Weakness is a trait all groups of humanity find themselves bound to in many senses, whether it be mentally or physically, but much like Odysseus in Homer’s epic poem, The Odyssey, translated by Robert Fitzgerald, strength can be found within this turmoil. The tale begins on the island of Ithaca where Telemakhos, the son of the warrior Odysseus, is confronted by the goddess Athena. The Grey-Eyed-Goddess tells Telemakhos to step up and make something out of his life, by setting out on a quest to learn about his father, who has been away for 20 years. While Telemakhos is set off on his journey to find his father, Odysseus is trapped on the island of Kalypso, lusting for his home. He then sets out on a long journey in an attempt to get back to his wife, Penelope, and his family back in Ithaca.
In the epic novel The Odyssey by Homer, the audience becomes familiar with the main character Odysseus in such a way that one can create a detailed character sketch of Odysseus. Odysseus is an extraordinary character. His amiable qualities of physical strength, mental power, and wit, as well as his less admirable characteristic of arrogance all make up his heroic character. Throughout the novel, his characteristics allow him to grow from an arrogant hero to a humble survivor, appreciative of the goal he worked so hard to achieve. Odysseus has amiable characteristics that allow him to be associated with the stature of a hero.
They men are then dragged back to the ship by Odysseus, who shows a great about of loyalty. He then ties them underneath the row benches so that they remain true to each of their promise, loyal to their families, and their homeland, Ithaca. That was only the first example of how Odysseus shows loyalty to his men, family, and homeland.
Menelaus states, “No one took on so much, went through so much as Odysseus.” The epic poem, The Odyssey, by Homer, is the story of an ancient war hero’s 10 year struggle to return home after the Trojan War. Throughout the Odyssey, Odysseus faces the wrath of the gods, and fights battles against many mythical creatures such as Polyphemus, and the his grueling mental battle with the sirens. Across Odysseus’s journey, he shows many characteristics of a hero such as his resiliency, and his tactileness. For example, Odysseus shows his ability as a tactician through his encounters with Gods and monsters, such as his seven year time span on calypso’s island. Also, Odysseus shows his resiliency numerous times during his journey back to Ithaka, especially when he is faced with difficult challenges such as the journey past the Sirens.
Ody-Wan Dr. Sseus (May the FORCE be with you) The Odyssey was a performance by Homer, a Greek storyteller. It was made into an epic and adapted later into many different versions. The adaptation of the book that I am using for this essay is by Allen Mandelbaum. The Odyssey is about a man named Odysseus, who goes through many obstacles to reach his home, Ithaca. I think that Odysseus has human flaws, such as his pride and his curiosity, but those flaws are overridden by the fact that he is clever, wise, brave, and overall, a strong leader.
1) He then fights and kills all the suitors in his home in Ithaca with some help from his son. Before the long journey home Odysseus was one of the most respected and important military advisors and leaders . In the end, his skills and craft aid him in finally getting home to his wife and son. The Odyssey has a number of motifs which are demonstrated throughout the story and help Odysseus find his way home. His leadership guides his ship crew and they loyally follow him wherever he goes.
Odysseus shows arrogance spasmodically through the course of his journey. As an illustration, in the Cyclops story one can see that Odysseus is arrogant in the lines where he says, “‘Cyclops, if ever mortal man inquire how you were put to shame and blinded, tell him Odysseus raider of cities took your eye: Laertes’ son, whose home’s on Ithaca.” This corroborates with the idea that one of Odysseus greatest weaknesses is his arrogance by showing that his actions are sometimes driven by emotion and could have devastating consequences. Likewise, odysseus inability to control his men could be seen as a weakness as it brought upon him many ordeals he must
In the epic poem The Odyssey by Homer, the main protagonist, Odysseus, makes many decisions that reflect upon his character. Odysseus is portrayed as a formidable, hubristic, steadfast individual. “Could I forget that kingly man, Odysseus?” (3) Individuals around him also agree that he is quite admirable. Odysseus exhibits many traits that depict a sense of entitlement, and that he is quite arrogant. “…if ever mortal man inquire how
However, two play a largely important role in the epic. They are Athena, whom is wise and tactful, and Poseidon, who is cruel and violent, whom are represented as alter egos to the hero Odysseus. The traits of both deities are portrayed through Odysseus in varying situations, and Odysseus’s journey would not have been the same without those aforementioned traits, or direct intervention from the gods. Athena is a calm goddess who does not fight without just reason, so the anti-Trump. Athena’s wisdom and tactical intelligence are traits often demonstrated by Odysseus,
He acknowledges the weakness of him and his men for staying so long with Kirke because they were so satisfied with the vast amounts of foods and care. Kirke is a clear representation of one of the women who prevent Odysseus from persevering home. Another major hindrance is demonstrated when Odysseus washes up on Calypso’s island, Ogygia. He is stuck on the island for a total of seven years, having no way to escape and with his fate in the hands of the gods. When Calypso informs Odysseus that Hermes delivered the message that Odysseus can go home, he does not believe it and questions, “‘After these years, a helping hand?