"Odysseus" Essays and Research Papers


Humans compare many things like, how tall they are or how much they weigh. World literature generally gives us many ways to compare on work from another as for example, Odysseus in the epic poem The Odyssey by Homer, and Oedipus in the play Oedipus the King by Sophocles. These two men may have one thing in common, their pride. However, their relationships, self-control, and motivations are totally different from each other. Pride is a funny thing, too much or too little of it can hurt you, however...

Premium Greek mythology, Jocasta, Odysseus 2074  Words | 5  Pages

Open Document


the odyssey if were actually watching it eventhough that the teacher already taught it . it seems that the students not only enjoying watching it but the same time learning. moreover, I can say that The Odyssey is an enjoyable story following King Odysseus' adventures during the ten years he spent returning from the Trojan War to Ithaca, Greece.There were many differences between this version in movie of The Odyssey and Homer's original story. In the movie they include the facts that encounters with...

Free Achilles, Epic Cycle, Greek mythology 913  Words | 3  Pages

Open Document


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 would be his ability to think ahead, for ...

Premium Achilles, Cyclops, Homer 425  Words | 3  Pages

Open Document


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 and...

Free Achilles, Cyclops, Greek mythology 985  Words | 3  Pages

Open Document


temptresses, a suitors contest, and epic hero, and loyal servants. In The Odyssey, Odysseus, the main character faces many sea monsters including Scylla, Sirens, and Charybdis. Scylla is a sea monster with six heads. She is portrayed as similar to an octopus. She will not stop attacking her prey until she eats six men. Once she gets one human to eat per head, she will leave them alone. Another sea monster Odysseus' encounters are Sirens. Sirens bewitch men with their voice and lure them to their...

Free Circe, Cyclops, Greek mythology 1238  Words | 3  Pages

Open Document


poem by Homer (translated by Robert Fitzgerald) has many various themes woven throughout the story. One of my personal favorites is: falling into temptation will take you farther back than your starting point. You can see this theme portrayed as Odysseus struggles to find his home but when tempted stays to long with Circe. Or as they are almost home to Ithika and Odysseus’s crew opens the sack of winds. Also when they land on the island of the sun god and though they were told not to, eat some of...

Free Epic poetry, Helios, Homer 816  Words | 3  Pages

Open Document

Odysseus Leadership

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 reader...

Premium Achilles, Epic Cycle, Hero 1738  Words | 5  Pages

Open Document

Odysseus is not a Hero

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, Odysseus does nothing out of the goodness of his heart. Even if Odysseus fought in the Trojan War, he is not a hero because he is self-centered and ignorant to other people¹s values and needs. There are multiple examples of Odysseus being self-centered...

Premium Achilles, Circe, Greek mythology 749  Words | 4  Pages

Open Document

Odysseus in Hades

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, Odysseus...

Premium Ancient Greece, Cyclops, Greek mythology 1047  Words | 3  Pages

Open Document

Odysseus as a Leader

Odyssey Homer, Odysseus has the ability to be a very good leader, but doesn’t always live up to it. Odysseus is a good leader because he thinks a lot of things through. Therefore, he knows what to do ahead of time. Another reason Odysseus is a good leader is that he knows when to trust his crew. Odysseus can be a bad leader because he doesn’t always tell his crew everything. Also, he doesn’t always have common sense. Odysseus is a bad leader because of his bad decisions. Odysseus is good at analyzing...

Free Homer, Ithaca, Leadership 1062  Words | 3  Pages

Open Document

Oedipus and Odysseus

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 Odysseus left behind to fight in the war, have been patiently waiting for Odysseus' return to his palace in Ithaca in which Odysseus is king. Telemachus, Odysseus' son, has grown into a young man and he's...

Premium Greek mythology, Homer, Iliad 828  Words | 3  Pages

Open Document

Odysseus: a Hero

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...

Premium Circe, Goddess, Greeks 1351  Words | 4  Pages

Open Document

Athena and Odysseus

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 male...

Premium Athena, Homer, Iliad 1101  Words | 3  Pages

Open Document

Foils for Odysseus

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...

Premium Greek mythology, Helen, Homer 1448  Words | 5  Pages

Open Document

The Evolution of Odysseus

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 defeats...

Free Athena, Circe, Goddess 1142  Words | 3  Pages

Open Document

Odysseus and Polyphemus

island of the Cicones. At the island of the Cicones Odysseus and his men stormed the beach but didn't press any attack on the people there. The Cicones rallied back up and prepared for an attack on Odysseus and his men, from horse back. In a large battle that Odysseus inevitably lost, six rows of Odysseus's men were killed and Odysseus had to flee the island The Lotus-Eaters When Odysseus and his men landed on the island of the Lotus-Eaters, Odysseus sent out a scouting party of three or so men who...

Free Cyclops, Greek mythology, Odysseus 1837  Words | 5  Pages

Open Document

Achilles and Odysseus

from fighting so the people can properly bury Hector. This is a very mature Achilles we see here. Odysseus' character is very similar to Achilles. Odysseus also starts out as an extraordinary character; his amiable qualities of physical strength, mental power and wit, as well as his less admirable characteristic of arrogance all make up his heroic character. It may seem, to some, that Odysseus doesn't change much throughout this epic. He is, heroic at the beginning of the epic, and doesn't need...

Premium Achilles, Greek mythology, Hero 1944  Words | 5  Pages

Open Document

Temptations of Odysseus

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 welcomed...

Premium Achilles, Athena, Cyclops 1519  Words | 4  Pages

Open Document

Odysseus & Aeneas

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 character...

Free Aeneas, Aeneid, Greek mythology 1065  Words | 3  Pages

Open Document

Gilgamesh and Odysseus

Gilgamesh and Odysseus were two heroes from two totally different time periods that were both in search of the meaning of life. The epics that the two characters are featured in Gilgamesh, was developed from early Mesopotamia and the Odyssey in early Greece. Gilgamesh was a very popular and it was very valuable to the historian of Mesopotamian culture because it reveals much about the religious world, such as their attitudes toward the gods, how a hero was defined and regarded, views about death...

Premium Epic of Gilgamesh, Epic poetry, Life 1012  Words | 3  Pages

Open Document

Heroics of the Odysseus

suffered greatly through Chemotherapy while struggling to beat her Cancer. She may not have the muscle or the power that these Greek hunks have but she certainly isn't weak. This is what one would call spiritual heroics. “Odysseus, the man of many wiles”. In a similar sense when Odysseus is called this it better explains his ability to undergo truly compromising unbeatable situations with a cool head and a stubborn streak of certainty. He just needs to outwit the enemy, the best example of course being...

Premium Achilles, Athena, Hero 1126  Words | 3  Pages

Open Document

The Flaws of Odysseus

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. ...

Free Cyclops, Greek mythology, Homer 903  Words | 3  Pages

Open Document

odysseus and achilles

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, and revenge, along with the contrasting characteristics of personality, methodology in combat and...

Premium Achilles, Greek mythology, Hector 1058  Words | 3  Pages

Open Document

Odysseus Essay

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 is overshadowed throughout this epic poem by the use of prophecy or the direct influence of the gods to ultimately foretell and decide the outcome. The choices Odysseus makes may have direct consequences and influence on his life, gaining or denying him favor with the gods. He...

Free Athena, Greek mythology, Hermes 1197  Words | 4  Pages

Open Document

Odysseus the Creator

the way to become the "creator" and play that role really well. Odysseus plays the role of the creator very well in the odyssey. By creating instantaneous lies when encounters with people that question him or he gets in trouble. Odysseus is a creator in the Odyssey by getting his men out of rough situation and as his journey back to Ithaca become more challenging he find the courage and inner guide to get himself back home. Odysseus is the master of schemes but it gets to his head and thinks that...

Free Athena, Cyclops, God 1082  Words | 3  Pages

Open Document

Odysseus and Telemachus Comparison Essay

Three traits that Odysseus and Telemakhos share are clear-headedness, eloquence, and showing strong emotion. They are portrayed with these traits in the Odyssey, composed by Homer. Odysseus is a renowned military strategist, warrior, and the King of Ithaca. He was forced to go to war against Troy twenty years ago, and since then has traveled all over the Aegean trying to find a way back home. Meanwhile, his son, Telemakhos, has developed into a full-grown man from the mere infant he was when his...

Premium Crying, Homer, Odysseus 977  Words | 3  Pages

Open Document

The Chronological Orde of the Adventures of Odysseus

return home, so Odysseus must force them back to the ship.  Third, at the Cyclops' cave, his men escape being eaten only by Odysseus blinding the one-eyed Polyphemus (son of Poseidon). He does so by claiming that his name is "No One." When Polyphemus screams, he says that "No One" is attacking him, so his fellow cyclopes do not come to his rescue. As a result, Poseidon threatens Odysseus with much suffering and the ultimate loss of his men.  Fourth, King Aeolus gives Odysseus and his men a place...

Free Charybdis, Circe, Cyclops 658  Words | 3  Pages

Open Document

Odysseus as an Epic Hero

Lopez English I HP, Period 6 Miss Grabowski January 27, 2011 Odysseus as Epic Hero The Odyssey, written by Homer, describes an epic hero to be a mortal male, someone who goes on along, dangerous expedition, also who is very brave, intelligent, and responsible. He will face many conflicts yet always manages to prevail. Odysseus possesses all these traits and demonstrates it throughout the entire Odyssey, such as when Odysseus and his men become trapped in a Cyclops’ cave and he needs to figure...

Free Circe, Cyclops, Greek mythology 897  Words | 3  Pages

Open Document

Odysseus' Strengths and Weaknesses

Odysseus' Strengths and Weaknesses The Odyssey by Homer is a metaphor for one man's spiritual quest. Throughout the story Odysseus develops and growth. Odysseus learns how to use his brain instead of his hands. He starts to listen to the advices of different people. He also finally understands the advice given by the blind prophet Tiresias: "It is the journey, not the destination." At the beginning of the story Odysseus has some weaknesses that prolong his voyage back to Ithaca. His most important...

Free Athena, Circe, Homer 488  Words | 3  Pages

Open Document

Odysseus and His Flaws

Odysseus and his flaws In Homer's Odyssey, the hero is Odysseus, a man who left his home to fight the Trojan War and who comes back twenty years later to find his household overrun by suitors courting his wife Penelope. Throughout his journey, this rich and complex character battles life's temptations towards purification, since he must overcome his sins and flaws in order to obtain redemption from the gods, thus returning home to his throne on the island of Ithaca. However, this purification process...

Premium Greek mythology, Homer, Odysseus 1205  Words | 3  Pages

Open Document

Odyssey and Odysseus Outstanding Qualities

qualities enable Odysseus to survive all his dangerous adventures and to surmount all obstacles to return home safely and regain his old staus? = The outstanding qualities that I think Odysseus had were that he was his intelligence, his strength, and he was very caring. His best quality is that he is very intelligent. He is able to use his mind to find solutions to problems, outsmart people, and to just use his mind for many different problems. For example when the Cyclops asked Odysseus what his name...

Premium Achilles, Athena, Homer 2184  Words | 6  Pages

Open Document

The Odyssey: Is Odysseus Really a Hero?

Odysseus can be portrayed as an antihero in The Odyssey. A hero is clever, respectful, brave, and shows mercy. Odysseus is the complete opposite of a hero. He is immature, barbaric, unfaithful, and a coward. Being faithful, or loyal, is one of the main aspects of being a hero. Book V shows us that Odysseus might not have been so faithful to Penelope: “Now as he spoke the sun set, dusk drew on/ and they retired, this pair, to the inner cave/ to revel and rest softly, side by side” (5. 234-236) ...

Premium Death, Homer, Ithaca 881  Words | 3  Pages

Open Document

Odysseus as an Epic Hero

Odysseus as an Epic Hero What is the difference between a regular hero and an epic hero? Odysseus from Fagle’s translation of Homer’s The Odyssey and Claybourne’s The Adventures of Ulysses qualifies as an epic hero based on his daring adventures and actions on his detour home from Troy. He earns this title by traveling to various settings, many of which he has never before set foot on, setting himself apart from other men based on his actions of superhuman courage and great valor, and having the...

Free Athena, Cyclops, Greek mythology 1222  Words | 3  Pages

Open Document

Odysseus Role in the Odyssey

In Homer’s, “The Odyssey”, Odysseus struggles to return home not only to rejoin his wife Penelope and son Telemakhos but also to fulfill his duty as ruler and legend. As Odysseus struggles homeward, the idea of his true self and what defines him shifts. His longing for family and sovereignty serves, at times, as a raging fire that propels him home. At other times it seems to be lost in the shadows of his adventures. At the end, when all conflicts are resolved and Odysseus is reunited with his wife...

Premium Family, Homer, Ithaca 1616  Words | 5  Pages

Open Document

Beowulf and Odysseus: a Comparison

Beowulf and Odysseus: A Comparison What is more important to the hero than his men? Both Beowulf of “Beowulf” and Odysseus of The Odyssey of Homer have the all important asset of men at their disposal, Men who follow them as leaders and accompany them on their travels. While Odysseus greatly values his men and treats them very loyally and emotionally, his men, in turn, give him the same loyalty and respect back. Beowulf is far more self-driven. While his men are mostly present throughout, they...

Premium Beowulf, Circe, Grendel 1174  Words | 3  Pages

Open Document

Odysseus as an Epic Hero

Odysseus as an Epic Hero In an epic poem, epic heroes exist. An epic hero, an important figure from a history or legend, has to relate to society. By having similar traits as humans, people will look up to the hero. In the epic poem, Beowulf, the epic hero, “Beowulf”, has the ability to die. Since he has this trait, he relates to the civilization and they look up to him. The “Odyssey”, another epic poem, has a hero also. Odysseus, the hero in the “Odyssey,” fits a model of an epic hero because...

Premium Aeneid, Cyclops, Epic poetry 860  Words | 3  Pages

Open Document

Odysseus as an Epic Hero

22 March 2012 Odysseus: Epic Hero or Not? What is a hero you may ask? Merriam-Webster states that a hero is a mythological or legendary figure often of divine descent endowed with great strength or ability; an illustrious warrior; a man admired for his achievements and noble qualities; one who shows great courage; the principal male character in a literary or dramatic work; the central figure in an event, period, or movement. I could support Merriam and say that Odysseus fits many of these...

Free Achilles, Athena, Greek mythology 1308  Words | 4  Pages

Open Document

A Comparative Analysis of Odysseus and Achilles

A Comparative Analysis of Odysseus and Achilles The Trojan War was more than a series of battles between opposing forces, it was the climax of an age of heroes. The retrieval of Helen brought together many of the mythological characters of that time onto a single stage. Of the thousands of brave men who fought at Ilion, two men stood above the masses, sharing the title of hero. They were born in the line of those on Mt. Olympus, favored by the gods. Excelling in courage and skill, adored by those...

Premium Achilles, Greek mythology, Homer 1218  Words | 4  Pages

Open Document

Compare Odysseus and Oedipus

Odysseus and Oedipus There are many legendary epic stories have been passed on from generation to generation in the Greek culture. Even though each story has different outcomes, every epic character has certain features in common. Odysseus in The Odyssesy and Oedipus in Oedipus the King are great examples of epic heroes with a variety of similarities. Odysseus and Oedipus are similar in which they both god-like men who are considered heroes because of their cautious ways and relentless tenacity...

Premium Aeschylus, Greek mythology, Odysseus 1747  Words | 5  Pages

Open Document

Hospitality: Odysseus & Polyphemus

Hospitality: Odysseus & Polyphemus Portal: Seeking Wisdom Amanda Conley Salve Regina University Hospitality: Odysseus & Polyphemus Good hospitality is an expected practice in Greek culture. The King of gods, Zeus, supports proper hospitality. “Zeus of the Strangers guards all guests and suppliants: strangers are sacred—Zeus will avenge their rights!” (Odyssey, 9.304-5) The encounter between Odysseus and Polyphemus, also known as “the Cyclops”, showed a great example of poor hospitality...

Premium Cyclops, Greek mythology, Homer 1300  Words | 4  Pages

Open Document

Odysseus: the Anti-Hero

Odysseus: The Anti-Hero Throughout Homer’s epic The Odyssey, Odysseus is a hero. In all myths and legends, a hero combats the “monsters.” In the typical story a hero is unselfish and fights to protect his people while the monsters are greedy powerful things that antagonize the people. Yet despite this typical storyline, if we read closely, we may conclude that Odysseus is actually the oppressive hero in many of these situations – provoking the “monsters” into fighting. The “monsters” in the...

Premium Achilles, Cyclops, Epic poetry 1540  Words | 4  Pages

Open Document

Odysseus V Telemachus

Jon Dunlap 3/8/12 Odysseus v Telemachus Period 2 “Maturity has more to do with what types of experiences you've had, and what you've learned from them, and less to do with how many birthdays you've celebrated.” – Anonymous (Thinkexist.com). Maturity is a key theme during the journeys of Telemachus and Odysseus. In Homer’s Odyssey the journeys of Telemachus and Odysseus have many similarities and differences such as their common goal and the lessons they learn; and only by overcoming...

Premium Athena, Homer, Iliad 1483  Words | 4  Pages

Open Document

The Journey of Odysseus and Te

The Journey of Odysseus and Telemachos In The Odyssey written by Homer and translated by Richard Lattimore, several themes are made evident, conceived by the nature of the time period, and customs of the Greek people. These molded and shaped the actual flow of events and outcomes of the poem. Beliefs of this characteristic were represented by the sheer reverence towards the gods and the humanities the Greek society exhibited, and are both deeply rooted within the story. In the intricate and...

Free Greek mythology, Homer, Iliad 2582  Words | 6  Pages

Open Document

Odysseus Positions Paper

event is the manner in which Odysseus carries out his retribution of the maids and suitors. Odysseus disguises himself and lies to everyone he cares about to see who is loyal to him and who is not. He tests the qualities of others, all the while showing none of them himself. His untrustworthy behavior makes him hypocritical when it comes to proving others loyalty. Odysseus is not justified in his retribution of the maids and the suitors because of his ignobility. Odysseus is not justified in his...

Premium Characters in the Odyssey, Circe, Deception 888  Words | 3  Pages

Open Document

The Heroic Journey of Odysseus

the return, where the hero must return back to his home. A perfect example of someone that underwent the heroic journey is Odysseus from the epic poem, The Odyssey by Homer because he had undergone a journey that included a departure, initiation, and return. Indications of Odysseus’ departure are his call to adventure and his crossing of the first threshold. Odysseus’ call to adventure is his desire to go back to his family in Ithaca after being sent to Troy to fight in the Trojan War (Hamilton...

Free Achilles, Athena, English-language films 906  Words | 3  Pages

Open Document

Odysseus, a Hero's Journey

Hero’s Journey:     The Odyssey by Homer is the story of Odysseus, a very brave, strong and smart Greek mythic hero who embarks on an epic journey.  His journey fulfills all the requisites of a Hero’s Journey.  Odysseus’ Journey takes him through various mental stages which will be outlined in bold.   Odysseus’ ordinary world is that of the island of Ithaca where he lives with his beloved wife.  When he was looking for a bride, Odysseus visited Sparta where he met Menelaus who was to wed Helen...

Premium Athena, Greek mythology, Iliad 925  Words | 3  Pages

Open Document

Odysseus Personal Qualities (F

Odyssey, by Homer, is about Odysseus, the king of Ithaca. Odysseus fights in the Trojan War and wins. He travels towards Ithaca but does not reach it because he is not in favor of Poseidon, god of the sea, who prevents his return. For many years, Odysseus wanders the seas and has many adventures. Meanwhile, suitors attempt to marry Penelope, Odysseus’ wife, but she remains faithful to her husband. The gods pity Odysseus and assist in his safe return to Ithaca. Odysseus’ personal qualities...

Free Characters in the Odyssey, Circe, Cyclops 1159  Words | 3  Pages

Open Document

Odysseus' Journey as an Epic Hero

Odysseus' Journey as an Epic Hero In the epic poem The Odyssey, the main character Odysseus displays the epic hero. An epic hero is given certain qualities. These qualities make the person (usually male) seem larger than life, he or she embodies the values from their culture, he usually goes on a journey that consist of a series of trials, has an ego, and is able to persuade people with his conversation. This description describes Odysseus exactly, but leaves out one major detail, which are his...

Premium Aeneid, Epic poetry, Greek mythology 1283  Words | 3  Pages

Open Document

Journey of a King: Odysseus

The Journey of a King In Homer's epic poem, "The Odyssey", Telemachus and Odysseus set out on their own journeys to become men; as a result, they become patient, brave, and honorable men. Odysseus has bravery, which makes him a good king, but fools can be brave too, so how is Odysseus any better than a fool? This is why he goes out in search of honor and patience. Telemachus has the patience, but he is not brave enough to stand up to the suitors and to gain respect from them. Therefore Telemachus...

Free Greek mythology, Homer, Iliad 1010  Words | 3  Pages

Open Document

Compare and Contrast of Odysseus and Aeneas

Compare and Contrast of Odysseus and Aeneas Odysseus, the hero in The Odyssey, and Aeneas, the hero in The Aeneid, fought in opposing sides in the Trojan war. Odysseus was the king of Ithaca and was arguably the smartest king and warrior in all of Greece, whereas Aeneas was a warrior from Troy whose destiny was to found the Roman race in Italy. While both men were highly acclaimed by their respective countrymen as heroes, they shared many similarities in respect to their background, their virtue...

Premium Aeneas, Aeneid, Homer 2120  Words | 5  Pages

Open Document

Comparing Odysseus and Spiderman

Heroes in Action: Odysseus & Spiderman The late actor, Christopher Reeve, once stated, “A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.” In the epic, Odyssey, by Homer and the film, Spiderman, directed by Sam Raimi, the crux of the storyline relates to a hero and the challenges they face along the way. In the Odyssey, Odysseus is the main character. The epic tale outlines his travels as he attempts to travel back to his home...

Premium Ben Reilly, Gwen Stacy, Harry Osborn 1848  Words | 5  Pages

Open Document

Odysseus: a Hero or a Flawed Hero?

Odysseus: A Hero or a Flawed Hero? The epic poem, The Odyssey written by Homer near the end of the 8th century BC, focuses on a Grecian hero named Odysseus. Although after the falling of Troy Odysseus embarks upon a long, grueling journey home, it is through his travels that Homer is able to illustrate him as a hero. A hero is known as, “a man of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities.” (Dictionary.com) Homer’s projection of Odysseus is essentially...

Free Achilles, Greek mythology, Homer 1127  Words | 3  Pages

Open Document

Odysseus as an Epic Hero

The Odyssey In Homer's The Odyssey, our main character, Odysseus, battles a feat of obstacles on the path back to his family and home. Throughout every disaster experienced in Book Two, Odysseus remains a true leader and strives to bring his people and himself home after many years. Odysseus has been known by many to be an epic hero, defined as someone who is higher than a normal human being but lower than a super human or a God. By using qualities such as curiosity, bravery, cleverness and...

Free Characteristic, Hero, Human 1147  Words | 3  Pages

Open Document

Telemachus-Odysseus Father Son Relationship

of the Odyssey, Homer explains to the reader how Odysseus reestablishes his relationships with his family and friends of Ithaka. It’s possible the restoration of his relationship with his son, Telemachus, is the most significant event of all. This reconnection carries out three main purposes. First, it serves to characterize Telemachus' likeness to his father in the virtues of wisdom, humility, patience, and organization. Secondly, it enables Odysseus a chance to coach Telemachus on how to be a powerful...

Premium Family, Homer, Odysseus 978  Words | 3  Pages

Open Document

Odysseus vs. Gilgamesh

The epic poems The Odyssey, written by Homer, and Gilgamesh, translated by David Ferry, feature the struggles and triumphs of two epic heroes, Odysseus and Gilgamesh. Epic heroes exemplify six common traits. They are all strong fighters, complete with physical beauty and intimidation. The epic hero is dangerous yet protects ordinary people. There is always an encounter with death and the cosmos. They are superhuman, but they are not supernatural, although they come in contact with the supernatural...

Premium Enkidu, Epic of Gilgamesh, Epic poetry 1477  Words | 4  Pages

Open Document

A Good Leader: Odysseus and Gilgamesh

In the Odyssey, Odysseus would be a Wanax because he owned an independent walled kingdom or palace. Both Odysseus and Gilgamesh were looked up to as leaders. When asked if they were successful leaders, I was a bit stuck. After some thought, though, I came to the conclusion that I believe both Odysseus and Gilgamesh were successful leaders. They were not always successful leaders, but their adventures and experiences molded them into reliable men. Our first glance of Odysseus is when Telemakhos...

Premium Enkidu, Epic of Gilgamesh, Humbaba 1421  Words | 4  Pages

Open Document

Odyssey and Odysseus Return Home

The Odyssey Study Guide PART 2 – COMING HOME p. 928 1. In Book 13 how does Odysseus return home? How is he disguised? Secretly returns in a magically swift Phaeacian ship disguised as a beggar. 2. In Book 14 who does Odysseus go to first when he returns home? Eumaeus 3. In Book 15 what are we told about Telemachus? He seeks out old comrades of his father to see if he can learn of his whereabouts but is advised by Athena to return home. THE MEETING OF FATHER AND SON pp. 929-931 1. How...

Premium Ancient Greece, Circe, Odysseus 1084  Words | 3  Pages

Open Document

Penelope's Early Recognition of Odysseus

When it comes to Penelope there is much controversy surrounding whether or not she recognized her husband Odysseus disguised as the beggar. I believe Penelope intuitively knew that Odysseus was the beggar but did not want to raise any red flags to the suitors, so she conjured up a clever way of ensuring that Odysseus could claim her “fair and square”. This recognition may not have been immediate but at a certain point after conversing with the beggar I believe Penelope perceived that the beggar...

Premium Circe, Homer, Marriage 2022  Words | 6  Pages

Open Document

Odysseus: Man of Many Traits

Odysseus, the ruler of the island kingdom of Ithaca, was known by all for his cleverness and cunning, but what I noticed throughout my readings of Odysseus is that he is also shows some weaknesses at times. I will discuss examples of each of these prevalent traits throughout this essay. Throughout The Odyssey, Odysseus is driven to many wanderings during which he sees many wonders and endures many sufferings. Part of Homer’s theme in The Odyssey is the vicissitudes that have promoted Odysseus’s...

Premium Cyclops, Hero, Homer 1449  Words | 4  Pages

Open Document

Odysseus a Greek Hero

 It is common knowledge that Odysseus is considered to be a Greek hero, some would even say that he is the one ideal hero of ancient Greece. Yet what is the criteria that puts Odysseus as one of the great Greek heroes? One thing many definitions had for a Greek hero was that they were from divine ancestry, favored by the gods, and have had the skill to complete their journey successfully. In The Odyssey by Homer, Odysseus has fulfilled being demi-god, being favored by the gods and mainly showing...

Free Athena, Greek mythology, Hero 1207  Words | 3  Pages

Open Document

Become a StudyMode Member

Sign Up - It's Free