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41: Revenge In The Odyssey
The Greeks, as portrayed by Homer, are a very vengeful people. Throughout The Odyssey, a theme of vengeance is dominant. These displays of retribution come from different entities for fairly different reasons. So why is revenge such a factor in The Odyssey? Fear and the overwhelming feeling of payback are two answers. Homer gives numerous examples of how certain characters demonstrate their power in a fury of rage. He writes of the payback Zeus gives to those ... considered barbarians. Homer gives a clue into the extent of the fear when he writes that Telemakhos was irked with himself / to think a visitor had been kept their waiting (5). One example in The Odyssey is when Odysseus comes to the home of the Kyklops. Odysseus states: We will entreat you, great Sir, have a care for the gods courtesy; Zeus will avenge the unoffending guest (153). Kyklops just ...
42: The Odyssey: Odysseus
The Odyssey: Odysseus The most admired classical hero is most certainly Odysseus, the mythological Grecian subject of Homer's epic tale, The Odyssey. This legendary figure displays excessive amounts of brains and muscle, seeming almost superhuman at times. He embodies the ideals Homeric Greeks aspired to: manly valor, loyalty, piety, and intelligence. The popularity of Odysseus transcends time ... that the gods put forth while still being respectful of them, he showed extreme wit and strength in all his battles, and remained a loving and compassionate man throughout the entity of his journey. His odyssey was long and full of adventure, rich with people and places, never going as planned. It was a life, full of the surprises and extremely unpredictable. When people today experience obstacles in their own ...
43: Penelope As Moral Agent
In her essay "Penelope as Moral Agent," Helene Foley attempts to discuss Penelope, a major character in Homer's the Odyssey, in terms of Classical Athenian portrayals of women and, as her title suggests, in terms of what she calls a "moral agent." In her introductory paragraph she lays out guidelines as set down by Aristotle ... end, Foley ultimately decides that Penelope meets these standards and adds that her social, familial and personal responsibilities play integral roles in making that decision. Foley's examples and her in-depth analysis of the Odyssey all support her thesis as I have interpreted it to be. There are, however, problems in her comparison of the Odyssey and outside texts (especially that of Carol Gilligan), inconsistencies in citations and style, and examples that either have little or nothing to do with her thesis.. The largest problem with this essay that I ...
44: The Odyssey Report
The Odyssey Report In The Odyssey , Homer uses guest-host relationships as an ethical norm against which behavior is measured. When the ritual is preformed correctly by guest-host, good results ensue. In contrast, the violations of this ethical norm results ... to go and kill Odysseus for what he has done. So as his punishment he must flee to his fathers estate and he must live with the fear of death at all times. In The Odyssey, the guest-host relationship is very important to safety and well being of the people. Then believe that if one of the two, either the guest or the host, acts improperly something bad was ...
45: Virgil The Art Of Imitating Ho
... come in the aspects of structure, events, and characterization. The Aeneid is, in actuality, ... a structural and thematic reworking of both epics of Homer. 2 The Aeneid is clearly modeled in the beginning after the Odyssey while in the end it is modeled after the Iliad. The happenings and actions of Aeneas are very similar to both those of Odysseus and later of Achilles. Many of the characters themselves are also ... see and hear the Homeric echoes present in the epic. The Aeneid is clearly divided into two parts, The Odyssean Aeneid 3 and, The Iliadic Aeneid. 4 The first six books are based on the Odyssey while the last six books are based on the Iliad. To clearly see that Virgil was indeed basing his working on Homer, let us examine the Homeric echoes that are present in the first half ... mercy of a vengeful god, and the fact that they will eventually land on a friendly shore just like Odysseus landed on the Phaeacian shore6, is almost an exact replica of Odysseus situation in the Odyssey. When Aeneas arrives on Carthaginian soil, he, just like Odysseus did when he arrived in Phaeacia7, tells the story of how he arrived and under what circumstances8 both told in rousing flashbacks. Another similarity ...
46: The Odyssey and The Pearl: Loyalty
The Odyssey and The Pearl: Loyalty Loyalty to another person or to a cause may be an admirable trait, but it can lead to either positive or negative consequences. In Homer's epic The Odyssey and John Steinbeck's novel The Pearl there are characters that show great examples of this trait. Penelope in The Odyssey and Juana in The Pearl are the most obvious, although there are many. Penelope stayed loyal to Odysseus while he was on his twenty-year journey and Juana stayed by her husband through his ...
47: The Odyssey and Gilgamesh
The Odyssey and Gilgamesh Throughout the epic poems The Odyssey and Gilgamesh both characters reveal traits of an epic hero. Both characters share god-like traits and have a variety of enemies. Each hero presents physical strength, but also goes through the emotional effects of ... prove Ourselves more powerful than he,” (27). He is now another enemy of Gilgamesh. Although both men in the two stories have great physical abilities both suffer from the human trait of loneliness. In The Odyssey, Odysseus’ journey is to get back to his home in Ithaca with his family. This is the fact that keeps him going no matter how often he gets thrown off track. Once Odysseus loses ...
48: The Odyssey: Summary
The Odyssey: Summary The story, The Odyssey, was written by Homer and translated to English version by Samuel Butler. The main character in Odyssey was Odysseus, Kind of Ithaca, who after 20 years of wanderings returned home from the Trojan War and a long difficult journey which the powerful gave to him. He found himself recognized only by ...
49: Gender Testing in The Odyssey
Gender Testing in The Odyssey Gender and sexuality are major issues in our world. They have been areas of study, observation, and discussion throughout history and continue to be so today. The Odyssey, written by Homer, is an epic poem that puts emphasis on the importance of gender through its vivid descriptions of various male/female encounters. Homer portrays many different roles of men and women in The Odyssey and provides contrast of character with these roles. Relationships between men and women are closely examined in the poem while their own individual strength of character is being tested . The test of a character’ ...
50: The Odyssey 2
The Odyssey, by Homer, is about a Trojan War hero, Odysseus, struggling to return home to his wife and son. While Odysseus is experiencing many hardships, which are preventing him from returning home, his wife is being ... have given him specific directions of what he must do to find his father, Telemachus may have never got his chance to call the assembly. Through out the Telemachia (the four beginning chapters of the Odyssey) it is apparent to all readers, that Telemachus is greatly struggling to find out who and where he famous father Odysseus is, how to free his beloved land of Ithaca, of the burdening suitors, which ...

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