Essay on A Man Is Defined By Values Rather Than His Success

961 Words Nov 10th, 2016 4 Pages
Albert Einstein says that a man is defined by values rather than his success. Odysseus has many victories but he follows his morals religiously and does not break them regardless of desperation. Odysseus’s expedition was a treacherous trek that seemed near impossible. Odysseus had many opponents. One of them was Polyphemus (cyclops), the son of Poseidon, who trapped Odysseus and his crew in his cave. Another opponent Odysseus encountered was Calypso (nymph) who imprisoned Odysseus on the island of Ogygia. He also made the hard decision of choosing to sail into either Scylla, the sea-monster, or Charybdis, the whirlpool. These opponents were difficult to evade but Odysseus always had a plan to save his men from trouble. When Odysseus and his crew arrive on the island of the Cyclopes, they are lured into a cave filled with sheep, milk, and cheese. While they are in the cave, Polyphemus returns to the cave, his home. Polyphemus seems harmless at first but they discover his hostility as he eats two of Odysseus’s men. Although Odysseus and the rest of his men want to kill him, Odysseus uses his intelligence and wit and comes up with a plan to fool the cyclops. The next day, the Cyclops, intoxicated, asks Odysseus, “Tell me how are you called? I’ll make a gift will please you.” (IX,373) Odysseus replies, “Kyklops, you ask my honorable name? Remember the gift you promised me, and I shall tell you. My name is Nohbdy: mother, father, and friends, everyone calls me Nohbdy.” (IX,380)…

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