odysseus and achilles

Decent Essays
Aaron K. Gillespie Plotnik
ENG 220
Essay 1

Recipe For Remembrance

The ancient people of Greek mythology believed there was a recipe for a mortal man to claim immortality, and have a name that echoes throughout the ages. The ingredients can be found between the two very popular mythical figures of ancient Greece, Odysseus from Homer’s “The Odyssey and Achilles from his other timeless story, “The Iliad”. This document will relay the commonalities shared through tragedy, and revenge, along with the contrasting characteristics of personality, methodology in combat and, endured hardships. Through the combination of their trials, experiences, and personal attributes, we will not only be able to identify them thoroughly
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Finally Odysseus makes his men evacuate, and they make it to the land of the Cyclopes. Once they’re on the mainland they search for food, and explore. Soon they come across an empty cave that is full food, and animals. His men try to make haste, but due to Odysseus’s taking too long, Polyphemus the Cyclopes, son of Poseidon appears. At first the one-eyed giant appears to be hospitable, and offers food and tells them to relax. Then he becomes hostile, and adds to the tragedy of Odysseus crew by killing two of Odysseus’ men, and imprisons Odysseus along with the rest. Odysseus wants to kill Polyphemus right then, but he knows that only Polyphemus is strong enough to move the rock that he has placed across the door of his cave. Odysseus then decides to devise and execute a plan. The next day, Odysseus gets him drunk on wine that he brought along from the ship. Feeling under the influence, Polyphemus asks Odysseus his name; Odysseus replies that his name is “Nobody”, As soon as Polyphemus collapses with intoxication, Odysseus and a select group of his men drive the red-hot staff into his eye. Polyphemus wakes with a shriek, and his neighbors come to see what is wrong, but they leave as soon as he calls out, “Nobody’s killing me” (Via class discussion). Through the combination of their trials, experiences, and personal attributes, we can not only identify these hero’s thoroughly as men worthy of remembrance, but we
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