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Holzhauer 1 Kristin Holzhauer Honors English MWF 9:00-9:50 17 September 2007 Egotism often foreshadows catastrophe. Pride clouds judgment, leading to poor decision making and rash behavior. Odysseus’ ego, although troublesome, is the catalyst behind his ingenuity. The Polyphemus episode provides a background story revealing why Poseidon holds a grudge against Odysseus. It reveals both the strengths and weaknesses in Odysseus’ character. Ever striving to be the hero, Odysseus insists on being known as the one who blinds Polyphemus. He believes true glory is achieved through the recognition of one’s own name. Odysseus’ display of excessive pride on many occasions, including his desire to explore the Cyclops’ cave and the revelation of his identity, endangers not only Odysseus, but the lives of his faithful crew. Odysseus counteracts this nature with his uncanny ability to think his way out of dire situations. Polyphemus’ presence reveals both the arrogance and resourcefulness of Odysseus the epic hero. Odysseus is prone to rash decisions. His judgment first comes into question when he wanders upon the Cyclops, who contrast vividly with the Phaeacians. The Phaeacians are peace- loving and civilized, but the Cyclops have no laws or ethical code. Despite being warned by his comrades, Odysseus ventures onto the mainland and finds himself trapped in Polyphemus’ cave. From the start, my comrades pressed me, pleading hard,
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course ENGL 5 taught by Professor Duffy during the Spring '08 term at Marquette.

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