Circe tells Odysseus the future and lets him make the decisions. When he goes to the land of the dead he must make the right choices that will help him reach his stated reason for his quest, which is to go home. Circe symbolizes the idea of Odysseus having to learn to be a better leader and make smarter decisions. He needs to show the gods he is worthy of redemption since he has angered them. Later, Odysseus must go through challenges and trials in each place Circe foretells him to go in order to learn self knowledge, gain his
Throughout his journey, Odysseus and his men faces numerous temptations. When Odysseus is at Circe’s island to rescue his men, as he and his crew were about to depart Circe tell Odysseus “Remain with me, and share my meat and wine’ restore behind your ribs those gallant hearts/ that served you in the old days, when you sailed/ from stony Ithaka. ”(X.509-511). Odysseus falls into the hands of Circe as she tempts the crew with as much meat and wine they want. He and his crew givegave into Circe’s island, regaining the fat he lost, as the year goes by.
One part in the Iliad and the Odyssey, Odysseus finds himself with a cyclops. He goes with all his men but they all run away or get scared. The cyclops also had him as his slave. Odysseus used his smart thinking and used boiling tar and poured it onto his face. The cyclops was left blind and he ran off.
She tells him about some of the obstacles he may face on his way home. Circe tells Odysseus what to do when he passes their island. She warns him, “Whoever draws too close--/ and catches the sirens’ voices in the air--/no sailing home for him, no wife rising to meet him’’(12.46-48).
By singing beautifully, Circe attracted, and tempted, all the men to herself except for, “Eurylochus, who feared a snare” (IV: 563-564). This demonstrates how Eurylochus resisted temptation, which in turn, saved all of his men who were tricked by Circe’s enchanting sorcery and turned into pigs. Eurylochus stayed strong and ran to tell Odysseus, who stayed with and talked to Circe, eventually saving his men. If Eurylochus had fallen into the temptation like the rest of the men, they would all have been doomed and turned into
After defeating the Cyclops and heading back out into the sea he stood on his ship mocking the Cyclops. When escaping the cave he chose the wooliest ram for himself which shows selfishness. He also leads his men into their own fates. Circe had warned Odysseus about Scylla to not try and fight her even when she already has six of his men, but he did not listen to her advice and tried to fight her and lost three more of his men. Once back to Ithaca there were many suitors insulting him, his wife, son, house, and the gods and begging for Penelope’s hand in marriage.
“She replies that they must first visit the land of the dead to hear a prophecy from the ghost of Tiresias” (Fitzgerald 387). This proves that Circe is providing Odysseus’ fate at the moment. One last example of fate and destiny in The Odyssey is when Odysseus visits Tiresias, he tells him his destiny as he heads back home. “Great captain, a fair wind and the honey lights of home are all you seek. But anguish lies ahead…
She then turned them to pigs, when they are leaving, Circe tells him that there is an old blind prophet named Tiresias in the underworld, Odysseus must go there to talk to him. Odysseus gets to the underworld and sees Tiresias. Tiresias says what Odysseus and his crew will face, and that they will make it home. In the movie O' Brother in the beginning when Ulysses, Pete, and Delmar are running away from the prison they meet an old blind man that says to Ulysses that he will face a hard journey, and must travel far, but you will be okay.
Odysseus portrays his wandering one-sidedly, placing himself as the victor. “When she had given them this and they drank it down, next thing she struck them with her wand and them into her pig pens. ”(X. 229-241). Odysseus paints Circe as the lone fault for part of his travel but leaves out several details of what actually happened. In addition, Odysseus portrays his wanderings as everyone else but his fault.
Odysseus is a man of pride and commitment, even though that commitment he has sometimes gets him in trouble. When Ceres the Greek Goddess who wants Odysseus to sleep with her, he then refused which led to her changing his men into animals. Odysseus has to break his commitment to Penelope and sleep with her. Odysseus meets many gods which help him find his way home.
"Blinding tears welled in his eyes; foreboding filled his heart. When we were frantic questioning him, at last we heard the tale: our friends were gone…."(674, 580-583). Odysseus frantically leaves the ship determined to save his men as he began to climb the huge mountain to reach Circe's hall. Finally he reached the top anxious to take his men back with him once he had convinced Circe to turn them back to men. Eventually she did, indeed and they were on their way again at
With this security he no longer feels at harm. Circe tries to use temptation against him, “I’m wonderstruck- you drank my drugs, you’re not bewitched!” Here Odysseus outsmarts her already knowing what’s to come. Odysseus uses his knowledge and superiority to outsmart her. “Mount your bed?
The belief system and the presence of God is one of the things many cultures and people have taken for granted. In Homer’s Odyssey, there is a presence of the gods which makes mortal to have the ability to talk to them, see them and even feel their presence around them. In this epic, what fascinated me is how the gods showed love towards odyssey throughout his journey. In the Greece empire, the power of the gods is the most constantly praised which
No doubt, Odysseus encountered a myriad of obstacle during his journey home from the Battle of Troy, but one of the utmost important encounters was the one with a woman named Circe. After