Odysseus of the Underworld
As I finish reading ‘The Odyssey’, story that is told by homer a poet who loved to tell stories of the gods and all the adventures and journeys the heroes went through. Odysseus the man who is astute and cares nothing but to get home to Ithaca where there, lies his kingdom, life, wife, and son who he had left when he was just born. While some might argue that Odysseus is not a hero, his decidedly heroic actions outweigh all of his faults because he is dishonest, self-centered, disloyal and disrespectful. He doesn’t care if he puts his man in danger he just wants to come back to Ithaca.
To begin with, Odysseus is not a good hero he is dishonest because he cheats on his wife with Calypso and Circe. It is ironic that when he goes home as a beggar he asks his wife Penelope if she cheated on him. He is also dishonest in lines 360-361 when Odysseus tells the Cyclops that his name is “Nobody’’. Another reason Odysseus is dishonest is when he is the only survivor after his journey, he didn’t bother to tell his man. He is also being dishonest when he doesn’t tell his wife Penelope that he is in Ithaca only his son.
Next, not only is Odysseus dishonest but disrespectful and bellicose. In lines 1300-1304, Odysseus kills all the suitors in cold blood when most of them didn’t commit a crime. Another way he is being disrespectful and violent is when Eurycleia recognizes Odysseus and he threatens to kill her if she reveals his identity. Also Odysseus is disrespectful in lines 501-505, Odysseus tells the Cyclops, ‘Cyclops, if ever mortal inquire how you were put to shame and blinded, tell him Odysseus raider of cities, took your “eye:laertes’son,” whose homes on Ithaca!’ He disrespects gods, he doesn’t thank the gods when their helping him to get back to Ithaca. Not unless he is forced to do it. Then, another way that he is not heroic is him being self-centered he doesn’t want to take peoples advice. Like in lines 780-797, Odysseus was given an...
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