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Loyalty In The Odyssey by Homer the scene when Odysseus dog Argos recognized him after nineteen years of absence along with Eumaios still respecting his master greatly showed that a loyal person in the Odyssey or even in the Greek society will be respected while the disloyal are despised Unlike disloyal characters such as Melanthios the reader respects characters that put duty over personal gain in The Odyssey The Characters get what they deserve in the Odyssey if they are respectable they usually end up well if they are disloyal they end up bad Both Argos and Odysseus did not forget each other during their nineteen years of separation Even when Argos is weak dirty and dying he still tried to show affection toward Odysseus by wagging his tail and laying his ears back This showed that his loyalty towards Odysseus never faded despite his masters absence When Odysseus recognized Argos and realized he never forgot about him Odysseus becomes emotional and wiped a drop of tear away I was touched after reading this scene and it was hard to ignore my respect and sympathy towards Argos Not only the animals display this sort of fealty however since Argos was loyal the reader respects this character Eumaios the swineherd also embodies the characteristics of a faithful servant Like Argos even when Odysseus is speculated as dead Eumaios still refers to Odysseus as his master I call him my Master though he is absent His kind treatment of the beggar who was actually Odysseus shows he is a good person in general not only to his master The fact that Eumaios sleeps with Odysseus pigs every night greatly reinforces this pattern of being loyal He was so loyal that in order to take care of his absent masters livelihood he sacrificed himself I respected Eumaios because he treated the property as if he expected Odysseus to return at daybreak In the end he also
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