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  • Odysseus As A Great War Hero
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    When The Odyssey was written, the Greek poet Homer defines his main character, Odysseus, as a great war hero. As the story progresses, Odysseus is many things other than the average warrior on a long, perilous journey home. One outstanding characteristic of this not so typical man is his wiliness. Throughout The Odyssey, Odysseus exemplifies his wily leadership qualities while he overcomes many obstacles during his journey home. Odysseus first demonstrates his wily attributes when he meets the C...
  • Odysseus And Athena As The Principle Identities
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    Disguise To Find True Identity The Odyssey is an epic that shapes and defines the roles of many great leaders. These leaders are made up of mortals, alive and dead, and immortals. The trip taken by Odysseus is not only a journey of a war hero back to his homeland, but is a journey in all of the characters lives, which develop a better sense of personal identity and selfhood as the epic goes on. It is the many disguises that each character uses that uncover their true identities from their experi...
  • Telemachus And Odysseus Journeys
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    Odyssey: The Journey of a Hero The Hero's Journey is never an easy one. This particular journey, as detailed in Homer's The Odyssey, is one of struggle, loss, heartache, pain, growth and triumph. It is comprised of many steps that Odysseus has to overcome and battle through in order to achieve his final goal of reaching his home and his loved ones. From the Call to Adventure to the Freedom or Gift of living, Odysseus conquered them all. The story begins in the middle of the story, as many of the...
  • Challenge Odysseus Offers To Immortality
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    The Strength in Mortality During his monumental journey, Odysseus grows from a gallant young warrior to a wise and mature adult. Odysseus initially finds himself fighting for a name, this is equivalent, for humans, to the immortality of the gods. Odysseus concludes that the death-defying mortal life, with its danger and relationships of love, is far superior to a purposeless and shallow immortality. Every courageous attempt towards his ultimate goal of returning to Ithaca and Penelope is tempere...
  • Great Epic Hero Like Odysseus
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    Traits of an Epic Hero On Odysseus' twenty year journey, he uses many of his traits to get back to Ithaca. Odysseus and his men fight the Cyclops, the Sirens and have to resist the temptation of the honeyed plants. A great epic hero, like Odysseus, needs to have numerous traits. Odysseus' traits are strength, intelligence and self-confidence. Odysseus is strong in many different ways. He is strong in his mind, heart and physical strength. His physical strength is an important trait for his trip ...
  • Famous Journeys Of Odysseus And Aeneas
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    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 can change, grow, and develop. In the storys earlier st...
  • Strongest By Poseidons Rage Towards Odysseus
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    Vengeance 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 or even be seen as...
  • Villains Odysseus Journey Home From Troy
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    On a website posted by teachers at Harker Heights High, an epic hero is someone who embodies the values of a particular society. He is superhuman. An epic hero is b raver, stronger, and cleverer than an ordinary person. He is on a quest for something of great value to him or his people. The villains that try to keep the hero from his quest are usually uglier, more evil, and more cunning than anyone we know in ordinary life. The epic hero is often of mixed divine and human birth and so possesses ...
  • Odysseus Journey To His Native Land
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    Abraham and Odysseus are two men of two different eras, yet they both have a common goal. This common goal which links the two men together is to get to their ultimate destination; whether it is Odysseus journey to his native land or Abraham's journey to the land God promised him. On the way both suffer hardships on their own accounts; whether it was Odysseus arrogance to his gods or Abraham's defiance to God's will. After they both have struggled on their journey and faced much tribulation, the...
  • Sets Odysseus And Telemachos
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    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 well...
  • Journeys Of Achilles
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    Alex Hastie The House That Homer Built 12/13/99 Have You Met-A-Physical Journey Throughout life, we are all faced with some kind of journey that must challenge us to make us grow up. There are two kinds of journeys; the physical and the spiritual. The physical journey entails overcoming a tangible barrier (e.g. a test of strength or a rite of passage). A spiritual journey causes one to reach a higher level of human consciousness and to find meaning in their journey (e.g. a pilgrimage or meditati...
  • Penelope The Poem Penelope By Dorothy Parker
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    Penelope The poem Penelope by Dorothy Parker describes the relationship between Odysseus and his wife, Penelope. The manner in which Penelope, the narrator, speaks of her husband and his journey is somewhat sarcastic and resentful. This poem shows her perceptions of Odysseus, and also the role women have played in the past. Penelope describes her life and how she perceives her husbands life to be. The one-worded title gives the impression of a plain, simple woman and prepares the reader for her ...
  • Odysseus Mother
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    In book XI of Homer's Odyssey, Odysseus begins a spiritual transformation when facts are reveled to him through his comrade Elpenor, his mother Anticleia, and the prophet Teirisias. Elpenor tells Odysseus of how Odysseus and his crew forgot to perform proper burial rights, Anticleia tells Odysseus of the truth of how she died, and Teirisias tells Odysseus of what will happen on his long journey home. "Son of Laertes, favorite of Zeus, Odysseus of nimble wits, the malicious decree of some god and...
  • Characteristics Of Epic Poems
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    Epic poems have many distinct characteristics. Many of these are shown in The Odyssey, a long, narrative poem. It was passed down from generation to generation until Homer, a blind poet, wrote it down. This classic was written about the Golden Age of Greece. The following are the characteristics of epic poems. They are also all related to The Odyssey. One characteristic is that the main character must be male and of noble birth. The Odyssey's main character, Odysseus, is the king of Ithaca. Anot...

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