Essay on Odysseus

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Odysseus

Homer’s The Odyssey, a magnificent story of lust, deceit, greed, and heroism, still fascinates scholars and casual readers alike today in the same way it fascinated its audience at the time it was written. The Odyssey, a journey of determination, patience, and virtue, tells the tail of Odysseus, the main character, on his voyage home to Ithaka after the end of the Trojan War. Odysseus goes through many unforeseen trials and tribulations, which exemplify his character. During these different happenings, Odysseus makes decisions that do not correspond to his character. Odysseus’ character , as seen in the Iliad, is much like that of a Homeric hero. A hero in Homer’s world entails many attributes other than physical
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Odysseus’ curiosity and desire for adventure, driving him inland, somewhat hinder his attempt to return home. Odysseus’ men want to loot the goods and return to the ship. But, despite the pleading of his men, Odysseus wants to meet the cave-dwellers and see what they have to offer. This came to be a dire mistake. Polyphêmos enters the cave, and after brief words, he, in one swift motion, grabs, dismembers, then proceeds to feed on two of Odysseus’ men. After a brief stay in the cave and a few more dead men, Odysseus congers a plan which defeats Polyphêmos and returns Odysseus and his men safely back to the ship. This episode cost Odysseus the lives of men - lives lost for pure curiosity and his yearn for action. Directly after escaping Polyphêmos, Odysseus cries out in anger at the Kyklops, who proceeds to toss boulders at Odysseus’ ships. After each cry, Polyphêmos gets closer and closer with his tosses. Then, unintelligently, Odysseus, for sake of false confidence, reveals his name to Polyphêmos. Polyphêmos then prays to his father, Poseidon, against Odysseus’ voyage home to Ithaka. Instead of the men’s, now Odysseus’ actions endanger their lives. Odysseus and his men sail to another land - Aiolia Island, the home of Aiolos Hippotadês, the wind king. Aiolos plays host to Odysseus and his crew for a month. Staying for this length of time suggests Odysseus’ desire to return home is

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