The Odyssey and Hubris

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Many people can finish a long car ride and think it was the worst trip ever. Maybe the traffic was unbelievable or everyone in the car had to pee every fifteen minutes. However, Odysseus’ journey, in the epic poem The Odyssey, was guaranteed to be one hundred times harder. He spent 20 years fighting to return home to Ithica from after victoriously pillaging Troy in the Trojan War. Homer, who wrote the epic poem, embodies hubris in the main character Odysseus. Hubris can be defined as excessive arrogance or confidence and it is displayed throughout the epic poem and in today’s society.
Odysseus displays many examples of fatal flaws throughout The Odyssey, however, his most prominent is his hubris. Odysseus is favored by the gods, and he appears to have a strength and intelligence that are larger than life. As one may guess, he can be a bit proud. But Odysseus’ confidence can lead to trouble at times, especially when he gets trapped in Polyphemus’ cave. During this trial of his 20 year journey, Odysseus gets trapped with some of his men in a Cyclopes’ cave. Crafty as he is, Odysseus manages to escape at the cost of a few nights and some of his crew. By escaping on the Cyclopes’ sheep, Odysseus and his men make a hasty retreat to their ship; but Odysseus, proud of defeating the Cyclopes by blinding him and claiming that his name is Nohbody, shouts back at the Cyclopes instead of making a silent escape. In his ranting, Odysseus shouts at the Cyclopes, “if ever a mortal man
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