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In Homers Iliad and Odyssey epics many themes are prevalent throughout The one that I found most powerful is the thinking that through invisibility excessive pride can be converted to humility This means that people have to remove themselves from their normal person to see or accomplish things they wouldnt otherwise In the Odyssey Odysseus becomes invisible in order to escape the Cyclops After blinding him Odysseus and his men hide underneath the sheep in order to escape Odysseus then proceeds to tell the Cyclops that Nobody blinded him By saying this he has humbled himself and made his identity unknown Odysseus makes his mistake when he decides to reveal himself by letting the Cyclops know who had injured him True enough Odysseus wanted the glory of being recognized as the one who brought down the great Cyclops but this pride cost him years getting home Homer also does a good job of illustrating this theme when he has Odysseus return to his home as a beggar instead of his regular regal self When Odysseus presented himself as a simple beggar the suitors treated him poorly This worked to his advantage because the suitors did not feel threatened therefore their guard was down Had anyone recognized Odysseus for who he really was the suitors would have been ready to attack making it harder for him and his son to regain control over their home This switch of personality gave Odysseus a chance to step back and appreciate what he has and what he has been through Even in life today this theme can be applied Sometimes you have to play a role that is not normally becoming of you in order to see deeper into a situation In an instance of anger or some other emotion reactions can be more exaggerated than they would normally be Removing your feelings and putting yourself in a different position allows you to gain another point of view This
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