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  • Odysseus - 913 Words
    Odyssey is one of the famous ancient greek epic written by homer. I think that it was really interesting. Before maam conte taught us the story of odyssey im looking forward to it. Maybe, because ive got curios when i read the iliad. it such a great thing that we/i can watch some scene in history of the greeks. for me who really like knowing about greeks god and goddesses was happy about the movie. I see that the greek epic was indeed rich in culture. In this movie i can have an idea of what...
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  • Odysseus - 977 Words
    Odysseus: The Epic Hero The Trojan War took place around 1200 B.C. The cause of this war was Helen, Menelaus’ wife and the most beautiful woman in the world. She was kidnapped from Sparta and taken to Troy, where she was married to Paris. A war resulted, and it went on for ten long years. Troy was defeated with the Trojan Horse, which was Odysseus’ idea. Greek warriors hid inside the hollow wooden horse, and it was brought into Troy because the Trojans assumed it meant that the Greeks had...
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  • Odysseus - 461 Words
    Odysseus and Oedipus Reflection #3 The Odyssey and Oedipus the King are two examples of epic poems in Greek literature. The main characters in both epic poems confront many obstacles in their destiny and overcome them with great effort. They both face their destiny with hardships and courage. The Odyssey was written by Greek poet, Homer. In The Odyssey, Odysseus fought a war against the city of Troy and was victorious. He was then held captive by the nymph Calypso for twenty years. During...
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  • Odysseus - 587 Words
    Responsible, Crafty, and Bold the three words that describe Odysseus. The readers of his adventure learn that he is intelligent and always has a plan. In “The Odyssey”, Odysseus is seen preparing, Leading the win at Troy, and fearing nothing. His amazing skills show his heroism in the poem. Odysseus is a hero because of his leadership, bravery, and his planning. Odysseus is a hero because of his leadership. Odysseus led his men out of the Cyclopes cave and chose to go home instead of being...
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  • Odysseus - 1682 Words
     Aung 1 Thwin Htoo Aung Ms. Tiffany Griffith FYS 111 25 September 2013 Odysseus: A good leader The Odyssey of Homer is a book about a hero and his adventures in his journey home. In this paper, we will discuss about some heroic characters and the leadership skill of...
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  • Odysseus - 662 Words
    The Great Odysseus In the poem, The Odyssey, by Homer, 3 strong character traits of Odysseus, the main character, are demonstrated. Homer makes all of these traits very clear, they can be qualified as good or bad traits. Homer displays these traits constantly but in different ways. In other words, his weakness hurt him but his quick thinking would help him. Odysseus’ arrogant attitude could either be considered a good trait or a bad trait. Odysseus, the main character of The Odyssey by Homer...
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  • odysseus - 1071 Words
     Odysseus In The Odyssey, Odysseus breaks Homers’ rule of characters not changing by going from a glory-seeking leader with a big mouth, to being a home-seeking leader that is patient. Odysseus has all the Homeric characteristics that define a leader. He has nobility, strength, courage, and a sharp intellect. Odysseus, along with every other hero, also has a few bad traits. He likes to linger around in one place for too long, his pride and ego are too big, and he wants glory so much he loses...
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  • Odysseus - 817 Words
    “Odysseus is too thoughtless, selfish and deceitful to be a real hero.” How far do you agree with this view? Yes, I do agree that Odysseus was thoughtless, selfish and deceitful but these qualities were necessary for him to complete his journey and be seen as a hero on his return to Ithaca. Greek heroes like Odysseus were greater than the average man and achieved much notoriety and fame by being thoughtless, selfish and deceitful. Inevitability Odysseus, curiosity led him to make bad decisions...
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  • Odysseus - 1250 Words
    Jonathan Tran Mrs. Kravchak Honors humanities; Per. 6 September 6, 2012 Odysseus’s Journey All Greek myths are crazy adventures with all-powerful gods and deadly monsters. In Homer’s epic poem The Odyssey, the king of Ithica, Odysseus, is trying to get home to his family after a ten year war conquering the city of Troy. Odysseus encounters numerous perils during his journey home. Some of his impediments included Calypso, a god, Polyphemus, a giant Cyclopes, and the suitors. Calypso...
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  • Odysseus - 425 Words
    Odysseus’s Leadership Skills Good leaders inspire those who follow with words as well as actions. There are, however, not perfect and sometimes make poor decisions. In The Odyssey, Odysseus, being human, sometimes makes errors in judgment and puts himself and his men in danger. In Homer’s classic epic, The Odyssey, Odysseus demonstrates characteristics of both an effective and ineffective leader. An example of Odysseus’s effective leadership...
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  • Odysseus - 502 Words
    On a ten-year voyage across cold and choppy seas with nothing but the bitter wind at one’s back, physical strength is a necessity. The chances of successfully trekking home with weak limbs are not great. In Homer’s The Odyssey, Odysseus is the epitome of power. His brawny physique undoubtedly grants him the strength to swim, climb, run and even kill his way back to his wife. But Odysseus cannot return home on physical force alone, as many of the obstacles he faces are mental. Perhaps the...
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  • Odysseus - 816 Words
    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...
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  • Odysseus - 1238 Words
    The Odyssey An epic is described as a long narrative poem with all its elements considered epic including epic heroes, epic plot, epic themes, and epic settings. In The Odyssey, an epic written by Homer, all these elements are used. The Odyssey is a good example of an epic because it incorporates all the necessary components. An epic has many different parts. One of the main parts of an epic is archetypes. Archetypes are characters, situations, and images that are recognizable in many times...
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  • Odysseus - 417 Words
    An old Latin proverb stated, " Fortune favors the bold," meaning luck favors the brave. Has odysseus ensured his survival, ors he flawed and lucky. The Odyssey is about a man, Odysseus, who must overcome obstacles to arrive to his home, Ithaca, From Troy. Odysseus is flawed and lucky man, as evidenced by his encounters with Polyphemus, the cyclops, the sirens and their temptations, and fear of when he visits the Underworld. Odysseus shows that he is a flawed and lucky man when he encounters...
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  • Odysseus - 489 Words
    Ana Francisco Pg. 640 1. Almost three thousand years ago, people who lived in the starkly beautiful part of the world we now call Greece were telling stories about a great war. 2. What are Homer’s great war stories?Iliad and the Odyssey 3. Homer’s stories can probably be traced to what and where? Historical struggles; Aegean sea to the sea of Marmara and Black sea. 4. Homer’s first epic poem and Iliad tells to story of ?Be Specific 10 year war fought outside troy. 5. Who was the...
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  • Odysseus - 985 Words
    Odysseus, a hero? What comes to mind when we think of a hero? Generally, we think a hero is someone with some super powers, and has the ability to save the world. The Odyssey, by Homer, a Greek mythical epic, includes Odysseus, someone who would be considered a hero, by what bravery he had shown. But as his life and the epic progresses, almost every time Odysseus faces a difficulty, he chooses to do the right thing, yet his pride and selfishness always get in the way, bringing him down...
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  • Odysseus in The Odyssey - 586 Words
    Odysseus illustrates the concept of arête throughout The Odyssey through varying facets of a glorious warrior, a storyteller full of cunning wits, and a splendid Greek guest respecting xenia. All over The Odyssey we see the excellence of a warrior personified through Odysseus creating one of the identities associated with him. On his voyage home from Troy, Odysseus and his crew first come to Ismarus, home of the Cicones, and sack the city. Odysseus leads his...
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  • Is Odysseus a Hero - 388 Words
    Is Odysseus a hero? I feel that Odysseus, like any person, can be a hero at some times and very selfish at other times. During the war in Troy, Odysseus was surely a hero, thinking smartly and protecting his men well. However, in books nine through twelve, Odysseus is definitely not playing the role of a hero among his crew. On almost any page you turn to in the book, you can find some act of selfishness coming from Odysseus. During his journey, Odysseus performs many courageous...
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  • Odysseus & Aeneas - 1065 Words
    Odysseus & Aeneas By: Chance E-mail: mmb0014@unt.edu If there is any possibility that a comparison could be made with the famous journeys of Odysseus and Aeneas, it must be known that Aeneas is actually a hero in search of his own soul while Odysseus is a hero trying to find his old life and in a sense, his old soul. The Aeneid is very much of a spiritual quest, which makes it unique in ancient literature and in contrast with the Odyssey. Only Virgil admits to the possibility that a...
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  • The Story of Odysseus - 307 Words
    Odysseus, a hopeless player or a faithful husband? In my opinion, I believe that Odysseus is a hopeless player. Although he was trying to return to Ithaca so that he could be reunited with his beautiful wife Penelope, on his journey he was not always faithful. First off I would describe Odysseus as a desperate type of guy because he tries to charm every girl he lays eyes upon, he will go for anything he can find. On one of his adventures he received a bath from four lovely ladies. Odysseus...
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  • Maturity of Odysseus - 756 Words
    Have you ever been immature at the start of a big event then at the end become very mature? If you have then you are just like Odysseus in the Odyssey, very immature and made lots of mistakes at the beginning but then at the end lets go of his major pride and submits to the gods’ wishes. One summer my Mother and sister went to Romania on a mission’s trip, so my brothers were sent to stay at a friends and I flew to Arizona from Wyoming to stay with some other friends. I was twelve years old and...
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  • Foils for Odysseus - 1448 Words
    Breanna Manlick 4-26-2014 CLAS 342 Paper Assignment #2 Character Foils for Odysseus The Odyssey is the epic that has been read time and time again, by varying ages, digging its way into our hearts, becoming an instant classic. Odysseus and the adventures of his homecoming create a much different tale than Homer’s other work, the Iliad, provided. The epic is not about bloodthirsty men trying to get their hands on kleos anymore; it is about the homecoming of a man who uses his wits, not his...
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  • Odysseus is not a Hero
    A hero is "a man noted for his special achievements" according to the dictionary, but if you ask most people what a hero is, you will get the same general response. They will probably say "someone who does something for other people out of the goodness of his heart." Odysseus, who is the main character of the book "The Odyssey" written by Homer, would fit the dictionary¹s definition of a hero; but if you go deeper, looking at what people feel a hero is, he doesn¹t even come close. In the book,...
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  • Is Odysseus a Hero? - 576 Words
    Is Odysseus a Hero? Many believe that bravery or taking heroic actions are the main traits a true hero should attain however, people often forget about the immoral character traits one can have. In The Odyssey, an epic by Homer, Odysseus is the king of Ithaca who goes through a long and dangerous journey back home to his family after fighting in the Trojan War. A true hero should not only take brave actions but must also be a role model with admirable characteristics such as honesty and being...
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  • Odysseus' Obstacles - 332 Words
    Odysseus’s Obstacles Epic heroes must overcome obstacles in order to prove themselves true heroes. In The Odyssey by Homer many of the obstacles Odysseus encounters are female, monsters, and seducers. Odysseus overcomes many female obstacles such as Scylla, Circe, Sirens, and Calypso. Ancient Greeks felt women were dangerous. Things would be different if Odysseus encountered more male obstacles because he would have just fought them and won. Odysseus has many experiences with...
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  • Odysseus: a Hero - 340 Words
    In today’s eclectic society, everybody’s heroes are different. However, during the era Homer’s The Odyssey was created all heroes had same characteristics. Heroes were the people who saved people; they were courageous wise and had fighting spirit. Odysseus, the main character in Homer’s epic poem was clever brave and a great strategist. Although he has these strengths, he has some negative qualities, but most of his heroic qualities still hold true today. Odysseus possesses heroic qualities,...
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  • Character of Odysseus - 827 Words
    English make up quiz 01 The Odyssey (Books IX, X) Q. Give a character desorption of Odysseus based on the two books, what would you identify as his most essential, defining character traits? How would you describe him as a leader/commander? I find Odysseus as a very complicated character. He is strong, courageous, Intelligent, confident and most importantly very cunning character with judgmental problem. As I read book IX, I find him as a self assured man, so proud of identifying...
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  • Gilgamesh and Odysseus - 572 Words
     “Comparison of the journeys undertaken by Gilgamesh and Odysseus” Odysseus main challenge is to help defeat the Trojans in the battle of the Trojan horse. All the men who survived the war and the sea were safely back at home, other than Odysseus, he still had a long journey ahead of him. In the beginning of his journey, his challenge was brought upon him by the powerful God of the sea Poseidon. Poseidon became Odysseus enemy after a Cyclops held him and his crewmates captive. After escaping...
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  • Is Odysseus a Hero? - 384 Words
    Hana Epstein December 18, 2012 “Hero” Writing Assignment Would somebody still be considered a hero even if they had help with every problem he or she faced? Well, in the classic Greek novel The Odyssey, written by Homer, the main character, Odysseus, goes through a long journey in which he faces many challenges. When he originally left his true love, Penelope, to fight in the battle of Troy, he never expected that his expedition to return home would take 20 years. During that time...
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  • Odysseus' Identity - 529 Words
    Identity Odysseus not mentioning his name is related to the series of events in that he has to find his identity before he can reveal it. Even once he reached the hall of Alkinoos he had to try to remain hidden because his journey was not yet over. In each episode there was some kind of challenge he had to face before he could reveal who he was. In the Cyclops episode he reveals his name when they are sailing away. In the Circa episode, he reveals his identity after he overcomes the witch’s...
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  • Machiavelli and Odysseus - 4351 Words
    Power and Leadership The Connection of Power and Leadership between The Odyssey and The Prince Research Assignment Stories in Diverse Media LAPS/HUMA 1780 Prepared for: Dr. Gillian Helfield Mr. Julian Manyoni Prepared by: Samuel James Ysip 212-697-983 Power and Leadership Power and leadership play a big role in accomplishing the objectives of a team. A person having these two attributes can direct a group of people towards achieving their common goal. These two components of...
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  • Odysseus in Hades - 1047 Words
    Odysseus’ adventures in Hades Few characters in literature have ever ventured into the underworld and returned back to earth. Odysseus’ trip to the underworld offers the reader an insight into Ancient Greek society and religion. The advice and requests made by the people he encounters show us how the people of the time viewed the afterlife Circe directed Odysseus to the kingdom of the dead in book 11 after he had spent a full year in her kingdom. Upon arriving to the underworld,...
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  • Odysseus Leadership - 1738 Words
    Odysseus: The Definition of a Leader When considering the impact of ancient Greek literature, it is imperative to acknowledge the importance of The Odyssey and The Iliad, both created by the poet Homer. The Odyssey is centered on the character Odysseus as he returns from war and journeys back to his home in Ithaca. The Iliad focuses on the Trojan War and is largely centered on the fearless warrior Achilles. However, Odysseus plays an important role in both pieces of literature and leads the...
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  • Odysseus as a Hero - 893 Words
    The blinding sunlight. The outline of pride and courage. Veins straining from the bulging muscles. Dodging every obstacle, when men cower in fear, a figure of greatness and leader of courage strives to return home. In Homer’s epic poem, The Odyssey, Odysseus, the central character of the epic, applies his strengths, leadership skills and his determination to reach his abode escaping from flesh eating one-eyed mammoths, arrogant betrayers, and violent whirlpool and sea monsters. Odysseus...
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  • Obituary of Odysseus - 444 Words
    Jessica Lu G10 English Odysseus, 69, died April 4th, 1152 BC, by disease, when sailing on the ocean. Odysseus was born in Ithaca. He was the son of Laertes. He and his wife Penelope had a child named Telemuchus. As the king of Ithaca, Odysseus led his troops went on the fight which lasted for 10 years, the Trojan War. During this journey, he and his troops encountered a numerous of difficulties and obstacles, like Circe, cyclopes, and the Sirens. However, Odysseus conquered every single...
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  • Heroics of the Odysseus - 1126 Words
    Ignorant Heroics If one were to walk methodically through an art gallery viewing the lovely artworks of the past you'd have to really stop and notice those of the Renaissance. These statues usually period pieces from Italian or French masters such as Donatello or Praxiteles were always sculpting realistic visions of the Gods such as Hermes. In a more popular example even modern man was made too look grand yet...
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  • The Hero Odysseus - 775 Words
    The Hero Odysseus Homer’s Odyssey is an epic tale that shows us the struggle of one man who is known as Odysseus, and his ten-year struggle to return home to his wife after fighting in the Trojan War. Along the way he is faced with many challenges, and the decisions he makes shapes his fate, his life, and the lives of his crew aboard his ship. During his journey, he makes good and bad decisions such as blinding Cyclopes, leaving the mystical bag of winds unguarded, and building the Trojan...
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  • Odysseus Essay - 975 Words
    In this epic poem of the Odyssey, it displays arrogance, heroism, and cleverness. A quote that represents Odysseus well is by Garth Stein: The true hero is flawed. The true test of a champion is not whether he can triumph, but whether he can overcome obstacles - preferably of his own making - in order to triumph. Like all heroes on their journey they will eventually complete their quest, but there will always be hardships along the way. Especially with Odysseus rash decisions. In book...
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  • Is Odysseus a Hero? - 656 Words
    Is Odysseus a Hero? Anyone can be brave, caring, intelligent, or confident. When these characteristics are combined in one person that person is called a hero. The Hero’s Journey is never an easy one. This particular journey, as detailed in Homer’s The Odyssey, is one of struggle, loss, heartache, pain, growth and triumph. It is comprised of many steps that Odysseus has to overcome and battle through in order to achieve his final goal of reaching his home and his loved ones. Odysseus...
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  • Oedipus and Odysseus - 828 Words
    Oedipus the King and The Odyssey share many similarities. The most important and significant similarity is that both epic poems are involved in a conflict when we first encounter the poems. In The Odyssey, we learn that the main character, Odysseus, has been held captive by the nymph Calypso for twenty years. We also learn that Odysseus had finished (and won) fighting a war against the city of Troy and has been held captive by Calypso ever since. During this time, Odysseus' son and wife, whom...
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  • Odysseus: a Hero - 1351 Words
    Odysseus: A Hero Heroism was not an invention of the Greeks. Yet, through the first hundreds years of their civilization, the Greek literature has already given birth to highly polished and complex long epics that revolved around heroes. These literature works gave many possibilities of definition of heroism. The Greeks illustrated heroism to obey the rules laid down by the gods and goddesses, and those who obey the rules would gain honor and fame. The Greeks regarded intelligence as one of...
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  • Odysseus Is Not a Hero
    In Homer’s Odyssey, an epic poem translated by Robert Fagles, Odysseus, who is the main character of the book, would fit the dictionary's definition of a hero if you go deeper, looking at what people feel a hero is, and he doesn't even come close. In the book, Odysseus does nothing out of the goodness of his heart. During the war in Troy, Odysseus was definitely a hero by thinking smartly and by protecting his men, but, even if Odysseus fought in the Trojan War, he is not a hero because he...
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  • The Adventure of Odysseus - 4668 Words
    [pic] The adventure of Odysseus What is an Epic? A long narrative poem about a legendary hero. Homer • poet • thought to be blind, but describes events as a seeing person • lived around 1200 B.C.E Ismarus City • From Troy, the ships first made land at Ismarus. • Ismarus – City of Ciconians • Odysseus lost six men from each ship. • Odysseus continued their sailing. • They were overtaken by a storm which drove them for NINE DAYS along the sea till they...
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  • Is Odysseus a Hero? - 805 Words
    Omar Qureshi Period 5 Is Odysseus a Hero? What is a hero? In my opinion, a hero is someone who accomplishes spectacular feats and puts others before himself. According to my definition, Odysseus, the main character in the epic poem The Odyssey, deserves the title of hero. This is due to three reasons; he is skilled in battle, ingenious and loyal. One way a hero accomplishes feats of valor is to have physical prowess, which Odysseus does. Odysseus’ skill in battle was shown throughout the...
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  • Odysseus and Penelope - 717 Words
    Writing Assignment Odysseus and Penelope August 4, 2013 Odysseus and Penelope This paper will discuss Odysseus and Penelope and their sacrifices for love in this tale of affection. After being dreadfully torn apart, the lovers wait a long twenty years before being reunited. Not long after their marriage, war separates Odysseus and Penelope again. With little to no hope that her husband will return home to her, she continues to oppose the many suitors who are anxious for her love. Odysseus...
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  • Odysseus' Scar - 435 Words
    Book nineteen of the Odyssey tells how Penelope, Odysseus’ wife, questions her curious visitor whom claims to have met her husband. He describes Odysseus in such perfect detail that Penelope begins to cry. Penelope offers Odysseus, who is still disguised as a beggar, a place to stay and a bed to sleep in. He turns down the bed and sleeps on the floor like he is used to. Eurycleia, a servant of Penelope, washes Odysseus’ feet where she discovers a scar on his one foot. She recognizes the scar and...
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  • Temptations of Odysseus - 1519 Words
    Temptations of Odysseus Odysseus: a hero in every way. He is a real man, skilled in the sports, handy with a sword and spear, and a master of war strategy. Most of the challenges and adventures in his return voyage from Troy show us this even if we had no idea of his great heroic stature and accomplishments in the Trojan war. I found in my reading of the Odyssey that most of the trials the gods place upon him are readily faced with heroic means. These challenges are not necessarily...
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  • The Evolution of Odysseus - 1142 Words
    The Evolution of Odysseus Throughout the Odyssey, Homer explores the evolution of Odysseus from a young and inexperienced warrior when he leaves to fight at Troy to a mature and accomplished war hero when returns to his home at Ithaca. The slow maturation of Odysseus develops as he accomplishes physical and mental victories against women in the form of monsters, goddesses, nymphs, and mortals. Each of the women obstacles tests Odysseus' strength as a leader, a father, and husband, and as he...
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  • Odysseus Essay - 511 Words
     In order to be a good leader you must have good traits, but sometimes they might have some flaws. Such as Odysseus, even though Odysseus is a good leader and has good characteristics he does have some flaws in which I’m going to explain you. First what makes Odysseus a good leader is his strength, courage, and determination. In the story Odysseus shows strength when he has his men tie him up to listen to the Sirens. “Therefore you are to tie me up, tight as splint, erect along the...
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  • Odysseus and Athena - 330 Words
    2) Odysseus and Athena. Compare their relationship with that of Job and God from the Hebrew Bible. What does this suggest about the religious attitudes of the Hebrews and the Greeks. Odysseus and Athena’s relationship can be very closely compared to that of Job and God due to the harmonious nature of their coexistence. In the Odyssey, Athena acts as a sort of protector for Odysseus. “I that am always with you in times of trial, a shield to you in battle…” (pg 368, ln356) She is constantly...
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  • The Struggles of Odysseus - 441 Words
    Odysseus’s Struggles Odysseus faces many conflicts in The Odyssey. He faces both internal and external conflicts. He has many different decisions to make, such as to face Scylla or Charybdis with is crew. In my opinion, the three most important conflicts are when Odysseus’s men refuse to listen when he tells them not to eat the cattle, the fact that he was pulled away from his wife, Penelope, and their newborn son, and when Odysseus faces the Cyclopes. One thing that I learned while reading...
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  • Analysis Of Odysseus - 495 Words
    Odysseus has many character traits that are accentuated by his adventures and travels. The main ones are his curiosity, his intelligence or deceitfulness, and his amazing self control. His cunning and self control help him to survive throughout his journeys but his curiosity sometimes hurts him. Throughout the story it is evident that one of Odysseus' major character traits is curiosity. One example of his curiosity was when he visited the land of the Cyclops. He said that he wanted to go see...
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  • The Real Odysseus - 513 Words
    Ivy Duggan 11/26/12 Dr. Lucas The Restraint of a Mighty Beggar One of the most entertaining passages I have read comes from The Odyssey when Odysseus is required to change his mentality to fit his disguise as a beggar. Throughout The Odyssey, Odysseus exhibits limitless power and as a result demonstrates fearless behaviors by abruptly acting however he feels. Examples such as Odysseus choosing to take his men to sail through and explore the land of the Kyklops, staying an entire year...
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  • odysseus and achilles - 1058 Words
    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,...
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  • Athena and Odysseus - 1101 Words
    Relationship between Athena and Odysseus By looking at the epic The Odyssey by Homer, there are a lot of contacts between human and immoral, the relationship between Athena and Odysseus, which make me interesting, also this is important for the story. The relationship between Athena and Odysseus is the key for the story, because Odysseus had received a lot of help from Athena, their relationship is the reason to explain why would an immortal Athena who never interesting or attracted by any...
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  • The Flaws of Odysseus - 903 Words
    In the book “The Odyssey” by Homer, the main character Odysseus could be defined as being a strong, noble, and courageous man who is confident as well as a heroic phenomenal athlete. His quick intellect helped him overcome many intricate and strenuous situations while his conning and articulate speech could win over any audience without a dilemma. With all these great characteristics he possessed, one might question did this majestic man have any blemishes throughout the story at all....
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  • Odysseus as a Hero - 968 Words
    Chenneal Hyman Ms.Posner English I April 7, 2013 Odysseus as a Hero When I was younger, I used to watch the figures on TV: athletes, singers, and actors trying to pick which one should be my hero. Granted they were fabulous, did being on TV make them a hero? From many sources that supply countless definitions, one can say that Homer’s Odysseus can fit the true ideal of a hero because he obtains self-control in rigorous situations, cleverness that outwits all mortals, and selfless that at...
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  • Odysseus: A Hero - 756 Words
    Odysseus: A Hero Odysseus is a strong man and cares about his family which he needs to get back to after The Trojan War. Odysseus is strong and he leads his men with confidence. He also is a hero because of the amazing and brave deeds that he has performed. Also, Odysseus has supernatural strength, with the help of gods, and is very intelligent. Odysseus shows these traits by completing tasks that were ahead of him. He also had to trick many to get back to his family. Odysseus defeats many who...
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  • Traits of Odysseus - 552 Words
    In “The Odyssey”, Odysseus uses many traits on his twenty year journey back to Ithaca. Odysseus and his men fight the Cyclops, Sirens, and resist their temptation of the Lotus plants. In order to be a famous epic hero, like Odysseus, one needs to have numerous traits. Odysseus’s traits are strength, intelligence, and self confidence. These traits help define Odysseus as a hero and save his men from many close encounters with mythical beings. Odysseus shows his strength on their long voyage...
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  • Odysseus Essay - 1197 Words
    Divine Destiny Free will, man’s right to choose his own path. While clearly present in The Odyssey, it is through Homer’s writing that we begin to see the underlying belief, in ancient Greek culture, of divine intervention and the gods’ power to control and shape man’s destiny. Their influence is evident in determining the outcome of every adventure and obstacle that the hero, Odysseus, faces during his lengthy, perilous journey home following the events of the Trojan War. Man’s free will...
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