Analysis Of ' The Odyssey ' And ' Scarlet Ibis ' Essay

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The characters in The Odyssey and “Scarlet Ibis” follow the same idea of having hubris and selfishness. The older brother and Odysseus differ by Brother wanting Doodle to fit in at school but Odysseus wants to stand out and be better than everybody else.
To start off, Odysseus and Brother have the same characteristics. Both these characters have hubris and selfishness. For example, in The Odyssey by Homer, Odysseus exclaims to the world after he kills Polyphemus, “’Cyclops- if any man on the face of the earth should ask you who blinded you, shamed you so- say Odysseus, raider of cities, he gouged out your eye, Laertes’ son who makes his home in Ithaca!’” This quote is a good representation of Odysseus’ hubris because he really wants people to know that it was he who was responsible for the blinding of the Cyclops. Odysseus believes he is the greatest man from Ithaca and wants the world to know he is genius for blinding the Cyclops. He has too much pride in himself and wants to stand out by being better than the rest of the world. Odysseus’ men help him with his plan but he gives them no credit and takes it all for himself. In “Scarlet Ibis”, Brother says with shame, “They did not know that I did it for myself, that pride, whose slave I was, spoke to me louder than all their voices, and that Doodle walked only because I was ashamed of having a crippled brother.” Brother wants Doodle to walk so that he will fit in and not be different from other people. Doodle is…

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