• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

The hospitality of the Greeks is a central theme in Homers Odyssey - discuss.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

The hospitality of the Greeks is a central theme in Homer's Odyssey. Much of Homer's epic poem is devoted to descriptions of the feasting and gift giving by generous hosts. Hospitality is concerned with the relationship between guest and host. The conventions of Greek hospitality serve a number of purposes, such as pleasing the gods, pleasing guests, spreading a good reputation throughout the known world. In the Odyssey, the purpose serves particularly as pleasing the guests. Hospitality is one of the laws of God (Zeus) in the Odyssey. Strangers may be dangerous or just as simple as a beggar. There are certain rules of hospitality needed, such as inviting a stranger into your home, and even gift offerings. If these rules of hospitality are not carried out, the consequences are very severe. Being a good host is very important in The Odyssey, even to the gods. This is crucial to people in Homer's time because it was a way to find out news and someday they may need to rely upon someone's hospitality themselves. ...read more.

Middle

My cousin was very impolite, for that was all I remembered. He would walk in, pass by everyone but wouldn't say hello. That was the time when Michael Jordan was still playing, and there was live broadcast everyday. When I was watching sponge Bob, he would grab the remote controller from me and change it to ESPN. Maybe that's why I don't like Michael Jordan that much. My sister and I had complained several times, but mom and dad would just ignore us. As I grew up, I realized how it is to be a generous host, and that is to tolerate your guests like Penelope does to the suitors. She never disrespects them. To summarize, the Greeks at that time was extremely hospitable. They knew hospitality was not only a way to help or please someone; it is also a way to get help from others, because someday they may also need to rely on someone's hospitality themselves. ...read more.

Conclusion

5. Hospitality or the lack of it, affects Odysseus throughout the epic. 6. Odysseus' palace, while he has been away, has been taken over by the suitors who are looking for Penelope's hand in marriage. 7. The suitors show no kind of hospitality to strangers and have abused the hospitality of Telemachus and Penelope. Telemachus is not old enough and lacks the strength to get rid of the suitors. 8. On his journey, Odysseus receives help from the Phaeacians, who are the ones that bring Odysseus back to Ithaca, and also from Circe. Circe shows Odysseus and his men great hospitality after he defeated her trickery. The Cyclops Polyphemus, on the other hand, shows bad hospitality by eating some of Odysseus' men. Example: my cousin. 1. They knew hospitality was not only a way to help or please someone; it is also a way to get help from others, because someday they may also need to rely on someone's hospitality themselves. 2. this way of thinking has never changed. Even today, people are being hospitable for the future when help is needed. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Other Criticism & Comparison section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Other Criticism & Comparison essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    The English Patient

    5 star(s)

    each of the main characters has a voice at one time or another. The point of view shifts from one character to another, sometimes within the same chapter, offering descriptions of a single event from multiple perspectives. The critic Lorraine York points to the evening of Hana's birthday to illustrate this "complicated dance of gazes."

  2. Discuss the central male characters journey to manhood in, Treasure Island, Charlie and the ...

    He is in search of his identity and to achieve his new sense of self, he must endure many hardships that test his very nature. Jim does not have to look far, for he finds a positive role model in the character of Squire Trelawney.

  1. Explore the theme of trauma in The Bell Jar and Regeneration

    Therefore, as Showalter goes on to say, one possible denouement to the novel is that Esther gains ?sexual freedom through birth control,? as Doctor Nolan allows her to get her first diaphragm. This also serves as confirmation that Esther is getting better as she is permitted freedom from the hospital and also that of her own body.

  2. The spiritual and intangible world is central to Romanticism, yet real world experience is ...

    However, there is an acknowledgement of the fleeting nature of imagination and its limited ability to alleviate the misery of the Earthly world. Keats personifies fancy, naming it a ?deceiving elf? that beguiles the speaker into forgetting the human predicament, only to ?toil? him from the experience to the reality of his ?sole self?.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work