Odyssey Essay | Pride Before the Fall, An Analysis of Odysseus

This student essay consists of approximately 4 pages of analysis of Pride Before the Fall, An Analysis of Odysseus.
This section contains 974 words
(approx. 4 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy the Student Essay on Pride Before the Fall, An Analysis of Odysseus

Pride Before the Fall, An Analysis of Odysseus

Summary: Discusses the deep irony reflected in Book IX of Homer's Odyssey. Analyzes the effects of Odysseus's prideful quest for glory. Uses specific quotes from Book IX to substantiate claims.
In book IX of Homer's Odyssey, Odysseus ventures into the isle of the Kyklopes. Here he encounters a loutish and cannibalistic Kyklops named Polyphemos. The events that occur as a result of this encounter reveal much about Odysseus's heroic characteristics. Odysseus possesses composure in the face of danger, prowess in devising clever plans of action, and the ability to lead others in the execution of his well-conceived plans of action; all of which appear in direct opposition to Polyphemos's simplistic and brutish nature. In these events, Odysseus is not only contrasted with Polyphemos but also with his crew. Odysseus's desire for glory separates him from his crew whose chief desire is a safe return home. In the end, his prideful quest for grandeur dulls the greatness of his deeds and causes the downfall of him and his crew.

Before Odysseus mentions Polyphemos...

(read more)

This section contains 974 words
(approx. 4 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy the Student Essay on Pride Before the Fall, An Analysis of Odysseus
Copyrights
BookRags Student Essays
Pride Before the Fall, An Analysis of Odysseus from BookRags Student Essays. (c)2014 BookRags, Inc. All rights reserved.
Follow Us on Facebook