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Odyssey

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 Odyssey...

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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 would...

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The Odyssey has captured minds for over 2700 years, and the story of Odysseus shows his determination to fight and conquer obstacles with and without the help of the Gods. The story dates back before 1000B.c. (The Modern Library, 1950, p.VI) His creative and cunning tactics throughout the story show his determination to reach his homeland of Ithaca. After conquering the Trojan War, Odysseus was told by Poseidon “man is nothing without the gods”. Poseidon felt Odysseus was not thankful for Poseidon’s...

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The Odyssey

  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  controls not only her husband but also several suitors...

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The Odyssey

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 Cannibals...

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The Odyssey

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...

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The Odyssey

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, Sirens...

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The Odyssey

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. Odysseus...

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odyssey

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 have...

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The Odyssey

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 gods...

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The Odyssey

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 like...

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Hospitality in the Odyssey

Homer’s Odyssey can teach us about culture in ancient Greece through Odysseus’ voyage home. In the epic poem hospitality, or “xenia,” is expressed as a reoccurring theme. Throughout the epic poem, there are different examples of hosts and guests. Firstly, the poem presents bad hosts such as Calypso and Laistrygones. Calypso is considered a bad host because she held Odysseus prisoner in her home for several years. In Book Five, Athena said to Zeus, “Now he’s left to pine on an island, racked with...

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Iliad and Odyssey

cinema of a certain era. The epic poems, The Iliad and Odyssey, give scholars and historians an idea how the Ancient Greek lived their everyday lives. By reading the two "novels," the reader is able to experience the three thousand years old society of Homer. The various similarities between our society and the societies depicted in the Iliad and the Odyssey are surprising profuse. To name a few: the superfluous violence in Iliad and Odyssey, the characterization of Odysseus, the obscure use of...

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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, Odysseus's...

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Women in the Odyssey

Women in The Odyssey After following an epic that revolved so completely around men, The Odyssey has quite a lot of female roles. True, the ancient Greeks had a better androgynous balance than other civilizations, and this is reflected very clearly in The Odyssey. Femininity has not only a bigger role in this epic, but it seems as though it is honored with its own unique power. This is shown in characters like Circe and Athena, but also subtextually in the many female weavers throughout the...

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temptation in the odyssey

The antagonist, Temptation This essay is about temptation in the Odyssey, more specifically temptation and its role in the book. Showing how food displays everyday temptation and how Odysseus recklessness causes his own troubled journey home. Temptation in laments terms is the desire to do something you know you shouldn’t do. This theme is something that is repeated constantly throughout the Odyssey in a multitude of ways and for many reasons. It shows on a scale how human and mortal the characters...

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The Odyssey comparison

 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 similarities...

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choice in the odyssey

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 Penelope...

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The Aeneid and The Odyssey

Midterm The Aeneid and The Odyssey The Odyssey by Homer and The Aeneid by Virgl are two epics that share many similarities. One similarity for certain is the issue on death. Everyone that dies goes to Hades good or bad and depending on the type of person you were, that will be the basis of determining ones’ everlasting punishment. In the Odyssey the Protagonist being Odysseus believes the after life is an unfilled life without any form...

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The Odyssey 'Telemachia'

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. Zeus...

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Women of Odyssey

corpses."(Book X, Line 297) However, these traits and Odysseus' ability are constantly challenged by the temptation of women. In the Odyssey, myriad examples of such temptation reflect the importance of gender and the role of women. Odysseus' numerous interactions with women make this influence clear. A prime example of the importance of the roles of women in the Odyssey is their roles as seductresses. When Odysseus' crew arrives on Circe's island, they are attracted to Circe's house because of the...

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Women of the Odyssey

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 Melantho...

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Women in The Odyssey

Typical gender roles are a huge standard that is more or less understood by the general population of a culture. There is an idea of how men act in comparison to women and the differences between them. In Homer’s machismo filled, male-centric The Odyssey, basically a Rambo for the 8th century B.C., it is in fact the women he meets along his journey that are the sails of this warship. The two women who really stand out the most to me are Calypso and Circe: both powerful beings and powerful women. They...

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Xenia in the Odyssey

The Importance of Xenia in The Odyssey and it’s Consequences One of the most important themes in The Odyssey is the concept of xenia, which is the old Greek word for hospitality. In modern times, hospitality is something we rarely think of, and the first thing that comes to mind is the hotel industry, but in ancient Greece, xenia was not about hotels, or just about etiquette, it was a way of life with many benefits in a world that was still mostly savage. Xenia was more than just being polite to...

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Odyssey 5

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 individual...

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Themes of The Odyssey

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 insight...

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The Odyssey Analysis

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...

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Odyssey Essay

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 literature...

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Fate In The Odyssey

Fate in The Odyssey In Homer?s The Odyssey, fate plays an important part in the story development. People who believe in fate or destiny think that their lives are spun out in front of them before they are born, and there is nothing they can do to change that. Some characters, like Polyphemos, find out their fate beforehand but still end up fulfilling prophesies they tried to avoid, but most characters acted out their fate without realizing it, like Odysseus. He blinded the Cyclops without knowing...

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Women in the odyssey

In Homer's The Odyssey, women are looked at in two ways; as being the evils in the world and hindering on Odysseus's homecoming or as being loving and faithful. On his journey home, Odysseus weaves his way through many hardships and temptations that are created by the women he meets on his voyage back to Ithaca. Calypso and Nausikaa play a large role in representing temptation while Penelope represents loyalty for she was the only good and loyal woman who waited for Odysseus to return home unlike...

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Hospitality in the Odyssey

Jeremy Worden Hospitality Illustrated in Homer's The Odyssey Far removed from our individualistic society today is the ancient Greece portrayed in Homer’s The Odyssey, where hospitality and good will are the main focus of these people. As decreed by Zeus himself, those who wish the favor of the Gods must welcome foreigners and domestic with hospitality. A man was supposed to offer the best of his food, his home, and his knowledge before ever asking for his guest’s name or why he was there. There...

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Vengeance in the Odyssey

Vengance in the Odyssey Vengeance is the main theme in the Odyssey, it is what all the conflict in the story is for every conflict in the story is caused because of each characters thirst for vengeance . The three characters that show this most greatly are as follows. Poseidon through his constant punishment of Odysseus throughout the story. Secondly Telemachus' need to make the suitors pay for disrespecting his house as well as his mother and the lack of his ability to become...

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Penelope of the Odyssey

Homer's poem The Odyssey. Many are the ways Penelope exemplifies the ideal woman, in that she conforms to the values and beliefs of her society. These include faithfulness, loyalty, willpower, pride in one's home and family, and generosity and openness to foreigners (Kline, 2004). The role women in ancient Greece had were reflected as inferior to men as they were never seen as heroes or fought in wars, rather they stayed home to look after the house and children. In Homers ‘The Odyssey’ women are portrayed...

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Odyssey Essay

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 his...

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The Odyssey Report

The Odyssey Report In The Odyssey , Homer uses guest-host relationships as an ethical norm against which behavior is measured. When the ritual is preformed correctly by guest-host, good results ensue. In contrast, the violations of this ethical norm results in misfortune. This idea was taken very seriously by people of that time and it can be found throughout the story. A great example of a guest host relationship where both the guest and the host behave properly is the relationship between...

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Penelope, the Odyssey

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, acknowledges...

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Women of The Odyssey

Macy Phillips Hodges English 201- H 11 February 2013 The Women of The Odyssey In today’s society women are just as capable of doing things as men. The role of a woman has changed greatly since the times of Ancient Greek. In Homer’s epic, The Odyssey, we see how each different woman is portrayed. From the roles of, the cunning seductress, and the faithful obedient wives. Women are the key to everyday life of men, children, and other women. Throughout this epic, most of the women fall under...

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The Odyssey and Propaganda

“Homer’s The Odyssey and Virgil’s Aeneid as Propagandistic Literature” Propaganda is a powerful social tool that influences audiences through manipulation and selective viewpoints and has been witnessed in history as far back as written records exist. It has been used to sanction the rise of new leaders, herald a society and its dominance, and push ideological agendas to audiences of all backgrounds throughout civilizations. The methods that propaganda has been used are numerous and include both...

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Odyssey Essay

The Odyssey Essay Even now, centuries after it was written, Homer’s The Odyssey still seems to astonish readers of all ages. In this epic poem is a story of a man being ripped from his kingdom of Ithaca, to fight in the battle of Troy. Early in the story before he is taken away, Odysseus tells his wife that if he isn’t back by the time Telemachus is a man, beard on...

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Gods in the Odyssey

Sam 3/5/2008 Θεία επέμβαση An analysis of divine intervention in The Odyssey reveals that survival and achievement of goals is impossible without help from the gods as they control everything that happens. Divine intervention is a very important aspect of the Odyssey seen right from the beginning to the end and all who have help from the gods survive while those who don't die. This is clearly shown in...

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Odyssey Quiz (Study Guide)

The Odyssey Quiz: 1 MATCHING- Write the word from the word bank in the given space below that best matches the description. Epithet Allusion Archetype Epic Epic Hero Epic Theme 1. _________ - Long narrative poem. 2. _________ - Reference to a famous person or event. 3. _________ - Larger than life character who goes on a great journey. 4. _________ - Brief description of a character. 5. _________ - Reflects on a universal concern. 6. _________ - Character or situation known throughout...

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Odyssey Essay

The Odyssey Essay In The Odyssey written by Homer and translated by Robert Fitzgerald, Telemakhos, the son of Odysseus, makes an important journey to learn the fate of his missing father and in the process transforms from a boy to man. At the beginning of his journey Telemakhos demonstrates the character traits of immaturity and timidness, at the end of his journey he had become courageous, mature, shrewd, and physically capable. When the reader first encounters Telemakhos in Book II, he...

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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 principal...

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Loyalty in Odyssey

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...

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Odyssey vs. Finding Nemo

Epics Over the Years The Odyssey, a historical epic, was the first written of its kind. Since then, many stories’ plots have focused on the characteristics that made it an epic, such as Finding Nemo. Although the Odyssey was written many years ago, Finding Nemo’s qualities are along the same lines. Both stories contain characters on a journey in search of something of significance. Monsters threaten the quest home, helpers assist the heroes on their journeys, the heroes are glorified in...

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Odyssey Essay

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 his...

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Odyssey and Odysseus Outstanding Qualities

Odyssey Review/Essay Questions 1.What aspects of social and political life in Homeric times are reflected in the “Odyssey”? =The aspects in the social and political life in Homeric times that are reflected in the Odyssey are the leadership and hierarchy. These are depicted by kings, warriors and peasants who sometimes live un-heroic simple life.Other than that it shows the culture of the Greeks wherein if you will court a lady,you should bring gifts. 2.What is the purpose of the many allusion...

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The Odyssey Thesis

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...

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Gilgamesh and Odyssey

GILGAMESH AND THE ODYSSEY “Descriptive comparison between Gilgamesh and Odysseus” Gilgamesh is an ancient poem that significantly marked its name as somehow being the first major heroic narrative in the world literature. Fractions of this literature were discovered uniquely carved in tablets even before the Roman, Hebrew and Greek civilization appeared. Gilgamesh depicts a unique and propinquity story of Gilgamesh and his companion Enkidu that transcribed a complex and moving gist of bonds of...

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Odyssey leadership

helped the men to survive as best as he could however each man has free will and decided no to listen to Odysseus. Another example of Odysseus being a leader is when him and his men encounter the Cyclopes. Even though his men didn’t make it home Odysseys did what he could to save them and get them home. When Odysseus was locked up and the Cyclopes was eating his men two at a time he devised a plan to save his men form getting eaten by the Cyclopes, “Old shipmates, friends, the rest of you stand by;...

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The Odyssey and the Penelopiad

establishing plot and how meaning is shaped throughout the text. By analysing The Odyssey and The Penelopiad, the reader gains a powerful insight into the Ancient Greek period that is central to Odysseus’s plot. Through a close study of both these texts, composed millennia apart, much can be learnt about the evolution of society and its perception, as well as those values that have been retained. Homer’s The Odyssey was composed during Archaic Greece, the period of large-scale technological development...

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The Odyssey - Role of Women

female characters in The Odyssey, for example; Penelope, Circe, and Calypso, we are able to understand that back then women were inferior to men yet they had power in that they were able to draw men in so quickly and easily (for example sirens, they sing so beautifully that men get drawn in from lust for these things with such beautifull voices, but the sirens are killers and they kill any man on a ship that passes), also they are portrayed as being very wise in The Odyssey, Athena’s appositive most...

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Comparison of the Iliad, the Odyssey, and the Aeneid

and gods who go on perilous adventures to foreign lands and encounter many mythical beings along the way. These adventures usually teach a lesson or give insight as to the culture of the area and time period in which it was written. The Iliad, the Odyssey, and the Aeneid are all similar epics in their adventures and their lessons. Throughout the literary works of the ancient world there are many reoccurring motifs such as: the role of the gods, the role of suffering, and the roll of fate. The role...

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Summary of the Odyssey

name teacher English 14 March 2012 The ( Astonishing / Astounding / Outstanding ) Odyssey In the beginning of the movie, Odysseus's only son is born, Telemachus. Soon after though, Greece is at war with Troy, and the kings Agamemnon and Menalayes come to Ithica to force him to help fight in the war. He is forced to leave his new born son and wife, Penelope. Before he goes though, he tells her that she must marry if Telemachus has a beard and Odysseus has not returned. On his way towards...

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Odyssey Essay

yourself in. The real conquer consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes. New eyes and a new mind can make or break you; help you or destroy you. Having the power to keep going and persevering all comes from within. Throughout “The Odyssey” by Homer, Odysseus’s strength, persistence and eloquent demonstrates that the only way to accomplish something is from the power within. Homer characterizes Odysseus with persistence in his actions and feelings. When Odysseus is attempting to...

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The Role of Woman in The Odyssey

Although “The Odyssey” by the Greek poet Homer is very much an epic tale of a man’s heroic quest, women play an incredibly large role. Homer’s epic tale, “The Odyssey” revolves around Ulysses’ quest to return back to his wife, Penelope, so that he may be reunited with her and assume control over his palace, which has been overrun by suitors. Ulysses’ son, Telemachus attempts to regain authority in the presence of the many suitors but finds this difficult and embarks upon his own journey under the...

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Quiz: Odyssey Background

Great Greek Minds Quiz on Homer’s Odyssey and Greece (45 pts)   1.     (10 pts) What would our lives be like if no one had the ability to read or write? Without the ability to read and write, our lives would be very boring. By having a written language, we are able to understand things better and communicate more effectively. We wouldn't be able to send letters or write books. We would use mostly oral tradition for our history and entertainment. Oral tradition is important but it is only...

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Cold Mountain/The Odyssey Comparison

twenty-five hundred years ago a renowned epic of Greek mythology was written. This work, known as The Odyssey, illustrates the journey home made by Odysseus, a Trojan war hero, who seeks his wife Penelope. Similar in plot, though written only four years ago, Cold Mountain is a romantic saga which depicts the travels of Inman, a Confederate soldier, at his attempt to reunite with his love Ada. Homer's The Odyssey and Charles Frazier's Cold Mountain tell of the struggles faced by the man and woman of each novel's...

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The Odyssey vs the Lord of the Rings

Comparing the Odyssey to the Lord of the Rings               The Lord of the Rings and Odyssey are two very weird stories in my opinion. The two stories include several similarities. The most noteworthy similarity of the two that were in common was the use of themes. Both included similar themes such as, life, death,power, brotherly love, myth, temptation, and journey.             One thing I noticed was the use of several different themes included in both stories. In the Lord of the...

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the portrayal of women in the Odyssey

WOMEN IN THE ODYSSEY Although women in ancient Greece are often portrayed as meek and weak, this is not the case in Homer’s epic; The Odyssey. Instead, women in the Odyssey are often described as either cunning, intelligent, sexually alluring, or powerful, dangerous and fatal. Some of the most typical female characters are Athena, Circes and Penelope, where Athena is a powerful goddess and a skilled warrior, Circes is a cunning witch who tricked Odysseus’ men into drinking her potion and turning...

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