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  • Help And Odysseus
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    World Lit November 16, 2000 Odysseus a Strong Man or Just Supported by Gods Odysseus is the main character in an epic poem called the Odyssey. In the poem Odysseus has had some bad luck getting home, with some of the gods helping him and some hindering him his journey towards home is a constant struggle. In this poem we see a man being broke and rebuilt, through constant irony his faith was damaged and without the help of Athena he probably would have given up on his journey. Through his hard wo...
  • Evident In The Course Of Odysseus Homecoming
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    THE ODYSSEY: ESSAY What different aspects of Odysseus character emerge as Homer presents him in a variety of settings throughout the Odyssey Throughout the Odyssey we see a substantial amount of attributes of Odysseus, such as an admirable, wise, courageous and resourceful man. Yet he is also seen as boastful and arrogant. These characteristics become evident in the course of Odysseus homecoming, which Homer vividly describes. We do not meet Odysseus until the fifth book, however we have a sound...
  • Chapter 8 Homecoming Odysseus
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    THE ADVENTURES OF ODYSSEUS CHAPTER 1 THE TROJAN WAR Odysseus was the king of Ithaca, a Greek island. He had a wife, Penelope, and a son, Telemachus. Someone came to ask Odysseus to fight in the Trojan War. Odysseus did not want to leave his new wife and baby son. He pretended to be crazy so he would not have to go. But the person tricked him into showing that he was not really crazy, so he had to go to the war in Troy. He thought he would be back soon, but he was gone 20 years. Odysseus was a br...
  • Odysseus Journey Home
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    In Homer's The Odyssey, many happenings interfere with Odysseus' journey to return home to his wife, Penelope, and son, Telemachus. Self-determination is a strong characteristic that Odysseus portrays in The Odyssey. The three traits that Odysseus portrays as evidence of his self-determination are: endurance, perseverance, and courage. Odysseus, like most humans, has his doubts of confidence, but seems to overcome them. Out of this great tragedy, he has become a greater man to regain his kingdom...
  • O Brother Ulysses
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    A Comparison on Homer and O Brother Where Art Thou In Homer, the main character's name is Odysseus. In O' Brother, the main character's name is Ulysses. They both are on a journey to their home. Odysseus is headed to Greece, because he was in a war with Sparta that was away from his home. Ulysses is headed back to Mississippi because he escaped from jail. They both encounter unusual obstacles on their way. Odysseus meets up with a Cyclops that gets its eye poked out. Ulysses meets a one eyed man...
  • Odysseus To The Crippled Polyphemus
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    Did Odysseus and his men bring the string of catastrophes on themselves? Yes, they did get themselves into serious trouble. With a pompous attitude, the men prolonged their journey home to Ithaca. Those who did not have Odysseus's smarts, died because of this. When they raided the Cicones' village, harassed Poseidon's son, and killed the Helios's cattle, they punished themselves. Odysseus and his men stormed Cicones, and reeked havoc on all that lived there, even the sheep. They killed men who f...
  • Odysseus An Epic Hero
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    Is Odysseus An Epic Hero? Is Odysseus, the main character of Homer's The Odyssey, really an epic hero? An epic hero embodies several heroic traits such as; having superior or super-human strength; being intellectual and courageous; and being a strong and responsible leader. An epic hero struggles and is overwhelmed with difficulties. An epic hero is on a quest of self discovery, war or some sort of goal. In the Odyssey, Odysseus is on a quest to return home to Ithaca after ten years of war in Tr...
  • Derek And Odysseus Their Mentor
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    The Odyssey vs. American History X The Odyssey and American History X don't share similarities in the plot, theme or time period, but they have an ingredient common in many stories. Odysseus and Derek are challenged with deadly obstacles and they overcome these difficulties with the help of a mentor. A guide saves both characters and assists them in their return home. Odysseus and Derek need the support and help of a trusted friend who will guide them through their dramatic adventure. Bob Sweeny...
  • Odysseus And His Now Small Crew
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    The Odyssey Theme Paper The Odyssey is mainly about the tribulations of a great hero; that hero would be Odysseus. Although Odysseus does not appear in this epic until the fifth book, he is still the main character. Odysseus, whom I will call the hero, has many tribulations in this epic. Read on to see what I mean. This story starts right after the Trojan War; the Greeks have won, thanks to one of Odysseus' great ideas. All the kings are now trying to get back home to their families. Odysseus, h...
  • Telemachus And His Home
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    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 Men tes, the clear-eyed goddess Athena in disguise, "mother has always told me I'm his s...
  • 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 ...
  • Odysseus Time With Circe
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    In Homer's epic, The Odyssey, women play an integral role in the life of Odysseus, the story's protagonist. Odysseus is forced to leave the comforts of Ithaca because of a woman, Helen, and he longs to return to his home largely for a woman, his wife Penelope. Throughout his journey, however, it is Circe who has a heavy influence on Odysseus because she is a major distraction and thus an obstacle for the renowned hero. Indeed, Circe's comeliness coupled with her sorcery, and her kindness along w...
  • Odysseus Hubris
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    "There is no safety in unlimited hubris" (McGeorge Bundy). The dictionary defines hubris as overbearing pride or presumption; arrogance. In The Odyssey, Homer embodies hubris into the characters Odysseus, the Suitors, and the Cyclopes. Odysseus shows hubris when he is battling the Cyclopes, the Cyclopes show hubris when dealing with Odysseus, and the Suitors show it when Odysseus confronts them at his home. To start, within the course of The Odyssey, Odysseus displays hubris through many of his ...
  • Home
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    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 things...
  • Validity Of Odysseus's Actions
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    When Odysseus returned home to his wife and son, he took a very brutal method to rid his home of the suitors who had run over his household. This revenge was also taken out upon the servants and maids who had been unfaithful to Penelope and had slept with the suitors. Some may say this punishment was too harsh, and made Odysseus less than an honorable man. However, Odysseus's actions are justifiable. Indeed those who occupied the lord's manor during his absence did so with no honor. But one may ...
  • Odysseus's Home In Ithaca
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    THE ODYSSEY The Odyssey tells of the adventures of Odysseus. After fighting ten years in the Trojan War, the story tells it took Odysseus ten more years to reach home, in Ithaca, and his wife, Penelope. The Odyssey begins describing the current circumstances. The Trojan War is over, and all of the survivors are home except one: Odysseus. He is at the Nymph Calypso's island, detained for she wishes him to marry her. All of the gods felt sorry for him, except Poseidon. Poseidon is in Ethiopia, how...
  • Odysseus A Wonderful Leader
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    The owner of a show horse has many tasks to keep her horse fit and beautiful. She must spend time cleaning, stroking, and combing his hair to keep its gleaming shine. She must make good choices time after time for her horse, allowing him to be in his best condition. She must also train with him day after day and spend hours after hours with her baby, giving him her unconditional love. Like the dedicated owner to her horse, Odysseus shows wonderful leadership skills towards his men with his wily ...
  • Shades Of Death Help Odysseus
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    In book XI of the Odyssey, by Homer, Odysseus meets with several members of the underworld. These "shades" of death help Odysseus understand the importance of returning home; thus, giving him decisive steps in his re-education of life. Of the many "shades" Odysseus speaks with, the three that extend beyond the others are Antikleia, Agamemnon, and Akhilleus. The knowledge that these three give Odysseus have a large impact on the route he takes and the way he handles each obstacle on his voyage ho...
  • Odysseus And His Crew
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    In book twelve of The Odyssey, the main character, Odysseus, is confronted with three obstacles that he and his crew must conquer in order to get home to Ithaca. The first of the three obstacles that Odysseus and his crew must face are the sirens and their enchanting melody. This obstacle is the easiest one for the war heroes to conquer, all they have to do is plug their ears and sail past the siren's island. Odysseus adds a twist by having himself tied to the mast of his ship where he can here ...
  • Odysseus Journey Home
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    The Journey of an Epic Hero A pattern has been discovered in much of our literature, as well as in our life - that of the journey. Especially in regards to mythology, the journey goes through the following stages. The journey starts with the call to adventure. The hero may be willing or unwilling to accept the call but do to the imbalance, loss, or having something taken, missing or denied which brought the call a pon them will accept his / her call. The next step in the journey is the hero is u...

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