History Literature / TheOdyssey

5th Feb '17 8:03:02 PM CJCroen1393
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* TheDreaded: In the Underworld, Odysseus expresses genuine terror at the thought of meeting Persephone. Oddly enough, he doesn't extend as much fearful respect to her husband.

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In the Underworld, Odysseus expresses genuine terror at the thought of meeting Persephone. Oddly enough, he doesn't extend as much fearful respect to her husband.husband.
** No one on Odysseus' crew wants to pass between Scylla and Charybdis, and Charybdis in particular terrifies everyone on the ship. And this fear is ''[[EldritchAbomination very much justified]].


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* VillainousGlutton: Charybdis, an [[EldritchAbomination unspeakably horrifying monster]] who devours everything that passes her.
4th Jan '17 12:50:30 PM alkistisioanna
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** The suitors' families bring their grievances to the court of Neoptolemus, Achilles's son. He orders Odysseus into exile (because he hopes to gain Odysseus's island Cephallenia (Corfu)). In this version Odysseus ends up marrying the daughter of king Thoas of Aitolia (resultant son: Leontophonus).

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** The suitors' families bring their grievances to the court of Neoptolemus, Achilles's son. He orders Odysseus into exile (because he hopes to gain Odysseus's island Cephallenia (Corfu)).Cephallenia). In this version Odysseus ends up marrying the daughter of king Thoas of Aitolia (resultant son: Leontophonus).
4th Jan '17 12:43:49 PM alkistisioanna
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* HistorysCrimeWave: Odysseus goes to the Underworld and sees mythological villains being punished for their crimes, like the trickster Sisyphus, the husband-murdering daughters of Danaë, and the cannibalistic Tantalus.

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* HistorysCrimeWave: Odysseus goes to the Underworld and sees mythological villains being punished for their crimes, like the trickster Sisyphus, the husband-murdering daughters of Danaë, Danaos;, and the cannibalistic Tantalus.
16th Dec '16 10:08:54 PM karstovich2
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* IdiotBall: Odysseus, you have all these clever schemes and are universally acclaimed the smartest man in the Greek expedition. Why, then, do you insist on ''telling Polyphemus your name'' when you know full well that his father is the ''one god'' of all the Olympians (all of whom, by the way, are still smarting from that time you Greeks destroyed all their temples in Troy) most capable of making the voyage home to your ''island kingdom'' a living hell?

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* IdiotBall: Odysseus, you have all these clever schemes and are universally acclaimed the smartest man in the Greek expedition. Why, then, do you insist on ''telling Polyphemus your name'' when you know full well that his father Poseidon is the ''one god'' of all the Olympians (all of whom, by the way, are still kind of smarting from that time you Greeks destroyed all their temples in Troy) most capable of making the voyage home to your ''island kingdom'' a living hell?
16th Dec '16 10:05:57 PM karstovich2
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* IdiotBall: Odysseus, you have all these clever schemes and are universally acclaimed the smartest man in the Greek expedition. Why, then, do you insist on ''telling Polyphemus your name'' when you know full well that his father is the ''one god'' of all the Olympians most capable of making the voyage home to your ''island kingdom'' a living hell?

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* IdiotBall: Odysseus, you have all these clever schemes and are universally acclaimed the smartest man in the Greek expedition. Why, then, do you insist on ''telling Polyphemus your name'' when you know full well that his father is the ''one god'' of all the Olympians (all of whom, by the way, are still smarting from that time you Greeks destroyed all their temples in Troy) most capable of making the voyage home to your ''island kingdom'' a living hell?
16th Dec '16 10:04:20 PM karstovich2
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* IdiotBall: Odysseus, you have all these clever schemes and are universally acclaimed the smartest man in the Greek expedition. Why, then, do you insist on ''telling Polyphemus your name'' when you know full well that his father is the ''one god'' of all the Olympians most capable of making the voyage home to your ''island kingdom'' a living hell?
9th Dec '16 1:38:06 PM Silverblade2
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* BrotherSisterIncest: Aoleus' sons are married to their sisters.



** CurbStompCushion: The battle briefly turns in the other direction after the goatherd acquires some proper armaments for the suitors.

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** * CurbStompCushion: The battle briefly turns in the other direction after the goatherd acquires some proper armaments for the suitors.
5th Nov '16 3:02:19 PM Aquila89
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* SacredHospitality: It's a plot point often [[ValuesDissonance overlooked by modern audiences]]: the main reason that Penelope's suitors had to die was not that they were trying to seduce Penelope, but that they were a bunch of moochers. Overstaying their welcome, eating Penelope out of house and home, and taking advantage of the female servants, they were abusing their privileges under xenia, and thus incurred the wrath of Zeus.

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It's a plot point often [[ValuesDissonance overlooked by modern audiences]]: the main reason that Penelope's suitors had to die was not that they were trying to seduce Penelope, but that they were a bunch of moochers. Overstaying their welcome, eating Penelope out of house and home, and taking advantage of the female servants, they were abusing their privileges under xenia, and thus incurred the wrath of Zeus.Zeus.
** Polyphemus violates hospitality by eating some of Odysseus' men who have taken refugee in his cave. Odysseus warns him that Zeus will punish him for this, but Polyphemus believes that he's not subject to Zeus because he is a son of Poseidon.
2nd Nov '16 12:58:41 PM Gizbit99
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* Determinator: Odysseus is deadfast on returning to his homestead no matter what's thrown at him from anyone. He only thinks of giving up once, jumping of his boat during a storm [[ItMakesSenseInContext made by his own men]]. He, of course, doesn't go through with it because how could he tell the story?

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* Determinator: {{Determinator}}: Odysseus is deadfast on returning to his homestead no matter what's thrown at him from anyone. He only thinks of giving up once, jumping of his boat during a storm [[ItMakesSenseInContext made by his own men]]. He, of course, doesn't go through with it because how could he tell the story?
28th Oct '16 3:22:51 PM dlchen145
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* {{Badass}}: Odysseus himself. It's been theorized that he's something of an amalgamation of two heroes; one who was [[WeakButSkilled quite feeble but ridiculously intelligent and cunning]], and another that was a bit more of the GeniusBruiser type (Loki and Thor, Gilgamesh and Enkidu, or others).
** Essentially, he's the ancient Greek version of Franchise/{{Batman}}.
** Actually the Ancient Greeks, prefer heroes that were both intelligent and strong. See Heracles, who was smart, strong, and a combat master and excellent bowman himself.
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