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If the wind god gives him a bag of stormy winds that lead to bad places, why would he...

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inyourclass | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 29, 2008 at 11:16 PM via web

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If the wind god gives him a bag of stormy winds that lead to bad places, why would he keep it? He knows that nothing good will come. Only bad fortune.

Why would anyone keep something that will only bring bad fortune? It is like keeping a disease when you could through it away. Unless it was going to make me rich than I would give it back right after I recieved it. Everyone knows that stormy winds lead only to bad so he couldn't open it to get to his home. Was there a reason he wanted to keep it or hee had to keep it. He is supposed to be a hero/god. He is very wise, strong, and brave. But if he is so wise, why does he not know that the bag of stormy winds wil lead to bad? Kind'a makes you think that he wasn't a god at all. Maybe, maybe not.

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allyson | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Assistant Educator

Posted September 30, 2008 at 12:10 AM (Answer #1)

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Odysseus does not do anything wrong by accepting the bag of wind; it is actually a good thing. Because the stormy winds are in the bag, Odysseus and his men will not encounter them on the journey and should arrive safely home. The plan was great! But Odysseus does not tell his men the plan. They think that the bag contains gold and silver and that their captain is keeping it from them, so in anger and jealously, they open the bag, release the wind, and ruin the whole plan!

This is a case where we see Odysseus' faults, but we also see his crews faults. There is a lack of trust between them, reminding us that they are not gods. Although Odysseus has many positive attributes and is considered a hero, he is still human.  

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