The Making of a Hero
The Odyssey an epic poem by Homer (translated by Robert Fitzgerald) has many various themes woven throughout the story. One of my personal favorites is: falling into temptation will take you farther back than your starting point. You can see this theme portrayed as Odysseus struggles to find his home but when tempted stays to long with Circe. Or as they are almost home to Ithika and Odysseus’s crew opens the sack of winds. Also when they land on the island of the sun god and though they were told not to, eat some of his cattle. “As we were men we could not help consenting.
So day by day we lingered, feasting long
on roasts and wine, until a year grew fat.
but when the passing months and wheeling seasons
brought the long summery days, the pause of summer,
my ship mates one day summoned me and said:
‘Captain, shake off this trance, and think of home-
if home indeed awaits us,
if we shall ever see your own well-timbered hall on Ithika.’” (Homer 179) This section from book 10 shows that although Odyssues and his crew had taken what they needed upon the invitation of Circe; they found themselves unable to leave. This makes the crew uneasy to the point of questioning whether or not they will ever see their home again. While Odysseus is enchanted by Circe he is unable to take control and his giving in to Circe gives her total power over him. He brought along so many presents, plunder
Out of Troy, that’s it. How about ourselves-
His shipmates all the way?...
I say we ought to crack that bag,
There’s gold and silver, plenty, in that bag!
Temptation had its way with my companions,
And they untied the bag.
Then every wind roused into hurricane; the ships went pitching West with many cries: our land was lost (Homer 166)
This to me is one of the saddest parts of the Odyssey because they were almost home almost to the end of the journey but envy overcame them to the point that they lost sight of right and wrong. In opening the bag...
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