Odysseus Essay

593 words - 3 pages

The Great Rooted Bed On top of a lofty hill sat Odysseus's mansion. The beautiful house was no place of serenity for Penelope, his wife. Even though many suitors and maids stayed their loneness hung in the air. Without Odysseus the house seemed incomplete to the forever waiting queen. Mean while in her room, the queen would rest like a child on the night before Christmas, always hoping for her true love to appear. One day one of the older nurses rushed into Penelope's bedroom. "'Penelope-child-wake up...He's here-Odysseus-he's come home, at long last!" (Homer 455). At first the queen was very angered at the nurse's arrival. She considered this to be a joke and even told her if it was a younger nurse she would have ...view middle of the document...

Click, clock, click. Descending the intricate marble staircase the queen felt a great feeling of turmoil build up inside her. She stared into the empty room and found her eyes meeting a man who looked exactly like Odysseus, angled on the center column. Except this time; the man wore torn and dirty rags. She could see the musky hairs on his chin and the filth almost falling off him. This was not the man she knew as her husband. Penelope's son, Telemachus, watched his mother have no sympathy for her brave hero. His blood boiled with anger as he wondered why she would not welcome Odysseus with open arms. The queen told the son that if that wretched man truly was her husband they would be able to communicate through secretes signs. Angered Odysseus offered he would sleep alone, away from the heartless woman. Putting him to the real test, Penelope asked one of the maids to help move the bed that her husband made all by himself, out of the bridal chamber. Odysseus quickly caught on to what she was doing and announced that it's an, "'Impossible task, even for some skilled craftsman-unless a god came down in person,'" (Homer 461). Penelope then realized that her husband did make it back alive from his long journey. After she fell to her knee's, she cried for forgiveness and told him they need to share about what happened while he was gone. Athena held back the night so the couple could she what happened when they didn't see each other. Odysseus had many stories to share about his adventures. Once they were all done, Athena brought on the night just enough for them to get a generous amount of sleep. Soon Odysseus had armor so he could travel to his father. Once again Penelope would have to say farewell to her husband.

Other Essays Like Odysseus

How Does Circe Compare to Other Females Encountered by Odysseus?

579 words - 3 pages Circe is the goddess of magic and the most similar female to her encountered by Odysseus is Calypso, a nymph. These two goddesses have both had affairs with Odysseus and are similar in that Circe is a beautiful goddess/witch and Calypso is a beautiful goddess/nymph but they contrast in their motives toward and treatment of Odysseus. After Odysseus (following Hermes' advice) initially conquers Circe, she does everything she can to help him. In

The Odyssey Of Heroism: Odysseus And Winston Churchill

1408 words - 6 pages As time moves on, and empires rise and fall, new cultures are developed, each with different values and traits. Glory in battle, saving repressed people, and other such great tasks win individuals the public’s veneration. While human civilizations have evolved, the idea of what characteristics a hero embodies has endured. By comparing the values of justice, intelligence, and courage in Odysseus, the king of Ithaka in ancient Greek mythology

This is about The Odessy and Odysseus' 4 part plan

556 words - 3 pages Thesis Statement: Odysseus had a plan to escape with his life as well as the lives of his men. He even managed to grab a ram on the way out.Odysseus' Four Part PlanOdysseus was not only a man, but also a warrior. He was one of the best and widely known men throughout all of Greece. He was the King of Ithica. He left with his men hoping to win a war, but the troubles he would face would be far greater than ever imaginable. He encountered Monsters

Necessity or Murder? Justification of Odysseus’ Slaughter of the Suitors in Book 22

880 words - 4 pages Necessity or Murder? Justification of Odysseus’ Slaughter of the Suitors in Book 22 Since Odysseus left for Troy, his kingdom has fallen into turmoil. A hundred and eight of the most vile, arrogant, and self-absorbed men have been occupying his palace for the past three years of his absence, in hope of marrying his wife, Penelope. These suitors have behaved like pigs during this time, consuming all Odysseus’ food and wine, and

Almost One Of The Gods. "The Odyssey", By Homer. Essay Explains Why Odysseus Is To Be Considered An Epic Hero

423 words - 2 pages An epic hero is one who does not act irrationally and contemplates his actions and their implications. Odysseus, of Homer's The Odyssey, is an appropriate epic hero because he embodies the values of bravery, intelligence, astuteness, and competency. Numerous examples are found throughout The Odyssey. Such illustrations include Odysseus' conflict with the Cyclops, the Sirens, and Scylla and Charybdis.First, Odysseus proves that he is a mortal

Odyssey: Obstacles and New Worlds

914 words - 4 pages ODYSSEY ESSAY Some people have such ambitions, that they will keep going until they reach the success they yearn. Thus, having to get over the obstacles needed that they shall encounter along they journey or path to success. In Homer’s epic poem, The Odyssey, the main character, Odysseus has to overcome his mental and physical blockades in order to get back to his home, Ithaca. In doing so, Odysseus is often possessed by supernatural

The Odyssey Explication

590 words - 3 pages In this passage we see a lot of conflict between Odysseus and Achilles, the heroes muse on the differences between the two worlds they now inhabit, and each finds the grass greener on the other side. “… you lord it over the dead in all your power.” (256-552). In that quote Odysseus is telling Achilles how he is having a good time ruling over all the dead. Also how his world is better than him. “By god I’d rather slave on earth for another man

The Odyssey

1909 words - 8 pages Odysseus from Conceited to Heroic What is a hero? The dictionary definition of a classic hero is: a man of distinguished courage or ability; a hero is also a person who is regarded as a role model to others. Heroes are known to be recognized by others and looked upon in admiration. It is difficult to define a hero because everyone has a different idea of what a hero is. People could assume a hero is a person who saves lives, others may feel a

The Odessey

563 words - 3 pages The Odessey The Odessey is a tale that has changed literature and storytelling. In this tale Odysseus is a Soldier from the battle of Troy trying to get home to his island of Ithaca, where he is king. His wife and son must wait ten years while he is trying to make his way home. In Odysseus’s absence wooer’s, or better known as suitors, learn of his absence and travel to Ithaca to win his wife’s hand in marriage. These men come every day

Free Essay On Homer's Odyssey: Odyssey As Epic Poem

853 words - 4 pages   The Odyssey as Epic Poem     For thousands of years, people have enjoyed the entertainment of epic poems.  The "Odyssey" is an epic poem.  The "Odyssey" contains characteristics of an epic poem.  The setting of the ""Odyssey" is immense.  The gods and goddesses of ancient Greece intervene frequently in the "Odyssey".  Odysseus exemplifies a special kind of pride.  Throughout the

odyssey heros

651 words - 3 pages Most super heroes that you hear about everyday are Superman, and Ironman, and Spider-Man. All of these characters do crazy things to save people. Odysseus however does save people but goes through challenges that the normal super heroes do not. But one thing they all have in common is Hubris.Odysseus has other qualities that makes him an epic hero p, these are some like guile, bravery, determination, mental strength, and loyalty

Related Papers

Odysseus Essay

621 words - 3 pages English 9H December 3, 2009 Odysseus Essay Heroic traits are admired and valued by all. In the history of mankind, many individuals appear who possess such noteworthy qualities. In the story Odyssey Homer writes about Odysseus the protagonist who bears the heroic traits greatly admired in ancient Greece. Out of the many great traits that Odysseus possesses, there are three that define him more than any. These characteristics are

Odysseus' Leadeship Skills Essay

943 words - 4 pages Gabriela Garcia English 9 Honors Mrs. Gray May 20, 2014 Odysseus’ Leadership Skills Some qualities of an effective leader must possess are confidence, communication, honesty, creativity, courage, and brilliance. One the main reasons why Odysseus was an ineffective leader was that as much as he tried to save his men he was unaware he was making bad decisions. Bad decisions come with severe consequences. Odysseus is an ineffective leader

Odysseus Heroic Leader Of His Time

991 words - 4 pages Odysseus -Heroic Leader of His Time There are many strong heroes in literature and films. In Homers’ The Odyssey, Odysseus shows his strong leadership. Odysseus is an effective leader as he proves in his encounters with the lotus-eaters, Cyclops, sun god, and the enchantress. Odysseus is an effective leader as he proves in his encounter with the Cyclops (TS). When Odysseus is trapped in the cave with his men he comes up with a strategy

Athena Vs Odysseus (Accusation)[Roughish Draft] Essay

722 words - 3 pages My fellow gods and goddesses, it is to my grief that I have summoned you all to this meeting today on Mount Olympus. You see, I have been quite involved in Odysseus' trials and tribulations for the past twenty-five years or so, and frankly, I've had enough. Odysseus and his family are going to be the death of me. I just know it. So my request is to have my Patron Goddess responsibilities revoked permanently. And furthermore, I would like a block