The Role Of Odysseus In Homer's Odyssey

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Why does Odysseus cry? What could make Odysseus King of Ithaka, Trojan War hero, and god-like figure among men cry? Surely it would take an atrocious injury that no other man could survive, or having to witness the slaughtering of his comrades. But that is not the case. The first time that we meet Odysseus he is crying on the Beach of the goddess Calypsos’ Island because he is homesick. He is stuck here because on his journey home to Ithaka after the Trojan War he and his men sailed to the land of the Cyclops where the island natives weren’t as civilized as they had hoped. Odysseus and his men discovered the cave that the Cyclops live in and decide to stay the night. The Cyclops that lives in the cave is Polyphemus, son of Poseidon. When…show more content…
As Odysseus is sailing away he yells his true name back to the island and Polyphemus prays to his father Poseidon to take a vengeance on Odysseus. Odysseus brought hardship upon himself when he yelled his name back to Polyphemus. Because Odysseus angered Poseidon and brought the gods wrath down upon himself and his men, he lost all of his remaining soldiers who were traveling home to Ithaka with him. This was a total of twelve ships full of men. Many of whom would have survived the trip if not for the choices that Odysseus made. In addition to being homesick, we also witness Odysseus cry over songs about the Trojan War. In chapter eight of The Odyssey by homer, Odysseus, now traveling alone as all of his men have ceased to survive the journey, finds himself as a guest to the king and queen of the Phaeacians. Odysseus has yet to reveal his identity to the Phaeacians and is disguised as an average traveler. In honor of their guest, the king calls an assembly of his counselors to discuss providing a ship to Odysseus. Odysseus’ ship, the last remaining of thirteen, was destroyed in a storm brewed up by Poseidon to once again set him off course. After the council approves the proposal the king invites all of the men back to his palace to feast and

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