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Hospitality Gives Diligent Care To Visitors In The Odyssey By Homer

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Hospitality can be presented by showing appreciation and diligent care of a visitor by a host. When a visitor is welcomed by a hospitable host all remembrance of that first impression will be pleasant and non-forgettable. The same will be as if the host is mean and non-hospitable, the visitor will never forget that impression as well. If one is to visit a home of a friend and ask for a drink of water, the guest may naturally assume the host will go and get them a glass of water from the kitchen. After all that would be the most hospitable thing to do right? However, the host may tell the visitor to help themselves to the kitchen and get their own glass of water. That would be considered a non-hospitable host and this impression may be never forgotten.
In the Greek story “The Odyssey” a lot of hospitality can be seen throughout the story. In the Greek culture, hospitality holds a high respect and value. This was demonstrated all throughout “The Odyssey”. Non-hospitality was also shown throughout the story as well and disregards to this had shown punishment as a result to those that were not hospitable. The gods expected hospitality as well as Odysseus. Other characters in the story displayed non-hospitality and you can surly see how they ended up regretting that they didn’t do such of a great job. A great example of these characters in the story is the Cyclopes, whom were mean.
The Cyclopes are examples in the story that shows how non-hospitably defiant someone can be. They were not nice to most they can in contact with other than someone of their own kind. This is why Odysseus had no respect of them throughout the story. The story broadens as it shows different ways of being hospitable and non-hospitable. “The Odyssey” can relate to a plethora of ways that hospitality is and can be displayed, and it also shows how Odysseus struggles to and fro with the rules of hospitality throughout the story.
“Here we stand, beholden for your help, or any gifts you give-as custom is to honor strangers. We would entreat you, great Sir, have a care for the gods’ courtesy; Zeus will avenge the unoffending guest” (Homer). Odysseus has the expectation of being treated hospitable because he is accustomed to the treatment. Hospitality is a form of politeness to the Greek gods and goddesses, and that’s why he also deemed that it be necessary. If he felt that he wasn’t treated hospitable then it was clear that Zeus, one of the Greek gods in the story would handle those that were not.
Traveling is another way that hospitality can be displayed through the story as well. Odysseus traveled through majority of the...

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