The Odyssey

The Odyssey

The Odyssey The Odyssey had plenty of marvel, power, and surprises. It is packed with legendary heroes, creatures, gods, and goddesses. The gods, goddesses, and creatures had supernatural powers that effected the lives of Odysseus, his crew, and his household. Their actions showed to be effective, advantageous, and fatal. The gods, goddesses, and animals in The Odyssey on many occations proved to be effective. Zeus, leader of the gods, was a prime example of this. When, “Zeus the lord of cloud stired in the north/ a storm against the ships, and driving veils/ of squall”(p. 444, 66-68), a number of Odysseus men died.

Another account when Zeus was really effective was, “Zeus Cronion stacked a thunderhead above the ship … then the squall struck whining from the west, with gale force, breaking both forestays”(p. 465, 678-682) destroying the ship. When Odysseus informs the Cyclops “Poseidon Lord, who sets the earth a-tremble,/ broke it up on the rocks … a wind from seaward”(p. 450, 254-256) it shows how Poseidon was extremely powerful. Also how Aeolus provides Odysseus a bag of winds that his males let loose that throw them off course. Although the gods and goddesses were effective they were likewise advantageous.

Zeus was beneficial in the manner in which he helped Odysseus, “Then Zeus rumbled/ overhead, one loud fracture for an indication. “(p. 478, 1032-1033), this indication told Odysseus to start attacking the suitors. The way Circe assists Odysseus in warning him of threats to come, “Circe visualized for us and shown me,/ so let me tell her forcast: then we die/ with out eyes open. “(p. 459, 528-530) She cautioned of the Sirens, Charybdis, Scylla, and the island of the sun god. Also Athene aid Odysseus fight the suitors and win. She also disguises Odysseus to hide him from the suitors and Penelope.

In The Odyssey the gods, goddesses, and animals showed to be deadly. The six-headed beast, Scylla, eliminated 6 of Odysseus’ guys, “blending 6 of my best men from the ship … She ate them as they shrieked there. “(p. 464, 652-662) Not far from Scylla was a deadly whirlpool called Charybdis, “alarming gorge of the salt-sea tide … all the sea resembled a caldron/ simmering over extreme fire… when she swallowed the sea water down/ we saw the funnel of the maelstrom. “(p. 464, 639-645) Likewise when Zeus was throwing thunderbolts at the ship eliminating all his guys “Zeus let fly/ a bolt versus the ship … nd all the men were flung into the sea. “(p. 465, 688-691) Likewise the Sirens, sea nymphs, enticed men to their death on the rocks with sweat songs. In The Odyssey the gods, goddesses, and monstrs affected the lives of Odysseus, his males, and his family with their supernatural powers. They revealed to be fierce, practical, and deadly. These episodes in The Odyssey came together to make one of the greatest epics of perpetuity. Bibliography Homer. The Odyssey. Comprehending Literature. New York: Scribner Educational Publishers, 1987.

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