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The Greeks as portrayed by Homer are a very vengeful people Throughout The Odyssey a theme of vengeance is dominant These displays of retribution come from different entities for fairly different reasons So why is revenge such a factor in The Odyssey Fear and the overwhelming feeling of payback are two answers Homer gives numerous examples of how certain characters demonstrate their power in a fury of rage He writes of the payback Zeus gives to those who break the rules of Poseidons hatred towards Odysseus and of Odysseuss revenge to those who have dishonored his home Zeus is the most powerful of all gods All the Greeks with sense know not to cross him A major practice in their culture is to invite in visitors that come to their doorsteps This practice involves caring for the visitor by bathing and feeding them After the visitor has been cared for the host and visitor discuss the lineage of the visitor This is done with the fear of Zeus and those who dont follow the practice are dealt with Those who dont follow this practice are considered barbarians Homer gives a clue into the extent of the fear when he writes that Telemakhos was irked with himself to think a visitor had been kept their waiting 5 One example in The Odyssey is when Odysseus comes to the home of the Kyklops Odysseus states We will entreat you great Sir have a care for the gods courtesy Zeus will avenge the unoffending guest 153 Kyklops just answers that We Kyklopes care not for your thundering Zeus153 This is a big mistake because directly after this statement the Kyklops eats some of Odysseuss men Zeus does avenge the men through Odysseus Odysseus gets the Kyklops drunk and stabs out his eye allowing an escape One thing that is bad for Odysseus though is the fact that Kyklops is the son of Poseidon god of the
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