Essay About Odysseus, Adonis, and Thor

Section I: "Odysseus Is The Most Cunning Man in the World"

Odysseus, son of Procris and Cephalus of the Royal House of Athens, played a
major role in the Trojan War. However, the legends of Odysseus do not begin
until after the great war. At the end of the war he was separated from the rest
of the Greek armies and was forced to wander for ten years until he was reunited
with his family. His journeys in those ten years were very similar to Jason\'s
journey in his search for the Golden Fleece. Also, in the course of Odysseus\'
adventures, he proved himself to be not only a great hero but also a cunning and
resourceful man, worthy of the title the most cunning man in the world.

There are many similarities between the adventures of Jason and those of
Odysseus\'. Both heroes proved themselves to be mighty warriors; Jason, when
forced to battle against the soldiers of the dragon teeth and Odysseus during
the long battles of Troy. Both heroes showed extreme courage in the face of
danger and neither shied from doing what was necessary to complete their quest.
Both men were also very modest and were able to except help when needed, either
form gods or from other mortals. Jason did not hesitate to ask for help from the
princess Medea. Odysseus accepted help from a simple sheep herder in order to
reclaim his home. Although these two heroes had similar adventures and shared
similar qualities, they were very different.

The first difference we notice between these two heroes is their lineage. Like
most Greek heroes, Jason was a direct descendant of the gods. Odysseus on the
other hand was not. He was a member of the Royal House of Athens and not divine
as were many of his peers and relatives. Odysseus was also more compassionate
than Jason. Jason used people to his own end and then disregarded them. An
example of this would be his relationship with Medea. She made him into the hero
he was, saved his life many times, and left her homeland to follow her love
Jason. Jason, however, upon reaching home with the Golden Fleece, decided to
marry a princess to gain more political power. He made this decision with no
thought towards Medea\'s feelings and her love for him. Odysseus, in contrast,
was far more loyal to his family and followers. He placed their happiness and
safety on an equal or greater level then his own. For instance, when he was on
the island with Calypso, the nymph, it would have been very easy for him to
abandon his desire to return home and live in perfect comfort forever. We see
his concern again on the Island with the witch Circe. After the witch had turned
all of Odysseus\'s companions into swine, Odysseus with little or no thought for
his own safety, went to confront the witch to save his crew. However, the most
notable difference between these heroes lies not in they\'re adventures but
rather in how they approached and dealt with their problems.

Jason, like most Greek heroes, felt that the easiest way to deal with a problem
was to kill it. Odysseus, on the other hand thought of other possible solutions
to his problems. He would try to use his intellect as well as his brawn to
accomplish his goals. Throughout his adventures and as early as the Trojan War,
we see Odysseus\'s cunning. It is he who is attributed with the idea for the
Trojan horse (a large hollow horse filled with Greek soldiers). A second example
was when he landed on the island of the Cyclops during his adventures. The
Cyclops demanded to know who he was to which he answered "I am Noman" With those
words he shot an arrow and blinded the Cyclops\'s one eye. During Odysseus\'
retreat, another cyclops approached the first and asked what happened to his eye.
The first cyclops responded that no man had shot his eye. This ensured
Odysseus\'s escape from the island because the second cyclops didn\'t realize
there were intruders. A last example of his cunning is at the end of his
adventures. Odysseus returned home and found all the suitors there. Dressed as a
beggar, he had no trouble retaking his bow and then killing all of the suitors.
So we see that Odysseus could rely on both his wit and his strength to save him
from dangerous situations. This is why he was given the title " the most cunning
man in the world."

Section II: Adonis