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Although Ulysses and Odysseus share similar traits Homer would not agree with Tennysons portrayal of Odysseus in the poem Ulysses Whereas Odysseus wishes to complete his journey and find relief Ulysses seeks to continue on a never-ending one Homers Odyssey and Tennysons Ulysses have different desires and their desires lead them on contrasting quests The hero in Homers depicts Odysseus as a hero in the process of completing a journey home The portrayal of Ulysses is a hero that has already completed his journey but he wishes to go back on another journey Odysseuss longing for his homecoming is wrought with temptation to swerve from his goal but he resisted it due to his desire to return home He actually left the home of two beautiful goddesses in order to get to his ageing wife and son He leaves what could be a luxurious home to go back to his home and to add to that Odysseus also passes up immortality even though that would priceless prize Resisting the temptation to become something near a god clearly shows that Odysseuss homecoming is still his only goal Stay here with me and be an immortal I myself know that all you say is true and that circumspect Penelope can never match the impression you make for beauty and stature Homer the Odyssey Pg 93 Ln 93 Odysseuss desire to go home even allowed him to become defenseless which is seen many times against his nature Wearing no clothes seems to be a sign of vulnerability because there is nothing coming between him and the water which the reader can understand represents the unconscious With the last barrier taken away he takes one step closer to his journey And stripped off the clothing which the divine Kalypso had given him Homer The Odyssey Pg 98 Ln 373 Ulysses desires more than ruling his kingdom which seems empty to him he wants another journey In Tennysons poem Ulysses
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