The second of Homer’s greatest epics, The Odyssey, begins in medias res with a separated father and son facing vastly different identity crises, with Odysseus traveling the islands of the Mediterranean Sea to find his home of Ithaca, while his son, Telemachus, attempts to find his own individuality as a leader and understand both himself and his father. After insulting and tempting the wrath of the god of the sea, Poseidon, Odysseus encounters many arduous challenges before arriving home, as Poseidon vows to return Odysseus to his homeland of Ithaca “a broken man.” Throughout Book 9, the conflict between Odysseus and Poseidon is initiated, establishing the discord of mortal man versus god and demonstrating the role of god as a greater, controlling in human fate.
As most people know, the epic poem The Odyssey relates the story of the Greek Odyssey who takes ten years to return home from the Trojan War. This length of time was due to the mere distance of his homeland but rather the interaction of various mythic figures who cause him trouble. Many of these interactions were the result of the influence of the sea god Poseidon, who intended to punish the war hero. The staggering length of this trial and enmity owes its existence not only to the god’s pride but also to his cruelty, demonstrating that the elements of the world can be just as vengeful as men themselves.
King Acrisius was king of Argos. He had an amazingly beautiful daughter, but he wished deeply for a son, so he prayed to the gods for them to give him a son. Apollo,the god of culture and prophecy, told him that he will never have a son in all his days and that the son of his daughter will slay him. Acrisius thinks of just killing his daughter,Danae, to prevent his prophecy, but fears of the punishment he will receive from the gods for this act, so he instead locks his daughter in an entirely bronze house and guards it closely. What he did not expect is for the king of the gods Zeus to come directly to his daughter and impregnate her. From this comes a son named Perseus. When Acrisius learns of his daughter's offspring, he puts both Perseus and Danae in a trunk and sets it off into the ocean. By luck or by the will of Zeus Perseus and Danae wash up onto a small island, where a kind hearted fisherman named Dictys takes in the two strangers. They live contently with Dictys until Dictys' brother, King Polydectes, fell in love with Danae. He decides to construe a plot to get rid of her son,Perseus, so that he can have her. The plan he comes is to convince Perseus to go and slay the woman-beast Medusa. He thinks this feat impossible by a mortal man, because any man who lays eyes upon her turns to stone. To aid him on his quest Hermes gives him a sword stronger than that of Medusa's scale. He also told him he would need equipment from the nymphs of the north, who's location was unknown by all except the Gray Women who are ray and live in gray.The three sisters share one eye between them all and
In Greek mythology, there is always a perpetual notion of power. The desire for power is associated with the father figure of a family. Furthermore, a father sets the tone for his family by setting rules and establishing their reputation. From the beginning of time, there has been angst in losing power, starting with the Earth and sky. Arising fear occurs when a father finds that one of his children is a threat to his throne. It also develops when a father realizes that since he sabotaged his own father, potentially his child could the same. Taking into consideration both of these cases, it is understood that a male parent in ancient Greek consciousness seeks a role having power. This thirst for power has resulted in the betrayal of wives and the attempt to destroy an upbringing of children. Through the fatherhood of Ouranos, Cronos, and Zeus, it is clear that their role is to exercise dominance, moreover keep away potential threats.
The gods are constantly involved with mortal women and are not shamed for it, Zeus’ being especially guilty of this. However, Calypso argues that when an immortal women such as herself sleeps with a mortal man she is berated and the man is whisked away. She refers to the gods as “scandalized” in result of her involvement with Odysseus, yet they are unimpeded to sleep with any women they desire. Calypso wishes the power to be held to the same standard as the gods, but the etiquette of a goddess is to not freely become involved with mortals, as it is of a god. Calypso angrily must give up Odysseus, and in book six he finally makes his way onto another island after a near death experience awash in the sea. On this island lives Princess Nausicaa who also must undergo gender roles. The goddess Athena, disguised as a friend of the princess, convinces Nausicaa that she should take a trip to the river to wash and bathe her clothes as a plan to get her and Odysseus to meet up. Odysseus finds Nausicaa at the stream, and first she is scared because he is dirty and very fatigued. He then talks to her, and she offers him help. She asks that he accompany her back to the palace where he can get help of her parents, the king and queen. He is about to ride in the Nausicaa's wagon, but then she asks that Odysseus must follow behind, telling him about what would possibly happen if the were to ride
Athene asks her father, Zeus, king of the gods, to force Kalpyso to release him. Odysseus leaves the island on a makeshift raft. Poseidon creates a storm, causing Odysseus to wash ashore in the land of Phaiakians. Athene the makes the princess of the Phaiakians, Nausikaa to develop feelings for Odysseus. She takes him home to meet her parents, the King and Queen of Phaiakia, and Odysseus ends up
Today we landed on a cyclops’ island. The cyclops was Poseidon’s son, Polyphemus. We had escaped his wraith using an ingenious plan devised by Odysseus. However, even after we had escaped, Odysseus decided to taunt the cyclops, frustrating all of the crew. What an idiot Odysseus was, soon after he taunted the cyclops, Polyphemus personally asked Poseidon himself to kill all of Odysseus’ crewmen, including me! Our captain’s foolishness has angered a god, one of the most powerful gods, and we are sailing on his waters! I wish that our captain would give up his pride and leave peacefully. It is just so frustrating to know that I will suffer for his actions. Even though his actions were foolish, I have talked it over with my friends, they all agree
There was a girl named Adara, who was born on Mt. Olympus, her father was a god, Apollo, and mother, Naomi, was mortal. But her mother had to go back and take her daughter with her because her daughter was also mortal and Zeus wouldn’t allow this. But in her childhood she lived in a very small town, Xavier, it was her, her half sister, and mother. On August 29 her sister had left and went to live with her husband, she was 20 a year younger than her. That same day there was a hurricane, Katrina, that destroyed everyone in it, including her mother. Adara left with her sister to move into the city. When she came back, she saw her town was destroyed and found her own mother dead.
Theseus is a youthful mortal who wanted only, but to know who his father is, so he inquired his mother, Aethra. Aethra had responded saying that his father was Aegeus, king of Athens, but the heart of Aethra truly belonged to the great Poseidon, god of the deep blue sea. Aethra bestowed a sharp, deadly, cold sword and a pair of sandals upon Theseus and she said, “Take them to him, and call him father.”, and, so Theseus went on a quest to find his father, Aegeus.
A ship set sail from the island of Mykonos, sailing to Mount Olympus. The captain of the boat was Poseidon. They were on the Aegean Sea. The voyage was supposed to take over a month, but Poseidon was the sea god so he sped up the trip by having mermaids pull the boat. The mermaids got tired fast, so Poseidon sent them back to his sea palace. About halfway through the voyage, the crew refused to work together.
I watched as Odysseus took out my son’s eye. He was blinded. I just stood and watched as my youngest son was blinded. I felt more furious in my entire lifetime. “I can’t just stand by and watch my children be destroyed by mortals; it’s not what I do. For heaven’s sake, I am the God of the sea. My children can’t be picked off one by one with me sitting in the corner fretting. My god, Zeus, I can’t do anything without you nagging me about it. You believe that just because you’re the god of lightning, you’re better than Hades and I. Your only brothers and you can’t support one. It’s sad really. I work this hard and you don’t even help me avenge my son,” I boomed, almost as loud as his thunder.