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The Odyssey Essay Examples

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A Tale of Odysseus' Long and Trying Journey Home in The Odyssey by Homer
The Odyssey The main character of Homer's Odyssey, Odysseus, is a cunning man. The Odyssey is a tale of Odysseus' long and trying journey home after fighting in the Trojan War. On his way home, he upsets Poseidon, god of the sea, by blinding Poseidon's son. In retaliation, Poseidon strives to make Odysseus' sail home to hi...
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Different Portrayals of Women in the Odyssey by Homer
In Homer's Odyssey, the women are portrayed in many different ways, some are said to be wise while others are cruel, but many are treated differently from the opposite gender. One of the women in the story, Penelope, was portrayed as very wise but because of her gender she was expected to obey many of the men. Similarly to...
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The Women of Homer's Odyssey
The Women of the Odyssey Many people regard Homer's epics as war stories--stories about men; those people often overlook the important roles that women play in the Odyssey. While there are not many female characters in the Odyssey, the few that there are, play pivotal roles in the story and one can gain a lot of insight by...
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Compare and Contrast the Calypso and Circe Episodes in the Odyssey by Homer
1. Compare and contrast the Calypso and Circe episodes: consider the two goddesses and their desires and Odysseus's response to them. ODYSSEUS: A MERE MORTAL, BUT PURELY MORAL In Homer's Odyssey, he uses the stories of Calypso and Circe to give a reader a glimpse at Greek values. Odysseus is a perfectly moral man by Greek...
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A Comparison of the Odyssey and the Aeneid and Their Heroes
The Odyssey and the Aeneid were composed in ancient Greek times, around 30 and 700 b.c. The most prominent, and most obvious, similarity of both the Odyssey and the Aeneid is that they are both epics. An epic is a long narrative poem in an elevated style that deals with the trials and achievements of a great hero or heroes....
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Trustworthyness in Homer's Odyssey and Medea by Euripides
Truth is an extremely important quality in all human beings. Being truthful vital whether you are a noble, or whether you are a beggar on a street corner. It is essential to be honest because honesty and truthfulness show a lot about ones character, and show a person's true colors. Odysseus and Jason, two main characters in...
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An Analysis of the Heroic Journey of Odysseus in Homer's the Odyssey
The Odyssey is an epic that has maintained a prominent position in literature for thousands of years. Odysseus, the heroic main character, encounters many struggles throughout the story prior to obtaining victory. In this essay, we will explore Odysseus' heroic journey of battle, personal struggle, assistance from the gods...
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Telemakhos Becoming a Hero in the Epic The Odyssey
Telemakhos Becoming a Hero In an epic called The Odyssey, there is a character named Telemakhos who is learning to be a hero. Through each event that he faces, he is transformed more and more into a hero, but still encounters one problem: he is afraid. Afraid or what? one may ask. The answer to this is that Telemakhos is...
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The Three Types of Women in The Odyssey: the Goddess, the Seductress and the Good Wife
Role of Women in the Odyssey By looking at Homer's Odyssey, we can begin to get an idea as to how the ancient Greeks regarded their women. Men treated them almost as though they were possessions and not people, and many times women had to resort to deception to accomplish their own goals and desires. By interpreting Home...
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The Symbolism in the Odyssey by Homer
Jason Paul Literature I Mr. Larkin April 20, 2000 "Symbolism of The Odyssey" Throughout Homers The Odyssey, many tangible symbols are used to represent abstract ideas. Each symbol that Homer uses has two meanings. The double meanings of these symbols are used to represent Odysseus and Telemachus as they stri...
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A Journey Home in the Odyssey by Homer
The Returns and the Odyssey As Odysseus tries to go home he is seen changing from an arrogant young man who carelessly travels with a group of renegades to a more tempered and wiser person who desires, more than anything, to go home. The early Odysseus was as reckless and careless with his words as he was in his actions...
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Female Characters in The Odyssey at the Time of Masculine Society of Ancient Greece
The Odyssey is the product of a society in which the dominant role was played by men. In ancient Greece, just as in the whole of the ancient world, and in America and Western Europe until the last century, women occupied a subservient position. Society was organized and directed by men, and all of the most important enterpr...
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Personal Traits Shared by Penelope and Odysseus in the Odyssey
Love, separation, and determination are the traits shown by Penelope and Odysseus in the Odyssey by Homer. In the twenty-year separation that Odysseus and Penelope face, they both showed what they are made of. In times of desperation, both Odysseus and Penelope are very cunning, smart, and strong willed; different situation...
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Women Influence on the Successful Man as Depicted in The Odyssey
Total Power Behind every strong man is a strong woman. Does this ring a bell? This common phrase has been around for years, and for years it has held its truth, or so it seems. Just about every successful man (no matter what his success is) has had the influence of a strong woman in his life, whether it is a spouse or ev...
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Female Characters in The Odyssey
"The most powerful characters in The Odyssey are women." Argue for or against this proposition using examples from the text; please limit evidence to two or three episodes only. The word powerful can be looked at in several ways; it can be regarded as strength, knowledge, control, and beauty. All these forms of...
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An Analysis of the Treatment of Women by Men in the Odyssey by Homer
The Treatment of Women by Men in Homers The Odyssey Women in Homers The Odyssey are judged mainly by looks. If important men and gods consider a woman beautiful, or if her son is a hero or important king the woman is successful. The way women in The Odyssey are treated is based on appearance, the things men want from them,...
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The Struggle and Search for Happiness and Love in the Book, The Odyssey by Homer
In life we all struggle and search for happiness and love. We are in a constant pursuit to find and hold onto the things that we hold dear to ourselves. This is much like the book The Odyssey. Odysseus was on a search to find his way back to the things that brought him peace and happiness. The book was very much like our ow...
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The Treatment of Women Characters in Homer's Odyssey
Listen, my lords. You have fastened on the house, in the long absence of its master, as the scene of your perpetual feasts, and you could offer no better pretext for you conduct than you wish to win my hand in marriage. That being the prize, come forward now, my gallant lords; for I challenge you to try your skill on the gr...
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An Analysis of Hospitality Which Was Played as a Large Role in Ancient Mycenaean Society
Hospitality has played a large role in ancient Mycenaen society and is even evident in the writings of the time, as witnessed in Homers Odyssey. Hospitality reveals itself as a domineering factor in the way characters act and the way characters are treated in the Odyssey. One instance of the role of hospitality in the Odys...
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An Analysis of the Book 2061 of Odyssey Three by Arthur C. Clarke Which Went Fast With Little Plot
Ever read a book that went fast with little plot? That's what kind of book 2061: odyssey three is by Arthur C. Clarke. This book is the third book in Clarke's space odyssey trilogy. 2061 is easy to read and moves alone at a constant pace. Its simple plot line doesn't confuse a person when the story line jumps around during...
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A Description of the Adventures of Odysseus in the Epic Odyssey by Homer
The Odyssey tells of the adventures of Odysseus. After fighting ten years in the Trojan War, the story tells it took Odysseus ten more years to reach home, in Ithaca, and his wife, Penelope.
The Odyssey begins describing the current circumstances. The Trojan War is over, and all of the survivors are home except one: Odysseu...
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A Literary Analysis of the Odyssey by Homer
This book began with Odysseus finishing his tale in the King Alcinous' palace. King Alicinous that tell Odysseus he will give him a safe passage home to Ithaca. Odysseus is not surprisingly grateful and hopes that Alcinous and his people and island are blessed by the gods. The king then gave Odysseus a great black ship with...
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An Analysis of Bravery in the Odyssey by Sohpocles
Bravery in The Odyssey Bravery in The Odyssey The Odyssey is an epic poem. Odysseus, the main character in the epic seems more powerful, brave, and smarter than most men and women. A famous blind man named Homer writes The Odyssey. Homer wrote The Odyssey in about 5th century B.C. Odysseus displ...
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An Examination of Hubris in Odyssey by Homer
Odyssey and Hubris The Odyssey Hubris is excessive pride with a lofty self-respect totally apart from reality; it distorts a person’s view of the world, much like a funhouse mirror. Hubris is a characteristic of the protagonist, Odysseus, in the epic poem, The Odyssey, by the blind poet Homer. T...
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An Analysis of the Myth Concept in 2001: A Space Odyssey by Stanley Kubrick
2001: A Metaphorical Odyssey Myths are created for the purpose of conveying a message with an interesting medium with which to do so. Many cultures use myths to teach their young about the past. Through time, however, these myths become impractical due to discovery. This is when a new myth must be introduced to take the p...
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