What Is Hubris In The Odyssey

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“The Odyssey Essay” For many years Odysseus and his men traveled the Mediterranean from land to land for a decade trying to make their way back to their home of Ithaca following the Trojan War. Through their time at sea they saw 15 foreign lands before returning home to Ithaca but by the time it was all over, the only who survived was Odysseus. While traveling, many of the things Odysseus and his crew encounter don’t always take kindly to Odysseus and his men being on their land. Some things like the Scylla, the Cyclops, Poseidon, Charybdis, and Sirens try to kill him. All of the Gods and mortal are different but one of the few common grounds they have is how important Greek morals and culture are and when they aren’t followed there are…show more content…
Unlike hospitality and faithfulness that can bring rewards to the people who show it, when Odysseus and his men show hubris towards the gods and their families it almost always has consequences. This can be seen when Odysseus and his escape from Polyphemus’s cave after blinding him and taking some of the Cyclops’s sheep in the process of escaping. While feeling extremely proud about escaping Polyphemus, while sailing away Odysseus shouts to the group of angry Cyclops on shore, “Cyclops, if ever mortal man inquire
how you were put to shame and blinded, tell him Odysseus, raider of cities, took your eye. 
Laertes' son, whose home's on Ithaca!” (Homer 439-443). 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. The men didn’t find it to be fair that Odysseus got gold and silver and they didn’t. The tore open the bag and released the winds sending them back even farther away from home. This is an example of Hubris because the men had great pride and believed they were just as good if not better than Odysseus. They believed that they deserved the gold and silver” (Hubris in the Odyssey). Throughout the Odyssey it is clear that a lot of the problems Odysseus and his men encounter happen because of their hubris towards the gods and each other but it happens so much which is why its such an important

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