How Odysseus’s Actions Affects Others Essay

1175 words - 5 pages

Joseph Campbell once said, “A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.” True heroes are those who do something for others rather for themselves, Odysseus doesn’t exactly show this trait in The Odyssey. In The Odyssey, Odysseus along with his men try to go back home to Ithaca but due to Odysseus nature, only he actually returns alive. In Homer’s The Odyssey, Odysseus proves he is not a hero because he is arrogant, secretive, and unfaithful; resulting for readers to believe that every action has an consequence.
Odysseus’s arrogance is shown throughout the poem, but it is clearly shown during his time with a cyclops named Polyphemus. When Odysseus and ...view middle of the document...

Not only did Odysseus give out his location because of his yelling, thus making his men and himself in danger of the rocks that was hurled at the ship by the cyclops, the lives of everyone on the ship were only saved because they all desperately rowed the ship, beside Odysseus because he was giving orders. Odysseus also gave out the name of his home, Ithaca, making the cyclops pray to his father, Poseidon, for Odysseus to never reach his home and lose all his companions. If only Odysseus hadn’t anger the cyclops, he and all of his men could’ve made it back to Ithaca without going on a long journey. Odysseus’s arrogance made many of his men in danger, him being secretive also endangers his men.
Odysseus continues to demonstrate his inability to return home and save his men through being secretive. As mentioned on page 673, “Aeolus, does Odysseus a favor. He puts all the stormy winds in a bag so that they will not harm the Ithacans… During the voyage, when the curious and suspicious sailors open the bag, thinking it contains treasure, the evil winds roar up into hurricanes that blow the ships back to Aeolia.” By observing the sailors opening the bag, readers can assume that Odysseus didn’t tell his men about what’s in the bag, thus making them return back to Aeolia even though they were so close to home. If only Odysseus told his men about what was actually in the bag from the beginning to avoid misunderstandings, they could’ve reach Ithaca then and not wander at sea for ten years. On page 680, Homer points out that, “Odysseus does not tell his men of Circe’s last prophecy-that he will be the only survivor of their journey.” In this example, the readers learn that Odysseus does not tell his men their fate and the impending dangers of what lays ahead. When they go to Scylla’s cave, Odysseus still said nothing about the dangers of Scylla and allowed six of his men to be eaten by Scylla’s serpent heads. He and his men could only watch as the Scylla’s sharp teeth eat their comrade’s flesh with blood rapidly gushing out their bodies. Odysseus’s secretive nature makes it so he and his men don’t return home and lose his men, him being unfaithful is also a unheroic traits that he shows with multiple women.
Although some would argue that Odysseus is a hero because of his...

Find Another Essay On How Odysseus’s actions affects others

Telemakhos Essay

645 words - 3 pages ” (Homer III, 133-5). By emulating his father and trying to find him, Telemakhos is attempting to keep the home together and achieving his patrimony. Although Telemakhos is similar to Odysseus, he is his own person with his own identity. He shares Odysseus’s skill of speech, but not his trickery and deception. Telemakhos is more honest in his dealings with others. This includes admitting “It is my fault, Father,/ mine alone…/They were more alert

The Shadow of Odysseus Essay

846 words - 4 pages sheep and the lowing of cattle. Throughout Odysseus’s many sufferings the things that should have kept him up at night (like the death of his companions) did not but things such as strategies on how to slaughter the suitors have. Odysseus weakness is to his excessive hubris and overconfidence in his capabilities, in addition to that, his disability to learn from his past mistakes and failures. Works Cited The Odyssey of Homer

Odysseus's Journey

1565 words - 7 pages (thinking it was gold and silver). We further see Odysseus’s trust issues exemplified when he is warned by Agamemnon to not put total confidence in his own wife, Penelope, who could have found a new man in the length of time that Odysseus has been missing (Book 11). Hearing this advice from a god (and Odysseus listens to this), only aids his belief that he alone is the only person he can trust and that he must not rely on others or put his faith in

hospitality and the odyssey

1709 words - 7 pages himself, once his actions are going to be remembered and thus his reputation would possibly be improved, also his courteous manners would be evoked if himself or his men were in Odysseus’s land in a mission too. The first episode in which we can see elements of the hospitality being distorted is the one of Telemachus in Sparta. The perversion of this elements or even the slight disregard for the most traditional form of hospitality always brings

Monsters Within

1534 words - 7 pages fight these monsters inside our mind. In The Odyssey, every encounter with monsters explains how deadly sins destroy peaceful lives and why we should avoid these inner monsters. The Lotus-eaters are the first mythical beings Odysseus encounters on the voyage back to Ithaca. They are a symbol of sloth from the seven deadly sins. When Odysseus’s crewmen curiously eat the lotus offered by the Lotus-eaters, they lose all desire to

A Difference in Meaning in Homer´s Odessy

1824 words - 8 pages of time but he did “long- I pine, all my days- to travel home and see the dawn of my return” (Od. 5.243-244). This highlights how much Odysseus values his family. It is clear that he could have stayed with these goddesses in the lap of luxury but instead he continues to push onward and homeward driven by his love of family and country. While many of Odysseus’s values are admirable Odysseus values these things for the sole sake of living. His

Godly Intervention in Homer's The Odyssey

1363 words - 5 pages , desiring Odysseus as a mate. She “clung to him in her sea-hollowed caves—/ a nymph, immortal and most beautiful,/ who craved him for her own” (Homer I, 23-25). Her selfish actions are recognized by Athena, who tells Zeus “His daughter will not let Odysseus go,/ poor mournful man; she keeps on coaxing him/ with her beguiling talk, to turn his mind from Ithaka” (Homer I, 75-78). In Zeus’s argument, he says “My word, how mortals take the gods to task

The Loyalty Crew of Odysseus

703 words - 3 pages In The Odyssey, Homer conveys a mixed message about Odysseus’s crew. At times, they seem loyal, whereas other scenes reveal them as disloyal. Homer does this to help center the attention on how Odysseus can fall victim to temptation and stand up to take control of his crew. The critical moments where Odysseus and his crew are in disagreement are significant because they demonstrate how Odysseus is epic, yet still human and flawed. After

Odyssey's Heroic Journey

893 words - 4 pages One faces enormous challenges throughout life. In the famous saying, “Life isn’t about how many times an individual falls, but rather how he picks himself up,” its obvious obstacles make up his character. This applies to Odyssey who follows a hero’s journey. Several times he fails and goes through rough patches. But, in the end he is able to return to his home above all. Odysseus works through challenges to become a hero earning this status

The Heroism of Odysseus

2412 words - 10 pages poem The Odyssey, by Homer, Odysseus gains the title of hero during his journey back to Ithaka, from Troy, by proving to be one. It is through his characteristics and experiences that he becomes the well developed man at the end of the book. In truth, because of his confidence, loyalty, and difficult struggles, Odysseus becomes a genuine hero to the people he defended. Odysseus’s confidence fuels him to perform the actions he does, and he shows

Odysseus: The Altruistic Hero

1286 words - 6 pages intelligence, leadership and faithfulness, and thus reveal the possible theme that says: what makes a man a hero is his selfless actions for the sake of others, to make the impossible become possible itself.” Odysseus’ heroism is shown through his intelligence. In lines 118, Odysseus replied to Calypso that he “longs for home, long for the sight of home.” This line shows how Odysseus intelligently tricks Calypso into thinking that he does not wish

Similar Essays

How Liesel’s Actions Place Her And Others In Dangerous Situations

1052 words - 5 pages Reluctance or stubbornness in ending impulsive actions can have consequences. In the Book Thief by Markus Zusak, Liesel Meminger’s inability to halt her dangerous habits put her and others’ lives in dangerous situations. Three main examples of Liesel’s dangerous activities are when she steals books, when she demonstrates kindness at improper times, and when she disrespects others for her own selfish reasons. In all these examples, there is

How Social Media Affects Our Interaction With Others

1342 words - 5 pages ourselves to others and how close we match societal models. Facebook users edit and manipulate their profile’s content with the intention of showing themselves as happier as or more successful than in actuality. The product of this alteration is often an unrecognizable portrait of someone when compared to their real identity. While Facebook changes the way we chose to display our image, television changes the traditional structure of the family. In

How Death Mentally Affects Others In The Body Of Christopher Creed By Carol Plum Ucci

872 words - 4 pages This book talks about how death of one person can affect another, even people that didn’t know the one that died that well. Torey, the main character, was once a bully to Christopher Creed and feels bad about it. Once Creed goes missing, all Torey can think about is finding him. This affects him mentally and he becomes obsessed with trying to mind him. Torey, is in his junior year of high school in Steepleton. He plays football and baseball

Odysseus, An Unconventional Hero Depicted In The Odyssey

1834 words - 7 pages many exploits and presents him as a distinctive hero 2 differing from others who simply use their brute strength to overcome their tasks. Books 9 to 12 are probably the most famous part of the Odyssey. The stories in these books are recounted as fantasy and flashbacks by Odysseus to the Phaeacians. The wanderings of Odysseus not only seem to give the readers knowledge about Odysseus’s use of metis but to