Theme Of Individualism In Homer's Odyssey

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Following in somebody’s footsteps is always a hard task to take. Whether it is following a father, mother, older sibling, or friend, it is always a challenging path to walk. A perfect example of a boy who believes he must “wear his father’s shoes” is a young man named Telemachus. He is the son of a mighty warrior named Odysseus in the epic story, The Odyssey. In his journey to finding his father, Telemachus confronts many problems that come with his feelings towards his father, and how he must succeed such a brave hero and king. Today, many people can relate to what Telemachus is feeling throughout the story, and face the same challenges that come with the task of following in someone’s footsteps. Within the story, Athena, the goddess of wisdom, …show more content…
Many people feel the same way as he had. They may feel that they are always being compared to the person whom they are following This adds pressure to the individual and puts extra weight on their shoulders to do as well as their predecessor. This whole section identifies the concept of individualism within The Odyssey; of course though, that 's not all the signs of individualism in The Odyssey. Odysseus, Telemachus 's father, also displays acts of individualism throughout Homer 's work. He is personally contacted with the gods and makes up plans when he and his crew are in tight situations are some examples. But he also displays acts of hubris when he and his army finally defeats the city of Troy. Hubris is the act of excessive pride and self-confidence. When he and his army create and get into the horse they made for the Trojans, the Trojan soothsayer trys to tell the king “beware of Greeks and their gifts.” After this, Poseidon sends his sea serpant to kill the soothsayer and this allows Odysseus 's army to enter and defeat Troy. Later on, he goes up to a cliff facing towards the ocean and proclaims that he alone defeated Troy. Poseidon after hearing this display was upset with Odysseus because he helped Odysseus get into Troy by killing the soothsayer. Poseidon then curses Odysseus to “wonder the seas …show more content…
This is what we call the golden mean. A trait that best connects with the understanding of the golden mean is virtue. In the Greek philosopher Aristotle 's book the Nicomachean Ethics, he defines virute as a balance point between a lacking and an overkill of a trait. The greatest point of virute doesn 't lie in the exact middle but at a golden mean, more towards one extreme than the other. You need common-sense to find this golden mean, not immense intelligence. To Aristotle, virtue is the excellence at being a human, a skill that helps people survive, thrive, form relationships that actually mean something and find true

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