Polyphemus on the other hand, intentionally kills and intentionally eats other humans, making him more liable. Furthermore, to highlight the savagery, Homer goes to great lengths in order to iterate Polyphemus’s transgressions. In Visser’s essay she claims, “As social beings cannibals must inevitably have manners. Whatever we may think to the contrary, rules and regulations always govern cannibal society and cannibal behavior” (6). However, Polyphemus does not appear to abide by this assertion.
During the escape from the cyclops’ cave, Odysseus made all his men go first before he escaped. Odysseus sacrificed his safety for his men, which shows that heroes make sacrifices. Also, Odysseus sacrificed his way home. Odysseus teased the cyclops about how he was able to to defeat him. That angered the cyclops, so he cursed Odysseus and his men so that they wouldn’t be able to go home.
Odysseus and I share a strong self-restraint trait. For example, even though the Lotus is tempting, Odysseus ordered “no one taste the Lotus, or you lose your hope of home” (52). In other words, he kept his crew from giving into temptation, which would’ve led them astray from their intended course. Additionally, he stopped himself from killing the Cyclops because he knew “if [he] killed him [his crew] perished there as well for [they] could never move [the Cyclops’] ponderous doorway slab aside” (208). Even though he wanted to sink his sword into the
For instance, he left his men in the dark; not knowing the truth about the cattle of the sun-god, and how they would die if they ate them. Odysseus told them, “The cattle here are not for our provision, or we pay dearly.” (Homer 674), not revealing the reason; which divulges his inordinate arrogance. Odysseus didn’t show leadership nor self-control here, so why is he considered a hero some might argue, but it’s inaccurate to judge people from their mistakes. Odysseus was called arrogant, but his real face is heroic; saving his army and winning the war for them.
Eventually, the men escaped the cave by tying themselves to the underside of the Cyclops's sheep. Despite his immense intellect, Ulysses falls short on occasion. After escaping the cave, the men made their way back to the ship. Feeling emboldened by his wonderful scheme, Ulysses began to taunt the giant. Despite his men’s pleas, Ulysses would not yield.
This George Herbert quote is taken literally, as all of Odysseus's men did not return home after their battle, due to the temptation of food. Odysseus is able to show his heroic traits through resisting this temptation of food, while he also showed is natural human traits when he gives in to gluttony, making Odysseus a token hero in ancient Greece. The repeated motif of gluttony and its consequences points to a strong ethical principal among the ancient Greeks. In many instances, such as Odysseus's encounter with the Cyclopes, the Island of the Lotus Eaters, The Cattle of the Sun, and the suitors behavior in the palace, characters in The Odyssey are confronted with
If he were a hero he would have the courage to live up him being a part of the sin. Odysseus immediately tries to blame Zeus and the other gods. It was Odysseus’s fault his men were starving and had nothing to eat. He was not there to remind his men that the cattle was not for eating. A hero would take full responsibility for the mistake they made.
Jack is always wanting to go hunting and have a more savage “tribe”, while Ralph wishes to keep the group civilized and neat. Because they both have contrary beliefs, they butt heads and disagree very often. Readers can see this play out when a few boys (Including Ralph and Jack, who’re the main two arguing) who went off to decide if they need to let Piggy know what’s going on. “Jack cleared his throat and spoke in a queer, tight voice. ‘We mustn’t let anything happen to Piggy, must we?’”
Carlson started to suggest that Candy’s dog is just suffering and waiting to die. He also said that the dog is no good to himself and to Candy, so why don’t Candy just shoot it. “He ain’t no good to you, Candy. An’ he ain;t no good to himself. Why’n’t you shoot him, Candy?”
Here we came upon a cave full of sheep and crates of milk and cheese. The men advise me to snatch some of the food and hurry off, but, unfortunately, I decided to linger. The cave’s inhabitant soon returned, and it was the Cyclops Polyphemus, son of Poseidon. He made a show of hospitality at first, but soon turned hostile. He devoured two of my men on the spot and imprisoned us for future meals.
An act of violence that stood out to me would be in Book 9 with Cyclops Polyphemus. In this scene Odysseus and his men find the Cyclops’ home but he isn’t there. Once he returns he finds Odysseus and his men hiding. To keep the men locked in he placing a boulder over the opening of the cave. Odysseus tries to reason with him but he grabs two of Odysseus’ men and eats them.
So watch; and be careful” (177) Jack not even saying he was at fault in Simon’s death, instead says that Simon was actually the beast, to keep the boys under control with fear. Jack is a devious person who goes into the deep end of savagery after having no rules to follow and becomes a pseudo
Throughout the story “The Odyssey” by Homer Odysseus, the main character counters countless amounts of trouble. As king and leader it is his job to keep his men save and get the job done. Odysseus does whatever it takes to keep his men unharmed, and more importantly, alive. All his crew and him dream about is getting back to their homeland, but first they have to pass the obstacles. Odysseus demonstrates good leadership qualities by doing whatever it takes to get the job done, using his advanced cunning abilities to trick his enemy, and constantly saving his crew from dangers.
Odysseus- Lone Survivor The Trojan War is over, many boats full of men set off to Ithaca, where they meet their destruction. Yet one man pulls through and reaches home. Odysseus, the highly admirable hero from The Odyssey, told by Homer and translated and put onto paper by Robert Fitzgerald.