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    Mortals In The Odyssey

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    The Odyssey In Homer’s Epic Poem The Odyssey, Odysseus is portrayed as godlike, but at the same time he is a vulnerable mortal. In Greek culture gods were considered inspiring figures. Gods were well known and played an essential role in Greek culture. Gods had absolute power over mortal action. Mortals looked to the gods for guidance and pleased them with sacrifices in return for their favors. Mortals were loyal to their gods such as when they make decisions on their lives, providing the…

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    Homer's The Odyssey

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    The Odyssey; the most well-known Epic Poem containing 11 300 lines is by one of the world’s most respected author; Homer. Homer has created his story in a very creative and unique way, in what is called, an Epic Poem. An Epic Poem is a long, narrative poem about a national or legendary hero. The main character of The Odyssey is Odysseus; the King of Ithaca. Odysseus challenges against different enemies at different lands with the help of his crewmen and Circe; an enchantress who helps Odysseus.…

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    Heroism In The Odyssey

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    ordinary people who make themselves extraordinary" this is a quote from Gerard Way, a famous musician with an insightful viewpoint, regarding heroism. I think this quote represents heroism very simply, yet in the truest way. Homer, in the epic poem, The Odyssey, suggests that Odysseus is a hero. Homer develops this assertion by pointing out Odysseus's heroic characteristics in the various trials that he faces. The speaker's purpose is to inform the audience of what true heroes are like and the…

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    Hubris In The Odyssey

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    There are many character traits that greatly affect the plots of stories. Homer’s Odyssey is affected by the epic hero Odysseus traits shown through his actions and reactions. Odysseus has varying character traits that are good and bad. Odysseus’s hubris impacts the narrative in a negative way because it endangers him and his crew. The first time that Odysseus’s hubris pokes out, it ends horribly for him and his crew. Hubris is to have immense amounts of arrogance and pride. When, Odysseus and…

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    In, The Odyssey, by Homer the character Odysseus displays the characteristics of curiousity, deceitfulness, and determination. Throughout the entire story Odysseus is exploring the cyclops belongings, that eventually gets him in trouble. An example of this is when Odysseus goes into the Cyclop’s cave, “I brought along, and victuals in a bag, for in my bones I knew some towering brute would be upon us soon [...] We climbed, then, briskly to the cave. But Cyclops had gone afield, to pasture his…

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    Odysseus In The Odyssey

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    In the epic poem, The Odyssey by Homer Odysseus tells his tales of his journey back to his homeland Ithaca after fighting in the Trojan war. The books go through his 20-year journey prolonged by the God of the sea Poseidon who became angry at how prideful Odysseus was after the war. Throughout the books, Odysseus goes through many trials and tribulations to get back to his wife and newborn son. In book 9 of The Odyssey, Odysseus was on his way home after fighting in the Trojan war. Having…

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    Fame In The Odyssey

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    a bike or getting accepted into college, everyone wants to be noticed for their hard work. Sometimes, the longing for attention obscures one’s objectivity, pushing them to make detrimental decisions. Odysseus, the hero in Homer’s epic poem, The Odyssey,displays an egotistical, boastful personality on his voyage home which causes him to almost sacrifice his safe homecoming to gain dignity. After fighting in the Trojan War, Odysseus travels with his crew through the Mediterranean Sea, hoping to…

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    over Cyclops in the story with a few clever words. "'Cyclops, try some wine. Here's liquor to wash down your scraps of men. / Taste it, and see the kind of drink we carried / under our planks" (Homer 1052). Odysseus is a very good leader in the Odyssey because he is very intelligent and quick thinking. “Cyclops went on filling up his belly with manflesh and great gulps of whey, than lay down with a mast of his sheep” (Homer 1050). He tricked him into eating so he could kill him.…

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    Heroes In The Odyssey

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    current world no longer has a clear image of what is right and wrong, so can no longer have a clear image of what a hero is. In a world constantly growing more self-absorbed, a “hero” really depends on how one sees it. In the well known take The Odyssey, Odysseus had left his country to fight in the Trojan War, with the intention to come back as soon as the war ended. However, years passed…

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    Telemachus In The Odyssey

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    bellied out and a dark blue wave, foaming up at the bow, sang out loud and strong as the ship made way, skimming the whitecaps, cutting toward her goal” (Homer II: 469-472). This quote is possibly the most beautiful that I read in this section of The Odyssey. I was tempted to use it alone to analyze, but felt a good portion of its beauty comes from the context surrounding it. Firstly, there is the victorious moment when the boat fully catches the wind. One can only imagine a trumpet fanfare…

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