He could’ve easily slayed all the men but instead waited to eat them over time. The only reason Odysseus got away was because Polyphemus began to trust him and even promised Odysseus that he would be the last snack he would enjoy. Therefore, strength and power were actually dominant, but Odysseus only prevailed because Polyphemus could not see. Another case that supports strength and power being dominant is the fact that The Suitors lived lavishly for 20 years, which is spoken about by Brian Lower of the authors of the article “Hidden Theme’s From Homer’s Odyssey”. In this article he makes the supporting argument that while Odysseus was away, these men took over.
Even though he is not entirely good, he still, with all his defects manages to get back home to his family and kingdom. The first display of Odysseus imperfection was his pride. After heroically saving his companions from Polyphemus by deceiving him with the name “Nobody” (147.405-410), Odysseus pride becomes inflated endangering the lives of his companions as they escape from the Cyclops. He states, “[they] could not persuade the great heart in me… in the anger of my heart I cried to him” (150.500). He says “big heart” before telling him to “tell him that [he was] blinded by
I chose the word “loyal” to best describe the character Telemachus because if his bravery and loyalty to his father.In the book Odyssey written by Homer,Telemachus waits for his father for twenty years and when he return he stood by his father side in battle against the people that tried to marry his mother.This shows where his loyalty had lied. Telemachus is loyal for his courage to stand in for his father while he was away and him helping him during a battle. “Amphinomus now came running at Odysseus broadsword naked in his hand the thought to make the great soldier give way at the door. But with a spear throw from behind Telemachus hits him between the shoulder” This quote shows that Telemachus was still loyal to his father even after
Even though Odysseus is a hero he has many strengths. Odysseus went on a voyage with his comrades and in the middle of his travels he encounters the sirens. He is horribly worried about the sirens, so he kindly and calmly lets his crew know about the sirens. As they ease closer to the sirens they are slowly finishing up with gooping beeswax in their ears. After the beeswax is finished his crew hog tied him up so that Odysseus will be able to witness the song of the sirens.
This quote shows reunion of Odysseus and Telémachus. Although they do not necessarily know each other, because of the years they were apart, the undeniably heavy emotion this greeting brought out of both men reveals the gravity of the situation and the strength of a father-son bond. Another important relationship is between Laertes and Odysseus. Odysseus and Laertes reunite after the suitors have been killed. Laertes is extremely happy because he saw his “son and grandson” and they “vie[d] for courage” (Homer 461).
In the epic The Odyssey, the epic hero Odysseus shows many hero like traits, in my opinion the most important trait would be loyalty. Odysseus, the hero of The Odyssey, first shows the trait loyalty on the Land of the Lotus Eaters. Odysseus sends three of his best men to check out this island, but bad luck has them and they run into Lotus Eaters who are addicted to the Lotus Plant. The next they know is the three men become addicted also. They men are then dragged back to the ship by Odysseus, who shows a great about of loyalty.
Another example of Odysseus using his surroundings is when he “goes to enlist the aid of two of his most trusted men" (947) to help him get everything that he lost returned to him. Once or twice this summer I needed help cleaning my fair calves, so I asked if either of my sisters would help me. Typically one of the girls will help me, but sometimes they won't and return to playing their game. In this situation, my sisters were my surroundings that I try to use when I needed some help. When my cousins and I were younger, and we were spending the day
Some may say that throughout his whole trip Odysseus stayed strong in order to meet his family again and that he thought of them the whole time. However, was he thinking of his family when Odysseus was with Circe for 1 year? Or when Odysseus was with Calypso for 7 years? He just seems selfish. You could also say that he was a good father to Telemachus when he came back.
During his killing spree of the suitors he spares a mans life, because he was simply there to entertain the suitors as a singer and poet.He also shows determination by not giving up on is 10 year journey home, through treacherous waters and cyclops. Another virtue that he demonstrates frequently is dikē, which means that everything and everyone gets its appropriate due. While Odysseus was in his disguise he tested his people to see if they had stayed loyal to him and if they hadn't then they would get what they deserve. In the movie "Gladiator", Maximus shows many of the same virtues as Odysseus. He first shows his courage when he is in battle and also when he goes first into the arena to save the lives of many of the fellow gladiators.
Odysseus leaves Aeaea and eventually arrives at the Sirens’ island. He follows Circe’s commands and stuffs his men’s ears with beeswax, and he ties himself to the mast. As Odysseus’ vessel rushes toward them, “the Sirens sensed at once a ship / was racing past and burst into their high, thrilling song: / ‘Come closer, famous Odysseus—Achaea’s pride and glory— moor your ship on our coast so you can hear our song! [’]” (277). The Sirens can tell that a ship is arriving “at once;” they quickly organize and begin to sing.
all he did was filled his men 's ears with bees wax and tying himself to a pole and listen to the loud sirens so he could get back to his wife in Ithaca. Circe gave Odysseus the following advice. "Plug your men 's ears with beeswax kneaded and none of the rest should hear the song ' '. That proves that he is a good leader because he filled every single man 's ear with bee 's wax so they could not hear the Sirens. By protecting his men Odysseus was able to continue on his journey back home to