The Odyssey Themes

  • Homer's epic poem tells the story of the Greek hero Odysseus, a clever man credited with the idea for the Trojan Horse. Though a formidable warrior in his own right, Odysseus primarily displays heroism through his bravery and loyalty.
  • Love and devotion are prominent themes in The Odyssey. Perhaps the greatest love is that of Penelope for Odysseus, to whom she remains faithful despite many obstacles during his twenty-year absence. Odysseus' love for his family sustains him during his journey, but, unlike Penelope, Odysseus doesn't remain faithful.
  • Homer develops the theme of gender by examining the differences between men and women. Amongst mortals, men assume all the positions of power, but intelligent women like Penelope are able to hold their own rather than act like damsels in distress. Circe and Calypso, on the other hand, are independent women who answer to no man except Zeus.


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

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