Odysseus Return Home Analysis

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Register to read the introduction… Because of his orders the men did not return alive. Directly after losing a ship full of men, they reached the Island of, Aeaea, where the "murderous-minded" sister of Aeetes, Circe, lived. After a few days of rest on the island, Odysseus saw smoke across the island coming from Circe's halls and decided it needed to be investigated. At first he thought to go himself but, realizing the danger of the exploration, chose to risk his mens' lives instead, "I thought I would scout the ground-...but soon enough this seemed a better plan: I'd go back to shore and the swift ship first, feed the men, and send them out for scouting"(Odyssey 10.166). Again, to spare himself, Odysseus sent his men into the unknown to face the mysterious Circe. On the dangerous expedition, the men where turned into pigs, and only one man, Eurylochus returned unharmed. Although Odysseus went back to face Circe after he heard of what had happened, he first sent his men to face the adversary, like a coward rather than a leader. Within the same day, Odysseus and his men would land on the island of Aeaea. It was on that island Odysseus would keep his men for one year, delaying their return home, so he could have an intimate affair with Circe, and break his bonds …show more content…
For eight years he was held captive on the island of Ogygia, and for eight years this brave hero sobbed daily, "Off he sat on the headland, weeping there as always, wrenching his heart with sobs and groans and anguish, gazing out over the barren sea through blinding tears"(Odyssey 5.93). Here his emotions become uncontrollable and take over his metis. Again, during celebration with the Phoenicians, he begins to cry when just thinking back on what he has been through.This excessive crying shows his lack of being able to handle emotionally oppressive situations. Labeled as a hero once upon a time, Odysseus was so severely effected by everything that has happened, he can no longer even save …show more content…
The great soldier who fought for famous white-armed Helen, battling Trojans nine long years- nonstop, no mercy, mowing their armies down in grueling battle- mowing their armies down in grueling battle- you who seized the broad streets of Troy with your fine strategicstroke! How can you- now you've returned to your own house, your own wealth- bewail the loss of your combat strength in a war with suitors? Come, old friend, stand by me! You'll see action now, see how Mentor the son of Alcimus, the brave fighter, kills you enemies, pays you back for service!"(Odyssey

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