As a consequence, Odysseus was kept away from Ithaca. This is an example of katabasis because even though he was successful at Troy, one small mistake cost him the chance to see his family and home again. This was one of Odysseus’s most miserable time in the epic poem. In addition, Odysseus finally reaches home but to his dismay, the tumult in Ithaca was so widespread that he could not recognize it. “Odysseus sprang to his feet and gazed at his homeland.
“Montag only said, We never burned right… Hand it over, Guy, said Beatty with a fixed smile. And then he was a shrieking blaze” (Bradbury 113). Montag’s last encounter with Beatty pushed him over the edge by first threatening to find Faber and kill him, which made Montag turn off the safety switch (STEWE-2) After killing Beatty, the government labeled Montag a criminal. “He was three hundred yards downstream when the Hound reached the river” (Bradbury 133). Montag acts against his society by running away from the punishment they have decided to give him.
Another scenario of cowardice shown through dialogue was when Henry was complaining about always losing battles and blaming it on his generals. Henry explains how he does not see any sense in “fighting and fighting and fighting yet always losing through some derned old lunkhead of a general” (Crane 126). Instead of staying strong and trying to find ways to make things
He often abandons his god-given duty, therefore making him impious. After encountering troubles on his odyssey, he strays away from a dutiful, pious mindset and considers the men who died at Troy “Triply lucky” (I.134). He even goes so far as to say, “Why could I not go down… and lose my life on Ilium’s battlefield? (I.137-9). Later, while tarrying in Carthage, he succumbs to Dido’s will and aids in the construction of her city.
I may be vulnerable to the lie that no one will read my book. Therefore, that will keep me in bondage to fear, so I won’t take a risk and send it to a publisher. Odysseus also battled fear. He warred against the six-headed monster, Scylla, who destroys everything in her sight. She ate six of Odysseus’ best men right before his eyes, and he was filled with fear.
The suitors destroyed Odysseus house when he was trying to find his way back home. Penelope's suitors had the right to be put to death. Odysseus wanted his house to look the way as it was when he came back. They mistreated his home like old garbage. They broke the love for each other in the house.
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.
Odysseus had lots of pride in himself and his crew. Although Odysseus got him and his crew out of the cyclops's cave, he could not hold his pride in as he told the cyclops his name. "Cyclops- if any man on the face of the Earth should ask you who blinded, shamed you so- say Odysseus, raider of cities, he gouged out your eye, Laertes' son who makes his home in Ithaca!" (9.558-562). If he had not done this, life would be much easier for him, because Poseidon would not have had a reason to go after him.
In The Odyssey, Odysseus boasts of his skill often, a foolish decision that often got him into trouble. He angered the god of the sea, Poseidon, when he claimed that he won the Trojan War without any outside help. It was because of his pompous boasting that Poseidon cursed Odysseus so that he could not return home to Ithaka, as the sea would always place an obstacle in his way. When Odysseus and his men arrived at Polyphemus’ island, even though they saw a giant one-eyed man, a Cyclops, a sight which should dissuade exploration, Odysseus’ counsel was to proceed and investigate the island. This foolish decision lead him and his men to be trapped in a cave for days, fearing that they would be the Cyclops’ next meal.
Odysseus kill all of the Suitors with the help of his son Telemachus. The Suitors treated Odysseus very poorly. The Suitors were trying to marry Penelope and kill their son Telemachus. Odysseus loves his wife and dislikes the fact that these men are trying to get with her and kill his son Telemachus. So, he seeks revenge.