Temptress In The Odyssey

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The Temptress Who can resist a stunningly gorgeous woman with charm, seductive in her ways and is interested in you? It is not a surprise that many men are blind sighted by a beautiful woman fan fail to realize that she is only interested in benefitting herself by maliciously using her helpless victims. The temptress is a classic test or encounter in a man’s journey. She will make him question his judgement and allure him into doing anything she pleases. It is not often a man can overcome his blindness and see the temptress for what she is. The temptress is a villain in disguise as a beautiful woman, she is dangerously seductive and can get anything she wants from a man. This archetype has been used in the Bible, Greek mythology and in pop…show more content…
Circe warns Odysseus of the Sirens and how their beautiful singing brings men in ships so close to the land that they crash on the rocks. They are irresistible even to those who know the fate of listening to their song, “There are bones of dead men rotting in a pile beside them and flayed skins shrivel around the spot” (Book 12, 47-49). Odysseus advices his crew to put balls of wax in their ears, and commands his men to tie him to the mast of the ship. In this case Odysseus and his crew conquer the temptress’ and do not fulfill their desires. This example contrasts most because Homer never describes the way the Sirens look, just how enchanting and sweet their song is. They are later described by writers as a combination of beautiful women and birds. Although Homer does not explain their appearance, it is their voice, in this case, that they use as their beauty and charm. It is also different in the fact that they are not necessarily benefitting themselves but this makes them happy because they enjoy seeing sailors die due to their…show more content…
Samson fell madly in love with an enticing woman, Delilah. The rulers of the Philistines offered her eleven hundred shekels of silver if she could lure him into revealing his weakness to her so they could then attack him with guaranteed success. She fails three times before she says to Samson, “ How can you say ‘I love you’ when you won’t confide in me?” (Judges 16:4, 15). He finally tells her that the secret of his strength is his hair, and if it were to be cut, he would loose all power. Delilah used her beauty and manipulative ways to steal his thrown and gain silver shekels for herself. Samson gave in to the temptation of his lover wanting to know his secret, and in return God left him with no strength and the Philistines “gouged out his eyes” (Judges 16:4, 21). Delilah selfishly brought Samson’s reign to an end because she was greedy and knew she could trick Samson into giving her the information the Philistines wanted. She felt no remorse for conspiring against the man who loved her, because her priorities are money and glory before love. The temptress is a common character in pop culture today. She may be more recognizable by the term femme fatale. Many movies have a femme fatale, some less obvious than others. She is the key character in films such as Basic Instinct, Fatal Attraction, Heartbreakers and Derailed. The archetype also appears in video games and comics such as Elektra from
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