The Struggle In The Odyssey In Homer's The Odyssey

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Everyone no matter what or who they are has struggles. Even people with god like qualities. In The Odyssey, by Homer, the main character, odysseus, comes face to face with a hand full of challenges. Even though he is not your average human, and possesses characteristics of gods, he still has things in his life that he has to battle with. Odysseus finds himself in many different situations such as his men eating the lotus flower, poseidon coming after him, standing up to the suitors, and found it hard to control his anger. One of Odysseus's issues on his journey home is when his men eat the lotus flower. If anyone eats the lotus flower they will forget about everything but the flower and they will want to stay on the island forever. Odysseus …show more content…
The suitors were mean to who they thought was the beggar but was really Odysseus. For example, “In the hall, the ‘beggar’ is taunted by the evil suitors, but Penelope supports him” (Homer 929). Odysseus strives against the suitors taunting him because he is only thought of as just the ‘beggar’. Furthermore, Odysseus struggles when the suitors won’t allow him to try the bow and arrow. Penelope made a deal with the suitors that whoever could string Odysseus bow will become her new husband, but Odysseus is the only person who is strong enough to string the bow. For instance, “Now Odysseus, still in his beggar’s clothes, asks to try the bow. The suitors refuse to allow a mere beggar to try where they have failed” (Homer 934). Odysseus is conflicted because the suitors will not allow him to try something that they have failed at because the suitors think that Odysseus is just a …show more content…
Odysseus gets mad when the cyclops eats his men. To demonstrate, after the cyclops ate Odysseus’s men, he almost killed him but then thought that if he did he would never be able to move to concrete slab over the door so he would need to wait for the door to be open. Odysseus was very angry at the cyclops for eating his men and he wanted the cyclops dead, and when he eventually made the cyclops blind that caused his father Poseidon to hold a grudge against Odysseus. Odysseus was also mad at Circe for changing his men into pigs. For example, “Odysseus leaves the ship and rushes to Circe’s hall. The witch realizing she has met her match, frees Odysseus’ men” (Homer 913). When Odysseus runs to Circe’s hall he wants fight her to get his men back, but Circe decides to not fight and just release his

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