward going to the king Nestor himself and questioning him, which proving Telemachus’ weak personality and lack of confidence. “Telemachus hung back in disembarking…. ‘Not the least shyness now…’ ” (Epic The Visit to Nestor, page 727). As one can see, Telemachus, a brave and honest young man, with his father as an idol to look up to, matures over time and becomes more confident with the help of Athena.
This is problematic, since Odysseus does not always realizes when the risks outweigh the benefits. Lastly, Odysseus tries to gain glory by spreading his name across each land he visits, so that his heroic tales are passed along throughout each population. This too, unfortunately for Odysseus, comes with a price as well. After blinding the Cyclops, Odysseus cannot help himself but to shout, “Cyclops – if any man on the face of the earth should ask you who blinded you, shamed you so – say Odysseus, raider of cities, he gouged out your eye, Laertes’ son who makes his home in Ithaca!”
Circe and the Swine Leonardo D. AEAEA - An astonishing tale is filled with moments of irony and conquest that challenge a hero and test their loyalty. No one knows this better than Odysseus and his men, who have experienced many hardships that would overwhelm the average man. They spot an island after fleeing from their encounter with the giant-like Laestrygonians. Hunger and the lack of hope have overtaken their hearts so they decide to investigate the smoke that came from Circe’s halls. Once Odysseus lands on the island, he sends a scouting group ahead to face imminent peril.
During Odysseus’s long journey home from the Trojan War, he and his crewmates stop an island inhabited by Polyphemus the Cyclops. Odysseus cleverly executes an escape for himself and his crewmates after blinding the Cyclops with a stake. However, even as their ship sails away, a hubris-filled Odysseus continues to taunt Polyphemus, even recklessly announcing his identity, “Cyclops—if any man on the face of the earth should ask you who blinded you, shamed you so—say Odysseus, raider of cities, he gouged out your eye, Laertes’ son who makes his home in Ithaca!” This instance of Odysseus striving for glory and boasting of his own cleverness catalyzes the demise of the rest of Odysseus’ journey home since Polyphemus curses Odysseus by name, and Poseidon answers his Cyclops son’s prayers. Odysseus is now stranded on Calypso’s island, having lost all his crewmates to additional acts of hubris.
Pride is one of Odysseus' greatest weaknesses. It is what costs him so much loss of time on his way home. A good example of this is when he taunts the cyclops after blinding and outwitting him and is then cursed by Poseidon to keep the cyclops satisfied. His other big weakness is his curiosity. While we may not consider this a weakness, for Odysseus it is.
The beginning of Book II depicts the Trojan Horse being taken into Troy after much persuasion from Sinon, who appeals to the Trojan’s emotions to assist him in this task. Throughout much of this section, Sinon frequently mentions what a terrible situation the Greeks have supposedly left him in, such as when he tells the Trojan army “‘And now I’ve no hope of seeing my old country again, / Or my sweet children or the father I long for: / Perhaps they’ll seek to punish them for my flight, / And avenge my crime through the death of these unfortunates.’” (Virgil, The Aeneid: Book II 138-141) Looking back on this line, it is easy to see that he is trying to elicit sympathy from the Trojans to convince them that he is no longer cooperating with the Greeks.
After blinding the ruthless Polyphemus, Odysseus called back to the Cyclope making it possible for him to call unto his father to curse Odysseus to have an agonizing journey home and to have his kingdom in disarray. Just giving Poseidon yet another reason to treat Odysseus badly and make his trip
Penelope, his wife, is greatly affected; as many greedy suitors disrespect her and move into their home to try and win her hand in marriage. Throughout ‘The Odyssey’, the greed and folly of men play a huge part in increasing the difficulty and severity of Odysseus’s situations and ultimately change his fate and the directions of his journey. The greed and folly of men are largely represented by Penelope’s suitors. In the very first book of The Odyssey, the disgusting actions of the suitors were introduced to the readers.
Our Quester: a young man, very arrogant and shrewd, a very hungry glory-seeker which gets in his way sometimes, and not to old to learn from his mistakes. A Place To Go: He must return home to Ithaca after the Trojan War but he is delayed by the wrath of the Greek God Poseidon. Zeus reasons that he be able to return to his home and sends the goddess Athena to help the quester. A stated Reason To Go: The Greeks have won the Trojan War and are ready for their journey home Challenges and Trials: First, he is detained on the island of Ogygia by the nymph, Calypso, who has fallen in love with him but after persuasion from Zeus she reluctantly lets him go.
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.
Greed can be a good thing if it is used for the right reasons. For example, greed can be the key that leads to success. If a person wants to achieve recognition, they’ll go extreme measures to make it happen such as inventing something, excelling in their studies, or even being the best. However, in most cases, greed can lead to disaster. Having the desire to obtain something a person already possesses is selfish.
The Odyssey of Homer is about the hero Odysseus who starts an adventure to return to his home and kill the suitors who woo his wife and squander his wealth. Meanwhile, his son Telemachus searches for news of his father from his father's friends, and teams up with his father to kill the suitors. All the suitors are killed and Athena protects Odysseus and Telemachus from the suitors' parents. Honor and pride are the most important aspects of life and hubris leads to destruction. Honor and pride are considered important and must be defended.
In The Odyssey, Odysseus and Telemachus are two heroes that go through tests to try and complete their quests. At the beginning of the book, Odysseus is a Trojan war hero who has been away from home for a war that lasted ten years. It takes him another ten to get back home. Telemachus is Odysseus’s son. Telemachus believes that his father will never come back until Athena tells him to go and try to find any information about Odysseus’s whereabouts.