Odysseus and His Flaws

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Odysseus and his flaws
In Homer's Odyssey, the hero is Odysseus, a man who left his home to fight the Trojan War and who comes back twenty years later to find his household overrun by suitors courting his wife Penelope. Throughout his journey, this rich and complex character battles life's temptations towards purification, since he must overcome his sins and flaws in order to obtain redemption from the gods, thus returning home to his throne on the island of Ithaca. However, this purification process and Odysseus' chances of returning home are compromised by his flaws and those of his crew, while enhanced by the many virtues and qualities he possesses. This voyage symbolizes man's road to salvation hoping to obtain the God forgiveness
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The consequence of this is that the Cicones come back with support and easily inflict a shameful and costing victory to Odysseus' men.
Another weakness of the crew is their disobedient nature. They display this fault several times during the course of the plot, the most dramatic one being opening the sack of wind, which Aeolus the god of winds had given to their master, against his austere orders when they were just miles from home and Ithaca was in sight. The winds released from the sac immediately blow the boat off course and far from Ithaca, where they could have arrived if they'd obeyed. A third and final impurity of the crew is their gluttony. They demonstrate this flaw in the episode on Helios' island, when they butcher the cattle of the sun god instead of being patient and resistant to hunger, ignoring Odysseus' warnings and ultimately paying with their lives for their appetite since Helios asks Zeus to kill all those who participated in the killing, which he does, yet sparing Odysseus who was away when the butchering happened. Hence, one can clearly see how these three flaws show the weak nature of the crew, who symbolically embody man's sinful nature.
To complement his flaws, Odysseus has many qualities which give him his wisdom and skill and earn him the favor of the powerful goddess Athena. Some of these numerous attributes he possesses are pity, his respect of the gods,
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