Personal Responsibility and the Gods’ Role in the Odyssey Essay
Father Zeus…..never let any sceptered king be kind and gentle now, not he ruled remembers Odysseus …show more content…
Farseeing Zeus sent down a sign. He launched two eagles soaring high from a mountain ridge….wild onslaught of wings and banking down at the crowd’s heads-a glaring, fatal sign…..‘Clearly Odysseus won’t be far from loved ones any longer….’ (Homer page 98)
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Zeus forces Calypso to free Odysseus. Hermes tells Calypso that “…..Zeus commands you send him off with all good speed: it is not his fate to die here, far from his own people” (Homer page 156), and “mounted a thunderhead above our hollow ship”(Homer page 283) to punish Odysseus and his crew for slaughtering the cattle of the son. Zeus helps Athena bring Odysseus home, but he also fulfills his obligations to the other gods by punishing him when needed. He could not interfere with Odysseus’ life, but he chooses to become involved and do what is necessary to get Odysseus home (when he feels inclined to). It becomes clear that Zeus and Athena do not think Odysseus could get home by himself without their help when they call a meeting with the other gods to address the issue of Odysseus’ return without Poseidon being present . He did not “….forget Odysseus? Great Odysseus….