The Odyssey Moral Values
The Odyssey by Homer uses Odysseus’ 10-year journey home from the Trojan War to illustrate some of the most important moral values of book. The moral values in the story include loyalty, compassion, self-control and perseverance. Each one has a tale or two associated with it.
Loyalty is an important moral value in The Odyssey because Odysseus is devoted to his family. He is determined to return home to his wife despite all of the obstacles in his way. Odysseus stayed seven years with the beautiful nymph Calypso on her island. She bribes him with immortality and happiness but he refuses her offer because he loves his wife and wants to go home to her. Penelope remains faithful and loyal to Odysseus despite temptations from the suitors in her house. She refuses the suitors’ proposal of marriage and does not have any affairs. The suitors do not leave Penelope in peace and, “every suitor swore to lie beside her” (Book 1) but “Spurn them she dare not” (Book 1) because she does not want to destroy her home and family. She constantly weeps for Odysseus and never gives up hope that he is still alive will return someday. Telemachus is another example of loyalty because he stands by his father against the suitors. Eurycleia, the old nurse, remains loyal to both Penelope and her Odysseus, who has been gone for 20 years. Eumaeus, the swineherd, and Philoetius, the cowherd, are both loyal to Odysseus. Eumaeus is most hospitable to Odysseus, when he is disguised as a beggar. Eumaeus speaks about the royal family in a respectful manner and hates the suitors. Compassion is moral value that Homer writes about in The Odyssey. Odysseus is a compassionate man despite his aggressive and violent behavior during the war and the fights he has against the monsters on his journey. He displays his soft side when Demodocus sings about the Trojan War. Odysseus remembers his comrades who died in the war and starts to cry: “Odysseus clutched at his long purple...
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