Eurylochus said, “But if he flares up over his heifers lost, wishing our ship destroyed…” (Homer), so he guessed that Helios would punish them, but he did the deed anyways. Next, Eurylochus shouldn't have killed the cattle because of the promise. Eurylochus and the men promised before
In the book of the Odyssey, Odysseus’s lied at times, but I think they all were an important part of this book. First reason, the Cyclops if Odysseus hadn’t lied to him, then what will happen? Maybe Odysseus will die there. Also, Odysseus’s crew, if he doesn’t omit the truth, they were already reaching their homeland. Finally, he reached his homeland Ithaca and disguised as a beggar and he lied his wife and the suitors.
Odyssey Essay “Nothing stops the man who desires to achieve. Every obstacle is simply a course to develop his achievement muscle. It’s strengthening of his powers of accomplishment” - Thomas Carlyle. In the Odyssey by Homer, Odysseus, the king of Ithaca goes upon a journey, and encounters danger and challenges that prevents him from going back to Ithaca, which is his goal. And during the journey, he begins to become an epic hero.
Odysseus is in between. Odysseus is a hero because he has saved many of his men from the Cyclops and tried to save as many as he can. In The Odyssey, the Cyclops was eating Odysseus men, Odysseus gave him a bunch of wine to drink and then got him drunk, later that night Odysseus stabbed him in the eye and the Cyclops went blind. This shows that Odysseus is a hero because if he never stabbed him or got him drunk, he would eat them all. Also in The Odyssey, after the Cyclops being stabbed in the eye, Odysseus and his men hid under sheep to escape the cave of the Cyclops.
After Odysseus is let go he went to the land ruled by Phoenicians. The Phoenician king approves to provide a ship for Odysseus. Odysseus’s ship sails to the home of Aeolus, ruler of the winds, and Aeolus provides Odysseus with a bag of wind. Odysseus did not deem it necessary to tell his crew what was in the bag that Aeolus gave him. Odysseus reacted to the crew’s actions with sorrow and then asked Aeolus, “My evil crew ruined me, that and stubborn sleep.
One being when he told his story of his journey there, it took a lot of time that was unnecessary: Odysseus decided to tell the Phaeacians his whole story, which took a lot of time, and in that time he could have been using to get home (Homer 9-12). The second time that he stayed longer with the Phaeacians is when he decided to compete in the games by saying, “I’ll compete in your games, just watch. Your insults / cut to the quick— you rouse my fighting blood!” (Homer 8. 214-215). Odysseus has such a big ego that he could not stand people making fun of him, he had to waste more time and play the games with them.
Odysseus is tempted by the land of the Lotus-Eaters he desires all that he can benefit by raiding their home. Homer writes, “Then I sent out two picked men and a runner to learn what race of man that land sustained”(92-93). In line 94 Odysseus then learned that his decisions were made in vain, because Odysseus’ men “.. fell in soon enough, with the Lotus-Eaters,” Odysseus took his pride from defeating Troy and turned it into arrogance. This then created problem with Odysseus and his crew and their ability to get back home. One would think that Odysseus would not run into a conflict like he had already endured, but as stated in lines 458-459 Odysseus didn’t learn.
Odysseus told Polyphemus his name only to gloat and make fun of the cyclops for being so stupid. Odysseus also listened to the siren song just so he could tell people that he had done so and survived. Later in his journey as he matured he relied on his wits and repressed his irrational emotion. On the island of Phaeacia he displayed his cunning ability and proved he has learned from his experiences. “By god, I’d rather slave on earth for another man…”- Book 11, Line 556 6.
Before he slaughters his opponents, he responds to Eurymachus’ plea: “There will be killing ‘till the score is paid. You forced yourselves upon his house” (1468-1469). In order to maintain his honor, Odysseus chooses to take the suitors’ lives because punishment is seen as just and fair. Since the suitors invade Odysseus’ house and avoid combat, instead begging for their lives in front of him, they break Greek code; in other words, they negatively respond to the generous hospitality they receive and choose not to fight for their lives, which shows great dishonor because they break important traditions of hospitality and combat as set by the
Because of Odysseus’s sharp intellect, cunningness, and with the help from the gods, he finishes the heroes’ journey. Odysseus’s main flaw in The Odyssey is his pride and not being able to control his crew. Test, allies, and enemies happen when Odysseus blinds Polyphemus who is the son of Poseidon. When Odysseus and his crew first found Polyphemus’s cave they could’ve just stolen food or left but instead Odysseus wanted to stay and receive a gift. 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.