In the “Odyssey” was first time in the literature when the physical power was defeated by the power of intellect. Odysseus’s intelligence has a wide range: from selfish ruse to sublime wisdom, that is why it is the bright mind the main advantage of Odysseus. Homer says that Odyssey has a strong will, initiative, insatiable curiosity and interest in the new lands, life, love to family, home. But Odysseus also has numerous human weaknesses: he is arrogant, boastful, prone to momentary fear, despair. Odysseus is the most controversial, and therefore the most modern of all the heroes of ancient epic.
Many researchers stress the remarkable depth of the image of Odysseus, his complete personality. Odysseus embodies the ancient demand of balance, while depicted in various roles: as a wise king, a loving husband and father, a brave warrior, an eloquent and resourceful politician, brave wanderer, lover of the goddess, suffering exile, the legislator, the triumphant avenger, a favorite of Athens. (Mack et al., )
It is important to stress that the Odyssey by Homer is the architect of his own happiness, and at the same time, he saves society from lawlessness and anarchy, restoring justice. The success of Odysseus comes out of his patience, allowing him to overcome serious troubles and obstacles on the way home. He just wants to get home for his wife Penelope and son, and the value of home is better than richest (Mack et al., ).
royal son of Laertes, Odysseus, man of exploits,
still eager to leave at once and hurry back
to your own home, your beloved native land?
Good luck to you, even so. Farewell!
But if you only knew, down deep, what pains
are fated to fill your cup before you reach that shore,
you’d stay right here, preside in our house with me
and be immortal. Much as you long to see your wife,
the one you pine for all your days . .
Odysseus in his rush into the unknown, and at the same time striving home, is experiencing the fullness of life. His example is important for modern readers to, as he helps to realize that our real challenge is to discover who we are, what is really important to our life, to realize our own pride and to become a better person.
Kind of bumped into these forums on accident when I typed "Dostoevsky Nabokov" into a google search but am certainly looking forward to coming here more often. As regards this topic specifically though I'm looking for works (such as the Cambridge Companion series) that deal with the plot, structure, use of language, sygnificance of myth in both Homer and Greek Tragedy. I'm thinking Kitto's work but am wondering what other works on the subject of Homer or Greek Tragedy are particularly highly regarded. Basically I'm trying to understand what I'm reading on more than just a surface level and apply this knowledge to reading of other texts (poetry, novels, etc.). It needn't be text specifi...