The Odyssey

Who is more heroic, Odysseus or Achilles? In Webster's Dictionary, a hero is defined as a person noted for courageous acts or nobility of purpose, especially if this individual has risked or sacrificed his life. It can also be used in reference to a mythological or legendary figure, often of divine ancestry, who is favored by the gods, endowed with great courage and strength, and celebrated for his bold exploits. War or dangerous adventure is the hero's normal occupation. In my opinion, Odysseu
DID THE WOMEN OF HOMER'S EPICS DIRECT THE ACTIONS OF MEN?Throughout the Common Era, women have been recognized as a strong influence on the actions of men. For example, Eleanor Roosevelt influenced the decisions that Franklin D. Roosevelt made, and in literature, Lady Macbeth urged Macbeth to commit murder. Did the women of Homer's epics, The Odyssey and The Iliad emulate the women of the Common Era? The Iliad is an epic about the Trojan War and Achilles' role as an Achaean warring against the
Lipset's American Creed Liberty. Egalitarianism. Individualism. Populism. Laissez-faire. These five concepts embody the American creed as described by author Seymour Martin Lipset. Lipset feels that this American creed is representative of an ideology that all Americans share. Lipset's argument is on shaky ground, however, when scrutinized under the microscope of race. Racial relations in this country do much to undermine the validity of Lipset's argument, especially the concepts of egalitar
Mystical Caves Used Throughout Mythology The use of caves in mythology to depict darkness and abandonment has branded it as a symbol of chaos. From this perception other associations are made which connect the cave to prejudices, malevolent spirits, burial sites, sadness, resurrection and intimacy. It is a world to which only few venture, and yet its mysticism has attracted the interest of philosophers, religious figures and thinkers throughout history. These myths are exemplified in Homer’s 
How The Simpsons Affects Kids The Simpsons is one of Americas most popular television shows. It ranks as the number one television program for viewers under eighteen years of age. However, the ideals that The Simpsons conveys are not always wholesome, sometimes not even in good taste. It is inevitable that The Simpsons is affecting children. Matt Groening took up drawing to escape from his troubles in 1977. At the time, Groening was working for the L.A. Reader, a free weekly newspaper. He began
computer communications Communications. I could barely spell the word, much less comprehend its meaning. Yet when Mrs. Rubin made the announcement about the new club she was starting at the junior high school, it triggered something in my mind. Two weeks later, during the last month of my eighth grade year, I figured it out. I was rummaging through the basement, and I ran across the little blue box that my dad had brought home from work a year earlier. Could this be a modem? I asked Mrs. Rubin a
Odysseus Is Not A Hero A hero is a man noted for his special achievements according to the dictionary, but if you ask most people what a hero is, you will get the same general response. They will probably say someone who does something for other people out of the goodness of his heart. Odysseus, who is the main character of the book The Odyssey written by Homer, would fit the dictionary's definition of a hero; but if you go deeper, looking at what people feel a hero is, he doesn't even co
How does the Ancient Greek beliefs of religion and death differ with the view of other cultural groups? Death, the way it is represented in Homer’s book, The Odyssey, is always caused by human error. Whether their death was caused by greed, selfishness, or just being curious, many people died in The Odyssey. Still, the question of what happens after we die remains. Many religions have different beliefs of religious ideas from the Ancient Greeks. Afterlife, is a belief where the comparisons amon
Arthur C. Clarke, a science fiction author, has had a very interesting life. Arthur was born on December 16, 1917, in Minehead, England. He was the oldest of four children. His two brothers were Frederick and Michael, and his sister’s name was Mary. As a child, he enjoyed science very much. He lived on a small farm, and enjoyed frequent trips to the nearby ocean. When he was 13 years old, he constructed his own telescope, and changed a bike light to transmit sound along the path of light it gav
The Development of Desire The development of the male warrior, throughout literature, has a direct relationship with the development of western civilization. The attributes a warrior holds, fall respectively with the attributes that each society held as valuable. These characteristics, started by societies ideals, become the warrior’s only reasons for continuing their heroics. The ideals however do change with each warrior. At the beginning we have a warrior with one mission, which later the wa
15 Feb 97 dayz: Today’s Lesson: Hooked on Ebonics: 15 Feb 97 dayz: Today’s Lesson: Hooked on Ebonics: Leroy is a 20 year old 9th grader. This be Leroy’s homework assignment. He must use each vocabulary word in a sentence. Foreclose: If I pay alimony this month, I’ll have no money foreclose. Rectum: I once had two cadillacs, but my ol’ lady rectum. Hotel: I gave my girlfriend the crabs and the hotel everyone. Disappointment: My parole officer tol me if I miss disappointment, they gonna send me b
Odysseus Is Not A Hero A hero is ³a man noted for his special achievements² according to the dictionary, but if you ask most people what a hero is, you will get the same general response. They will probably say ³someone who does something for other people out of the goodness of his heart.² Odysseus, who is the main character of the book ³The Odyssey² written by Homer, would fit the dictionary¹s definition of a hero; but if you go deeper, looking at what people feel a hero is, he doesn¹t even co
The story, The Odyssey, was written by Homer and translated to English version by Samuel Butler. The main character in Odyssey was Odysseus, Kind of Ithaca, who after 20 years of wanderings returned home from the Trojan War and a long difficult journey which the powerful gave to him. He found himself recognized only by his faithful dog and a nurse. With the help of his son Telemachus he destroys the importunate suitors of his wife Penelope and reestablishes himself in his kingdom. Athena appeal
ANCIENT GREECE Ancient Greece is a peninsula located off the Mediterranean Sea, and is surrounded by several islands. Ancient Greece was made up of different types of government. There were two types of city states an oligarchy , which is ruled by a small group of citizens and a direct democracy ruled by the people . All citizens could make speeches and vote at the Assembly. The Council made up of 500 citizens made new laws which were debated in the Assembly . Only citizens could vote ,women ,f
February 21, 1997 Epic Works Epics by definition are long narrative poems, that are grand in both theme and style (Webster 417). They usually involve actions of great glory and are typically centered around historical or legendary events of universal significance. Most epics deal with the deeds of a single individual, however, it is not uncommon to have more than one main character. Epics embody several main features including: supernatural forces, sometimes the deity of the time, that shape th
Greek literature GREEK LITERATURE. The great British philosopher-mathematician Alfred North Whitehead once commented that all philosophy is but a footnote to Plato . A similar point can be made regarding Greek literature as a whole. Over a period of more than ten centuries, the ancient Greeks created a literature of such brilliance that it has rarely been equaled and never surpassed. In poetry, tragedy, comedy, and history, Greek writers created masterpieces that have inspired, influenced, and
Heroism was not an invention of the Greeks. Yet, through the first hundreds years of their civilization, the Greek literature has already given birth to highly polished and complex long epics that revolved around heroes. These literature works gave many possibilities of definition of heroism. The Greeks illustrated heroism to obey the rules laid down by the gods and goddesses, and those who obey the rules would gain honor and fame. The Greeks regarded intelligence as one of the highest gifts th
The Classical World made many contributions to the development of science, literature, and ethics. These contributions have influenced the modern world today. Many mathematicians, astronomers, and scientists contributed to the development of many of the luxuries we enjoy today. Homer, author of The Iliad and The Odyssey, made contributions to the field of literature through his writing. In the field of ethics, many philosophers from the Classical World contributed to the standards, values, and
The Odyssey: Telemachus And His Development The Odyssey was a great book in which many characters were brought out and developed. The most significant development that occured in the epic was the development of Telemachus. Telemachus is a very complex character that Homer develops from beginning to end. From the beginning when is a mere shadow of his father to near the end in which he is considered just as courageous. Many factors influence Telemachus as he matures into a man. To begin with his
The masculine dismissal of a women's quest A quest is a tale that celebrates how one can cleverly and resolutely rise superior to all opposition. Yet as fresh prospectives on history now suggest, in this search for freedom and order, the masculine craving for adventure, demanded restrictions upon women, forcing her into deeper confinement, even within her limited province. Thus the rights of a man are separated by the expectancies of a woman. Each subsequent story deals with a search for truth
Loyalty to another person or to a cause may be an admirable trait, but it can lead to either positive or negative consequences. In Homer’s epic The Odyssey and John Steinbeck's novel The Pearl there are characters that show great examples of this trait. Penelope in The Odyssey and Juana in The Pearl are the most obvious, although there are many. Penelope stayed loyal to Odysseus while he was on his twenty-year journey and Juana stayed by her husband through his time of distress. Penelope stayed
2001: A Metaphorical Odyssey Myths are created for the purpose of conveying a message with an interesting medium with which to do so. Many cultures use myths to teach their young about the past. Through time, however, these myths become impractical due to discovery. This is when a new myth must be introduced to take the place of the obsolete one. Stanley Kubrick shaped 2001: A Space Odyssey as a new myth to crack the archaic view of space, by using a hero, a dilemma, and a new revelation to fue
Review Of Three Movies: Trainspotting, Ferris Bueller's Day Off and Jurassic Park English 11 5 December 1996 Trainspotting Trainspotting is a drop-dead look at a dead-end lifestyle. Set among the junkies and thugs of Edinburgh's slums and made by (director Danny Boyle, writer John Hodge, producer Andrew Macdonald) that created Shallow Grave, Trainspotting caused a sensation in Britain, where it took in more money than any U.K. film except Four Weddings and a Funeral and ignited strong con
Society & Entertainment Film Review Close Encounters of the Third Kind What do you get when you combine aliens, a little bit of mystery, tasteful comedy, good acting, and award-winning direction? A wonderful film from one of the most celebrated directors of our time, Stephen Spielberg. Close Encounters places Richard Dreyfuss and Melinda Barro in roles of regular suburbanites who both believe to have seen a UFO. The plot thickens and the intrigue begins when these two determined people try to
In The Odyssey, Odysseus had to face many challenges during his travels; a few of these difficulties were a cannibalistic Cyclops, huge whirlpools, determined suitors, along with many hardships. Odysseus fought constantly to return to his homeland of Ithaca, but to accomplish this Odysseus had to be clever, resourceful, and have great leadership qualities. Odysseus proved throughout the story that he was very clever. When he was faced with having to get out of Polyphemus's cave, Odysseus first
An Unusual People The Cyclopes were unique and unusual mythical people. They had very interesting lives. They had an unusual beginning and they had an unusual lifestyle. Also, the Cyclopes appeared to be completely different when described by opposing viewpoints. Overalll, the Cyclopes were an unconventional race in mythical legends. The Cyclopes had an intriguing origin. They were the eldest sons of Mother Earth, Gaia, and Father Heaven, Uranus (Evslin 1). While the Cyclopes were still in the
Date sent: Thurs, 23 Jan 97 07:37:48 Subject: myth1.TXT Report for system password Fate & Destiny In the beginning a man and a woman were born. They married each other and lived a life that was filled with much happiness and joy. One day a terrible car accident occurred that killed them both. In this world we live in we face everyday choices. Maybe these people did not choose to die, but they maybe chose to drive in the car that day. Was what happened to them an accident or a bad twist of fate
Fate & Destiny In the beginning a man and a woman were born. They married each other and lived a life that was filled with much happiness and joy. One day a terrible car accident occurred that killed them both. In this world we live in we face everyday choices. Maybe these people did not choose to die, but they maybe chose to drive in the car that day. Was what happened to them an accident or a bad twist of fate that was their destiny? Were these two wonderful people predestined to die at that
Heroes A hero is a brave and strong person, who is also very human. A hero feels fear and every other emotion that we do. A true hero is a person who does something great and does not expect to be given any thing in return. A hero does something that effects a large number of people. A hero thinks more of others than he or she thinks of him or her self. The characters in the poem, Women, and The Odyssey are both epic heroes. Odysseus is a strong and brave man, but I think he lacks one of the
The Odyssey Report In The Odyssey , Homer uses guest-host relationships as an ethical norm against which behavior is measured. When the ritual is preformed correctly by guest-host, good results ensue. In contrast, the violations of this ethical norm results in misfortune. This idea was taken very seriously by people of that time and it can be found throughout the story. A great example of a guest host relationship where both the guest and the host behave properly is the relationship between Tel
THE ODYSSEY The Odyssey was full of wonder, power, and surprises. It is packed with epic heroes, creatures, gods, and goddesses. The gods, goddesses, and creatures had supernatural powers that effected the lives of Odysseus, his crew, and his family. Their actions proved to be powerful, benificial, and deadly. The gods, godesses, and creatures in The Odyssey on many occations proved to be powerful. Zeus, leader of the gods, was a prime example of this. When, “Zeus the lord of cloud roused in th
How Is The Greek Idea of a Sound Mind and Body Essential for The Successful Characters of The Odyssey? If one were to only have a very fit and strong body, lacking mental ability, to the Greeks it would not suffice. If a man were merely smart and intelligent, without much physical capability, the Greeks would feel that he is not complete. They believed an individual must have have both, a well developed mind and a fit body, not only one or the other, to be ideal. This is the Greek concept of a
Early in the Odyssey we see Telemakhos as a rash, untrained boy. He clearly is not Odysseus' equal as a host, leader, or fighter. However, as the book goes on we see Telemakhos become more and more like his father, in every respect as he is taught and guided by some of the best examples he could have, Athena, Nestor, and Menelaos. By the end of the fight with the suitors we see him in a new light, he has matured from the youth we saw to the man he should be. Telemakhos tries to emulate his fath
IMAGERY The term imagery has various applications. Generally, imagery includes all kinds of sense perception (not just visual pictures). In a more limited application, the term describes visible objects only. But the term is perhaps most commonly used to describe figurative language, which is as a theme in literature. An example is animal imagery in Othello When Iago tortures Othello with animal images of his wife's supposed infidelity, were they as prime as goats, as hot as monkeys… (3.3.403
Allen Iverson 1 Allen Iverson, earning rights to be named one of the best NBA players of his time by winning numerous awards such as Rookie of the Year, NBA MVP, and All-Star Game MVP, has been turned away from the game of basketball and has become a self-obsessed, egotistical player who cares only about his public image in the public spotlight. His public image is one of a troubled child who escaped his troubled childhood through basketball and the NBA. Iverson’s image of a street kid who made
Published Word of Mouth: Referable, Consumer- Generated Information on the Internet April 2002 Published Word of Mouth: Referable, Consumer- Generated Information on the Internet Abstract Consumer-to-consumer communication about products and services, often known as “word of mouth” (WOM), is an important source of marketplace information. The Internet is becoming an increasingly active medium for this type of communication. We describe the ways in which word-of-mouth information is communicated
Homer (Odyssey) The classic epic The Odyssey and the Old Testament show many differences in the Greek and Hebrew religions. The Greek religion is polytheistic and the Hebrew religion is monotheistic. In comparing the nature of the gods there are many differences. In comparing the relationships between Odysseus and Athena on one hand, and Job and God on the other, we can discern differences between the religious attitudes of the Greeks and Hebrews. These differences include, one God versus many,
Homers’ Epic Heroes Homers characters are real human beings with all the strengths and weaknesses. They live, they breathe, they love, they hate. They are subject to fear and they tend, on occasion, to rise to heroic greatness. His most explored stories The Illiad and The Odyssey both have characters that exert these characteristics. Although the stories are different, both heroes share similar backgrounds, plights, and triumphs. The heroes of the novels, thanks to the literary prowess of Homer,
Famous Greek People And their Contributions Homer was a great but blind poet who believed he had a purpose. He wanted to tell people the myths about the Greek gods and goddesses. Homer wrote very long and beautiful poems called epics. They took a long time to read because of how long they were. Homer tells about the war of the Greeks and the Trojans in his epics The Iliad and The Odyssey. These were among the oldest works of literature. Aeschylus (Es-ka-lees) was one of the most famous Greek pla
The legend of the Trojan War- Helen and Paris, 10 year siege Helen went with Paris to Troy while was already married. Through legend, Paris had been asked to choose from a number of things offered to him by a number of goddesses. He had chosen Helen to be his bride and with the intervention of the gods Helen had fallen in love with Paris and they escaped together to the city of Troy where Paris had originally come from. Agamemnon (a leader of the Greeks) told the Tojans to return Helen to her hu
Cold Mountain Charles Frazier uses reverse psychology as a great advantage in his very well known novel, Cold Mountain, a Civil War story with blood on its bayonets and romance in its gentle soul. The author takes some creative risks by reshaping the true battle tales of the Civil War into an epic story that accumulates power and purpose with each turn of the page. The story is set around the middle of the Civil War, perhaps somewhere around 1864, the later and more depressed years at that. Thes
Flint the Missing Link Act 1 – Scene 1 Play begins in darkness. 2001 space odyssey music creeps up in volume and the Narrator’s voice is heard. The lights slowly fade up to reveal a cave and its Neanderthal inhabitants. Narrator: Many, Many thousands of years ago, at the dawn of man. There was but one man. His name was Flint. Found abandoned in the bushes by god knows what he was taken in by a tribe of Neanderthals. Neanderthals point and grunt in disapproval of the child who is ugly in their e
Greek Life It was a fine day, as I sat outside of my house on some of the rolling hills in Athens. I sat and pondered of worldly things, when I finally came to thinking of my own life. I was almost as inquisitive about my life as a complete stranger would be. It is a relatively simple life where most common men, as for me not being rich or poor, are usually quite modest, and most often times are made of stone, clay, and wood. My house is a mid-size house consisting of seven rooms. I have a kitch
Homer World Literature 10 October 18, 2000 How can one determine a writers feelings about issues by simply reading their literature? Often it seems, one can read more than just the words written on the page. We can read the feeling and emotion the words represent. Homer’s tone in The Odyssey shows his feelings about the past, present, and future of Greece. He portrays Ancient Greece as being overly structured and rigid. He shows the Golden Age he lived in as being perfectly ideal, and balanced.
The Odyssey English Tuesday, December 07, 1999 Odyssey Thesis Paper “The Odyssey” by Homer, written in the late eighth or early seventh century B. C., was the first epic poem. In telling the story of a man named Odysseus, the narrative also describes his ten-year Odyssey home from the Trojan War. In the Greek culture, the god and goddesses ruled and created the destiny of all creatures, although they were very human-like in their actions. Throughout Homer’s epic, the gods and goddesses showed an
The Odyssey Friday, September 29, 2000 English 10 How can one learn about a society which has long ceased to exist? How can one learn about the things that were important to them once their bodies have been interred for centuries? The bodies have long since been part of the earth, yet the voices of many of the ancients still waif clearly through time throughout the art, the music, and the literature they left as their legacy. A mans lifestyle, beliefs and habits as revealed in their art mirror t
The History of Special Effects The Motion Picture Industry has been a part of American society since the early part of the 20th century. And through the ages filmmakers have always tried to do their best to “wow” their audiences, and make them wonder how it’s done. Who could forget the towering ape holding Fay Wray in “King Kong”, or Stanley Kubrick’s impressive space station in “2001: A Space Odyssey”? Both of these movies were real giants of their times, and left audiences wondering “How did t
Telemachus: Hero or Puppet? Pawns are often used in literature to manipulate the storyline. In many cases, these people are minor characters. They usually support the main idea, but are just tools that the author uses to convey the message and not very significant to the true meaning of the novel in question. But there can also be people in the story itself who control the weaker individuals. In the case of The Odyssey by Homer, the Gods are the ones who control the mortals. Athena repeatedly us
Odysseus the Hero In The Odyssey, Homer’s main character, Odysseus, shows many great traits of a hero. What exactly is a hero? Is it someone who has reasonable beliefs? Or is it a person whose actions speak louder than their beliefs? Odysseus combines both beliefs and action into one astonishing package, which really makes him stand out to be an epic hero. Homer proves Odysseus to be an amazing hero by having him consider his consequences, think of all his men as one, and use courage to help him
D M Pyramid EPOB 3940 Draft Issue •Introduction In 1976, the Viking mission to Mars obtained images of the Martian surface of an area known as the Cydonia. In analyzing these images, Vincent DiPietro and Gregory Molenaar, image interpreters from NASA, discovered an unusual formation in the form of a human face, dubbed The Face. While some believed that this was an ancient, artificially created structure, many dismissed it as a natural formation. Inspired by these findings, astronomer and former