The Odyssey By William Shakespeare

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Robert A. Heinlein once said, “Yield to temptation, it may not pass your way again” which is similar to Odysseus’ motto in The Odyssey. Odysseus is constantly dealing with obstacles that have been set in place by the Gods. Mainly the obstacle involves a woman being a temptress in order to detour Odysseus from his journey home to Ithaca. Eventually, Odysseus resists the seductresses in order to continue his journey home to Ithaca so he can finally see his wife Penelope. In The Odyssey women have a narrow, but significant role similar to their role in ancient Greece. Every time there is temptation present Odysseus yields, especially when the seductress is desirable, showing that he wants to yield to the woman who are tempting him with sex,…show more content…
However, a majority of Homer 's audience would know that the real reason Helen was the cause of the Trojan war is because she has an affair with Paris. After Paris captured Helen and brought her back to Troy, Helen fell in love with Paris. This abduction of Helen ignited the start of the Trojan war. In the epic, Helen is described as being as “striking as Artemis with her golden shafts” (Od. 4.136) and is very hospitable towards Telemachus. Helens beauty as well as her affair with Paris have deemed her to be a seductress. Helen’s role as a temptress is crucial, because she is the reason why Odysseus left Ithaca to fight in the Trojan war. Menelaus reminisces about the Trojan Horse and mentions Helen being the “voice of all our long-lost wives” (Od. 4.313) since she was imitating the voices of Greek soldiers’ wives. Helen did not intentionally try to keep Odysseus away from Ithaca, but she catalyzed the events that caused Odysseus to stay away for ten years. Helen being a temptress is vital, because she is the reason that Odysseus is on his quest to return home. A similar temptress to Calypso, in The Odyssey, is Circe. Circe is also described as a “lustrous goddess” with a “spellbinding voice” (Od. 10.243). These characteristics make it easy for Circe to bewitch Odysseus’ men, however Odysseus escapes the trap. Odysseus “mounted [mounts] Circe’s gorgeous bed” to save his men similar to how he sleeps with Calypso, during his stay with her (Od. 10.386). Circe does not
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