Essay title: The Odyssey
he faced misfortune in his attempts to return home after the Trojan war. From these misfortunes he learned to be a better man and became able to regain his place in his homeland of Ithaca. During his journeys Odysseus often makes the mistake of staying to boast to his enemies but learns that doing so gives his opposition a chance to seek retribution against him.After leaving Troy Odysseus attacks the land of the Cicones. Instead of leaving after his victory, he stays to celebrate until a force is rallied against him and he must flee with many casualties.
Afterwards Odysseus and his crew land on the island of the Cyclops. They are attacked and some are eaten by Polyphemus.After intoxicating the great Cyclops, Odysseus and his men blind the monster with a heated spear. The men could have made an escape without incident but Odysseus mocked Polyphemus and shouted out his real name, when before Odysseus had told him that his name was "Noman."With this new information Polyphemus prays to his fatherPoseidon to have Odysseus and his men punished.Having angeredPoseidon, they must wander throughout the sea slowly dying one by one. Odysseus learns that bragging can have ill effects and uses this knowledge on the island of the Phaecians and Ithaca when he does not openly boast of his deeds and his journeys.
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Odysseus also learns to pay close attention to the instructions of the gods, or he might have to face a terrible price.When Odysseus and his crew landed at the island of Aeolus, they were given a parting gift that would have helped them greatly if they had paid heed to the warnings of Aeolus.He gave Odysseus a bag full of the bad winds that would keep them from their home of Ithaca.Odysseus and his crew were in sight of the homeland they had waited so long to see, when a band of rebel crewmen opened the bag creating a great gale that blew them back to Aeolus.
When Aeolus saw this he believed that Odysseus was cursed and banished him from the island. This is not the only time Odysseus was betrayed by his men and suffered a great price.When they landed on the island of Hyperion, bad winds prevented them from leaving.Food soon became low; and when Odysseus fell asleep, the crew killed the cows of Hyperion against numerous warnings.Hyperion was infuriated to see this and had all of Odysseus' men killed in agreat storm.Odysseus learns that the gods must be respected in order for any man to succeed..