This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

The Vices Of Human Nature In Homer's The Odyssey

579 words - 2 pages

The sum of all human traits is defined as human nature, meaning the excuse for our vices, and the flaws of mortal life. In Homer's The Odyssey, the main character Odysseus demonstrates these flaws throughout his journey, constantly struggling through the eternal fight for realization of life and death, and is weighed down by the never ending power struggle of nature versus mankind.

In The final chapters of Odysseus's quest, the reader believes that the main character has finally found himself. The problem with his happy ending is that he has forgotten one thing. Odysseus is not perfect he is human. Though he has learned much through his perils, the vices of Pride, vengeance, and dependency, all come back to haunt him during the slaughter in the hall, leaving the reader to wonder if he learned anything during his time away from home. What if the true lesson learned was that human nature will always prevail?

In book twenty-two, when Odysseus is preparing to slaughter the suitors, he exclaims, murdering bow in hand: "Look-your crucial test is finished, now at last! But look another target's left that no ones hit before-we'll see if I can hit it-Apollo give me glory" (22.5-7). The narration of this chapter is full of powerful words describing him as the master of craft and battle, which is very similar to the way his legacy would describe him. At one point he calls upon the God Apollo to give him glory. This is very interesting because he is the God of archery, and his arrows are a metaphor for death and misery. Odysseus is brimming with pride, and vengeance, and seems to have...

Find Another Essay On The Vices of Human Nature in Homer's The Odyssey

The Role of Penelope in Homer's Odyssey

1201 words - 5 pages   Odysseus's wife, Penelope plays a very important role in Homer's Odyssey.  She provides the motivation for Odysseus's return to Ithaca.  She is also the center of the plot involving the suitors and the fate of Telemakos and Ithaca itself.  The objective of this essay is to analyze the important role of Penelope in Odyssey.              Penelope is the reason for Odysseus's return to Ithaca.  He is driven throughout his entire journey to

Coming of Age in Homer's the Odyssey

1027 words - 4 pages Identity is a theme that runs strongly throughout The Odyssey. While much of Homer's work is devoted to Odysseus' journey, an examination of his son Telemakhos provides an excellent example of character development. From the anxious and unconfident young man to which Book I opens to the courageous exactor of his father's estate, Telemakhos undergoes notable emotional maturation. The spiritual journey illustrated by Telemakhos, through his own

The Portrayal of Women in Homer's Odyssey

1887 words - 8 pages Does Homer exhibit gender bias in the Odyssey?  Is the nature of woman as depicted in the Odyssey in any way revealing? Upon examining the text of the Odyssey for differential treatment on men and women, it becomes necessary to distinguish between three possible conclusions.  One, differences in treatment reflect the underlying Homeric thesis that  women are "different but equal in nature,"  Two, different treatment  of men and women in the text

Leadership in Homer's, The Odyssey

754 words - 4 pages good leader. In the article "Seven Personal Characteristics of a Good Leader", the author, Barbara White informs the reader on the seven qualities of a good leader and explains each characteristic in detail. In Homer's, The Odyssey, the main character Odysseus displays many leadership traits, one of these traits being courage when he encounters the alluring Sirens in the book of "The Sirens". The second characteristic of a leader that Odysseus

Deception in Homer's The Odyssey

1384 words - 6 pages ). As the poem advances, Telemakhos puts on an act of confidence and superiority, but yet when he tries to lead in discussion or call upon an assembly for help, he is ignored and rejected by those who would bow down if it was Odysseus giving the commands. Deception is not only used in The Odyssey by mortal human beings, but also by the Greek goddess Athena. Athena, daughter of Zeus, is seen in the poem as “Odysseus’ patron,” and is always

The Role of the Gods in Homer's The Odyssey

1093 words - 4 pages , strategy and intellect. In ancient Greece, the Gods’ power has constantly been praised and known as the God’s Love. In Homer’s Epic, what has really attracted my attention is how God in his highest love Odysseus and been always with him during his journey. Odysseus also knew that he would not be alive if he was not praising the names of Gods especially with the goddess Athena. In Homer's epic poem, The Odyssey, gods play a very

The Birth of the Gods in Homer's Odyssey

1584 words - 6 pages The Birth of the Gods in The Odyssey     Prehistoric man did not question his existence and reality - he just lived as one with nature. When prehistoric man awakened from this simple existence into the world of intelligence, he began to question his existence and reality. Homer’s The Odyssey demonstrated man’s attempt to cope with their own nature through the illusion of the gods, by using them to carry their burdens of hopelessness

The Role of Women in Homer's The Odyssey

757 words - 3 pages The Role of Women in Homer's The Odyssey Women form an important part of the folk epic, written by Homer, The Odyssey. Within the story there are three basic types of women: the goddess, the seductress, and the good hostess/wife. Each role adds a different element and is essential to the telling of the story. The role of the goddess is one of a supernatural being, but more importantly one in a position to

The Role of the Sirens in Homer's Odyssey

539 words - 2 pages The Role of the Sirens in Odyssey The Sirens in the Odyssey represent more than just a maritime danger to the passing ship. They are the desires of man that he cannot have. The Sirens can also be construed as forbidden knowledge or some other taboo object. Whatever these singing women actually are, the sailors are wise to avoid them. As usual, the wily Odysseus cheats at the rules of the game by listening to their song under the restraints

The Amazing Leadership of Odysseus in Homer's The Odyssey

825 words - 3 pages The epic poem The Odyssey by the ancient Greek writer Homer takes us deep into the life of a man called Odysseus. As the reader gets to know Odysseus many sides of his character are exposed through the challenges he faces. Though he and his crew face danger and obstacles every step of the way Odysseus’s character hardly changes. The entire book Odysseus longs to see his wife but he is a good man and a courageous leader. When the times get

The Funeral Games of Patroklos in Homer's Iliad and Odyssey

2341 words - 9 pages The Funeral Games of Patroklos in Homer's Iliad and Odyssey        Coming towards the end of a war which has consumed an entire decade and laid waste the lives of many, the Greek warriors in Troy choose to take the time and energy to hold funeral games.  This sequence of events leaves the reader feeling confused because it's not something one would expect and seems highly out of place.  Throughout the epic Homer tries to describe what

Similar Essays

"Forever Linked To The Ancients" Describes How Homer's "The Odyssey" Is Still Very Much Relevant Today. Explains How Human Nature Links Us To The Ancient Greeks Of Homer's Time

1101 words - 4 pages is so easily seen in the relationship between Odysseus and Penelope is still prevalent in our culture today. Although the setting is ancient Greece, Odysseus and Penelope's relationship could easily be compared to that of a modern love story.Another major example of human nature that links us to the ancients is greed. Human history has been shaped throughout the ages by this evil flaw that we possess. The Odyssey proves to us that even the

On The Nature Of The Female In Ancient Epic, The Depiction Of Virtuous Women Such As Athena And Penelope In Homer's Odyssey

762 words - 3 pages toward the king of Uruk. As a loyal, cunning and caring person, it’s not surprising that the wife of the master mariner was represented as an ideal woman for her time. Lastly, “The Odyssey” presents us with one of the most virtuous women in Greek mythology: Athena. As the goddess of wisdom and battle, Pallas Athena is said to have the rational mind of a man within the body of a woman. It is no surprise that she shows fondness for Odysseus, helping

The Odyssey. This Essay Deals With How The Film, The Odyssey, Shows The Desirable And Undesirable Aspects Of Human Nature

761 words - 3 pages items in The Odyssey, which suggest desirable aspects of human nature. The main one would be family. Odysseus treasures his family as much as life itself. He tries everything in his power to return to them. He risks his life to go into the Underworld to find out how to return to them as quickly as he can. Another item proven desirable by the film is food. The food on the island of Ithaca is plentiful and when Odysseus and his men leave, the pine for

The Importance Of Identity In Homer's Odyssey

1435 words - 6 pages The Importance of Identity in Homer's Odyssey Within the epic poem "The Odyssey", Homer presents the story of Odysseus's quest to find his home and his identity. According to Homer's account, with its origin in oral tradition, the two quests are interchangeable, as a mortal defines himself with his home, his geographic origin, his ancestors, his offspring, etc. But in addition to this Homer illustrates the other aspect of human identity