The Gods In Homer's Odyssey

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In Homer’s Odyssey, there is a very clear causal relationship between an individuals actions and the outcome of their endeavors. Through interactions, the gods often influence the actions of mortals. If one resists the guidance of the gods, there are almost always ramifications. In this way, the Odyssey suggests that human beings should be reverent and obedient to the gods. At times, it proves to be hard for mortals to remain in the favor of the gods, even if they may be in good favor with one or more gods, there may be another god that is not so favorable. Hence, the gods do not always agree with one another and there may be conflicting priorities present. When a mortal has angered the gods, the outcome is often disastrous. As much as humans are in charge of their own destinies, so too important are…show more content…
Unleashing his wrath on Odysseus, Poseidon “churned the waves into chaos, whipping all the gales from every quarter, shrouding over in thunderheads the earth and sea at once” in an attempt to prevent Odysseus’s homecoming (Book V 322-324). Odysseus, near death due to the thrashing of waves and destruction of his raft, is now confronted by the goddess Ino. She tells Odysseus to abandon ship and swim for Phaeacian land. Ino gives Odysseus an immortal scarf to tie around his waist, proclaiming that he has “nothing to fear now, neither pain nor death” (Book V 383). Odysseus was very skeptical, stating, “I fear another immortal weaves a snare to trap me” (Book V 393). It is hard for Odysseus to trust the gods since he has seen such bad fortune at the hands of some gods. It is unclear to Odysseus which gods are trustworthy and which may be out to get him. Goddess Ino did indeed give Odysseus sound advice and he reached the shore of the Phaeacian’s island safely. The gods play a prominent role in shaping Odysseus’s actions throughout The

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