Some say people don’t change as they become older in age.
Is that completely true? The “Odyssey,” an epic by Homer, depicts a younger Greek hero and follows him on his journey back to his home, Ithaca. Odysseus as an older man is depicted in Alfred Lord Tennyson’s “Ulysses.” After Odysseus has traveled to many places, he has changed. However, some things stayed the same like Odysseus and Ulysses were both bellicose but had different loyalty and decision-making traits. In the “Odyssey” and “Ulysses,” Odysseus and Ulysses are bellicose. The sentence “Now shrugging off his rags the wiliest fighter of the islands leapt and stood on the broad doorsill, his own bow in his hand.” depicts that Odysseus is ready to fight. He has his bow in hand prepared to get vengeance on the unloyal suitors.
In “Ulysses” Tennyson writes “…And drunk delight of battle with my peers, far on the ring plains of windy Troy.” meaning Ulysses loves to battle. He enjoys the delight in battle and is ready to continue on a journey, possibly containing war. From the journey away from Troy to Ithaca to the arrival and settling back home, Odysseus remains bellicose, however, there are several traits that have changed. Loyalty was a substantial difference in Odysseus and Ulysses.
In the “Odyssey,” Odysseus says “My quiet Penelope- how well I know- would seem a shade before your majesty, death and old age being unknown to you… I long for home.” Odysseus wants to be home, he misses his significant other, Penelope, who is in Ithaca dealing with suitors who desire to marry her. Odysseus is loyal to her. However, according to Ulysses, “It little profits that an idle king, by this still hearth, among these barren crags, Match’d with an aged wife.
” Ulysses believes that his wife doesn’t benefit him and that he shouldn’t be matched with her because he is a “king.” Unlike Odysseus, Ulysses is treacherous. In addition to the disparity in loyalty, there is a huge dissimilarity in their decision-making traits. Regardless of Odysseus’ and Ulysses’ bellicose attribute, they have several ways of making judgments, influencing the war-like characteristic. In the “Odyssey,” the quote “You took my house to plunder, twisted my maids to serve your beds.
You dared bid my wife while I was still alive,” is Odysseus talking with the suitors who betrayed him, who later get killed by the Greek hero. Odysseus had a solid argument for being ready to fight. He is reasonable.
In “Ulysses,” Ulysses states that he proposed “Unequal laws unto a savage race, that hoard, and sleep, and feed” because his people don’t know him. Ulysses has no real reason to impose unequal laws on his population. He has the tendency of being rash.
Regardless of how different’ Odysseus and Ulysses are in making verdicts, they, however, are the same person, in different periods in Odysseus’ life. In conclusion, Homer’s “Odysseus” and Alfred Lord Tennyson’s “Ulysses,” show the similarities and differences between young Odysseus and an older Odysseus. Odysseus has always been bellicose, as proven in “Ulysses,” but his allegiance and decision-making tendencies have become differed. When we’re older, our traits may change, like Odysseus’, although, some may stay the same, however, in the end, we still have the same name.