External Conflicts In Odysseus In Homer's Odyssey

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According to Greek mythology, in 1250 the Trojan War began between the Greeks and the Trojans. Odysseus, the protagonist, was a man who joined the Greeks and helped them win the war. However, on his way back home, he would face many conflicts that tested his righteousness, bravery, and most of all, his determination to get home. When Calypso offers Odysseus immortality and Circe warns him of Scylla and Charybdis, Odysseus is faced with internal conflicts and must decide what is best for his men and getting home. Homer shows Odysseus’ determination to get home when he says,”’If you could see it all before you go-/ all the adversity you face at sea-/ you would stay here… and be/ immortal’”(104-107). This quote shows Calypso imploring Odysseus …show more content…
Odysseus's courageousness is shown when Homer wrote,”I drew it from the coals.../ and rammed/ it deep into his crater eye…”(374,377-378). This scene depicts Odysseus shoving the spear into the Cyclops’s eye. This is important because Odysseus would’ve had to have a lot of bravery to follow through with such fatal plan. Curiosity is shown in Odysseus when the author states,”’...you are to tie me up.../ lashed to the mast,/ and if I shout and beg to be untied,/ take more turns of the rope and muffle me.’”(728-731). This quote shows Odysseus telling his men he will be listening to the sirens while tied up, so he can do no harm to the crew. The only plausible reason for Odysseus to do such a thing is because of his interest in the sirens song. Odysseus’ curiosity gets ahead of him and he could’ve ended very badly. These two conflicts show Odysseus’s incredible bravery, but also his undeniable …show more content…
Odysseus’ perseverance is tested when the author states,”On the land of the Laestrygonians, gigantic cannibals, all the ships but Odysseus’ are destroyed and their crew devoured.”(p.933). This quote shows Odysseus and his men traveling through the land of gigantic cannibals. Every ship in their fleet would fail to pass the land and would be eaten, except for Odysseus’. Even though they were the only ship left, Odysseus didn’t give up due to his hope of reaching home. and his men their retribution by striking his ship with a lightning bolt and then drowning all of his men, except for Odysseus. But Odysseus was persistent to get home and he managed to make it home because of how hopeful he was. These citations show how much exertion Odyssey Odysseus and his men struggle the most on their journey when Homer Wrote,”When Odysseus and his men set sail again, the crew are punished with death, a thunderbolt from Zeus destroys their ship, and all the men except Odysseus drown.”(p.948). This event displays Zeus giving Odysseus his retribution as a result of his men killing the sheep of the sun god. Odysseus puts so much exertion into persevering home, even when he loses his entire fleet, ship, and crew. His hope pushes him through this devastating event and is the sole reason as to why Odysseus makes it home in the end. Odysseus’ desire of reaching home

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