After his men and him escapes unnecessarily losing two men in the process, Odysseus taunts Polyphemus which leads to him saying “ Hear me Poseidon, sustainer of the earth, god of sable locks. If I am yours indeed and you claim me as your son, grant that Odysseus, sacker of cities and son of Laertes, may never reach his home in Ithaca”(Homer 124) . This quote shows that one of Odysseus’s many flaws is that he allows his pride to take control of his actions and doesn’t clearly consider the consequences. Another instance of Odysseus’s foolish pride is when he crossing the threshold Circe advises Odysseus to
As the story continues, the men would come far and hard forward to land. However, the world would trick the men into thinking that help has come. That the ounces of help for them would be swept away by the ocean waves. The men live in a world that did not consider them, the lives of the men as important. Though a couple of the men on the boat would try to reassure themselves that help would come.
As a character odysseus has flaws so naturally this would transfer over to his leadership skills . During the encounters with both polyphemus and circe, odysseus exhibits weak leadership. After getting trapped by polyphemus him and his men devise a solution to escape, once they have escape odysseus endangers the lives all his men by aggravation polyphemus; “I would not heed them in my glorying spirit, but let my anger flare and yelled” (IX 545 555). Odysseys is selfish and does not think of anything but his pride when he is angering polyphemus. His anger clouds his judgment and even if he did consider the consequences he does not stop even though what he is saying is endangering the lives of his men.
Was Odysseus a hero? The answer is yes. Odysseus from The Odyssey by Homer is a hero because even though he is arrogant and prideful, he is loyal to his family and men, and he is clever. Odysseus is definitely arrogant and prideful, which conflicts the general definition of a hero. For instance, when Odysseus was trapped in Polyphemus’ cave, he devised a plan to get him and his men out safely.
When Antonius proposed ambushing him at sea, Amphinomus resisted the temptation and convinced others to do the same. Amphinomus was rewarded for this later in the book, when beggar Odysseus warned him of the impending slaughter. Through Homer's depictions of temptation and their consequences, we can conclude Greeks constantly struggled with temptations. Homer thought how one deals with temptation determines character and the consequences that follow. If one did not give in, rewards followed, but if they did, punishment ensued.
Throughout the story, Crane writes about the sea itself as if it were an angry, deliberate entity with waves that “snarl” and “hiss” (Presentation: Major Themes in The Open Boat.) One would think these forces were working together to thwart the men’s successful return to shore; as time goes on, however, the men realize how utterly indifferent nature is to them and their plight. The birds fly away, the shark grows “bored” with following them, and the once “monstrous” waves no longer frighten the men in the same way (426.) The men come to understand that mother nature – and her seas, and birds, and sharks – is not an active participant in their struggle, but rather a force that will continue on irrespective of the goings on around
There is a quote by J.R.R Tolkien that goes “faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens”. In The Odyssey, written by Homer and translated by Robert Fagels, the crewmen perfectly embody this quote. If a person is truly loyal to someone then they will stick with them through tough times like crewmen do to their leader, but sometimes the leader may not deserve the loyalty he receives. In the epic poem, the epic hero Odysseus and his crewmen go through a series of trials while trying to return home from the Trojan War. They have to escape a cyclops’s cave, sail past the monsters Scylla and Charybdis, escape cannibals, and more.
Hero: “a man admired for his achievements and noble qualities” (Merriam-Webster) Evident in many classic stories, the hero is always the character that makes the justifiable choice. Their role as the hero is never questioned. The hero always prevails, and in the end, the hero accomplishes the journey with greater wisdom, knowledge, and reestablished views of the world that compensates for the horrors they encounter along the journey. In this story, however, the main character cannot be justified as the hero; he can only aspire to be one. Throughout the epic poem, The Odyssey, Homer vividly illustrates how often times, a person who has gained a certain title will struggle under the pressure of maintaining the continuous justification of the role.
In Homer’s The Odyssey, Odysseus experiences a powerful craving on his journey home. He must pass the island of the Sirens in order to return home but also must avoid landing there; doing so would mean certain death for him and his crew. Although he cannot control his impulses in the moment, Circe’s keen advice beforehand and his crew’s steadfastness save Odysseus from his own desire. In looking at The Odyssey, we will consider Circe’s directions to Odysseus and the way the Sirens and Odysseus act at their meeting to find that Odysseus cannot control his appetite and needs specific guidelines, in this case from Circe, to survive a life-or-death situation. Circe’s advice to Odysseus prior to his journey is the one thing that stands between
Similarly, to Odysseus, it seems like you have gone through personal trial and tribulations. At first, the reader meets Odysseus is a temperamental and proud young man. As he progresses through his adventures, Odysseus becomes a patient and cautious man, learns to control his ego in order to take control of the situation; nonetheless, he retains his cleverness. He is a changed man by the time he returns to Ithaca. In you case, all your misadventures seems like it has made you a stronger and wiser person, to quote you a “fighter;” someone that will confront the world head on; also, a person that will achieve her goals regardless how hopeless or impossible they might seem.