Odyssey Essays & Research Papers

Best Odyssey Essays

  • The Odyssey - 771 Words
    The Odyssey In The Odyssey, Odysseus had to face many challenges during his travels; a few of these difficulties were a cannibalistic Cyclops, huge whirlpools, determined suitors, along with many hardships. Odysseus fought constantly to return to his homeland of Ithaca, but to accomplish this Odysseus had to be clever, resourceful, and have great leadership qualities. Odysseus proved throughout the story that he was very clever. When he was faced with having to get out of Polyphemus's cave,...
    771 Words | 2 Pages
  • The Odyssey - 1145 Words
    The Odyssey Book Ten: The Grace of the Witch (916-925) 1. Who lives on the island of Aeolus? ___________________________________________ 2. What gifts does Aeolus give Odysseus? _______________________________________ 3. What do Odysseus’ men do that curses their voyage even more? ___________________ _______________________________________________________________________ 4. What happens in the land of the Laestrygones? _________________________________...
    1,145 Words | 10 Pages
  • The Odyssey - 471 Words
    The Odyssey Have you ever found it hard to prove someone is your equal? The Odyssey written by Homer and translated by Robert Fitzgerald, Penelope, Odysseus' wife, proves she is her husband's equal. So by being both very intelligent and loving she accomplishes this task. Penelope and Odysseus are both highly intelligent but in two different ways. Odysseus show his intelligence when he is stuck on Polyphemus' island. "Cyclops, you ask my honorable name? Remember the gift you promised me, and...
    471 Words | 2 Pages
  • The Odyssey - 705 Words
    Noah Sola English I Mrs. Johnson 4/22/2014 The Odyssey Book 1 The poet invokes the Muse to help him tell the story of Odysseus. How original. I learn that Poseidon, god of the sea, begrudges (though I don't know exactly why) against Odysseus and is making the guy's expedition home pretty difficult. This tells me two very important things: (1) Greek gods are temperamental, and (2) Poseidon is a powerful guy. So Poseidon isn't around on Mount Olympus (presumably because he's full of...
    705 Words | 2 Pages
  • All Odyssey Essays

  • The Odyssey - 1124 Words
    Socrates, a Greek philosopher stated, "Look death in the face with joyful hope, and consider this a lasting truth: the righteous man has nothing to fear, neither in life, nor in death, and the Gods will not forsake him” (Socrates). This explains the basis for Greek beliefs that can be carried over to values and qualities of them. As in this, Homer, the author of The Odyssey, portrays many Greek values that make up a righteous man or as, Homer’s character Odysseus, an epic hero. The Odyssey...
    1,124 Words | 3 Pages
  • THe Odyssey - 571 Words
    Megan Nicole Coatney English White Block 1 The Odyssey Vs. O Brother Where Art Thou There are many similarities between O Brother Where Art Thou and The Odyssey. The characters and events that play out are mostly relative to each other. They have the same story plot and outcome. Both of the men are on a journey to get home to their wives and children. Some of the similarities are obvious while others are more diverse and take more thought into the symbolism and meaning behind them. These...
    571 Words | 2 Pages
  • Odyssey - 252 Words
    The Odyssey Although Odysseus was portrayed as a hero citizen in Homer’s epic The Odyssey, his fatal flaw, hubris, restricts him from being a good choice for the Greeks to use as a model citizen or hero. After Odysseus escaped the Cyclops lair, he taunted the Cyclops saying, “If I could take your life I would and take your time away, and hurl you down to hell! The god of earthquake could not heal you there.” Angered by Odysseus’ words, the Cyclops prayed to his father Poseidon, which was...
    252 Words | 1 Page
  • The Odyssey - 668 Words
    The passage that Homer exquisitely wrote in The Odyssey was in Book 5, lines 309-323. Homer’s techniques established an image that could never be forgotten. In this passage, Odysseus was being dragged down to the sea by Poseidon. The sea god was furious that all the other gods were in his favor. Odysseus talked to himself and wondered out loud, “Rag of man that I am, is this the end of me?” (V, 309) Irony was a method Homer utilized to convey the message of helplessness. Odysseus has used...
    668 Words | 2 Pages
  • The Odyssey - 1866 Words
    1Rossi Juliann Rossi 02/24/2014 Dr. Motard Noar The Odyssey and Domineering Females In ​ The Odyssey​ , particularly during the ending of the epic, Homer challenges the archetype of male dominance by essentially making Odysseus powerless, and instead, while it is often disguised, gives the female characters all the power and control. This is seen most obviously with Athena who saves Odysseus’ life countless times, and also with Penelope who ...
    1,866 Words | 3 Pages
  • The Odyssey - 507 Words
    The Odyssey The Odyssey was full of wonder, power, and surprises. It is packed with epic heroes, creatures, gods, and goddesses. The gods, goddesses, and creatures had supernatural powers that effected the lives of Odysseus, his crew, and his family. Their actions proved to be powerful, beneficial , and deadly. The gods, goddesses , and creatures in The Odyssey on many occations proved to be powerful. Zeus, leader of the gods, was a prime example of this. When, "Zeus the lord of cloud...
    507 Words | 2 Pages
  • the odyssey - 363 Words
    Kiara Mejia Bailon Mr. Shinn Lit/Comp 9 Period.3 5/16/14 Hero or Villon? In The Odyssey, many people might say Odysseus is the hero or that he is the Villon, but in my opinion Odysseus is the hero. Odysseus had to leave behind his new born son, Telemachus and his wife Penelope to go fight in the Trojan War, Odysseus had been gone for approximately 20 years. I believe Odysseus is the hero because he is cleaver, brave, and is usually better off working on his own, he’s independent....
    363 Words | 1 Page
  • The Odyssey - 1674 Words
    The Greeks define nobility as a person who would go and fight for their country, a person who has values of bravery, intelligence, strength and keen judgment. He must also be a person who the gods respect. In Homer’s epic poem, The Odyssey, Odysseus is portrayed as noble according to mythology legend. The American Heritage dictionary defines noble as a man often of divine ancestry, a man who is endowed with great courage and strength who is celebrated for his bold exploits and favored by the...
    1,674 Words | 4 Pages
  • The Odyssey - 997 Words
    The Odyssey, one of the most well known epic stories Introduces Odysseus, the King of Ithaca. This story demonstrates Odysseus’s physical and intellectual strength. Striving to return home after 20 years of his treacherous journey, he uses strength, skill, and superior ability to overcome his troubles. Although he faced numerous obstacles and fought many battles, he made it appoint to get home to his kingdom through his physical ability, intellectual insight, and overcoming his epic flaw. In...
    997 Words | 3 Pages
  • Odyssey - 358 Words
    The Odyssey Do you consider Odysseus a hero? The Odyssey by Homer is about a king from Ithaca named Odysseus and his warriors who go to war and have to go through alot of difficult obstacles to get back home to Odysseus' wife Penelope and his son Telemechus. Odysseus is extrodinarly strong but he doesn't rely on his strength, he relies on his mind. Odysseus is brave, prideful, and self-centered. He is Brave because he goes into the land of the dead to face Hades in order to get back to...
    358 Words | 1 Page
  • The odyssey - 507 Words
    Name: Luis Date: 11/22/13 Block: S4 YOU MUST PRINT YOUR OUTLINE AND BRING TO CLASS WITH YOU ON MONDAY. YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO USE YOUR LAPTOP. Odyssey Essay Outline Your Essay Question: What are the 3 most important steps of the Hero’s Journey? Your Claim: The three most important steps of the Hero’s Journey are challenges & temptations, transformation, and atonement . Introduction Paragraph: Hook: (Write a question, quote, imagine if/what if or song lyric to get your reader thinking...
    507 Words | 2 Pages
  • The Odyssey - 1234 Words
    The Odyssey In Homer’s epic, The Odyssey, each culture treats strangers and guests with distinct differences from every other culture. One of the most hospitable cultures was that of the ancient Greeks, exemplified in Homer's The Odyssey by both gracious hosts and guests. In Greece and The Odyssey, not only was good hospitality etiquette expected, but the added pressure that if they didn’t treat their guests with respect the gods would punish them further compelled excellent manners. The...
    1,234 Words | 4 Pages
  • The Odyssey - 1147 Words
    Rasie Turner Ms. Neff English 1030 22 September 2010 The Odyssey Greek gods and goddesses are very important in the Greek culture. There are a few Greek gods and goddesses that play very important roles in The Odyssey. They are Athena, Zeus, Poseidon, and Circe, and Calypso. The relationship between the mortals and the gods are very interesting. Everything that happens in this poem, dealing with the mortals, is related to one of the gods. Without the gods, Greek culture and literature...
    1,147 Words | 3 Pages
  • The Odyssey - 320 Words
    Name: Lascuña, April Joy C. Subject: Literature 2 Section: 4E BSAE Date: July 11, 2011 REACTION PAPER ABOUT THE MOVIE “THE ODYSSEY” The Odyssey is about the adventures, adversaries and journeys of Odysseus, King of Ithaca, and the greatest hero of Greeks. “Without God, man is nothing”. This is what Poseidon, God of the Sea, said to Odysseus, and this is the first thing that came out of my mind after I watched the movie. This is indeed true because God helps us in every day...
    320 Words | 1 Page
  • Odyssey - 368 Words
    The idea that physical pleasure is enough will be an everlasting overarching topic. This is because with one indulgence of physical pleasure one will then be lead to the temptation to continuously act on this motive. In the Odyssey, main character, Odysseus left his wife, Penelope, for a journey and did not return until twenty years later. During this time Odysseus shared his love with numerous other woman, continuously falling into the temptation of physical pleasure. While in modern times,...
    368 Words | 1 Page
  • The Odyssey - 1040 Words
    Homer's poem The Odyssey depicts the tendency of people to ignore the consequences of their actions. Odysseus punished Penelope's suitors without thinking of consequences that he would have to endure. He did not acknowledge the consequences because that would prevent him from doing what he wants to do. Odysseus wanted to kill the suitors; they ate away at his fortune. Finding consequences for murdering the suitors would force Odysseus to realize what he is about to do is not a good idea....
    1,040 Words | 3 Pages
  • The Odyssey - 302 Words
    The Odyssey In the epic poem, The Odyssey, by Homer, Odysseus does not deserve his reputation as a brave and clever leader because he is very arrogant, conceited, and he only cares about his glories which causes him the life of all his loyal companions. Odysseus makes the mistake of bragging out to the Cyclops about how he conquered stabbing his eye and escaping his cave “Cyclops if ever mortal man inquire how you were put to shame and blinded, tell him Odysseus, raider...
    302 Words | 1 Page
  • The Odyssey - 363 Words
    Odysseus has the defining character traits of a Homeric leader: strength, courage, nobility, a thirst for glory, and confidence in his authority. His most distinguishing trait, however, is his sharp intellect. Odysseus’s quick thinking helps him out of some very tough situations, as when he escapes from the cave of the Cyclops in Book 9, or when he hides his slaughter of the suitors by having his minstrel strike up a wedding tune in Book 23. He is also a convincing, articulate speaker and can...
    363 Words | 1 Page
  • The Odyssey - 1236 Words
    The Odyssey portrays a romantic marriage between a man and a woman that is unlike any other. Homer portrays Odysseus and Penelope as lovers from afar with each longing for the other without knowing where they might be. The two of them are well suited to each other which is evident by the tremendous Odysseys that each undertake in the book. The couple has and unconditionally love that is physically and emotionally deeply rooted in many ways. Penelope first displays her roots of love with...
    1,236 Words | 3 Pages
  • The Odyssey - 451 Words
    Reflective journal 1 The Odyssey Date due MB and ME: 23rd January 2014 at 8:30am – via Blackboard – – Submission to VeriGuide – Choose ONE of the following question groups and write a short essay, about 400-600 words in English or 700-900 characters in Chinese. (* A question may break down into a number of short questions, the aim of the short questions is to help you to understand and answer the question. You do not need to take the short questions literally and answer every one of them....
    451 Words | 2 Pages
  • odyssey - 820 Words
    The Odyssey set 5 XV through XVIII Name: Book XV 1. What is the parting gift Helen gives Telémakhos? She gives to Telemakhos, but especially for his future bride, a woven gown knitted by her own hands. 2. What is the sign Meneláos struggles to read? An eagle killing a white goose is the sign that Zeus sends but turns to be hard to read for Menelaos. 3. How was the swineherd taken from his family as a child? He was taken as the most precious good that the Sidonian servant could...
    820 Words | 3 Pages
  • The Odyssey - 804 Words
    Homer the Odyssey The Odyssey is an enduring classic because it emphasizes the essential family values that exist within everyone regardless of culture. In Homer’s Odyssey, the main character, Odysseus, sets off on a voyage to foreign lands and encounters mythical beings. These supernatural forces seem intent on Odysseus’ destruction, but through his cunning and guile he is able to outwit, survive, and overcome the hostility entities of the world. His unwavering determination and longing to...
    804 Words | 2 Pages
  • The Odyssey - 776 Words
    The Odyssey Odysseus was always considered to be a great man and a great hero. He was known for his brain as well as his muscle. He was an epic hero of a narrative poem about the deeds of gods or heroes. He possesses qualities superior to those of most men, yet remains recognizably human. These heroes have a tragic flaw. This is what makes them a hero instead of a god. Gods are perfect. Odysseus is the hero in The Odyssey, an epic attributed to Homer. His tragic flaw is hubris,...
    776 Words | 3 Pages
  • The Odyssey - 932 Words
    Odysseus’s Odyssey Home “He saw the townlands and learned the minds of many distant men, and weathered many bitter nights and days in his deep heart at sea, while he fought only to save his life, to bring his shipmates home” (McDougal p. 1104). Odysseus, King of Ithica, was determined to get home with all of his men unscathed after the Trojan War; however, the voyage did not go as anticipated. Whilst on his journey home to Ithica, Odysseus and his men found themselves facing an island of...
    932 Words | 3 Pages
  • The Odyssey - 631 Words
    The Odyssey In the modern world, generally heroes are defined as people who strive or sacrifice themselves for what's right. In the Epic Poem, The Odyssey, by the poet Homer, the character, Odysseus proves himself a Greek Epic Hero. In this story Odysseus goes to fight in Troy. After the war, his men and he face more challenges along the way, trying to go home to Ithaca. Odysseus fits the description of a Greek Epic Hero because he shows courage, leadership, and wisdom. Initially, one of...
    631 Words | 2 Pages
  • The Odyssey - 658 Words
    The Odyssey The Greeks believed that The Odyssey was composed by Homer. It is probable that Homer lived in the eighth century in Ionia, the Greek-inhabited coast and islands off central western Turkey. Homer is thought to have been writing towards the end of the eighth century BC. There was a great oral tradition of storytelling in Ancient Greece. It was not written down to be read, but was composed either orally, or at least in an oral style, and recited to the Greeks. The events being...
    658 Words | 2 Pages
  • The Odyssey - 392 Words
    When asked to define a hero, most people would describe a hero as: very attractive, insanely muscular, extremely fond of his/her cape and/or tights, and finally blessed with amazing hair. But in Homers the Odyssey, our hero (Odysseys) is described as perseverant, loyal, and courageous thus making him a true hero and not just a stereotypical hero. Perseverance: steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, etc.., especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement....
    392 Words | 1 Page
  • Odyssey - 739 Words
    Syda Isaacs Ms. Young Honors English 12 Feb 18, 2014 In Homer’s “The Odyssey” the author symbolizes through Odysseus’ journey the journey of life. All beings face obstacles on the journey from life to death. The obstacles that Homer had Odysseus face were always symbolic of what all human beings face. The fact that Odysseus is a revered and admirable character shows these recurring themes in a way that could not be portrayed by a common person who was not supernatural or an idealic...
    739 Words | 2 Pages
  • the odyssey - 460 Words
    In book six of the Odyssey, Odysseus’ journey continues we get to see a different side of Odysseus, not the sides we are all so familiar with from previous chapter’s like the depressed captive king or the frightened man trying his best to stay alive to make it home to his family. In this chapter we get to see Odysseus’ smart and cunning sides. Odysseus in this chapter to me is “Masculine”. He proves himself a shrewd judge of character and decision-maker. Now here is a man on this strange island...
    460 Words | 1 Page
  • The odyssey - 544 Words
    ​Even a hero has character flaws that make him more human than hero because of their good traits being weighed down by their bad traits. That is what keeps Odysseus in The Odyssey from standing out as the hero he was. The Odyssey was written by Homer and it is an epic poem. The Odyssey is about a young war hero, Odysseus, who has to make a journey home after the ten year Trojan War. He needs to arrive home before his son grows up because that is when his wife will move on to another man that...
    544 Words | 2 Pages
  • The Odyssey - 2141 Words
    The Odyssey Reading Comprehension Questions Part 1 Part 1 1) Where is Odysseus located at the poem’s beginning? 2) What is a muse? And why is Homer asking the muse to, “sing in me?” 3) Who is lord Helios? 4) What did Odysseus’ men do to lord Helios? 5) Who is Odysseus’ father? 6) Where is Odysseus from? (What city is his home?) 7) Who is Calypso? Who is Circe of Aeaea? 8) What did Circe do to Odysseus? 9) Who were the Cicones and what does it sound...
    2,141 Words | 6 Pages
  • The Odyssey - 1681 Words
    The Odyssey What is the nature of free will? Are gods or humans responsible for what happens? The Odyssey is a poem which is about a man named Odysseus (also known as Ulysses in Roman myths) who is on his way back to Ithaca where his home is with his wife Penelope and his son Telemachus but is said to be dead. Telemachus goes on hunt for Odysseus because he believes his father is still alive. On Odysseus’ way back to Ithaca he goes through many challenges such as defeating the Cyclops,...
    1,681 Words | 4 Pages
  • The Odyssey - 655 Words
    English 9 Honors The Odyssey “The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it... I can resist everything but temptation,” Oscar Wilde once said. This quote explains Odysseus’ audacious personality completely. Temptation can be the beginning of a downward spiral in one’s life. In Odysseus’ case, temptation is his greatest enemy, along with his burning sense of curiosity. Odysseus’ first sign of curiosity during his voyage was when he had his encounter with the Cyclops, Polyphemus....
    655 Words | 2 Pages
  • Odyssey - 438 Words
    After reading the Odyssey and watching the movie, I have noticed many differences between the two. Whether there are scenes skipped, added, re-modified, or they stay the same to one another, both the book and movie of The Odyssey share the same story. Character personality traits and conflicts are very similar between the book and movie of the Odyssey. For example, Odysseus's character is very much the same in the book and movie because he is very smart and witty in battles. He also has a...
    438 Words | 2 Pages
  • The Odyssey - 280 Words
    My essay on The Odyssey by Homer (TRANSLATED BY ROBERT FAGLES). My personal notes will be added in []'s, the rest is straight from the instruction sheet. Assignment: Which two of man's greatest desires create the most suffering in a person's life and/or society? Write a 4-paragraph essay in which you analyze the destructive nature of two desires. Use the events in The Odyssey to support your points. "USE COMPLEX SENTENCES! EVERY SENTENCE COUNTS!" Required Structure of Essay in Chronological...
    280 Words | 1 Page
  • The Odyssey - 532 Words
    Question: What are the concepts of a Greek leader? Leadership is one of the world's oldest preoccupations. Throughout The Odyssey we see many different leader figures but one stands out in particular; Odysseus. Odysseus demonstrates the concepts of a leader through the treatment of his men and how he deals with problems that are presented to him. I will show you how I see this to be true. But first off, a Greek leader must be different from the rest not only from their actions but their...
    532 Words | 2 Pages
  • The Odyssey - 415 Words
    Odysseus, in Homer’s The Odyssey, displays both strong and weak leadership skills in certain situations. Odysseus stays protective and caring but isn’t very trusting or open to his crew. He doesn’t tell his crew about what the prophet said, and what was in the bag from the Wind King. When the crew was on the Island of the Sun God, Odysseus blatantly said for them not to touch the cattle. Yet he failed to explain the consequences. Since his actions illustrate both strong and weak leadership,...
    415 Words | 1 Page
  • The Odyssey - 3250 Words
    For years and years I’ve been roaming around the seas in hope to get back to my homeland Ithaca. I’ve faced many obstacles along my journey but all with great morals. I started off my journey when Menelaus and Agamemnon asked me to go with them to Troy to retrieve Helen. The other islands I visited came along unexpectedly. The decision to leave my homeland Ithaca was the hardest decision a man could make. Leaving behind my wife Penelope and my new born son Telemachus was unbearable but when...
    3,250 Words | 7 Pages
  • The Odyssey - 761 Words
    Characteristics of the Gods The three characteristics of the Greek Gods that are presented throughout Odysseus’s journey are that they are powerful, they could be helpful or harmful to his voyage, and they are worshiped by human. The gods presented in The Odyssey, especially Zeus and Poseidon, show their power and rage throughout Odysseus’s journey. Zeus, the God of all the Gods, is so powerful, he could destroy and entire ship and crew if he needs to because he wants to destroy Odysseus’s...
    761 Words | 2 Pages
  • Odyssey - 743 Words
    Essay: The Odyssey Over two thousand years ago, great epics such as the Odyssey were written, illustrating human weaknesses and wickedness of the time, and yet, people today seem no different. As history unfolds, it is plain to see the recurrent problems over which humans continue to stumble. Comparing modern society to ancient Greek society, it is easy to discover more similarities than differences in specific aspects of either community. In Ancient Greece, the setting of the Odyssey,...
    743 Words | 2 Pages
  • Odyssey - 388 Words
    Athena visits Odysseus’s palace Athena disguises herself as mentor and we meet Telemachus and Penelope, Odysseus’s son and wife “… once this house was rich, no doubt, beyond reproach when [Odysseus] still lived here, at home. Now the gods have reversed our fortunes with a vengeance- wiped that man from the earth like no one else before. I would never have grieved so much about his death if he’d come down with comrades off in troy or died in the arms of loved ones, once he had wound down the...
    388 Words | 2 Pages
  • the odyssey - 698 Words
    The Odyssey Journal The following quote “Why do we fall? So we can pick ourselves back up,” means everyone makes mistakes, but these mistakes help one grow and learn. At any point in time, everyone faces a problem or tragedy, because that’s just life. Those are the moments in life you learn a lot from, and grow as a person. This quote relates to the epic poem, The Odyssey, in many ways. Odysseus, the main character in this epic, faces many struggles on his way back home to Ithica, Greece....
    698 Words | 2 Pages
  • Odyssey Death and Rebirth in the Odyssey
    The Odyssey, by Homer, is a classical piece of Greek literature. Throughout The Odyssey, the Blind Bard makes use of many literary techniques in order to lend meaning to the poem beyond its existence as a work of historic fiction and aid his readers in the comprehension of the tale. One of these techniques is the use of motifs. A motif is a recurring theme that is used throughout the work. In The Odyssey, Homer makes use of many motifs including eating/drinking,...
    1,394 Words | 7 Pages
  • The Odyssey Essay - 939 Words
    What do you think of when you hear the word hero? Do you imagine someone wearing tights and a cape with cool powers? There is actually a set of characteristics an archetypal hero must have. An archetypal is a model that all other versions are based on. The characteristics a hero must have are unusual circumstances of birth, leaves family or land to live with others, experiences a traumatic event that leads to a journey, has a ...
    939 Words | 1 Page
  • symbolism of the Odyssey - 387 Words
    Food Symbol in The Odyssey The use of a symbol has the potential message to send a potent message. Symbols take the form of words, sounds, gestures, or visual images and are used to convey ideas and beliefs. Food is a big part and symbol in The Odyssey. Whatever it may be, either poisoned witch-food, Helios’s cattle, or lotus fruit, Everyone is constantly eating. Although throwing a feast for a guest is a common part of hospitality, hunger and the consumption of food often have negative...
    387 Words | 2 Pages
  • odyssey essay - 495 Words
    Maddie Bush Mr. Sorenson English 1 period 3 3 February 2015 The Power of Language Figurative language has power in writing. It is a tool that most authors use to show emphasis on how important or scary or beautiful something is. This relates to, Homer’s use of figurative language in the epic poem, The Odyssey. Throughout this epic, Odysseus is on a journey back home to Ithaca. Homer uses figurative language to convey that the Land of the Dead as a terrifying and transformative setting for...
    495 Words | 2 Pages
  • Women of the Odyssey - 1518 Words
    The Women of the Odyssey Many people regard Homer's epics as war stories—stories about men; those people often overlook the important roles that women play in the Odyssey. While there are not many female characters in the Odyssey, the few that there are, play pivotal roles in the story and one can gain a lot of insight by analyzing how those women are portrayed. Homer portrays the females in contradictory ways: the characters of Athena and Eurykleia are given strong, admirable roles while...
    1,518 Words | 4 Pages
  • Odyssey essay - 1036 Words
    Kajaline Rajalingam Topic two T.A: Ila Goody AP/HUMA 1150 9.0A Friday 10:30 a.m 11 November 2014 Oddyseus: the Human Paradigm of a Civilized Greek Citizen The Odyssey presents that the wealth of a man in Greek society was primarily based on the amount of livestock he cultivated, and most importantly the honour he accumulated through valorous deeds. Consequently, the degree to which a man was considered civilized was equivalent to his wealth. Homer establishes that achieving nostos was a...
    1,036 Words | 3 Pages
  • Aphorisms in the Odyssey - 347 Words
    By Definition, an aphorism is a terse saying embodying a general truth or astute observation. It is derived from the Greek word aphorismos, meaning to delimit or define, and was first made popular in Aphorisms by Hippocrates. Throughout The Odyssey, Homer sprinkles in these axioms with the intent of encapsulating his themes. One example being, “It’s bad either way, spurring the stranger home who wants to linger, holding the one who longs to leave-you know, ‘Welcome the Coming, speed the...
    347 Words | 1 Page
  • Odyssey Notebook - 2461 Words
    Odyssey Notebook Odyssey Notebook http://www.google.com/imgres?q=the+odyssey&um=1&hl=en&sa=N&biw=1920&bih=985&tbm=isch&tbnid=uDBdEDFpF3PCOM:&imgrefurl=http://jc-schools.net/tutorials/eng9/homer.html Justice Hill Justice Microsoft Justice Hill http://www.google.com/imgres?q=the+odyssey&um=1&hl=en&sa=N&biw=1920&bih=985&tbm=isch&tbnid=uDBdEDFpF3PCOM:&imgrefurl=http://jc-schools.net/tutorials/eng9/homer.html Justice Hill...
    2,461 Words | 7 Pages
  • The Odyssey (Home) - 526 Words
    Everyone has a home. Regardless of its location, it is a place of acceptance and belonging. In a sense it's where the heart is. Though in The Odyssey, the concept of home is blurry and for the most part incomplete, it is the most important thing to Odysseus, and he is willing to go through utter hell to return to his home. Telemachus and Penelope reside in an incomplete home. In book one Telemachus speaks to Mentes, the clear-eyed goddess Athena in disguise, "mother has always told me I'm...
    526 Words | 2 Pages
  • Odyssey Essay - 898 Words
    Brianna “Life’s Journey through the Odyssey” Homer's The Odyssey can be truly considered as one of the best epic poems of all time. Odysseus' journey in returning home becomes a test to prove himself. Only on the testing grounds of life can one discover integrity, loyalty and perseverance. Homer's craft is so profound that theme's found in the poem still pertains to man today. Odysseus' character, his morals, and his views are still admired by people today. A man's actions speak for...
    898 Words | 3 Pages
  • Homer & the Odyssey - 971 Words
    Homer, name traditionally assigned to the author of the Iliad and the Odyssey, the two major epics of Greek antiquity. Nothing is known of Homer as an individual, and in fact it is a matter of controversy whether a single person can be said to have written both the Iliad and the Odyssey. Linguistic and historical evidence, however, suggests that the poems were composed in the Greek settlements on the west coast of Asia Minor sometime in the 8th century BC. Both epics are written in an...
    971 Words | 3 Pages
  • Odyssey: An Analysis - 722 Words
    Odyssey Final Essay The Odyssey tells the story of Odysseus and his men. The story talks about the adventure that the men and Odysseus have to get through to get back to Ithaca. Throughout these adventures Odysseus shows heroic traits that help them come over the problems. He also would be considered an epic hero because he does many great things. Also throughout these adventures he makes some mistakes that but him and his men in danger. Odysseus shows many heroic traits throughout the...
    722 Words | 2 Pages
  • The Odyssey comparison - 1380 Words
     I believe that the main human conflict of the Odyssey is perseverance. Throughout the novel it shows Odysseus’s multiyear journey back home from the Trojan War with his comrades even after most of them die on the journey. The modern work that I will be comparing the Odyssey to is O Brother, Where Art Thou. Both of the works are about the perseverance of a group of men that are encountered by numerous people that get in the way or attempt to stop them from accomplishing their mission. The...
    1,380 Words | 4 Pages
  • The Odyssey and Ulysses - 273 Words
    The Odysseus we know from the epic poem The Odyssey is very different emotionally than the same character described by Alfred Lord Tennyson (under a different name) in his poem Ulysses. Tennyson's Ulysses is melancholy about the state of his home and wishes to return to the open sea, while Homer's Odysseus is happy to return home after twenty long years on the seas. Tennyson's Ulysses describes "how dull it is to pause, to make an end" and how he wishes for excitement, adventure, and "new...
    273 Words | 1 Page
  • Loyalty in the odyssey - 618 Words
    In The Odyssey loyalty is an important theme that has an effect on the entire epic novel. By its definition loyalty means a feeling of support or allegiance to someone or something. In this epic is four major examples that convey loyalty, which is shown by Penelope, Telemachus, the servants, and Odysseus. Penelope is the wife of Odysseus; she does not remarry while he is away. Telemachus, his son, goes on a journey to find his father. Eumaeus and Philoetius, the servants, remained...
    618 Words | 2 Pages
  • Change in the Odyssey - 368 Words
    11/02/12 Change in The Odyssey The world changes every day. The governments, technology, medicine, the internet, etc. Why is that? It’s all because of people. The choices are all made by humans whether for better or worse, will predict the rest of the future. There are people that have a bigger influence, a greater power to make these choices like governments, unions, presidents, dictators, queens, and...
    368 Words | 1 Page
  • analysis of odyssey - 9360 Words
    An Analysis of Homer’s, The Odyssey Odysseus’ Notable Characteristics Odysseus is a person who has strong characteristics, but also major character flaws. Because of his constant struggles with his ‘passions’ and reason he can be categorized as an epic hero. Odysseus has many “good” characteristics that make him an epic hero such as the following: bravery, honor, cunning, which can be considered his principal arête, articulation, strength, courage. Odysseus has many redeemable...
    9,360 Words | 24 Pages
  • The Odyssey Essay - 1613 Words
    Nothing can be more life changing than when a God or Goddess chooses to interact with a mortal man. Much of Greek mythology describes the natures of these interactions. In The Odyssey, Gods and Goddesses play a major role during Odysseus’ journey home. He had some gods on his side and others against him. Some were even on his side at one time, but did something to hurt him another time. No matter where he went a God or Goddess was always watching over him. For good or for evil, while Odysseus...
    1,613 Words | 4 Pages
  • Women in The Odyssey - 1608 Words
     If Godly Odysseus Can’t Handle Women, How Can I? ENG201 – 0 World Literary Masterpieces I Dr. Elizabeth S. Oldman October 10, 2013 Conflict is the cornerstone for every tale, epic and anecdote, and has been even before written word. Without conflict, in essence, there is nothing to talk about, no interest, no engine to drive the characters towards an ending. Said conflict can come from many source; however, the most common...
    1,608 Words | 5 Pages
  • Odyssey Comparison - 794 Words
    There are many situations that occur in "The Odyssey," written by Homer, which can be compared and contrasted to real life situations. Penelope's love and strong devotion to her husband for the twenty years he was gone, and thought to be dead, is one of those situations. There are many real life situations that can be compared and contrasted to this situation, one situation could be when a soldier in the armed services takes off to war and does not return for several months to years, or in some...
    794 Words | 2 Pages
  • Odyssey - Passage - 329 Words
    Odyssey – Passage: Book V lines 224-233 "My lady goddess, here is no cause for anger. My quiet Penélopê --- how well I know --- would seem a shade before your majesty, death and old age being unknown to you, while she must die. Yet, it is true, each day I long for home, long for the sight of home. If any god has marked me out again for shipwreck, my tough heart can undergo it. What hardship have I not long since endured at sea, in battle! Let the trial come."...
    329 Words | 1 Page
  • choice in the odyssey - 1049 Words
    Odyssey essay `How did character choice affect the outcome of The Odyssey? That is the question that this essay will answer. Odysseus the hero of The odyssey goes on many adventures. During these adventures there are many choices that have to be made by Odysseus and his men. With all of these choices Odysseus and his men don’t always make the right choice. The events in The Odyssey occurred because of character choice, as shown with Odysseus’s ignorance, Odysseus’s faithfulness towards...
    1,049 Words | 3 Pages
  • The Odyssey and The Ramayana - 1240 Words
     World Literature Online Love Is All You Need Love…..Love is one of the driving forces behind humanity, an emotion that transcends time and cultures. It’s no wonder that love is a theme often repeated in our literary works, such as The Odyssey and The Ramayana of Valmiki. The Odyssey and The Ramayana of Valmiki are two of the world’s earliest works of literature, so old in fact, they started out as oral traditions. These two epics have much in common, despite the fact that there is a...
    1,240 Words | 4 Pages
  • The Odyssey and Its Themes - 757 Words
    The Odyssey and Its Themes Homer’s great literary classic, The Odyssey, represents and illustrates many emotional and mental values. All of these values can be classified under three different main themes that are constant throughout the epic tale. These themes are: A boy’s struggle to be a man, a king’s struggle to reclaim his kingdom, and a man’s struggle to return home. As one reads this book it will become more and more evident to them that a man’s...
    757 Words | 2 Pages
  • The Odyssey Analysis - 1005 Words
    Thanh Huynh Mr.Harris Period 2A 21 November 2013 Essay #5 In the epic, The Odyssey, by Homer, there are many themes introduced in the first several books including manhood and loyalty. The first several books show us these themes through the hero entering the journey and realizing morals and ideas throughout the introduction.By doing this,themes and main points are revealed and are easier to identify for the rest of the story, and the characters, plot, and actions introduced in the...
    1,005 Words | 3 Pages
  • Xenia in the Odyssey - 761 Words
    The concept of guest hospitality is extremely important in ancient Greece. Hospitality, or Xenia, is so essential in Greek society that Zeus, in addition to being the king of the Gods, is also the God of travelers (Wikipedia). This created an obligation for the host to be hospitable to their guests, and conversely, the guests had their own responsibilities as well. If either the host or the guest was to break any rule set by Xenia, there would be severe penalties dealt by Zeus and also by...
    761 Words | 2 Pages
  • The Odyssey: Telemachus - 262 Words
    The Odyssey: Telemachus Telemachus recounts his confrontation with the Old man of the sea who could change his appearance in order to escape danger. Telemachus reveals the information which he obtained from the Old man of the sea to the reader. The Old man told Telemachus of the sorrowful tale of Agamemnon's Murder. The story tells of how Aegisthus paid a man to watch for Agamemnon's return from the sea. After a year of waiting, the King returned in what he thought to be secrecy. The...
    262 Words | 1 Page
  • Odyssey Essay - 1112 Words
    11/24/12 Concealed Within The Odyssey Plenty of things in the world are tangible. It’s the things we can’t touch like love, loyalty, freedom, friendship, and imagination that are concealed within everyone’s lives. These universal ideas can also be motifs; a motif is a dominant idea or distinctive feature in an artistic or literary composition. Motifs are used to teach a lesson to others throughout out dance, art, or...
    1,112 Words | 3 Pages
  • Character in the Odyssey - 301 Words
    |Character |Role |What eventually happens to |Personality |How do they change? | | | |them? | | | |Telemachus |Son of Penelope and |He helps his father to kill |He loves his mother very much and is very |He became a man while...
    301 Words | 2 Pages
  • The odyssey anaylization - 1984 Words
    The Odyssey Book IV: New Coasts and Poseidon’s Son Text Question(s) Answer(s) What shall I say first? What shall I keep until the end? The gods have tried me in a thousand ways. But first my name: let that be known to you, and if I pull away from pitiless death,friendship will bind us, though my land lies far. What type of conflict is introduced in these initial statements at the banquet? What do they tell us about his journey? Odysseus VS Gods Posideon ...
    1,984 Words | 15 Pages
  • Essay On THE ODYSSEY - 432 Words
    Chantell Armijo Cruz World Listerature Mr. Barron Sometimes loyalty is the most important in a relationship. In the Odyssey loyalty is important. In the book The Odyssey events, development and theme will show how loyalty is important. Loyalty is important when it comes to marriage and crew members. In the story it says, “ two lay down... enjoyed their love together” (Homer 67). It is very important to keep loyalty in a marriage because you have committed to be with your spouse till death...
    432 Words | 2 Pages
  • Hospitality in the Odyssey - 1239 Words
    One could argue that part of the reason that it takes Odysseus ten years to return to his homeland after his victory in Troy is that he is subject to the obligation of accepting the welcoming hospitality of people he meets along his path. Hospitality is a very important part of social exchange and honour in the Odyssey and this essay will aim to examine a few such instances and comment on the various means of friendliness and the punishments resulting from unfriendliness in the Homeric society....
    1,239 Words | 3 Pages
  • Loyalty in Odyssey - 822 Words
    Loyalty in The Odyssey Loyalty is defined in the Webster's dictionary as faithfulness or devotion to a person, a cause or a duty. Through this definition, it can be expressed that loyalty is a major theme in Homer's epic, "The Odyssey". The author presents four mayor illustrations of loyalty, which are given by Penelope, Telemachus, Eumaeus and Philoetius and Odysseus. Penelope is Odysseus faithful wife who not only doesn't re-marry but also keeps hope that Odysseus is still alive and will...
    822 Words | 3 Pages
  • Odyssey 5 - 1718 Words
    In Homer’s epic, The Odyssey, various aspects of the ancient Greeks are revealed through the actions, characters, plot, and wording. Homer uses his skill as a playwright, poet, and philosopher to inform the audience of the history, prides, and achievements of the ancient Greeks, and, also, to tell of the many values and the multi-faceted culture of the ancient Greek caste. The Greeks had numerous values and customs, of which the primary principles are the mental characteristics of an...
    1,718 Words | 4 Pages
  • The Odyssey; Immortality - 1271 Words
    The Odyssey of Homer is filled with various adventures, sought-after revenge, and harmful temptations. The war hero, Odysseus, traveled for three years, always trying to achieve his homecoming. In Odysseus’ fourth year, Zeus destroyed his ship, as well as his companions, while they were out at sea. After these losses, Odysseus alone was washed up onto the island of a nymph, Kalypso. She took him into her palace and came to love him. After time, she desired to make Odysseus her husband,...
    1,271 Words | 3 Pages
  • Exile in the Odyssey - 653 Words
    13 February 2013 Exile In Class Writing In antiquity, the civilized world was settled around the Mediterranean Basin – the foundations of Western society can be traced to Hellenic Greece, which bordered the Aegean Sea. For the Greeks, the sea was the realm of the gods. In The Odyssey by Homer, Odysseus and he crew face many trials and tribulations that isolate and ameliorate them to teach the reader that the consequences of temptation must be conquered with absolute perseverance. When...
    653 Words | 2 Pages
  • Odyssey- Telemachus - 486 Words
    Is Telemachus Ready to Rule? The Odyssey, by Homer, is about Odysseus, an amazing ruler, who led the Ithakans in the Trojan War. At the end of the war, he is trying to find his way back home. Meanwhile, throughout the book, Ithaca is leaderless. Next in line to rule, is Odysseus’ son, Telemachus. By the end of the epic, Telemachus is able to string his father’s bow. This is supposed to symbolize that Telemachus is ready to take Odysseus’ place as the ruler of Ithaca; however, he’s not...
    486 Words | 2 Pages
  • Penelope, the Odyssey - 911 Words
    Penelope, Loyal Wife of Lord Odysseus While Penelope is not the principal character in Homer’s The Odyssey, Odysseus’ perception of her is optimal. The relationship between them is not based on loyalty, we, the audience, have the privilege to understand his genuine feelings towards her. Throughout Odysseus’ journey, Homer assures us that he loves Penelope regardless of the fact that he has his episodes of infidelity. Homer also insinuates that Odysseus, although maybe not immediately,...
    911 Words | 3 Pages
  • Women in the Odyssey - 1662 Words
    Women form an important part of each society, however their role and importance to its function are often times overlooked. Society is/was organized and directed by men. All of the most important positions and purposes within it`s routine were filled by males. This societal organization is often times reflected in many pieces of literature of various time periods, however there are texts in which contrary to the patriarchal society models, women are given substantial importance within the plot....
    1,662 Words | 5 Pages
  • Odyssey Essay - 886 Words
    The parallel adventure between Telemachus and Odysseus Throughout the first four books of The Odyssey Homer described the way the suitors consume everything in Odysseus’ house and bully Telemachus around rendering immediately as a vulnerable character in comparison to his great father. This gives a sign to the leader that Telemachus being a main character will have to accomplish something. For control of the house, Athena sent Odysseus on more adventures and sent Telemachus on...
    886 Words | 3 Pages
  • The Odyssey as a Classic - 654 Words
    The Odyssey Essay Classic literature often provides insight to an ancient society, their values, and their beliefs. Many books that are considered classics today focus on ancient Rome and Greece. Revenge, hubris, and other themes, and the relation of this book to modern life, classifies the poem The Odyssey by Homer, translated by Fitzgerald, as a classic. For this reason, it is still read today. Classic themes of The Odyssey are a reason that it is a timeless tale. The concept of revenge...
    654 Words | 2 Pages
  • Odyssey Epic - 468 Words
     An epic is a long, narrative poem in an elevated style that celebrates heroic achievement and treats themes of historical, national, religious, or legendary significance. To be qualified as an epic, the piece must contain these twelve stages: the ordinary world, the call to adventure, refusal of the call, meeting with the mentor, crossing the threshold, tests, allies and enemies, approach, the ordeal, the reward, the road back, the resurrection and the return with the elixir. Numerous stages...
    468 Words | 2 Pages
  • The Odyssey Essay - 617 Words
    Kaitlin Peterson January 13, 2014 English, Period 1 The Odyssey Essay Oh, Thoughtful Goddess In The Odyssey, an epic poem by Homer, there is a great deal of adventures and powerful women who carved Odysseus’ path home to Ithaca. Throughout the journey home, Circe, Penelope, Ino, Athena, and a sundry of other women all had a great impact on Odysseus’ life. Out of all these women, Athena was the most influential, aiding Odysseus to get away from Calypso, keeping him from death’s gates, and...
    617 Words | 2 Pages
  • The Odyssey 'Telemachia' - 2486 Words
    THE ODYSSEY – Books 1-4 1. The story of Agamemnon, Aegisthus, Orestes and Clytaemenstra is a recurring theme during these first 4 books of the odyssey. The references I have picked up on throughout the four books are as listed: - Book 1, page 4, Section 29-48. This is the first reference to the story of Agamemnon, Aegisthus, Orestes and Clytaemenstra. In this, it is at an assembly of gods in Zeus' palace. Zeus, who would open discussion among them, was in thought of the handsome Aegisthus....
    2,486 Words | 7 Pages
  • The Odyssey Thesis - 1374 Words
    In the Odyssey, temptation is defined as hunger- both literal hunger (temptation for food) and figurative hunger i.e. temptation for luxury, ambition, wealth, women, power, glory etc. This “hunger”, whether literal or figurative keeps Odysseus’s men from reaching their homes and uniting with their families. However, longing for family or grief for loved ones drives away “hunger”. Odysseus is the only man among his crew to reach home to Ithaca because his longing for his family and native land...
    1,374 Words | 4 Pages
  • Recklessness in the Odyssey - 341 Words
    Odysseus' overdeveloped pride and arrogance led him to act recklessly in Book Nine of the Odyssey. This caused unfortunate scenarios for both Odysseus and his men. Odysseus had a lot of pride. This is shown when he states that he is "known to the world" and that his fame "has reached the skies" - book 9 line 21-22This is the pride that he has of his name, which leads to his questionable judgment. He regarded as a great hero and that makes him believe that his decisions cannot be wrong. It is...
    341 Words | 1 Page
  • Themes of The Odyssey - 869 Words
    An Enduring Tale Thousands of years after it was written, people continue to read The Odyssey not only for its thrilling adventure, but also for its invaluable dissection of inherent human qualities. In his epic poem, The Odyssey, Homer addresses intrinsic characteristics of humans that man has continued to demonstrate throughout history. The Odyssey incorporates the timeless topics of cunning over strength, greed and folly, and loyalty, into Odysseus’ story while simultaneously offering...
    869 Words | 3 Pages
  • Odyssey Analysis - 386 Words
    Adventure calls in Odysseus when Calypso lets him to leave her island and start his trip home. Calypso is Odysseus' temptress in the most blatant of ways as she makes it clear that Odysseus is the object of her desire. Calypso also directly stimulates Odysseus and rekindles his optimism for finding his way home. Initially, Odysseus refuses his call to adventure when he believes that Calypso is merely attempting to trick him into thinking he is free. Odysseus was so cunning that in an attempt to...
    386 Words | 1 Page
  • The Odyssey: An Analysis - 692 Words
    Throughout the first eighteen books of The Odyssey, one of the central themes in the epic is the double standard of fidelity in Odysseus’ time. Women who werent faithful were shunned in the society, but when Men were unfaithful, not much was made of it. The relationship of Penelope and Odysseus gives us a prime example of this as Penelope wards of the suitors, refusing to move on from Odysseus where as Odysseus was intimate with other women on numerous occasions on his journey back to his...
    692 Words | 2 Pages
  • Fidelity in the Odyssey - 357 Words
    Thesis Statement: The Odyssey implies that men are more naturally fidel than women. Men are not more naturally fidel than women. "Fidelity" is the quality of being faithful or loyal. The text “The Odyssey” is about a man, Odysseus, whose goal is to return home safely to his homeland, Ithaca, from his war with the Trojans. Through his journey back home, his loyalty to his wife, Penelope, was tested. Odysseus is not very loyal or fidel with his wife, based from the trials he’s been...
    357 Words | 1 Page
  • The Lessons of The Odyssey - 719 Words
    The Lessons of The Odyssey In the epic poem, The Odyssey, written by Homer, a Greek hero named Odysseus is put through a series of difficult tests during his journey home to Ithaca. Homer is a blind poet who lives during the 8th century B.C.E. His story takes place after the Trojan War ends, when Odysseus is fighting to return back to his home, in Ithaca. However, his journey contains tremendous battles, unimaginable struggles, and heart breaking pain. The stories of his journey enthrall and...
    719 Words | 2 Pages
  • Hospitality in the Odyssey - 281 Words
    Hospitality in the Odyssey It is very important for the people of the ancient world to practice hospitality. In the Odyssey, Athena, disguising herself as a seafaring man, appears at Odysseus’ palace. She is ignored at the front door by the suitors of Penelope. Later, Odysseus’ son, Telemachus, apologizes to her for the suitors’ lack of hospitality. He invites her to have a meal. In return, Athena offers the young prince a piece of good advice that he should go abroad in order to seek his...
    281 Words | 1 Page
  • Odyssey leadership - 1146 Words
    Leader or Self-Centered The definition of a leader has a broad spectrum of interpretations. A leader can be a politician, a parent, a soldier, or anyone who has any type of groundbreaking qualities. To define a true leader it doesn’t matter if they are rich, poor, man, woman, or anything. Odysseus was willing to give his life for his soldiers at any type during his journey. Some may say he was not a good leader others such as say he could’ve been one of the greatest. For example, Odysseus...
    1,146 Words | 3 Pages
  • Duality in The Odyssey - 362 Words
    Odysseus exhibits a certain duality in his nature that defines his persona and controls his actions. In Book Nine of The Odyssey, both oppositional sides of Odysseus are poignantly illustrated: the tactful, crafty leader who uses reason, and the rash warrior in search of home and glory who acts impulsively. From the opening scene, Odysseus uses his cunning and charm to win the respect and honor of the Phaeacians and their king, Alcinous. This is shown when he states, What a fine thing this is,...
    362 Words | 1 Page


All Odyssey Essays