Odysseus Essay Topics

Odysseus vs Gandhi

A hero, a mythological or legendary figure often of divine descent endowed with great strength or ability (Merriam-Webster). There are two types of heroes, epic heroes and modern heroes. Odysseus, one of the most famous epic heroes ever, will be compared to Mahatma Gandhi, a modern day hero, to see if there really is a… View Article

Reaction Paper for Helen of Troy

The movie Helen of Troy shows the important details before and inside the book Iliad. This movie helps the readers to understand this book. Also, it shows how the Trojan war started and how Troy has fallen. Like in the book, because Helen was taken by Paris, the Achaeans demanded to take her back and… View Article

Traits Most Admired by the Ancient Greeks

Characters such as Achilles and Odysseus were the most highly regarded of heroes. The Greeks admired many characteristics in the characters and heroes of their mythology, but the ones most admired by them were strength, cunning and beauty. The gods and goddesses of Mt. Olympus embodied all these traits and characteristics most revered by the… View Article

The Land of the Cyclops

Well my prayer didn’t come true. We had another very strange couple of days. Our ship came upon an island of Cyclops. What strange creatures they are. Once again Odysseus only had a few men go onto the island and the others stay on the ship. Once again I was chosen to go. Once we… View Article

Odyssey bibliography

Odysseus was one of the famous Greek poets. He was Laertes and Anticlea’s son and was married to Penelope (a woman thought to be inordinately faithful) and was a father to Telemachus. Odysseus was the king of Ithaca, a favorite place in Athens, and was one of the few Greeks that returned home safely from… View Article

Odysseus and Gawain Temptations

Sir Gawain is a noble knight of the Round Table who faced the consequences of accepting a challenge from a “Green Knight”. In order to find a solution to his problem, Sir Gawain ventured into an adventure full of tests and temptations. On the other hand, Odysseus is a legendary Greek king, ruler of Ithaca,… View Article

Odysseus and Aeneus: Travels to the Dark Side

Ancient Greece’s Odysseus from Homer’s The Odyssey and ancient Troy’s Aeneus from Virgil’s The Aeneid are both heroes who struggle with identity and purpose, and these identities and purposes are tied up into the concepts and symbolism revolving around female versus male and pagan versus Christian-like influences. In comparing Odysseus’ travel to the underworld and… View Article

The Powerful Mind of Odysseus

Odysseus, among all the Greeks who sailed during the war against Troy, may be considered the luckiest. He is the ruler of a very peaceful island called Ithaca, where all his constituents love him. He is married to a very beautiful and faithful woman by the name of Penelope, from whom he begot a bright… View Article

Odysseus: The Qualities of a Hero

“The Odyssey” by Homer is one of the most recognized epics in world literature. It traces the decade-long journey of Odysseus back to Ithaca after he fought in the Trojan War. He was able to survive the dangerous ten-year voyage which he experienced and safely arrive home. Indeed, Odysseus is a truly admirable character, but… View Article

The Justified Odysseus

In Homer’s writings of ancient Greece, which of course were contemporary visions to him and to Greek society, readers are faced with a dilemma. First of all, there are established facts within the writings; in the case of this essay there exists the factual evidence of Odysseus’ intimate relations with women other than his Penelope… View Article


“Odysseus is too thoughtless, selfish and deceitful to be a real hero. ” How far do you agree with this view? Yes, I do agree that Odysseus was thoughtless, selfish and deceitful but these qualities were necessary for him to complete his journey and be seen as a hero on his return to Ithaca. Greek… View Article

Achilles – Greek Mythology

Ancient Greeks lived a very unique lifestyle in their times. They knew no one of Greece. This helped them to live by their own ways and not follow anything that happened outside of Greece because they simply could not. In parts of Greek mythology gods could not interfere with fate and gods intervened directly in… View Article

Achilles and Odysseus

It is not unknown that people look up to heroes and even try to emulate their actions; however, there is a relevant question that needs to be asked in order to facilitate a thorough understanding of what differentiates a hero—from someone who is merely fighting for himself. According to Aristotle’s Politics (9), “[… ] he… View Article

Comparing and Contrasting Beowulf and Odysseus

The characters of Beowulf and Odysseus can be considered a contrast between ice and fire wherein one and is violent and uses its strength to consume and subdue while the other is cool and calculating preferring a patient yet affective approach to solving problems. When referring to the characteristics of fire and ice I am… View Article

Trojan War and Iliad

Why Book XXIV is called the furious book of Iliad? * Because the body of Hector was being kept and tortured by Achilles even it is already dead. Because of his anger he wants to revenge to Hector even though he cannot fight anymore. a.What infliction does anger do to a person? * I makes… View Article

Mythology: Edith Hamilton Archetypes

In the myth of Dionysus there isn’t exactly a conflict between two sides of people battling for good or evil, its more as a battle between the two sides of Dionysus’ inner self. Unlike most examples of good versus evil, there isn’t a triumphant side. Just the personality switches between Dionysus being the joy-god or… View Article

Achilles in “The Iliad”

The telling of the Trojan War within the confines of the Iliad goes above and beyond great lengths to describe and portray many key players but a lot of the main focus was on that of who’s considered to be one of the greatest warriors who has ever lived. This warrior goes by the name… View Article