Odysseus did not tell the full truth to his men, he slept with the goddesses and he was impatient. If Odysseus would’ve told the truth and done what the gods told him to do, he would’ve gotten to Ithaca faster. Based on the story and the facts, Odysseus was prideful, unloyal and irresponsible, therefore, I deem that Odysseus is not an archetype hero. Odysseus was prideful. He thought that he could beat anyone who came up on his path.
As the ruler of a city, Pentheus was only fulfilling his duties and trying to protect his people from danger. He did not want the life-style for the people of Thebes to shift or modify regarding this stranger who wreaked havoc on the women of the city. Dionysus not only came many years later to pursue his revenge, but he came in disguise. What would convince Pentheus and the people of Thebes that he is a true God? Dionysus, the product of an illicit affair, is immature, fragile, and so power hungry that he lacks any wisdom a typical God would have.
It is not by choice but by force. Fear of disobeying the law given unto them by the gods made it impossible for mortals to not follow. Zeus, the God of sky and lightening, addressing at the assembly says, “All their afflictions came from them.” (Homer Page 2). Clearly, no one wants to be in the position of having to face their wrath. They punish the mortals that do not abide by
Hades is the god of the Underworld, and very well deserves to be. Kronos, his father swallowed him and his brothers, worried they would overthrow him. After a while, Zeus tricked Kronos into throwing them up and they fought their father for the world and won. The brothers divided the world up, and Hades got the Underworld, leaving him the only god to leave Mount Olympus (Gill 1). Since Hades was the god of the underworld, not many liked to utter his name, so they called him Plouton, which is the Greek word for wealth.
King Midas was a Greek god without much sense. King Midas so foolish that he could be deadly. “He was an example of folly being as fatal as sin, for he meant no harm; he merely did not use any intelligence” (Hamilton 395). He never took into consideration of what would happen if he did something. Also, he would make foolish mistakes like, siding with Pan instead of Apollo.
How does one go from wealthy and powerful to nobody? Is it due to bad choices or is it fate that cannot be changed. In the play Oedipus the King by Sophocles, Oedipus is the great and smart king of Thebes who defeated the sphinx but he ends up as a beggar wandering the land alone. Oedipus should have known that he could not escape his fate given to him by the oracle in Delphi by fleeing his home in Corinth. Oedipus wanted the truth but when he was given it, he refused to believe it.
As the precise definition of justice cannot be definitively stated, the line separating just from unjust actions is incredibly obscure. Many factors may influence an individual’s perception of what constitutes justice, such as time period, culture, or personal morals. Thus, while an act may be considered righteous in one context, the same act may be ruled unjust in other contexts. For instance, when Odysseus finally returns home to Ithaca, as retribution for defiling his home and attempting to court his wife, Odysseus murders all of Penelope’s suitors. The extremely graphic depiction of his retribution had appeared almost superfluous, causing the morality of his actions to be brought into question.
Heaven forbid, that there would be a mortal that was slightly better at something than a god was. The stories of Lycaon, Actaeon, Arachne, and so many others prove this to be true. They just cannot handle themselves not being perfect in their responsibilities. The Gods did have a heart every once in awhile like with the couple of Baucis and Philemon, but it would never last. The myths that stand out and everyone knows are the ones were the Gods are doing something considered wrong.
In this case, the misgivings following the escape of the cyclops-inhabited island were the wrath of Poseidon. And while enduring the punishment of one god, Odysseus admits to a lack of free will, “hardly landlocked of…free will,” then reasons, “I…have angered one of the… gods,” and interrogates a nearby immortal, “which one of you blocks my way” (Homer 2006: 148). However, critics might point out that Odysseus was not a definitively pious hero considering his infidelity, excessive cruelty, and tensions with Poseidon, and Odysseus only sought divine intervention in dangerous situations. Where he lacks in piety, Odysseus makes up for in favorable traits–heroic characteristics that appeal to others in his society as well as a number of Gods including Athena, “[Odysseus is] far the best at tactics…and I am famous…for wisdom” (Homer 2006: 389). And with what diminished piety and favorability among the Gods Odysseus has at the end of his journey, he still admits to losing free will when the Gods
Later, Odysseus's homecoming was further delayed by his crews actions, who were warned not to kill Helios’s flock. However, they were tempted and killed the cow anyway. His crew's actions hurt Odysseus’s journey. Finally, a temptation described in The Odyssey was the proposed killing of Telemachus. When Antonius proposed ambushing him at sea, Amphinomus resisted the temptation and convinced others to do the same.