The Conflict Between Ulysses and Neptune in Homer’s “Odyssey”

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Darya Cowick
Professor Bockoven
ENGL 201
November 30, 2012
 
Dear Prof. Bockoven,
                The work Odyssey has always been extremely interesting to me. I have seen many movies based on the story and have been fascinated with the conflicts between humans and gods. In my essay I discuss the conflict between Ulysses and Neptune, by pointing out the latter is Ulysses main antagonist. I love the fact that Ulysses is a very heroic character and there is plenty of evidence about this in the work. Neptune is like the bad guy in the story and Homer had created a dark vibe around him.                 While writing this paper I discovered that I can think creatively and enjoyed it a lot. When I started just jotting down my thoughts I couldn’t stop. It was getting more and more interesting to find more evidence that support main thesis. While reading over and over some certain parts of Odyssey I found out that all characters are saturated with a lot of qualities that have a deeper meaning. Even though at first Neptune seemed right for the revenge for his son, gradually I discovered that he could not be compared as a father to Ulysses. When comparing gods with humans it is necessary to think that gods are often two faced and very selfish.                 The easy part for me when writing this essay was to write the thesis and figure out the main points I am going to be talking about. My thoughts were thriving in this topic and I enjoyed it a lot. The hard part was to find everything that was said about Neptune. Even though his role is significant in the work, he did not appear many times in it. I was looking for a dialog between the two characters but did not find it. I wanted to find out more about Neptune’s personality and life but Homer did not focus on him at all. The part that I struggled the most was the conclusion. It seemed to me that I said everything I wanted and I just could figure out the best way to sum up my essay. I also struggled with the right...
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