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Odysseus's Humility vs. Pride

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Thamires Kasabkojian

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Transcript of Odysseus's Humility vs. Pride

Main character:
Finds himself facing fatal challenges on his way home, ten years after the Trojar War;
He is humble and cries out to the gods for help;
His pride causes him difficulties on the way home;
"A true genius admits that he/she knows nothing"
(Albert Einstein)

Calypso's island;
Odysseus has been held prisoner to her charm;
Cries for the gods.
Princess Nausicaa;
Earns respect.
Poseidon attacking the ship;
Cries out to the gods asking for help.

"Hear me, lord, whoever you are, I've come to you, the answer to all my prayers ... Pity me, lord, your suppliant cries for help" (Homer 166)
Thank you!
The Odyssey
Written by Homer;
700 B.C.;
It recounts the adventures and misadventures of the warrior king;
He is caught between the grace and the anger of the gods.
Homer gives Odysseus both the characteristics of humility and pride;
Contrasting effects on Odysseus' men and their journey home;
Humility in Odysseus' life earns him respect and help from gods, nymphs, and humans;
Pride in his heart gets him into trouble causing setbacks in his journey home.
Humility vs. Pride
Odysseus' Humility vs. Pride
The Odyssey

Learns a big lesson of humility when he is back in Ithaca;
Penelope questioning her guest.

"Who are you? Where are you from? Your city? Your parents?" (Homer 393)

"So then, here in your house, ask me anything else but don't, please, search out my birth, my land, or you'll fill my heart to overflowing even more as I bring back the past... I am a man who's had his share of sorrow" (Homer 394)
Thamires Kasabkojian
Mrs. Counselman
Fall 2014
EN 101.07

"In Greek mythology Hubris means to have excessive pride or self-confidence from the hero" (Bass 1)

The pride in Odysseus;
Admits that he feels prideful;
Goes to hell.
Odysseus showed his pride in Cyclops' island;
Giant asks what his name is.

Another instance of his pride is in the giants cave, when the giant asks what his name was;
Before he says his name he asks for a guest-gift;

"Nobody? I'll eat Nobody last of all his friends -- I'll eat the others first! That's my gift to you!" (Homer 223)
"Some never get started on their destiny because they cannot humble themselves to learn, grow, and change." (Tarrants 1)

His pride brings him more trouble;
Clyclops yells out to Poseidon;
All his men died.
Proud to be Humble
"I am proud to be humble because my path originated within a family of poor and illiterate peasants, and despite not having had the fortune to benefit me earlier studies, I have done a decent job" (Saramago 1)

Odysseus shows his pride for being humble.
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Homer. "The Odyssey." Trans. Robert Fagles. Penguin Group. 1996. 375 Hudson
Street New York, NY 10014.
NCTE. "The Study Club: Odysseus as a Hero."
The English Journal
11.2 (1922):
117. Print.
"Quotes About Humility." (
). Web. 8 Nov. 2014.
Saramago, Jose. "A Historia Como Ficcao, a Ficcao Como Historia."
Nobel Em Literatura
2.27 (2000): 1. Print.
Tarrants, Thomas. "C.S. Lewis Institute."
Pride and Humility
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Nov. 2014
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