Odyssey Literary Analysis

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The Odyssey represented a cunning hero, named Odysseus, King of Ithaca. This work of literature highlighted the tantalizing journey he and his man were forced to make fueled by the Trojan War coupled with the Fall of Troy. Odysseus and his men were antagonized by an innumerable amount of hindrances and misfortunes in their ten year journey back to Ithaca. Critics emphasize that although Homeric characters are generally static. Odysseus and his son are fairly different. “Odysseus’s love of glory prompts him to reveal his identity to the Cyclops and bring Poseidon’s wrath down on him. However, by the end, he seems much more willing to temper pride with patience” (Homer 330). For works of literature that were introduced during such a time …show more content…
Critics may have urged that culture during this time was most challenging due to the complete control of the “inherited ruler” and how this would cause one to appreciate how the world has not changed, but evolved. The people that lived during the time of "inherited power" were so restricted as to what they could or could not do with their lives that it seemed somewhat uncivil. Having such limitations on societal freedom allowed for an abundance of violence to ensue. Due to this incivility, countless rebellions and revolts occurred during that time of existence in order to overthrow the pompous, often times unlawful leaders that were in control. The Odyssey was set as was stated before 8th Century BC, in northwestern Greece surrounding the fall of Troy and post Trojan War. In an excerpt furnished by Mark Cartwright, emphasizes the affect that the Trojan War had on the existing culture. He conveys that the Trojan War, in Greek tradition, started as a way for Zeus to reduce the ever-increasing population of humanity and, practically, and expedition to reclaim Helen. He highlights that the main purpose is perhaps more importantly, the Trojan War coming to represent the struggle of Greeks against foreign powers and it told tales of a time …show more content…
It promoted a notorious form of literature in the form of the “epic”. An epic is a long, narrative poem that is subject to deal with such various subjects as myths, heroic legends, histories, edifying religious tales, animal stories, or philosophical or moral theories. These epics presented the reader with a legendary figure, thus serving as the acting society’s hero. “Epic poetry has been and continues to be used by peoples all over the world to transmit their traditions from one generation to another, without the aid of writing. These traditions frequently consist of legendary narratives about the glorious deeds of their national heroes” (Yoshida 3). Another epic that can be closely related to the Odyssey from a Roman point of view is Virgil’s “Aeneid”, where Aeneas ventured upon and discovers a city following the fall of the Trojan

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