The Odyssey Themes

The Odyssey key themes:

  • Homer uses Odysseus’ clever tricks to develop the themes of creativity and deceit.

  • Odysseus displays heroism both on the battlefield and off.

  • Love and devotion are prominent themes. Perhaps the best example of devotion is Penelope's faithfulness to Odysseus.

  • Resisting temptation is a key theme in The Odyssey. Odysseus must overcome his natural urges in order to return to Ithaca.


Creativity, Imagination, and Deception
You might say that "Creativity" or "Imagination" is Odysseus's stock-in-trade. In...

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