Conflict in The Odyssey

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The epic of The Odyssey by Homer is the second oldest surviving Greek text. The story contains many conflicts such as man v god, man v himself, and man v society. This paper will explore some of the important conflicts in this classic tale. Man v god is the most important conflict in the story. Towards the beginning of the story Odysseus goes to war against the Trojans and wins. What he doesn’t know is that the great God Poseidon favored Odysseus and his army and helped them win the Trojan War. Poseidon becomes very angry with Odysseus’s choice in not thanking him and causes a great deal of troubles for Odysseus and his men at sea. Odysseus planned on going home but because he didn’t thank the great God of the Sea and he gets off …show more content…
She tells the suitors that she will make a weave and if Odysseus hasn’t returned home by the time she is finished, she will remarry. While she is weaving, she tears it apart and starts over to give her more time. When the suitors finally figure out what she’s doing they get very angry. They decide to send Penelope’s son, Telemachus, to get word if Odysseus is dead. When he returns with word about his father, Penelope will have to. Although Telemachus returns with word that his father is dead, Odysseus later returns home and kills all the suitors in his home. In the end Penelope has remained faithful to Odysseus. A second example of man v society is Telemachus v suitors. Because is it not proven that Odysseus is dead, the suitors send Telemachus on a voyage to get the final word of his father. The suitors are afraid that he will one day take over the throw and plan to kill him when he gets back so he can’t take over the thrown. Upon his return to Ithaca he brings news that his father is dead and the suitors are grateful, but what they don’t know is that Telemachus has lied to them because he found out his dad has returned and is at the farm outside of the town. Telemachus and his father eventually team up against the suitors in a mission to take back what’s rightfully theirs and kill all those who don’t belong and have become traitors to Odysseus and his home. Conflict is essential to all storied and is evident in Homer’s The

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