The Odyssey portrays moments of pride and demonstrates how valuable it is to be considered warrior. In the time period of the Odyssey, it was fundamental to be able to prove yourself in Athletics. This was demonstrated through “boxing, wrestling, jumping, speed of foot”(8.120). The idea behind athletics was so extreme that it would determine where one would fit in society. Furthermore, it would dictate how respected one is as a warrior and define even ones smarts. The Odyssey reveals war and athletics have direct correlation within each other.
Throughout the book Odysseus’s character is repeatedly questioned and disrespected as a warrior. “Get off the porch, you old goat, before I haul you off by one leg” (18.12) says Arnaeus. The young man who showed little regard of hospitality for the “beggar” continued “How can you beat a champion half your age?” clearly overlooking the powers and strength of old man, Odysseus. The argument progressed and mockery turned into a “sport some god” (18.40) brought into the palace. “They’d battle it out together, fists flying”(18.44). The suitors would reward the winner with great hospitality. Even though Odysseus was already beat up and worn down with pain he did not back down to this ignorant young man. The battle demonstrated a common theme of pride for Odysseus. Additionally the battle was for the greater bit of hospitability; When Odysseus showed up as a beggar, Arnaues showed no hospitability. Ironically Irus lost the battle “no more lording it over strangers, no more the beggar-king for you, you loathsome fools. The suitors took away majority of their hospitality to them.
Odysseus had to prove himself as a skilled warrior multiple times throughout the book. When he is with the captains of Phaeacia he was asked to test his abilities in contest. With little respect from Laodamas and Broadsea the men continuingly mocked him “I never took you for someone skilled in games, the kind that real men play throughout the world” (8.196). The young men assume that Odysseus is far inferior to them “you’re no athlete”. But again Odysseus stood confident ignoring the fact that he is old and haggard. “Im no stranger to sports-for all your taunts-I’ve held my place in front ranks I tell you” (8.208). Again Odysseus repeats a sense of pride and a push for greater hospitality.
A common theme of pride is portrayed by Odysseus as he maintains confident with his abilities. In book 8 he was interrogated and doubted about his skills in contest. But when he was challenged he absolutely embarrassed the young champions. He wins by a large margin in the discus throw “Even a blind man, friend could find your mark by groping round-it’s not mixed up in the crowd, it’s far in front”(8.225-226). Odysseus proves himself superior to others, and continues to show his dominance. He boasts about his performance then challenges everyone in competition “All the rest of you,...