Through this comparison, Homer shows that both the poet and the hero cannot achieve greatness without pain or help, but instead need to suffer and need the help of an external guiding hand in order to achieve greatness. Both Odysseus and Demodokos reach their
Odysseus shows bravery in many points throughout the poem. Odysseus first displays bravery by venturing into the Underworld to get directions to get home. In book 11, Homer depicts the Underworld as having no sunlight with spirits walking around and “unearthly screams.” It takes true bravery to go into a
Odysseus' Journey Sailing around every corner of the world, Odysseus shows off his heroic abilities as he battles monsters and makes decisive decisions in The Odyssey. The epic poem which contains the story of Odysseus was written by Homer called, The Odyssey. The this epic poem, Homer talks about Odysseus' journey across the world as he tries to find his way home to Ithaca. However, as he was cursed by the gods, he faces many obstacles such as fighting monsters. In the end, Odysseus shows that he's a hero by being brave, fighting through the gods' curse, and never giving up on your goals just like the modern day hero, Bethany Hamilton.
In The Odyssey, Homer uses detail and dialogue to show that Odysseus, the quester, while trying to achieve his main goal to get back home, learns that he shouldn’t let obstacles interfere with him. In the beginning of The Odyssey, we first hear Homer, the author of the epic, speaking towards us, the reader. He asks that Muse, a daughter of Zeus, enable him to tell the story of Odysseus. He says that he was “the wanderer, harried for years on end, after he plundered the stronghold on the proud height of Troy” (Homer 371). He continues speaking, and he eventually says why Odysseus is
Throughout the book Odysseus faces many women such as Calypso and Circe who try to deceive him. When Odysseus visits Hades during the Resurrection part of his hero’s journey he gains profound knowledge when he speaks with Agamemnon who talks about betrayal of his wife stating, “Never be too trustful even of your wife, nor show her all that is in your mind. Reveal a little of your plans to her, but keep the rest to yourself”(Homer 150). This shows that Odysseus gained wisdom, that even if he trusts the women with his heart he always has to keep an eye on her for her loyalty as they may try to seek more power. Another quote that represents this is from Agamemnon stating “ And now I will give you a piece of advice; take it to heart.
In the Odyssey, one can see that Homer’s portrayal of women challenges the depiction of women during that time period. Throughout the book, many women intervened in Odysseus’ journey home to Ithaca, for better or for worse. One will see Penelope, Athena, Circe, and other women impact Odysseus’ expedition home. These women influenced the conditions of the journey by guiding Odysseus in different directions, and aiding him crucially. Their authority showed the idea behind an old proverb, which states, “Behind every great man there’s a great woman”.
The Greek epic poem, the Odyssey, was told by Homer but the date of its creation is unknown. Even though the book mainly focuses on Odysseus, the monsters such as Polyphemus, have an important role. Homer portrays Polyphemus the cyclops as uncivilized throughout Book 9. He does this to show us to reinforce the morals of Odysseus and increase conflict and tension. Polyphemus is depicted as barbaric through Odysseus’, narrative perspective and tone.
Beauty pertains to the goddesses and women. Homer infers that a woman’s importance lies in her looks while for men their importance lies in their heroism. Throughout The Iliad, Homer highlights the gender inequalities between Helen and her male counterparts Agamemnon, Achilles, and Paris. Homer accentuates the objectification of women through conflicts between male characters. In Book 1, the audience is first introduced to this idea in a speech by the King of Mycenae, Agamemnon.
In “The Odyssey,” Homer uses internal and external conflicts to reveal Odysseus as an intelligent and hopeful, but selfish character. Intelligence is a valued trait that many heroes posses. In “The Odyssey,” Odysseus is portrayed as a man who uses brains over brawn to out think his opponents. Odysseus, When facing the cyclops, “[draws] on all of [his] wits” (418) to trick
Homer’s Odyssey sends a powerful message detailing the power a married man or women can have. Homer writes, "There is nothing nobler or more admirable than when two people who see eye to eye keep house as man and wife, confounding their enemies and delighting their friends." (Murray, Homer, Odyssey 6.175-185). In Amours, Ovid describes love as a forum for his poems, displaying the importance of affection. In Book I of the Elegy, Ovid is writing about touches on warmth, “Love come late will not fill your song” (Kline, Ovid, Amores 1.7:1-26).