Analysis Of Homer 's ' The Odyssey ' Essays

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Look at where you are today. Reflect on your struggles, obstacles, failures, and accomplishments. Would you be where you are today without the love and support of the people around you? For most, the answer is no. When you think about your hardships in life, there has always been that one person to pick you up, to shake you out of your funk, and to motivate you to keep on persisting and never stop. However, we cannot solely view these obstacles as barriers in the way of our ultimate destiny rather than as stepping stools to a greater more stronger version of ourselves: prepared and fearless of the next barrier. In the Odyssey, Homer demonstrates the extremes of xenia through Odysseus’ encounters with Polyphemus and Eumaeus. Each host held a major role in Odysseus’ homecoming; Polyphemus instigated the long and painful journey and Eumaeus assisted Odysseus in the downfall of the suitors. Therefore, Odysseus’ opposing interactions reveal how xenia is necessary in order to achieve nostos. A bad host in our eyes may be one who fails to serve us drinks and leaves us quenching for water. Polyphemus takes the role as a bad host to a whole new level. He welcomes his guest, Odysseus and the crew, by seizing two of Odysseus’ men, smashing their heads into the ground, and proceeding to rip them “limb from limb”( Homer 132). Also, Polyphemus displays his ignorance by believing he is “much stronger”(Homer 132) than Zeus, Zeus’ aegis, and the other gods. Polyphemus continues his poor…

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