The Epic Poem, The Odyssey, By Ernest Hemingway Essay examples

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"There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.” This quote by Ernest Hemingway demonstrates the essentiality of humility. The epic poem, The Odyssey, written by Homer, also makes evident the importance of this same concept. Odysseus leaves the Battle of Troy, and his great pride is evident through his actions. He barely survives after withstanding the wrath of Poseidon at the many islands he visits. The main character of The Odyssey, Odysseus, changes greatly throughout the story, from ignorance to knowledge, which renders how everyone must rise above their greatest flaws in order to truly become great. In the early years of Odysseus ' journey home, he is caught up in himself and believes that he can overcome anything alone, which puts himself and his crew in great danger. Throughout the poem, Odysseus must realize that he has to change his ways in order to become a true hero. Whether one is fighting against the Trojans, or fighting against their own flaw, everyone must overcome and change to become successful.
Before Odysseus surmounts his trials, he is filled with hubris. Early in Odysseus’ venture, back to Ithaca, he and his crew arrive at the island of the Cyclops. Odysseus risks the fate of himself and his crew because of his hubris. Odysseus gouges out the eye of Polyphemus and he and his crew successfully exit the cave. However, Odysseus reveals his name, calling out to the enraged Cyclops saying,…

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