All in all, Poseidon is ensuring that his influence will ruin Odysseus and impact his destiny negatively. The journal The Adventures of Odysseus by Ernst Abrahamson demonstrates a similar idea and is exactly about what the title suggests: Odysseus’s journey, travels, and adventures. One specific paragraph of this journal states, “The Wrath of Poseidon means in Homeric language nothing but a hostile sea,” (Abrahamson 316). “The Wrath of Poseidon” alludes to the god of the sea’s rage over the stabbing of Polyphemus's eye and his stopping at nothing to make sure Odysseus pays the price for his actions. In addition, “nothing but a hostile sea” refers to the fact that Poseidon’s revenge will be carried out while Odysseus and his men are still at sea.
I’d like to know” (Odyssey.9.274-276), not out of the goodness of his heart, but because he wants to destroy their ship. Odysseus, ever the quick thinker, realizes this, and instead of replying with the truth, which would leave him with no ship to sail back home with, he lies and says, “My ship? Poseidon smashed it to pieces / Against the rocks at the border of your land” (Oddysey.9.275-276). By not disclaiming
During Odysseus’s long journey home from the Trojan War, he and his crewmates stop an island inhabited by Polyphemus the Cyclops. Odysseus cleverly executes an escape for himself and his crewmates after blinding the Cyclops with a stake. However, even as their ship sails away, a hubris-filled Odysseus continues to taunt Polyphemus, even recklessly announcing his identity, “Cyclops—if any man on the face of the earth should ask you who blinded you, shamed you so—say Odysseus, raider of cities, he gouged out your eye, Laertes’ son who makes his home in Ithaca!” This instance of Odysseus striving for glory and boasting of his own cleverness catalyzes the demise of the rest of Odysseus’ journey home since Polyphemus curses Odysseus by name, and Poseidon answers his Cyclops son’s prayers. Odysseus is now stranded on Calypso’s island, having lost all his crewmates to additional acts of hubris. However, in this state of utmost despair, Odysseus regains his humility.
Odysseus has many trials throughout his adventure. The Homeric usual hero is what he is set up as but unlike most of them he redefines himself. Homer’s creation of Odysseus as a dynamic character through the stories within stories and conflict explores the importance of the evolution of characters despite his apparent hero status within Greek culture Odysseus displays a strong hubris in the first parts of the Odyssey which would fit his reputation as the famous war hero he is. This turns to become a burden on him, he is determined and cares for his men yet his selfish and arrogant behavior cost him those men. Odysseus throughout the story implements his hubris and makes reckless moves which ultimately causes disaster in the long run.
Choices that Odysseus makes is what sets him apart from other heroes. Odysseus will surely, using his wits, return home before it is too late to reclaim his wife and kingdom. Odysseus makes wise and poorly considered decisions in his journey to his beloved Ithaca. He will face many challenges, but he will persevere through them. Through decisions that Odysseus makes shows traits like intelligence and arrogant.
Thus, inspiring Aeschylus to write tragic poets such as Prometheus’ Bound in order to express his own ideology and pointing the moral of tragedy. It is no surprise that Hesiod viewed Zeus as a glorified olympian hero and Prometheus as a traitor who stole fire and gave it to mankind. Aeschylus’s idea of Prometheus was conflicting to Hesiod, whereby he viewed Prometheus as a god supporting the civilization of mankind. Through thorough analysis of Zeus’ interaction with Prometheus in both Hesiod’s Theogony and Aeschylus’ Prometheus Bound, this essay will be able to clarify which one of the authors had the most accurate
It is not his decision that we commit these sins but it was already written and that is why our fate is already destined for us because as much as we would want to change but maybe changing is already written in our fate that's why there are people who feel are fated into doing change for the better but it could always be there trickster side because some forms of evil in the world today is tricking and lying such as in the “epic of gilgamesh” when humbaba tried to turn against his master because he was defeated in battle and he cried for help from the gods but he already finished his purpose in life and that was his
Odysseus’ arrogance and dislike of the Cyclops lead him to forget about the rules of Xenia. The aftermath was Poseidon giving him a difficult journey back. Poseidon was upset with Odysseus actions and tried ruining his ship. The ancient Greeks saw that when disobeying Xenia, bad things happen. The guest was supposed to appreciate their hospitality not take it for granted even if the host did not get
Odysseus believes that his words are final and his actions are always right and just, but he often lets his ego take over his rational thinking, causing harm to his crew and tampering with the gods’s plans. His team could have returned home safely for it is the wish of Athena and the other heavenly gods who sit next to her in Mount Olympus, but Odysseus takes it to himself to anger and blind Polyphemus, the monstrous son of Poseidon, loved by his father but hated by the people, thus sabotaging their entire plan. After being blinded by the heroine, Polyphemus throws giant pieces of rocks at Odysseus's ship, almost destroying them all at once. But instead of retreating for safety, Odysseus continues to taunt Polyphemus and “[calls] out to the cyclopes again, with [his] men hanging all over [him] begging him not to”(Book 9, 491-492). His sense of pride and arrogance makes him neglect the pleas of his men even in these dire situations.
I also said that fate is responsible for the tragedy of Oedipus. In my opinion, it truly seemed that no matter what Oedipus did, he would also end up where he did. I like how you interpreted that the gods were trying to protect the Thebans - not so much entirely punish Oedipus. Oedipus ' free will of figuring out everything did eventually cause his pain, but I feel that everything would have been figured out eventually, whether Oedipus continued searching or not.