Role in the Odyssey[ edit ] Nausicaa and her Maidens brought to Odysseus food and wine In Book Six of the Odyssey, Odysseus is shipwrecked on the coast of the island of Scheria Phaeacia in some translations. Realizing that rumors might arise if Odysseus is seen with her, she and the servants go ahead into town. Arete is known as wiser even than Alcinous, and Alcinous trusts her judgment.
He is favored by the gods and respected and admired by the mortals. Even the wrath of Poseidon does not keep him from his homecoming.
He is confident that he represents virtue even when a modern audience might not be so sure. He is also a living series of contradictions, a much more complicated character than we would expect to find in the stereotypical epic hero.
We can contrast Odysseus, for example, with the great warrior Achilles in The Iliad. Achilles himself is not a two-dimensional stereotype. He has a tragic flaw, which can best be identified as hubris an overbearing arrogance or misguided pride as one of several distinguishing traits.
But Achilles is a simpler character. According to the myth the Homeric Greeks would have known, Achilles was given a choice by the gods to live a short, glorious life full of excitement and heroism or a long, tranquil life with little recognition or fame.
Achilles, of course, chose the glorious life; therefore, he achieves a kind of immortality through valor and intense, honest devotion to a cause. Odysseus, in The Odyssey, is much more complicated. He lives by his wiles as well as his courage.
He is an intellectual. Often he openly evaluates a situation, demonstrating the logic he employs in making his choices.
|The Goddess Athena in the Odyssey||Odysseus fought among the other Greek heroes at Troy and now struggles to return to his kingdom in Ithaca. Odysseus is the husband of Queen Penelope and the father of Prince Telemachus.|
|Nausicaa - Greek Mythology Link||He is favored by the gods and respected and admired by the mortals. Even the wrath of Poseidon does not keep him from his homecoming.|
|Nausicaa - Wikipedia||Nausicaa advanced Odysseus meets Nausicaa. Capodimonte Palace and National Gallery, Naples.|
|Navigate Guide||The first ten were spent fighting in the Trojan War, and the next ten were spent in continual wanderings en route home from the war. His wife Penelope, meanwhile, has been harassed by dozens of suitors who have come to win her hand in marriage.|
|SparkNotes: The Odyssey: Character List||However, Penelope is not a pasteboard figure. She is a complicated woman with a wry sense of destiny who weaves her plots as deftly as she weaves a garment.|
When it proves effective, Odysseus lies even to his own familycheats, or steals in ways that we would not expect in an epic hero. Although he is self-disciplined refusing to eat the lotushis curiosity is sometimes the root of his trouble as with the Cyclops.
Odysseus can be merciful, as when he spares the bard Phemius, or brutal, as he seems when dealing with the dozen disloyal maidservants.
He creates his own code of conduct through his adventures. He is deeper than Achilles, more contemplative, but still capable of explosive violence; he is almost certainly more interesting. It is easy to see why some critics like to call him the first "modern man. He wants to return home and live well in Ithaca; as a result, every step along the way is another test, sometimes, another battle.
His concern with victory is also cultural, as well as practical. Odysseus often has only two choices: Even when Athena intervenes on his behalf, she often leaves ultimate success or failure up to Odysseus. During the battle with the suitors, for example, she could easily and quickly prevail; but she makes Odysseus earn the victory.
He is, in every way, "the man of twists and turns" 1.
While he does seem to grow throughout his wanderings, the reader should not look at each event as a one more learning experience for the hero. The Odyssey is not a lesson plan for growth; the episodes are not didactic examples of the importance of prudence or anything else.
When Odysseus left for Troy, he had already established his reputation as a hero. It was he who disguised himself as an old beggar and infiltrated the enemy. Certainly Odysseus does grow in wisdom and judgment throughout his ventures. In other ways, however, he seems slow to learn.
The most notable example being his difficulty in controlling his men. After the victory over the Cicones, Odysseus wisely wants to take the plunder and depart quickly 9. His men prefer to stay, leading to a defeat at the hands of reinforcements.
When Aeolus grants the Greeks fair winds to Ithaca, Odysseus falls asleep within sight of home, enabling his suspicious, undisciplined crew to open the bag of ill winds and let loose a tempest that blows them off course.
The struggles Odysseus faces make his growth as a character more realistic and more credible because it is not simple or absolute.Odysseus’ wife, Penelope, stands as one of ancient literature’s most prominent female characters.
As the steward of Ithaca, Penelope dominates those portions of . The Odyssey Summary Homer. Odysseus and Nausikaa encounter each other, and the latter agrees to take him to the palace of her father, Alcinoös. The Subtle Temptation of Nausikaa Laura Eidem. The character of Nausikaa is somewhat of an anomaly within The Odyssey.
Among women, she is a wholly developed character. Though such depth initially engages Odysseus, it becomes the force that propels him to his ultimate homecoming.
A remarkable aspect of Nausikaa is the completeness of her character. Odysseus is crying as he listens to the Phaiakian bard sing about the Trojan War, but he's not just letting a single tear fall: he's weeping like a widowed woman. Weird, right? This is an epic simile, another characteristic of epics in which the writer spins really elaborate comparisons.
Nausicaa (/ n ɔː ˈ s ɪ k eɪ ə /; Greek: Ναυσικάα or Ναυσικᾶ, pronounced [na͜ʊsikâa]; also Nausicaä, Nausikaa) is a character in Homer's Odyssey.
She is the daughter of King Alcinous (Αλκίνοος, Alkínoös) and Queen Arete of Phaeacia. Nausikaa. BACK; NEXT ; Character Analysis. Sometimes spelled Nausicaa. The Phaiakian princess, daughter of Alkinoös and Arete.
Nausikaa finds Odysseus, and she who brings him to the palace (somewhat indirectly) to ask for help from the Queen.