Ithaca Essays

  • Similarities Between The Odyssey And O Brother Where Art Thou

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    The story Odyssey and O Brother, Where Art Thou have a lot of connections to our life just like how Odysseus was on a journey to get home and Everett was on a journey to get the treasure, we all have roadblocks and fears we have to pass. In the text, The Odyssey was written by Homer and the movie O Brother, Where Art Thou Directed by Joel and Ethan Coen both authors deal with the main idea loyalty. Both stories have loyalty as the theme because in the Odyssey Odysseus wife was loyal to him for

  • Odysseus: An Exemplary Leader In The Odyssey

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    Webster Dictionary defines leadership as simply, “providing direction or guidance,” but to be a successful leader one must focus on completing a goal in a way that is beneficial for the majority, not only the one in charge. This can be achieved by utilitarianism, which is doing of what is best for the most number of people, and carrying out actions that lead to positive effects, instead of merely being done with good intentions. In The Odyssey, Odysseus is not an exemplary leader because he went

  • Symbols In Homer's The Odyssey

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    finally being able to reach their goals, to finally be reunited with their family. Argos was very happy and healthy before being abused by the suitors; similarly, Odysseus was very energetic and joyful before embarking on his long journey back to Ithaca. Argos proves to be important as a symbol when Odysseus returns from his journey because he serves as an indication of the resolution of one’s journey. In addition, upon returning home from his journey, Odysseus reunites with his faithful wife, Penelope

  • Examples Of Hospitality In The Odyssey

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    Homer supports the Greek tradition of hospitality when Aeolus helps Odysseus get to Ithaca and King Alcinous provides Odysseus the resources to return home to reveal the thematic understanding that society should act towards others in a way that reflects how they would want others to act towards them. Homer’s display of the Greek value hospitality is shown when Aeolus assists Odysseus on his journey to Ithaca. Odysseus is gifted a “westward wind” and a bag possessing all the “stormy winds” (Homer

  • Examples Of Greed In The Odyssey

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    Greed can be a good thing if it is used for the right reasons. For example, greed can be the key that leads to success. If a person wants to achieve recognition, they’ll go extreme measures to make it happen such as inventing something, excelling in their studies, or even being the best. However, in most cases, greed can lead to disaster. Having the desire to obtain something a person already possesses is selfish. In the “Odyssey,” Homer illustrates the lessons learned throughout Odysseus’ journey

  • Chaos Against Order In William Faulkner's Barn Burning

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    Barn Burning: Chaos Against Order “Barn Burning” by William Faulkner is an enticing story that raises questions as well as understanding in the characters. Those portrayed in the story have tied morals and values that is inseparable from them. They each represent an attribute of emotion that very well can be seen from people in everyday life. The characters all reflect real life powers that manipulate and control them in a hexed manner. The focus is more towards Sarty Snopes, but very well appears

  • Symbolism In Oedipus The King

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    Within the Greek myths and mythos the gods and goddesses, although human, are all powerful and all knowing. Disobeying or angering these mighty beings always leads to a negative outcome. From Athena turning Arachne into a spider for boosting about being better. To Leto sending Apollo and Artemis to kill Niobe’s 12 children for boosting about bearing more children then her. Not even Oedipus in Sophocles’s Oedipus Rex is spared from the gods’ wrath. There are many symbols that reveal how a possible

  • Odysseus Use Of Lies In Homer's Odyssey

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    In Homer’s Odyssey, Odysseus uses lies as a protective disguise against strangers. Not only does Odysseus utilize lies to keep his identity a secret but also, through the use of specific language, he conveys unspoken points. These points invoke different feelings and opinions in the people to whom he lies. Odysseus can quickly tailor his lies depending on the person and the situation he is in. Odysseus’s skill of creating intricate falsehoods and his use of lies as a way of controlling the thoughts

  • The Fate Of Odysseus In Homer's Odyssey

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    known yet. Homer, the author of the epic poem Odyssey, (Homer) chronicles the voyage of Odysseus through the Adriatic sea and all of its hidden traps. In the second piece, the poem, “Ithaca” by C.P Cavafy, ("C.P. Cavafy - Poems - The Canon.") the narrator tries to persuade Odysseus to lengthen his trip home to Ithaca. In Odyssey, Odysseus, on his route home encounters

  • Examples Of Chivalry In The Odyssey

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    through his personality. Throughout the epic poem, Homer introduces Odysseus’ personality by saying, “…while he fought only/ to save his life, to bring his shipmates home” (Homer 951). Odysseus and his men were on a ten year journey to return home to Ithaca. The quote shows that Odysseus is chivalrous because he was not only fighting to save himself, but he also tried to return his shipmates home; it shows that he is selfless and courageous. Odysseus and his men ended up on the island of the Lotus-Eaters

  • The Odyssey And Flushed Away Analysis

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    different works. This essay hopes to show the reader the similarities between Homer’s, The Odyssey, and DreamWorks Animation’s, Flushed Away, in the form of their journey. In The Odyssey we follow Odysseus on his journey from the Trojan War to his home, Ithaca, which unbeknownst to him is overrun with suitors, who eat all his food and try to take over his country by marrying his wife. Along the way he makes many stops at island where he meets many different kinds of creatures and people. He faces many

  • Odysseus In Siren Song Analysis

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    have created both the Iliad, and The Odyssey. According to homer, Odysseus was born to Laertes, and Anticleia. When he became a man, he became the king of the small Greek island, Ithaca, Ithaka, or Ithica. He also has a wife, Penelope, and a son, Telemachus. In The Odyssey, Odysseus is returning to his homeland, Ithaca, when he comes to a trial where singing mermaid-like creatures' song makes sailors jump overboard the ship. Homer portrayed Odysseus as an astute, resourceful, and immensely eloquent

  • Ulysses Everett Mcgill's Leadership In O Brother Where Art Thou

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    speak with the beggar, but Odysseus puts her off until nightfall” (Book 17, Italic) Odysseus is shown to overcome his pride while he was a beggar and during his stay with the Calypso. For example, back at home he was always treated like the king of Ithaca but he becomes a beggar overthrowing his pride of a rich king. He only cares for his family now and will do anything now after this long journey to be back with his wife and son ruling his kingdom again. For this reason, he accepts that he is at an

  • Hospitality In The Odyssey

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    In this book, Odysseus has been disguised by Athena as a beggar who has traveled the world. He has been dropped back on Ithaca by the Phaeacians. On his journey back to Ithaca Odysseus has changed greatly. As the prophecy has said he has returned home in a stranger 's ship, without his crew, and as a broken man. After Athena disguises him, Odysseus goes to his loyal swine herder, Eumaeus. This passage that is spoken by Eumaeus represents two themes. The first is the theme of hospitality. Throughout

  • Lies In The Odyssey

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    to keep his homecoming a secret to avoid being killed by the suitors. In his intricate lies he uses great guile and tact. His lies reveal things about the character and the intentions of the person he is lying to. When Odysseus returns home to Ithaca, he uses lying as an protective disguise against strangers. He knows that if the suitors heard about his return he would be killed. He uses specific language in his lies in order to get unspoken points across, revealing his cunning. Odysseus sees

  • The Use Of Monologue In Atwood's 'The Siren'

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    The use of monologue in this poem shapes a paradoxical theme, which makes the siren’s motivation blurry. In the context, the poem uses the word “song” three times in the first lines of three stanzas. The beginning stanzas are monologues of the siren. In the context, the song appears to be irresistibly attractive to the men, that it makes men jump over the board even if they see where they are heading to is scattered with corpses. The footnote of the poem has clarified that this song is chanted by

  • Catch Me If You Can Character Analysis

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    n Hermann En-097 Prof. Andrew Lussky October 8 2015 Two Mice in a Bucket of Cream The movie Catch Me If You Can is based on the life story of the world’s infamous imposter Frank Abagnale, who was known for his clever scams and job impersonations of an Airline pilot, Doctor, Lawyer, and School Teacher, he was also an expert at forging checks. In the movie there are many quotes that are repeated several times, and many questions that arise from these

  • Women In Beowulf

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    The Roles of Women in Beowulf Throughout the history of literature, female characters are often side characters that do not get much recognition from readers. It is a known fact that women are underestimated in Beowulf . When we look at the poem, more it is emphasized the bravery of Beowulf and how to struggle with Grendel. In my opinion, as well as male characters, women characters should be in the forefront in Beowulf. When we examine the roles of women in poetry by a closer, we can see that

  • Who Is The Perfect Legend In Beowulf

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    Goodness, devotion, obligingness, equality, and valiance all depict the characteristics a perfect legend would have. In the sonnet Beowulf, there is one character who conveys all and a greater amount of these expressed qualities, and that character is in reality the hero known as Beowulf. All through the sonnet Beowulf kills massive animals that appear to be not of this present reality and, in truth, Beowulf epitomizes the qualities of the perfect and immaculate legend. It begins off with King Hrothgar

  • Nostalgia And Homecoming In The Cold Mountain

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    Nostalgia and homecoming are two linked themes, both of them relate to the subject of returning home, either just in thought or physically coming home, and the emotions that are stirred up by that return. The movie Cold Mountain demonstrates that set of emotions that people often experience while being away from home, for whatever reason, and while trying to get back home. The movie takes place during a civil war and all of the characters are experiencing feelings of home sickness and nostalgia as