Odysseus Essay Topics

Who has a closer relationship to their father

A central theme predominant in both Greek and Roman epics, also in tragedies, is that of the father/son relationship. Both epic heroes have very different relationships with their fathers due to their very different situations. On Odysseus return he has not seen his father for a total of twenty years, whereas Aeneas has been in… View Article

Cruesa, his first wife, is lost at Troy

To analyse the character of Aeneas in comparison to the character of Odysseus we must first recognise that they have both been sent away from home, Aeneas by force after the sack of Troy and Odysseus to fight from the Greek side. To analyse them as leaders and “good men” we must look at their… View Article

Unresolved Issues in The Odyssey

Homer would never have willingly chosen to end the Odyssey at book 23, line 343. The Odyssey cannot be concluded here because Odysseus has not finished everything he set out to do and the reader is left hanging. At this point in the book Odysseus is still facing the threat of repercussion for his actions…. View Article

The Waterways to freedom

As human beings, we ought to be endowed with the freedom of choice for we are naturally striving for channels of free will. We have a propensity to perceive life in an individualistic manner as we are all distinct entities. The art of entrapment we see from time to time deprives and suffocates our very… View Article

The Odyssey passage analysis

In his epic poem The Odyssey, Homer portrays his understanding of the afterlife through his description of Odysseus’ descent into Hades’s domain. The passage is found in Book XI from lines 10 – 60 and it acts as an introduction to the underworld and is also a crucial phase in the hero’s journey – the… View Article

The Odyssey by Homer

In the morning, Nausicaa, daughter of King Alcinous and Queen Arete, goes with her friends to the river with the laundry and begins to wash and play games. Odysseus wakes up by their noise and, covered in salt and covering up his private parts with a leaf, travels to them. Nausicaa’s friends run away screaming… View Article

Questions on circe and book 10 of the Odyssey

1. What has happened up to the point that Odysseus meets Circe but after he leaves the land of the Cyclops Polyphemus chases after Odysseus and his men throwing boulders that narrowly miss them. Odysseus tells Polyphemus his name and Polyphemus curses Odysseus. They go to Aeolia and gets given a bag of wind by… View Article

The epic Hero

Many great adventures have been passed down through time, whether it be by writings, or by word of mouth. Great tales have come in many forms as well, some as long, narrative poems, otherwise known as epics, and some simply written or told as a story. Several of these tales are about a hero and… View Article

Odysseus analysis

‘Odysseus himself, Pheidon said, had gone to Dodona to find out the will of Zeus from the great oak-tree that is sacred to the god, how he should approach his own native land after so long an absence, openly or in disguise. So he is safe and will soon be back. Indeed, he is very… View Article

Although Odysseus physical characteristics

Odysseus is a great mythological character. He possesses attributes that are pleasing to the gods who favor him, but also challenging to the gods who are displeased with him. Physically, emotionally, and intellectually he excels above mortal men and can compare with the gods. Physically Odysseus could be considered the ideal man of his time…. View Article

Odysseus – admirable character

Odysseus is the king of Ithaca, husband of Penelope, father of Telemachus, son of Laertis and Anticleia. He is a hero from the Trojan War and becomes famous for his intelligence and cunning mind – he is the one to make up the Trojan horse. So far Odysseus seems to be incredible, resourceful and even… View Article

How does Telemachus

To begin with, we meet Telemachus in book1 when Athena (goddess of wisdom) decided to visit Odysseus’ son. The great Odysseus is in need of rescue and the gods have decided that it is time that the kleos (fame and glory that is often achieved in battle but is passed down from father to son)…. View Article

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