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  • Between Odysseus And The Cyclops, Polyphemus In Homer's 'Odyssey'

    Two Types of Monsters The scene between Odysseus and the Cyclops, Polyphemus, in Homer’s Odyssey is universally recognized as one of the greatest displays of cunning in ancient Western literature. Odyssey is the narration of the epic hero, Odysseus, and his journey home to his native land, Ithaca, after the fall of Troy. Throughout the narrative, Odysseus meets and interacts with a wide array of characters—gods, creatures, and humans. In Book 9, Odysseus and his men come to the land of the cyclopes, where they meet Polyphemus, the one-eyed giant son of Poseidon. The ensuing interaction between Odysseus and Polyphemus is crucial to the plot development of the story. Consequences of this interaction affect characters throughout the rest of the narrative. While this is important, the more crucial point of this interaction is the glimpse readers get into the psyche of both Odysseus and Polyphemus. Their relationship brings into question the morality of each…

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  • The Tragic Hero In Homer's From The Odyssey

    demonstrated in many ways. “From the Odyssey” is about a greek human by the name of Odysseus. Odysseus is a well known king from the kingdom of Ithaca. Throughout the blossoming of Odysseus being discovered, he does some pretty controversial things on his journey back home to Ithaca. At the same time, however, his actions demonstrated that overall he is worthy of being a literary hero. Though it is true that he was cruel at times, Odysseus had very good justifications for his actions. The…

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  • Huperethon Character Analysis

    fresh water where Huperethon stopped to bathe. He undressed and left his cloths and his sword alongside the river. The riverbed was lined with tall green trees that bore fruit. As Huperethon reached up to grab a piece of fruit, he encountered a large cyclops whose one eye was filled with fury. "Do not touch my fruit!" roared the cyclops. Huperethon lunged for Athena's sword, but the cyclops, as tall as the mountains, grabbed Huperethon and held him up to his face. The cyclops questioned…

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  • The Dangers Of Vampires In 'The Odyssey'

    Odysseus encountered Cyclops twice in this section of the book, once with his men when he landed on an island full of them. They didn 't make any contact with them at all, though shortly after seeing the island of the Cyclops they landed on an different island that they believed was safe and possibly uninhabited. They ended up being very wrong when they discovered a cave filled with sheep, cheese, and one blood thirsty giant. Did I mention that they knew he lived in the cave and continued to…

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  • Theme Of Violence In The Odyssey

    Odysseus also proves his ability to learn humility when Poseidon acts as a foil towards him. The cunning and wisdom, of Odysseus is highlighted during the conflict against Polyphemus. Odysseus shows his superior wisdom through his restraint, although he longs to engage the Cyclops in battle, “ I then formed the plan within my daring heart of closing on him . . . and stabbing him in the breast . . . yet second thoughts restrained me . . . for we could never with our hands have pushed from the…

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  • The Tragic Journey Of Odysseus As A Heroic Hero

    When Cyclops returned at night, he eats two more of Odysseus’s men for supper. After losing four of his men, Odysseus followed with his plan by getting Polyphemus drunk. Polyphemus asked for Odysseus ' name, and Odysseus told him that his name was “Nobody.” When the giant passes out, the Greeks stab the Cyclops ' eye, which blinds him. Odysseus and his men sailed off while Polyphemus cried in pain, and Odysseus shows his brave and heroic traits by revealing his true name and taunting Polyphemus.…

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  • Disguise In Homer's The Odyssey

    disguises it would prevent Odyssey’s attempts at arriving back to his homeland. Odysseus while in pursuit to save his wife from the suitors disguises himself as a beggar and enters into the contest “and yet a beggarly tramp who came to the house strung it at once and sent an arrow through the iron” (Homer XXI/XXII 6). No one would have guessed that the mighty Odysseus would have been disguised as a beggar of all things, therefore this helps strengthen this false identity. Another disguise or…

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  • The Homecoming: The Character Of Odysseus In Homer's Odyssey

    times, allowing us to understand how eagered he was to return. While some places might be hospitable like the country of the Lotus-Eater, others like the land of the Cyclops were not as hospitable. After departing from the country of the Lotus-Eaters, Odysseus and his man are guided to the land of the Cyclops. Odysseus takes 12 men to explore one of the Cyclops cave in hopes that they would be hospitable enough to give him some of the riches that were lying in his cave but the opposite happens.…

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  • Cannibalism In The Odyssey

    cannibalism resembles real issues that the authors faced during their lifetimes in their society. The Odyssey tells the story of the king of Ithaca Odysseus and his decennial journey back home after the Trojan War. In chapter nine of The Odyssey he and four other ship crew members sail to the island of the Cyclopes. There they get trapped by one Cyclops and he eats the men in pairs. Odysseus…

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  • Essay On The Hero's Journey In The Odyssey

    is put through Tests and Supreme Ordeal. In the “Odyssey”, one of the first stages of the “Hero's Journey” that Odysseus embarks on is, Entering the Unknown.Odysseus and his men come across the land of the Cyclops where creatures live in a way very different from Odysseus.In Part One of the Odyssey, Odysseus sees the way that the cyclops live as unkempt and untidy, when he states: “Cyclopes have no muster and no meeting, no consultation or old tribal ways, but each one dwells in his own…

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