The gods assist and favor those heroes who uphold their values, but they also hinder them with tribulations when they show lack of regards for their values. It seems as if Zeus always has influence over Odysseus’s fate from the beginning of the epic when Poseidon begins to hinder his attempts to return home. This can be inferred by Zeus when he replies to his daughter Athena’s anxiety for Odysseus’s entrapment on the island of Ogygia by Kalypso by responding to her “My child, what strange remarks you let escape you. Could I forget that kingly man, Odysseus?”(I, 83-84). This shows to be a bit of a clue that Zeus is at ease and in control of Odysseus’s fate.
Throughout Homer’s The Odyssey, Odysseus is trying his best to get home to his wife Penelope and his son Telemachus. Many things keep Odysseus away from Ithaca. Odysseus even has flaws that postpone his own homecoming. Odysseus has the best intentions throughout The Odyssey. He wants to return home to his family and once again rule over his kingdom at Ithaca, but the gods and goddesses play a large role.
Poseidon and Odysseus are the most noticeable representatives of the theme of vengeance. In order to escape from the cave of the Cyclops (Polyphemus), Odysseus blinds the one-eyed giant (Book 9). Unfortunately, the Cyclops is the sea god Poseidon's son; Odysseus has engaged a formidable enemy. Poseidon can't kill Odysseus because the Fates have determined that he will make it home. However, the sea god can help to fulfill his son's wish that Odysseus should arrive in Ithaca late, broken, and alone, his shipmates lost, and his household in trash.
Wow I feel for Achilles I was mad at my brother and it takes me forever to forget about it, just like Achilles. Achilles is bold for standing up to Agamemnon like that. Blindness infers weakness to some people, and that’s what I think Achilles meant is that he sees his weakness which is that he sees things when there here happening now but that he cannot trust anyone or see into the future himself. When the foremost Greek hero sees his avenue to greatness he then realizes that it is too late to do anything about
Odysseus did not warn his men about Scylla because he was afraid they would abandon him, so he only uses his men to sail the ship, which shows that his own intentions are more important to him than the lives of his crewmen. Ulysses also only cared about his intentions and lied to Pete and Delmar about a treasure so they would escape with him. Both of them were brave and leaders in their group. But one thing Odysseus has that Ulysses didn’t have was a strong relationship with his wife. Penelope and Odysseus remained faithful to each other even though they were separated, and Penelope refused to re-marry.
Zeus does not care if Odysseus is kept or released, so he does as his daughter asks. As Athene requested, Odysseus is granted freedom and sails off on a shaft created by him. Poseidon still dislikes Odyseus, and as the god of the sea, he does what he is known for and shows his mighty power upon the ocean by creating great storms. Odysseus changes courses and arrives on the shore on some land where people by the name of Phaiakians live. With Athene at her ear, the princess of the land develops a crush for Odysseus.
The Odyssey Analytical Paper In the Odyssey, Odysseus is faced with a lot of conflict on his voyage home. There is debate on whether internal or external forces hinder him more. In the Odyssey, external forces such as monsters and godly intervention prevent the character from reaching their goals. Godly intervention prevents Odysseus and his men from reaching Ithaca. When Odysseus encounters Tiresias in the underworld Tiresias tells Odysseus about a smooth journey home “but a god will make it hard for you…because you blinded the Cyclops, his dear son (11.113.116).
Both Charlie and Alan found it easier to not express their feelings than to try to overcome them. Charlie did all he could to avoid the life he once knew. He would run from his in-laws to keep himself from being reminded of his past. The only reason Charlie felt comfort in Alan's friendship was because Alan knew nothing about Charlie's family or that time in his life. But as Alan keeps trying to get Charlie to open up about his life and his family Charlie continually becomes very angry and hostile, and storms off to avoid thoughts of the life he once knew.
Odysseus, the epic hero of The Odyssey is faced with many obstacles that could destroy his hopes of ever seeing his family again. In The Odyssey, Odysseus was on a long journey, which exposed his true weaknesses as a leader. For example, it points out that Odysseus tells his men to get on board, but they do not listen because they are too busy partying (815: 30- 31). This shows that Odysseus wasn’t loud and serious
Odysseus shouting this is what keeps Odysseus from being able to sail home. Polyphemus’ father was Poseidon and he was angered at the fact that Odysseus had blinded and harmed his son. Poseidon’s goal then became to stop Odysseus from returning to Ithaca (Hubris in the Odyssey). Another example of hubris show in the Odyssey is, “Odysseus receives a bag of wind from Aeolus as a gift to help him return home. The men aboard the ship thought the bag had gold and silver and other gifts.