Loyalty in Odyssey Essay

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Loyalty in The Odyssey Loyalty is defined in the Webster's dictionary as faithfulness or devotion to a person, a cause or a duty. Through this definition, it can be expressed that loyalty is a major theme in Homer's epic, "The Odyssey". The author presents four mayor illustrations of loyalty, which are given by Penelope, Telemachus, Eumaeus and Philoetius and Odysseus. Penelope is Odysseus faithful wife who not only doesn't re-marry but also keeps hope that Odysseus is still alive and will someday come home. Telemachus embarks on a journey in search of his father, who has never actually met. Eumaios, the swineherd and Philoitois, the cowherd, remained committed to their duties as true servants of Odysseus. And ultimately, Odysseus…show more content…
Telemachus, Odysseus only son, shows his loyalty to his father by going on a voyage to search and investigate his father's destiny. Telemachus comment's "He father me, left me behind at home, and from me he got not joy ( Homer, Book XVI, 135). The author clearly demonstrates how this character, despite of never -----with his father, stays true to his cause: finding his father. Many times the author states Telemachus's will to bring back Odysseus, "If men could have all they want, free for the taking, I'd take first my father's journey home ( Homer, Book XVI,135). Another significant illustration of loyalty is given by Eumaeus, the swineherd and Philoetius, the cowherd, to their long gone master, Odysseus. Eumaeus speaks highly of his king's return home, "Now bring my prayer to pass! Let that men come back-some god guide him now" (Homer, Book XXI, 267). On the other side when hearing that Odysseus is coming home, Philoetius replies "if only Zeus would make that oath come true-you'd see my power, my fighting arms in action" (Homer, Book XX, 264). The author describes how ‘both men broke into tears and threw their arms around their old master' when they realize the true identity of the beggar, Odysseus. They obviously have great respect and devotion for him. By standing next to Odysseus in the slaughter, risking their own lives, the author properly established
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