Essay Analysis Of Homer 's ' The Odyssey '

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In almost all works of literature, the protagonist is typically either the main hero or the main villain of the story. He or she is often either the person that the audience aspires to be or the person the audience aims to avoid becoming. In Homer’s epic poem The Odyssey, Odysseus is a hero who is trying to reach and reclaim his home. Throughout his journey, Odysseus encounters all kinds of people and beings who affect both his trip home and the repossessing of his home. The majority of Odysseus’s encounters are either with more-than-human beings or with people from noble and royal families. Arguably the most important exception to that claim is Eumaeus, Oydsseus’ most loyal and trusted slave. If the audience digs deep enough into Homer’s epic, it will realize the minor character, Eumaeus, is who Homer wants the audience to aspire to be rather than the hero and protagonist, Odysseus. Through Eumaeus, Homer portrays his perception of the ideal human for the audience to become by making Eumaeus the only notable character who has neither affluence nor influence and by addressing Eumaeus as “you.” In order to make Eumaeus a character the audience could aspire to be, Homer had to make him identifiable to the audience. He did this by making Eumaeus the only notable character who is neither a god nor a monster, neither royalty nor nobility. Eumaeus’ lack of money and power make him more relatable to the audience because everyone in the Odyssey who has money or power is either…

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