Odyssey Essay It’s been said, “To erase the line between man and machine is to ensure the line between men and gods.” The Odyssey is an epic poem written in the 8th century by Homer, a Greek poet. There are multiple references to mythological gods and goddesses that appear in a man’s person’s daily life. It was believed that the mighty gods descended down from Mount Olympus to help a believer’s tasks. Prayers to the gods could be used to get a crew or companion home safely. For example, Odysseus had a voyage that lasted for a long time, and many thought he had passed.
What he said was wrong, but he was punished and he changed his ways. The gods taught him a lesson, and made it so that it took ten years to travel home to Ithaca. After Odysseus is punished, he understands what he did wrong, and learns to become a better man, therefore redeeming his hero status. He shows that he has learned his lesson in the episode “Odysseus’ Revenge,” when he says, “Now watch me hit a target that no man has hit before, if I can make this shot. Help me, Apollo,” (1410-1411).
They wanted to marry Penelope, and were vying for her affections for twenty years. This kind of hubris could not have been treated with a less severe punishment. Odysseus had to kill them, as these wooers were wrecking havoc on his home and tormented his wife. As stated in lesson 12, " the wooers had troubled his house, and devoured his substance, and oppressed his child". The lesson goes on to say, "they have suffered an evil doom through their own infatuate deeds".
If he had been turned to swine by Circe or worse, the men would be lost without someone to direct them, like calves without their mothers. Later in the passage, Homer uses another simile where the men exclaim, “You’re back my king! How thrilled we are―as if we’d reached our country, Ithaca, at last!” (463-464). In this moment, the crew address Odysseus as “king” to express their loyalty to him. Throughout the journey, they have not formally addressed Odysseus as his official title and in doing so, they show respect and admiration to Odysseus who pulled off yet another feat.
The great Kyklopês, Polyphemus, is only one of the many monsters he had to face. After 10 years at war with Troy, over the beautiful Helen, Odysseus and his men are heading home. Looking for rest, they moor on Kyklopês Island where 12 men and Odysseus come upon the dwelling of Polyphemus. Odysseus’ sharp wit allows them to escape the brute’s cave, but his pride and actions incur the wrath of Poseidon. Despite the fact that Odysseus can be arrogant, he is also incredibly clever and resourceful.
Perseus was considered a hero in Ancient Greece mainly because of his ability to trust others and because of his compassion; two traits 2016 appreciates as well. One example of him being compassionate is when he was willing to turn Atlas to stone. Atlas was a Titan who had lost a battle to Zeus and as a consequence was sentenced to stand at the western edge of the Earth and painfully hold up the sky. During Perseus’ return from his adventure, he saw Atlas and decided to turn him into stone as an act of mercy. This action shows compassion as it prevented Atlas from having to endure many more painful years of holding up the sky.
The Odyssey is a classic tale of the hero, although some heroes are not what they are depicted to be. In the first four chapters of The Odyssey, by Homer, we are introduced to Telemachus, these books appropriately introduce us to Homer's work as well as lead us into the rest of the book. We have a mental image of Odysseus as a brave warrior and a noble husband, he is described as the ideal person. The view of the readers towards Odysseus is a positive one, we hope that he will return home to his wife and son, unfortunately, when we finally meet him he comes off as arrogant and cocky. These books introduce us to Homer's work as we see with the introduction, as he introduces us to Telemachus rather than his father, Odysseus, who is the main character.
Throughout Book 22, Achilles tries again and again to chase down and kill Hector, and is finally able to do so. Before he actually kills Hector, he tells him “I wish my stomach would let me cut off you flesh in strips and eat it raw for what you’ve done to me” (Iliad, Book 22, 384-86). Shortly after Achilles allows the Greeks to stand around and continually stab the corpse of Hector. However, not even this brutality satisfied Achilles. Eventually, he ended up completely disgracing Hector’s dead body in front of all of Troy, tying him up to a chariot and dragging him around, being “defiled in his own native land” (Iliad, Book 22, 449).
One day, the widow released Semillante on Nicolas, and the dog “dug her fangs into his throat and tore it to ribbons.” In other words, Semillante was used to obtain revenge, which is an established result of wrongs. The widow could no longer tolerate the anguish of knowing her son’s murderer continued to live without punishment. She was clearly wronged, so it makes sense that she would seek this type of
While he is haunted by guilt, Macbeth has to secure his throne by murdering Banquo and Fleance. At the end of the feast which was set up for assassinating Banquo and his son, Macbeth is again terrified by the news that Fleance has fled and Banquo’s ghost will dried blood over his body. He said to the ghost: “Thou canst not say I did it. Never shake/ Thy gory locks at me.” (3.4.51-52) These reactions all showed his ambivalence and the hatred to
Odysseus’ relationship with Circe keeps him from returning home because he stays there for a year. Odysseus says “So she enticed and won our battle-hardened spirits over.” (245:10: 513-514) While Odysseus is there, he is so enamored with Circe that he forgets about the home he loves so much, and the son and wife who he had left behind. Similar to the situation with Calypso, Odysseus is lured to spend time with Circe even though he focused on returning home otherwise. This shows that Odysseus may be a lot more fake than he lets on because for all his talk of wanted to return home he spent a year on Circe’s island not making an effort to return to his homeland. Maybe the real reason that he is always saying that he wants to go home despite the way he acts is because he is telling this story to the people that he hopes will bring him back to Ithaca so he is trying to extract pity from them even if he isn’t as
When your monster is tearing down villages who don 't believe in your cause, she will envision finding the charred remains of her lover 's home. Since your monster opened herself up to the idea of love and it was so furiously ripped from her, she will purge herself into a secluded dark state from which she can never return. Your creation will go to extreme lengths to please the one thing that has constantly been there for them their entire life: you. She will not want to have outside relationships for fear of being stricken vulnerable due to her anguish like she was over her first love. Therefore, you are able to manipulate her thoughts to see you as good and others as bad.