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The Odyssey Essay

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The Odyssey is a Greek word meaning 'the tale of Odysseus.'; Odysseus, the King of Ithaca; husband of Penelope; father of Telemachus; and son of Laertes was not able to return home after the war he was once in: the Trojan War. Stuck on an island, he is presumed dead. In his absence, suitors for his wife ruin his house with lavish feasts. This epic poem, by Homer, describes how Odysseus, with the help of the gods, gets home and regains his kingship. Justice is always harsh in the Odyssey; there is either no justice or a lot of it; the punishment however, is always severe. Justice in the Odyssey plays out among these characters: Odysseus and his crew, the suitors, Poseidon, Aeolus, Hyperion, Agamemnon, Aegisthus, Melanthius, Melantho,…show more content…
When Odysseus departed from Calypso's island, Poseidon noticed and wrecked havoc using his powers of the sea: '[Odysseus] heard the thunder of surf on a rocky coast. With an angry roar the great seas were battering at the rocky land and all was veiled in spray. There were no coves, no harbours, that would hold a ship; nothing but headlands jutting out, sheer rock and jagged reefs'; (pg. 81-82). Also after the Phaeacians had helped Odysseus, Poseidon punished them for their kindness to his enemy. Hyperion, the sun god, loved his cattle and told Odysseus and his crew not to eat them. When the crew was starving, they slaughtered and ate Hyperion's cows. Hyperion demanded justice from the gods: 'Father Zeus and you other blessed gods who live for ever, take vengeance on the followers of Odysseus. . . They have criminally killed my cattle, the cattle that gave me such joy every day as I climbed the starry sky and as I dropped down from heaven and sank once more to earth'; (pg. 190). Zeus answered Hyperion and killed all of Odysseus' crew. Aeolus had given Odysseus a large leather bag, which contained the strong winds that could set them off course. Odysseus' crew got curious and opened the bag. All the strong winds hurried them off course, and they eventually landed back to Aeolus' island. They went to Aeolus and asked for help. However Aeolus was very mad for the crew's carelessness and demanded that Odysseus and his crew leave the island: 'Get off this
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