Homer was the author of the Odyssey and conveys Odysseus as a great epic hero, but there is an underlying lesson to these conflicts in the Odyssey that he goes through that not all pay attention to. Welcoming strangers into your home is frightening yet they do it all the time. What's even more frightening is not letting someone into your home who is disguised as a god and could be testing you. One can only hope the people they welcome are good ones, but this did not always happen. The theme of the Odyssey is loyalty and Xenia.
Hospitality and kindness played a major role in Greek society and this is clear throughout Homer’s writing. In his epic, The Odyssey, Homer creates two groups, those who are kind and hospitable, and those who are not. Those who are hospitable are respected and thought highly off, while those who violate the laws of kindness eventually end up punished. During his long and treacherous journey back home to Ithica, Odysseus experiences many forms of hospitality. Some of these shows of hospitality are need and generous, while others are not.
“The focus of entertaining is impressing others; the focus of true hospitality is serving others” - Tim Chester. More specifically, in Greek culture, it is the practice of friendly reception, creating new alliances with strangers, avoiding unnecessary enemies, and impressing the Gods. Throughout the epic The Odyssey by Homer, this motif is used in both positive and negative ways. As Odysseus’ tale unfolds, Homer tells about his journeys in which some people have specifically disregarded hospitality, while others are very gracious and kind. In addition, the people receiving this hospitality can also respond negatively or positively.
Hospitality and feasting are two images that consistently repeat and every time they appear in the text Homer seems to display a different side of them that enriches the image even further. The First image of feasting and hospitality is found in book one. The feasting is being done by the suitors who are trying to win over Penelope, Odysseus’ wife. They're immature, gluttonous, and repulsive. Homer gives the reader an idea of how Athena viewed the feast when she went to visit Telemachus.
The Chosen was written to show the value of friendship and it’s overbearing force on those it affects. The main characters, Reuven Malter and Danny Saunders are near-opposites. They have contrasting interests, as well as beliefs. This is trumped by the friendship that grows despite their differences. Their friendship was solely built because Danny wanted to “understand why he wanted to kill Reuven” (Potok 66).
History is full of heros but, what makes these people heros. Is it their bravery on the battlefield, the honor they give to their family, or their intelligence. Much of this is true in the time of ancient Greece. Although Grecian heroes give the gods some credit for their gifts they are often concerned about bringing the glory and honor upon themselves or their family; however, Biblical hero's want to bring honor and glory to God. Odysseus is a hero to the Greeks but not from a Biblical standpoint because of his arrogance toward his intelligence, perseverance, and courage.
In other words, he wanted the people to feel good about their troops and what they need in life. Moreover, Patrick appeals to pathos when he begins up how the acts of Britain have not left him feeling mistreated and inferior, but a lot of people as well. Also, Henry shows that immediate action is needed and his famous last sentence, “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death!”, shows that the audience that he is in this until death.
“Quietly, Telemachus goes home and again bears the mockery of the suitors.” (Epic Visit to Nestor, page 727). He did not prove to be courageous to stand in public and make his complaints, until Athena came along and gave Telemachus a needed nudge to store enough confidence within him. Furthermore, before Atehna’s presence by his side, a weakness Telemachus held was that he allowed the suitors to mock and mistreat him, however, though Telemachus holds many inescapable and severe imperfections, he is a man of much strength as well. He is loyal, honest, brave, and devoted. Telemachus, through his actions and doings, proved to be beyond determined and devoted to hold on to his father’s belongings and kingdom and to save his mother from marrying one of the arrogant suitors with harmfully egocentric intentions.
Honor is assumed to mean loyalty to one’s moral principles. The amount of someone’s honor is reliant on on the tenure of a sum of other virtues, such as honesty, duty, courage and patriarchy. However, the main character, as honorable as he was once shown to be, deserts his army to seek his love interest. He feels remorse at this fact because he could have stayed and fought with his country, but it wasn’t what he wanted to do. He felt as if honor wasn’t part of who he was, and instead chose what would make him happier, running away to Catherine.
Despite it obvious advantages, some opponents claim that conscription should not be mandatory because serving in the military can sharply change a man 's identity in ways that can hurt his social ties; it can influence on his relation to family, companions, and coworkers. It may be true that military has impact on the person 's personality, makes little bit tough to deal with him. However, people should realize the fact that dealing with the hard days and wars need brave men that have the ability to face these issues strictly, with courage and without fear. Beside, recruitment period is for a limited time; not exceeding three years term, and after this period expires, the recruiter returns to his social life and relations, also gradually resume his normal attitude in dealing with others. Moreover, it is important to remember that the intent of recruiting is to prepare men psychologically and physically for any
This example shows how honor is not necessarily one thing, but a combination of how one acts, treats others and handles situations. It is a reflection of how others see us and something that others determine. In the encounter with the Cyclops, Odysseus is seen as honorable by his men due to his actions. Rather than run away, he stays with his men and finds a solution to save them all. He does not put his life or value himself more than his men.