The Role Of Natural Phenomenon In Homer's Odyssey

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Natural phenomenons is a science, but centuries ago the Greeks believed a deity was responsible for the natural causes that were created. In Homer’s epic poem, The Odyssey, Odysseus was separated from his wife and son to fight in the Trojan war for 10 years. In addition, spends 11 more years struggling to get back to his family due to these supernaturals caused by the gods. The Greeks portray the gods to be powerful and merciful. They played a huge role in Odysseus’s heroic journey as a savior and tormentor. The Odyssey interprets the science behind natural phenomenons and portrays it as an act from the gods. As Odysseus is trying to make his way back home, he combats these dilemmas in the ocean that interfere and end up delaying his journey. It seems as if every time Odysseus steps a foot into a body of water, there is always an occurrence that almost kills him. Poseidon, god of the sea, who has vowed retribution on Odysseus and will try everything he can to make him suffer. “Waves transmit energy, not water, and are commonly caused by the wind as it blows across the ocean, lakes, and rivers” ( Megan Forbes, 1). Odysseus has obtained Poseidon’s wrath, and number one rule is to not…show more content…
At the time the Greeks didn’t have the technology we have to explain these occurrences the earth was making so they had to explain it through corresponding with the gods. Each natural phenomenon that occurred was an act from a deity, it was either to show their eager to help or to just make him suffer even. Our perspective on natural phenomenons is much different compared to the Greeks religion and culture, how they explain a storm is by an action describing Poseidon’s anger contrast to how scientists would explain it as a disturbance in the atmosphere with strong winds and rain. The Odyssey took us back in time to see through the eyes of Greeks of how they explained natural
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