Analysis Of ' The Odyssey '

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Isabelle Balaban
Mrs. Williams
Ninth Honors Literature
6 October 2015 PsychOdyssey Tolkien once said, “Living by faith includes the call to something greater than cowardly self-preservation”. In this quote he captures the very essence of heroism. Homer’s epic poem “The Odyssey” follows one man, Odysseus on his hero’s journaey home from the Trojan War. There is no question as to whether or not his quest follows the steps of the hero’s journey monomyth. The hero’s journey monomyth is the universal link in all tales of adventure. It contends that every hero follows a three-stage journey consisting of a departure, fulfillment, and return. Odysseus’ story fits perfectly into these three stages. He departs Calypso’s Island, fulfills his quest of returning to his native land, and returns to his palace to regain his role as leader. The controversy lies in whether the character of Odysseus truly merits the title of hero. Odysseus acts more in the fashion of someone pursuing cowardly self-preservation than a hero pursuing a greater good. He proves himself to be a cruel and sadistic serial killer against the Cyclops and his wife’s unfortunate suitors, selfish and immature in his conduct towards enemies, and the opposite of a hero, a coward when the gods put him to the ultimate test. Odysseus is many things but not a hero. Odysseus is a serial killer masquerading as a hero. He murders and tortures countless individuals without remorse. For example in his first test with an enemy,
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