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The Long-Suffering and Self-Pitying Odysseus What would it take to make Odysseus the renowned warrior and the pride of all Greece cry uncontrollably Surely he must be put through some sort of extreme physical pain that no other mortal could survive or perhaps he is even forced to watch the horrendous slaughtering of his comrades But more often than not it is only mere words and memories driven on by self-pity not atrocities committed against his crew that make Odysseus cry Instead of acting as a compassionate leader who grieves for his lost friends Odysseus cries to indulge his own sense of sorrow at his problems and uses this to gain attention from others By examining Odysseus outbreaks of grief it becomes obvious that his selfishness and pride are at the very heart of the obstacles he has faced on his journey home Odysseus cries to satisfy his feelings of loneliness and despair at being so hated by the Gods When we first encounter Odysseus he is sitting alone on Calypsos island weeping his eyes never dry his sweet life flowing away with the tears he wept for his foiled journey home 5 168-169 At this point Odysseus has been a prisoner on Calypsos island for seven years and has an understandably forlorn outlook regarding his journey home However Odysseus spends every night on the island acting as a lover to the beautiful goddess whom he even admits is far more lovely and tempting than the wife he yearns to return to Though he pines for Penelope his acts of constant infidelity show that his guilt is not plagued by his actions He is described as being an unwilling lover 5 172 but there is no evidence to suggest that Odysseus feels he is committing a crime against his wife Instead Odysseus is described as being no longer pleased 5 170 by Calypso which suggests that at one point Odysseus may
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